Language, Identity, and Syrian Political Activism on Social Media is an empirical contemporary Arabic sociolinguistic investigation informed by theories and notions developed in the fields of Arabic linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and linguistic anthropology.

Building on the Bakhtinian concept of linguistic hybridity, this book conducts a longitudinal analysis of Syrian dissidents’ social media practices between 2009 and 2017. It shows how dissidents have used social media to emerge in the discourse about the Syrian conflict and how language has been used symbolically as a tool of social and political engagement in an increasingly complex sociopolitical context.

This monograph is ideal for students, sociolinguists and researchers interested in Arabic language and identity.

chapter 1|28 pages


chapter 3|9 pages

Hybridity and cosmopolitan identities

chapter 4|22 pages

Hybridity and dissident identities

chapter 5|15 pages

Hybridity and participation

chapter 7|16 pages

Hybridity and erasure

chapter 8|9 pages