The case for Lebanon

A new reading of modern Middle Eastern history is proposed—and alternate solutions to the volatile region’s problems are suggested—by Franck Salameh, an assistant professor in the Boston College Slavic and Eastern Languages Department, in his new book Language, Memory, and Identity in the Middle East. The author  proposes bringing back to the fore of Middle East Studies the issue of language as a key factor in shaping (and misshaping) the region, with the hope of rediscovering a broader, more honest, and less ideologically tainted discussion on the Middle East. Language, Memory, and Identity in the Middle East has a special focus on Lebanon, a “Christian homeland,” because Lebanon has traditionally acted as the region’s template for change and a barometer gauging its problems and charting its progress. There is more from Professor Salameh courtesy of the Boston College Libraries.
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