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English idioms: An Islamic perspective

Othman, Khairiah and Abdul Malik, Faridah and Engku Ibrahim, Engku Haliza (2017) English idioms: An Islamic perspective. Advanced Science Letters, 23 (5). pp. 4960-4963. ISSN 1936-6612 E-ISSN 1936-7317

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Many advocate that a mastery of idioms is a reflection of native speakers’ proficiency. While understanding idioms is an important part of language acquisition, a language reflects its culture. The interconnectedness between English idioms and western culture may create uneasiness on some non-native learners as the usage of some idioms may not be in-line with their value system. This article aims to highlight the presence of some English idioms which are not in line with the principles of Islam and hence, may not be appropriate for Muslims to use. The study employed a content analysis method in analysing the idioms. The findings indicate the presence of English idioms which include terms with reference to the cross and Christianity, equating men to dogs and pigs, as well as a positive image of alcohol which are incongruent with Islamic principles, hence the need for Muslims to view English idioms critically. This study has pedagogical implications for teaching English to Muslim learners. Keywords: idioms, culture, Muslims, ESL/EFL

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2043/57942
Uncontrolled Keywords: Idioms, Culture, Muslims, ESL/EFL.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD)
Depositing User: Dr Khairiah Othman
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 15 May 2020 02:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57942

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