This course explores the role of language in constructing social identities in the Middle East. The course will introduce students to linguistic and cultural theory as they relate to the construction of various forms of identities, including rural and urban, gender, race and ethnicity (including minorities), socioeconomic class, and religious. Although the focus is on the Middle East, the topics covered – language politics and policy, models of sociolinguistic variation, language ideology, linguistic standardization, etc. – are applicable to any region.
Students will become familiar with:
1) The ways in which language behavior reflects the diverse cultural patterns of the Middle East.
2) The role of language in the formation of national identities
3) The relationship between economic class, race and ethnicity, gender, religion, urbanization, and linguistic choice
4) The specialized language of religion and politics
5) Processes of language revival and revitalization
Timetable BA MOS Timetable BA Taalwetenschap
Mode of instruction
Total 140 hrs
Lectures: 26 hrs
Studying compulsory literature: 82 hrs
Bookreview: 30 hrs
Exam: 2 hrs
30% book review
60% final exam
There is only a resit for the final exam if the overall grade is lower than 5,5. The resit will count for 60% as well.
The literature will be announced on Blackboard.
Students are required to register through uSis
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Studeren à la carte nor Contractonderwijs is possible for this course.