Women’s Letters to the Editor: Talking Religion in a Saudi Arabian English Newspaper

  • Hannes Kniffka


The letters to the editor (LTE) investigated here appear on a page titled ‘Islam in Perspective’ in a column titled ‘Our Dialogue’ in which the Religious Editor of the Saudi Arabian newspaper Arab News (and in a similar column in the newspaper Saudi Gazette) answers questions sent to him by readers of the newspaper. This chapter looks at a corpus of women’s LTE (henceforth WLTE) only. They represent a small fraction (less than about 10 per cent) of a corpus of LTE (of a total of some 150 LTE written mostly by men, analysed in different contexts and respects in Kniffka, 1994, 2001, 2002). All WLTE investigated represent one and the same text type, or ‘sub-type’. They all have the structure Question (Q), sent in by a woman author, + Answer (A), supplied by the Religious Editor of the newspaper.


Saudi Arabia Religious Community Muslim Woman Text Type Message Form 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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