Considering the communicative and symbolic roles of language in
articulating national identity, Yasir Suleiman provides a fresh
perspective on nationalism in the Middle East. The links between
language and nationalism are delineated and he demonstrates how this
has been articulated over the past two centuries.
Straddling the domains
of cultural and political nationalism, Suleiman examines the Arab past
(looking at the interpretation and reinvention of tradition, and
myth-making); the clash between Arab and Turkish
cultural nationalism in the 19th and early 20th century; readings of
canonical treatises on the topic of Arab cultural nationalism, the
major ideological trends linking language to territorial nationalism;
and provides a research agenda for the study of language and
nationalism in the Arab context.
This the first full-scale study of this important topic and will be
of interest to students of nationalism, Arab and comparative politics,
Arabic Studies, history, cultural studies and sociolinguistics.