The portrayal of gender in the Arabic construction

Muassomah, Muassomah and Abdullah, Irwan and Hasanah, Umdatul and Kulsum, Nyimas Umi and Muzakki, Akhmad (2022) The portrayal of gender in the Arabic construction. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 11 (5). pp. 255-265. ISSN 2281-4612

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Abstract

The portrayal of gender in the Arabic construction has shown the existence of gender inequality. The Arabic language is a highly gendered language, with every word having its own male or female identity, and this has legitimized the existing gender disparities in Arabic society. Men and women are supposed to have particular characteristics, which are similarly reflected within specific spaces and positions. This article thus employs a qualitative approach to understand the gendered identities of Arabic-language words. Data were collected by reading Arabic-language texts and recorded words that highlighted the disparity between men and women. This article finds significant disparity, with words identified as male connoting strength, might, dominance, activeness, dynamicity, and independence and words identified as female connoting marginalization, subordination, passiveness, and dependence. This study highlights the unfair portrayal of women in Arabic constructions has legitimized gender inequality in Muslim society.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: sexism in language; arabic language; gender bias in language; patriarchal ideology; muslim society
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200399 Language Studies not elsewhere classified
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of Arabic Language and Letters
Depositing User: Muassomah Muassomah
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 09:00

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