By Andrew Simpson
This booklet makes a speciality of language, tradition, and nationwide id in Africa. top experts study nations in all the pieces of the continent - Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanbia, South Africa, and the international locations of the Horn, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. each one bankruptcy describes and examines the country's linguistic and political heritage and the relation of its languages to nationwide, ethnic, and cultural identities, and assesses the relative prestige of majority and minority languages and the position of language in ethnic clash. Of the book's authors, fifteen are from Africa and 7 from Europe and the USA.
Jargon-free, absolutely referenced, and illustrated with seventeen maps, this booklet can be of worth to a variety of readers in linguistics, politics, background, sociology, and anthropology. it's going to curiosity every body wishing to appreciate the dynamic interactions among language and politics in Africa, long ago and now.
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Suleiman Hussein emphasized the full integrity of fusha as the language of culture in Egypt. He acknowledged that the formal grammar of fusha needed urgent simpliﬁcation, but he argued vehemently that in his scheme of things this in no way infringed the ‘inner’ grammar of the language.
Suleiman (Haeri 2003; van Gelder 2004), I will use the terms fusha and ‘ammiyya throughout this chapter. This approach has the virtue of discussing the language–identity link in Egyptian nationalism in terms that are consistent with the native tradition, in which these two dichotomous categories resonate with how most Egyptians conceptualize the language situation in their country, thus adopting what may be called an insider perspective in this study. As I have discussed elsewhere, resonance is an important element in constructing national identities because of the limits it sets on invention, fabrication, and myth-making in nation-building (Suleiman 2003, 2006 and Schöpﬂin 1997).
At least at the level of aspirations and for reasons of task orientation, alTahtawi conceived of the history of Egypt as one seamless trajectory that spanned ancient Egypt to the modern period, without privileging the Arab component of this past, but without also ignoring Islam as an important component in the fabric of society. By emphasizing territory and historical continuity, and by underplaying the bonds of language and religion without, however, neglecting the need to modernize the former, al-Tahtawi laid down some of the most abiding tenets for Egyptian nationalism.
Encyclopedia of Language and National Identity in Africa by Andrew Simpson