Diglossia in the Arab World
—Educational Implications and Future Perspectives


This essay will offer an introduction to the long-debated issue of diglossia in the Arabic-speaking world, together with an overview of some of the effects it brings about within the Arab society against the background of the governing Islamic creed. After a definition of the issue, backed by the most relevant, related academic literature, a brief overview will be offered of the social setting in which this situation has perpetuated itself to this day. The author will then proceed to assess the impact of diglossia on Arab youth, nowadays, with an eye on educational concerns, and will conclude with a tentative speculation on the future of Arabic as a language, in hopes to inspire further academic endeavor.

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Horn, C. (2015) Diglossia in the Arab World
—Educational Implications and Future Perspectives. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 5, 100-104. doi: 10.4236/ojml.2015.51009.

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