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INTRODUCTION – Changing one’s world view: the potentially transformative power of Asian language(s) and culture(s)
Learning an Asian language can serve as a bulwark against rising nationalism and xenophobia.
Towards a global approach to teaching Arabic in Australian universities
Arabic language teaching in Australia should focus more on the culture and global impact of Arabic than its utilitarian value.
Language is important in the prosecution of conflicts, particularly in the Middle East
Language provides an echo chamber for political conflict through its role as a symbol that conveys extra-linguistic meanings.
The sophisticated Islamic civilisations of Western Sub-Saharan Africa between the 13th and 19th centuries
The rich and sophisticated history of Islam in West Africa challenges colonialists’ narratives.