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Sacred Language, Ordinary People: Dilemmas of Culture and Politics in Egypt
The cultures and politics of nations around the world may be understood (or misunderstood) in any number of ways. For the Arab world, language is the crucial link for a better understanding of both. Classical Arabic is the official language of all Arab states although it is not spoken as a mother tongue by any group of Arabs. As the language of the Qur'an, it is also consi ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 4th 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan
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This is definitely a niche book for those interested in Arabic linguistics and the issue of diglossia. There are some minor mistakes/typos (like genitive is misspelled on p 4). However, I really liked the book because it's rare to have readily available field research on the behavior and attitudes of Arabs about their native dialects and Classical Arabic. Native speakers of Arabic can often be poor reporters of their own linguistic behavior, so this kind of research really needs to be expanded. ...more