- Apr 2018
- Upland, Sweden
I don't speak or read Arabic but I'll take your word for it."Lebanese is not a dialect of Arabic" pretty surprising that the vocabulary of this "Lebanese" are basically Arabic words with a few corruptions and alterations.
One of the more radical advocates of this belief, Said Akl, created a "Lebanese alphabet" and published a daily newspaper and a poetry book in it. And even said something along the lines of "I'd cut my right hand and not be an Arab".
Ha! Fascinating. It's always struck me that many Lebanese seem to have this desire to differentiate themselves from their neighbours which is perhaps not entirely convincing (but as they say, "Fake it until you make it"...) to a foreigner coming from a continent where national identities are much more clearly defined than in the Middle East. Where do you think this drive comes from? Is it that they are largely more Christian - specifically Greek-Orthodox from what I've understood - than most other peoples in the region?
On a largely unrelated note, Taleb is a very exciting man - I should start a thread about him...