This book sheds light on the ways in which the on-going Israeli-Arab conflict has shaped Arabic language instruction. Due to its interdisciplinary nature it will be of great interest to academics and researchers in security and middle eastern studies as well as those focused on language and linguistics.
Preface: Arabic, Security and Me Introduction: Arabic and Security in Israel 1. Rooting Security in Arabic Soil: When Zionism Met Arabic 2. Whose Language is it, anyway? Arabic in Israeli-Jewish Schools, 1948-1967 3. Recruiting Arabic to War: The 1967 and 1973 Wars' Influence on Arabic Studies in Israeli-Jewish Schools 4. Israel's Army of Arabists: 1976 and Beyond 5. Giv?at-?avivah and Ulpan-?A?iva: Arabic Studies independent of the Ministry of Education Conclusions
Yonatan Mendel is a Research Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the Director of Projects of the Mediterranean Unit at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel. He is also a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research area is the sociology of language, specifically the influences of political conflict on the study of, and attitude to a language and the way in which research on language contributes towards understanding deep social and political processes.