Challenges of Arabic language education policies in the Arab World

Authored by: Muhammad Amara

The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138783331
eBook ISBN: 9781315147062
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315147062-32

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Abstract

Arabic is the official language in 23 countries in the Middle East (all except Turkey and Iran) and North Africa (Suleiman 1999). In four countries (Israel, Chad, Somalia, and Djibouti), Arabic is an official language alongside other languages. Outside the Middle East and North Africa, Arabic has a special status in Islamic countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia as the language of the Koran.

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