Review of The Case for Lebanon

Language Memory and Identity in the Middle East: The Case for Lebanon by Boston College Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Arabic, and Hebrew Franck Salameh was reviewed by Professor Mordechai Nisan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Spring 2011 issue of the Middle East Quarterly (Volume 18, Number 2).   Here is an excerpt: “The essence of Salameh’s thesis is that langauge–one rooted in the distant past and leavened with a multiplicity of more contemporary influences–continues to leave its imprint both on how the Lebanese communicate in the popular domain but also on what makes Lebanon the extraordinary human venture it is.  […] Salameh’s meticulous research makes for a most worthy book that makes a significant contribution to the literature.  His study elucidates a core aspect of national identity with repercussions for all the Arabic-speaking countries.  The author questions a conventional and sanctified concept of an Arab world which, battered and bruised by internecine political rivalries and animosities, is as desiccated as a Middle Eastern desert in the heat of summer.” Read the full review.
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