Arabic literacy and secrecy among the Mende of Sierra Leone.

C. Bledsoe, K. M. Robey

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In contrast to the paradigm which views literacy as a mode of facilitating communication, shows that those Mende who are learned in Arabic construe the knowledge to which literacy allegedly gives access as dangerous and, therefore, secret. Contrasts these patterns with the uses of English literacy and with recent changes in Arabic education itself. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-226
Number of pages25
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1986

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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