This book investigates issues of central importance in understanding the role of language in society in the Middle East and North Africa. In particular, it covers issues of collective identity and variation as they relate to Arabic, Berber, English, Persian and Turkish in the fields of gender, national affiliation, the debate over authenticity and modernity, language reforms and language legislation. In addition, the book investigates how some of these issues are realized in the diaspora at both the micro and macro levels.
'Suleiman has done an outstanding job in editing these important sociolinguistic and anthropologically-oriented studies.' - Alan S. Kaye, Bulletin of SOAS
'the volume succeeds in giving a sense of unity - thanks to the guiding hand of the editor.' - International Journal of the Sociology of Language