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Muslims’ encounter with the English language: a study of Ismail Raji al Faruqi’s concept of Islamic English

Hasan, Md. Mahmudul (2011) Muslims’ encounter with the English language: a study of Ismail Raji al Faruqi’s concept of Islamic English. In: 5th BELTA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2011: Learning English in a Changing World: Global Perspectives & Local Contexts, 20-22 May 2011, BIAM Foundation, 63, New Eskaton, Dhaka. (Unpublished)

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In the mid-twentieth century, there were about half a million English words which doubled at the turn of the century. This spectacular vocabulary growth has taken place because of massive, continuous borrowings from different languages. However, concerning the inclusion of Arabic Islamic terms in English, this culture of borrowing has been less enthusiastic, for which Ismail Raji al Faruqi (1921-1986) partly blames the past “spiritual and intellectual tyranny of the Church.” Conversely, although several hundred million Muslims use English as their first or second language and more books on Islam are now published in it than in any other language, the way Muslim names and Islamic terms are transliterated and translated into English shows loyalty to the language and not to meaning. Based on this theoretical premise, I will examine al Faruqi’s concept of ‘Islamic English’ in the light of the twin strategies of ‘abrogation’ and ‘appropriation’ and will explicate how Muslim names and Islamic terms can enter the English language without semantic distortion, and can continue enriching the language that has gone truly global.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 6409/15675
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamic English, Muslim names, Arabic Islamic terms, semantic distortion, transliteration, translation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP160 General works on Islam
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Md. Mahmudul Hasan
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 08:21
Last Modified: 03 May 2013 08:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/15675

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