The Arabic Language as Creative Resistance

  • Basma Hamdy
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


Arabic is a complex language bearing an enduring significance on the collective identity of the Middle East. The symbolic attributes of Arabic, which are as important as its communicative function, are particularly remarkable in a dissipated globalized world where the weakened connection between culture and place leads to deterritorialization. Like other languages, Arabic contributes to the imagined bond between individuals uniting them symbolically with a community across borders and nations.

This chapter attempts to investigate the Arabic language and its role as a symbol of identity, connecting together a number of creative manifestations that utilize Arabic as a tool of resistance. Projects discussed cannot be appreciated without highlighting some of the historical conditions and developments that affected the Arabic language in the region and beyond.


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  • Basma Hamdy
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  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth University School of the ArtsAr-RayyanQatar

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