Reflections on Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies

Bruno De Nicola (Editor), Yonatan Mendel (Editor), Husain Qutbuddin (Editor)

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This book presents a collection of articles that put forward original research and significant insight regarding several key issues related to knowledge and language in Middle Eastern societies. The aspects studied include: the role of knowledge and language in affirming and negating political agendas and self-identities within areas of conflict and tension; ideas regarding the usefulness and interaction of religious and secular knowledge; and the attributes that render knowledge and language, especially that which is believed to be of divine origin, outstanding and worthy of admiration. The selection of studies has been purposefully diverse to include a variety of languages, including Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Persian, within multiple traditions, including Hellenism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, while focussing on a range of periods, from the classical to the mediaeval to the modern, and examining a range of issues, such as methods of analysing and interpreting Persian, Turkish and Arabic literature, literary and other attributes of the Bible and the Qur’an, diglossic languages, the Turkish modernisation project, Turkish-Kurdish tensions, Andalusian music, Azerbaijani politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages335
ISBN (Print)9781443824309, 9781443824736
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Middle East
  • Civilization
  • Language and languages
  • Language and culture


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