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Arabic, Self and Identity: A Study in Conflict and Displacement

Yasir Suleiman


Language is not just a means of communication but also a powerful symbol of identity in society at the individual, Self, and group levels. This symbolic role of language comes to the fore under conditions of war, conflict, displacement, and persistent cultural anxiety in society. Using autoethnography and autobiography, the book provides a novel way of investigating these issues in the Middle East using Arabic as a paradigmatic case. A study of personal names, the linguistic landscape, place names, and code-names further links language to war, conflict, displacement, and diasporisation at the ... More

Keywords: Arabic, Self, identity, conflict, displacement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199747016
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yasir Suleiman, author
University of Cambridge
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