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Language and National Identity in Palestine: Representations of Power and Resistance in Gaza

Language and National Identity in Palestine: Representations of Power and Resistance in Gaza
Atef Alshaer

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Language is an important tool and symbol of Palestinian national identity. From resistance to Israel as an occupying power, to a mark of distinction from other social groups or rival Palestinian factions, language use in Palestine reflects the enormous upheaval in Palestinian society and the struggle for national identity in the wake of 1948. This book explores the role that language plays in the construction of national identities, and how socio-political conditions and discourse have shaped the Arabic of Gaza and the Palestinian territories as a speech community. Exploring Palestinian history, politics and culture through language, including divergences in the Arabic of Gaza and the West Bank, contact with Hebrew and the factional politics of Hamas and Fatah, it will be essential reading for scholars of Palestine, sociolinguistics, Arabic and the Middle East.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments.................................................................... Note on Translation an Transliteration............................................. Maps Map of Palestine and Map of the West Bank and Gaza........................... Introduction..................................................................... Chapter I. Palestine/Israel: Historical-Political background Chapter II. Language and national identity Chapter III: The Sociolinguistic landscape of Gaza: identity markers, variables and variants Chapter IV: Discourse norms and Arabic and Hebrew in the Gazan perspective Conclusion

Author Info

Atef Alshaer is a lecturer in Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Westminster. He has several publications on the Arab world in the fields of language, literature and politics. He was educated at Birzeit University in Palestine and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he obtained his PhD and taught for a number of years. He is the author of Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World, and co-author of The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Written Culture and Identity

Hardback
ISBN: 9781784536046
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2019
Number of Pages: 320
Height: 216
Width: 138

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