Language, Memory, and Identity in the Middle East: The Case of Lebanon

http://www.youtube.com/p/D141E8114DC5A8FA?hl=sv_SE&fs=1

Dr. Franck Salameh, assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies at Boston College, talks about his book. The book proposes a new reading of modern Middle Eastern history and suggests alternate solutions to the region’s problems. The book is an attempt to rehabilitate and bring back to the fore of Middle East Studies the issue of language as a key factor in shaping (and misshaping) the region, with the hope of rediscovering a broader, more honest, and less ideologically tainted discussion on the Middle East. Language, Memory, and Identity in the Middle East has a special focus on Lebanon, because Lebanon has traditionally acted as the region’s template for change and a barometer gauging its problems and charting its progress.