Abstract

The subject of this essay is the alphabetization project of Daniel Willard Fiske (1831–1904). Fiske’s project would allow the Egyptians to adopt a new alphabet based on the Latin one, and to adopt Egyptian Arabic as their official written language. The project was inspired by Fiske’s discussions with the German Orientalist Wilhelm Spitta-Bey. Fiske called in the help of his Arabic teacher, Socrates Spiro, to translate into Arabic the texts he wrote for this project. Together they produced various alphabetization materials, such as alphabet posters, reading exercises, and short stories to be used in schools as well as other publications on the Arabic language and script. These materials were distributed all over Egypt, in the hope of making the new alphabet the standard in schools as well as in the government. This essay explores Fiske’s project and its reception in Egyptian society.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2375-4036
Print ISSN
0889-8731
Pages
pp. 1-19
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-28
Open Access
No
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