skip to primary navigationskip to content

Language as a Reflection of Politics

When Nov 09, 2017
from 05:15 PM to 06:45 PM
Where Thomas Grey Room, Pembroke College
Contact Name
Contact Phone 01223 335103
Add event to calendar vCal

Language as a Reflection of Politics:The Precarious Status of the Arabic Language in Israel and the Need to Redress This

Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies Turbulent World Seminar given by Dr Yonatan Mendel, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Arabic is an official language in Israel, but due to various considerations and processes, its status is not widely recognized in the public sphere in the country, nor its study in the Jewish community. In my talk, and following surveying the Israeli education system, Israeli media, legislation and legal system – I will argue that the weakening status of Arabic, and even its being considered inferior, are indications of dangerous processes whose effect on Jewish-Israeli society is far-reaching and exceeds the bounds of mere language. For this reason, I will demonstrate that bolstering the status and place of the Arabic language is not only a moral imperative with legal validity but is also a move which is likely to benefit various civil, social, political and regional subjects including improving equality in the country, preventing discrimination against the Arab-Palestinian minority, promoting a positive attitude to Arab culture, readdressing and restudying the history of the country and even creating an opening for positive changes in Jewish-Israeli attitudes to the region.

Free and open to all.

More information about this event…

Welcome to AMES

Cambridge has a long and distinctive tradition in the study of the Middle East and Asia. This Faculty prides itself on exploring these fields through the local languages and encourages students to learn through real world engagement. If you are interested in these world regions and want to discover their languages, cultures, histories, religions, and politics, then this is the home for you. 


Upcoming events

Kitāb Sībawayhi: The Critical Theory

Sep 20, 2018

Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Upcoming events