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Journal Title: Arabian Humanities

ISSN: 2308-6122 (Online)

Publisher: Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales de Sanaa

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences

Country of publisher: Yemen

Language of fulltext: French, English

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Frédéric Lagrange


Blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 48 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article aims at linking the question of representation of the self and the other to linguistic analysis. An episode of Freej, a popular Emirati cartoon show, is examined both from an anthropological and discursive perspective. Although superficially seeming to denounce unorthodox adorcism (zār) as practised by women of African origin, the episode here considered actually proposes an ambiguous discourse on Emirati identity, challenged by the multiple influences of globalization and popular Arab cultures, a national identity which has become «possessed» by the outside world, as it is forced to open up toward the Other while preserving its specificity.