The Creation of Israeli Arabic: Security and Politics in Arabic Studies in Israel

Book Title The Creation of Israeli Arabic
Author Name Yonatan Mendel
Publishing house  Palgrave Macmillan
Country – city UK
Date of issue 2014
Number of pages 321

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This book sheds light on the ways in which the on-going Israeli-Arab conflict has shaped Arabic language instruction. Due to its interdisciplinary nature it will be of great interest to academics and researchers in security and middle eastern studies as well as those focused on language and linguistics.

Yonatan Mendel is a Research Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the Director of Projects of the Mediterranean Unit at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel. He is also a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research area is the sociology of language, specifically the influences of political conflict on the study of, and attitude to a language and the way in which research on language contributes towards understanding deep social and political processes.

“This is the most comprehensive and well-documented study, examining Arabic studies in Israel in relation to security considerations. This important book is a contribution to sociolinguistics in general, and Arabic studies in particular, and also to the fields of political and social sciences, employing language to shed light on sociopolitical conflicts.” (Muhammad Amara, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 145, Winter, 2016)


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