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Published: 16 July 1987

226 Pages

ISBN: 9780195041408

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Language and Change in the Arab Middle East

The Evolution of Modern Arabic Political Discourse

Ami Ayalon

Studies in Middle Eastern History

In this study of the rise of modern Arabic, Ayalon examines 19th-century linguistic change in the Eastern Arab world, describing how the language responded to the infiltration of Western politics, technology, and culture. Focusing on the realm of political discourse, Ayalon looks at a wide array of evidence--local chronicles, travel accounts, translations of European writings, Arab political treatises, newspapers and periodicals, and dictionaries--to show how shifts in the color, tone, and meaning of the Arab vocabulary reflected a new socio-political and cultural reality.