Language, Politics and Society in the Middle East: Essays in Honour of Yasir Suleiman

Yonatan Mendel (Editor), Abeer AlNajjar (Editor)

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Published in honour of Professor Yasir Suleiman, this collection acknowledges his contribution to the field of language and society in general, and to that of language analysis of socio-political realities in the Middle East in particular. Presenting a range of case studies relating to the role of language in the Middle East, each shows that the study of language unearths deeper processes relating to political affiliations, social behaviour and transnational as well as religious and sectarian identities. It also explores questions related to the power of language as a socio-political instrument, and addresses current issues that facilitate an understanding of the evolving intersections in the areas of language and politics in the modern Middle East. This includes how language forms and is shaped by its social and political surroundings, the language manifestations of social, religious and political identifications, as well as groupings, divisions and polarisations in the encounter between language, conflict and politics in contemporary Middle Eastern communities. Looking at language as a proxy for social and political struggles, the volume gives prominence to the long-lasting legacy and great contribution of Professor Yasir Suleiman to the field.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781474421546, 9781474421553
ISBN (Print)9781474421539
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Middle East
  • Arabe (langue)
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociolinguistique
  • Language and languages
  • Langues
  • Arabe marocain (dialecte)


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