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Ana Deumert, Anne Storch, and Nick Shepherd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793205

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793205.001.0001

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Language ideologies and attitudes towards Arabic in contemporary Iran

Language ideologies and attitudes towards Arabic in contemporary Iran

(p.244) 15 Language ideologies and attitudes towards Arabic in contemporary Iran
Colonial and Decolonial Linguistics

Pegah Faghiri

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the animosity against Arabic elements in Persian in present-day Iran. I argue that this phenomenon can be seen as a continuation of the modern anti-Arabism that appeared in Iran in the nineteenth century as a direct result of the domination of European culture, rooted in European racial thought and linguistic beliefs and ideologies. The chapter first outlines the historical background of anti-Arabism in Iran. This is followed by a discussion on the controversy around the rise of the Persian language, while also highlighting the significance of this language as an aspect of Iranian national identity. The chapter finally addresses language-related anti-Arabism and focuses on the hostility that can be observed in scientific scholarship.

Keywords:   linguistic ideology, national identity, language contact, Persian, Arabic, Iran

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