Handbook of Arabic Literacy

Insights and Perspectives

  • Elinor Saiegh-Haddad
  • R. Malatesha Joshi

Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. The Arabic Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad, Roni Henkin-Roitfarb
      Pages 3-28
  3. Arabic Lexical Representation and Processing

  4. Arabic Reading and Spelling Development and Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Naama Friedmann, Manar Haddad-Hanna
      Pages 119-151
    3. Dorit Ravid, Dina Naoum, Suheir Nasser
      Pages 153-170
  5. Arabic Diglossia, Language and Literacy

  6. Arabic Emergent Literacy: Socio-Cultural Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Ofra Korat, Dorit Aram, Safieh Hassunha-Arafat, Elinor Saiegh-Haddad, Himat Hag-Yehiya Iraki
      Pages 323-347
  7. Arabic Literacy Development in Special Populations

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 409-422

About this book


This book provides a synopsis of recently published empirical research into the acquisition of reading and writing in Arabic. Its particular focus is on the interplay between the linguistic and orthographic structure of Arabic and the development of reading and writing/spelling. In addition, the book addresses the socio-cultural, political, and educational milieu in which Arabic literacy is embedded. It enables readers to appreciate both the implications of empirical research to literacy enhancement, and the challenges and limitations to the applicability of such insights in the Arabic language and literacy context. The book will advance the understanding of the full context of literacy acquisition in Arabic with the very many factors (religious, historical, linguistic, etc.) that interact, and will, hence, contribute to weakening the anglocentricity that dominates discussions of this topic.


ADAT Arabic lexical representation Arabic reading and spelling Arabic speaking children in Egypt Early reading ability in Arabic Effect of diglossia on literacy in Arabic and other languages Native Hebrew speakers learning Arabic as a foreign language Spoken and written word recognition Structure of Arabic language and orthography Textbooks in Israeli Arabic-speaking schools Written narratives in Jordanian Arabic types of developmental Dyslexia in Arabic

Editors and affiliations

  • Elinor Saiegh-Haddad
    • 1
  • R. Malatesha Joshi
    • 2
  1. 1.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8544-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8545-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-000X
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-0018
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