How Arabic Became a Threat to “Social Cohesion” in Israel

by Orly Noy Israelis read Sunday morning that Israeli police had mistakenly arrested a Palestinian worker after relying on a Facebook translation of a post he had written a week earlier. The worker had uploaded a photo of himself standing next to… Continue Reading  

The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

by James Pickett Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own right? What differentiates it from varieties prevalent in Afghanistan and Iran? There is no easy answer to these questions because the very categories we use… Continue Reading  

Islam’s Lesser Muslims: When “Khuda” became “Allah”

by Alia P. Ahmed In 1985 a curious thing happened: a prominent Pakistani talk-show host bid her audience farewell with the words Allah Hafiz. It was an awkward substitution. The Urdu word for goodbye was actually Khuda Hafiz (meaning God… Continue Reading