Politics and Arabization: the evolution of postindependence North Africa

  title={Politics and Arabization: the evolution of postindependence North Africa},
  author={Craig A. Sirles},
  journal={International Journal of the Sociology of Language},
  pages={115 - 130}
  • Craig A. Sirles
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Soon after independence, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia instituted programs to Arabize schools, courts, and the bureaucracy. Four decades later, success in Arabization in Algeria, the most gallicized of the three countries, has been greatest; in postindependence Tunisia, whose native population is 100 percent Arabic-speaking, French presence has flourished; Morocco's linguistic situation, where French colonial influence was least, remains murky. This study argues for the primacy of politics in… Expand
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