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Article: English and the transnational Ismaili Muslim community: Identity, the Aga Khan, and infrastructure

TitleEnglish and the transnational Ismaili Muslim community: Identity, the Aga Khan, and infrastructure
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=LSY
Citation
Language in Society, 2016, v. 45 n. 4, p. 583-604 How to Cite?
AbstractThe adoption of English as the official language of the transnational Ismaili Muslim community has its roots in the British Raj, which provides the backdrop for recent Ismaili history. Yet it is the Aga Khan IV, spiritual leader of the community since 1957, who has most avidly pushed English as part of a ‘language policy’. Drawing on Ismaili discourse published online, historical sources, secondary literature, and data collected during ethnographic fieldwork in Northern Pakistan and Eastern Tajikistan, this article addresses how English emerged as the community’s official language, how and why it was made integral to the community’s transnational infrastructure, and what English means to Ismailis living in a village in Hunza, Northern Pakistan and the city of Khorog, Eastern Tajikistan. It thereby underscores that identity and infrastructure emerge as entangled, and it reflects upon the implications of this relationship for research on English and Islam, and language and transnationalism. (Transnationalism, English, Ismaili, Pakistan, Tajikistan, identity, infrastructure, Islam)
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/227158
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.525
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.034

 

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dc.contributor.authorBolander, BWR-
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-18T09:08:47Z-
dc.date.available2016-07-18T09:08:47Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage in Society, 2016, v. 45 n. 4, p. 583-604-
dc.identifier.issn0047-4045-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/227158-
dc.description.abstractThe adoption of English as the official language of the transnational Ismaili Muslim community has its roots in the British Raj, which provides the backdrop for recent Ismaili history. Yet it is the Aga Khan IV, spiritual leader of the community since 1957, who has most avidly pushed English as part of a ‘language policy’. Drawing on Ismaili discourse published online, historical sources, secondary literature, and data collected during ethnographic fieldwork in Northern Pakistan and Eastern Tajikistan, this article addresses how English emerged as the community’s official language, how and why it was made integral to the community’s transnational infrastructure, and what English means to Ismailis living in a village in Hunza, Northern Pakistan and the city of Khorog, Eastern Tajikistan. It thereby underscores that identity and infrastructure emerge as entangled, and it reflects upon the implications of this relationship for research on English and Islam, and language and transnationalism. (Transnationalism, English, Ismaili, Pakistan, Tajikistan, identity, infrastructure, Islam)-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=LSY-
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage in Society-
dc.rightsLanguage in Society. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.-
dc.titleEnglish and the transnational Ismaili Muslim community: Identity, the Aga Khan, and infrastructure-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailBolander, BWR: bolander@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityBolander, BWR=rp02072-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0047404516000439-
dc.identifier.hkuros259666-
dc.identifier.volume45-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage583-
dc.identifier.epage604-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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