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The Creation of Israeli Arabic

Political and Security Considerations in the Making of Arabic Language Studies in Israel


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Languages at War book series (PASLW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Yonatan Mendel
    Pages 1-10
  3. Yonatan Mendel
    Pages 11-40
  4. Yonatan Mendel
    Pages 41-97
  5. Yonatan Mendel
    Pages 98-132
  6. Yonatan Mendel
    Pages 133-179
  7. Yonatan Mendel
    Pages 180-222
  8. Yonatan Mendel
    Pages 223-233
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 234-321

About this book


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.


Arabic language Israel/Palestine Security 1948 War 1967 War 1973 War Military Intelligence Second Language Acquisition Socio-linguistics Militarisation Arabic education interdisciplinary Judaism language linguistics Middle East nature politics Zionism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

About the authors

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.

Bibliographic information


“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)