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Sacred Language, Ordinary People: Dilemmas of Culture and Politics in Egypt

 
 
 
 
Sacred Language, Ordinary People: Dilemmas of Culture and Politics in Egypt
Author: N. Haeri
ISBN 13: 9780312238971
ISBN 10: 312238975
Edition: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2003-01-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $43.00
 
 

Haeri (anthropology, Johns Hopkins U., Baltimore, MD) has written a fascinating study of the use, meaning, and importance of classical Arabic in Egypt, based partly on fieldwork carried out among families who rarely use classical Arabic in their daily lives. Other topics include the relationship of Egyptian and Classical Arabic; a consideration as cultural practice of the processes of editing, regulating, and producing Arabic texts; examples of how journalists work to adapt what was originally a religious language to secular use; and the use of classical rather than Egyptian Arabic as the written language of choice of several modern writers. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR