Sunlit Water

February 4, 2011

Egypt Is Huge

Filed under: Culture,Language,Politics — by teofilo @ 2:49 pm

Egypt is not only the largest Arab country by far (and one of the largest in the world), it is also the center of Arabic-language radio, television, and movies.  Entertainment programs and films produced in Egypt are distributed widely throughout the Arab world, and as a result most Arabs can understand the Egyptian dialect as well as their own local dialect and, if they are educated, Modern Standard Arabic, which is a semi-artificial literary language used for writing and formal speeches but spoken as a native language by no one.  As a result, the upheaval going on in Egypt right now has enormous implications for the Arab world as a whole.  Tunisia was one thing, but Egypt is something else entirely.


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