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The Field of Arabic Instruction in Israel: Underachievement in the Jewish Sector

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Chapter two analyses the field of Arabic instruction in the dominant, Jewish sector. It ascribes the failure of the education system to inculcate proficiency to numerous processes that largely result from the Zionist particularist imperative which affects the field in contradictory ways. These include the Latinisation of Arabic—the constitution of Arabic as a dead, classical language; the alienating educational agenda that is imposed on Arabic instruction by the securitist rationale of Arabic instruction; the devaluation of Arabic proficiency in the academic system; the de-Arabisation of autochthonous Middle Eastern Jewry; and the general devaluation of Arabic as cultural capital.



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