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ERIC Number: EJ937855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
The Discursive Construction of (A)Moral Names: Religion versus Language
Haque, Muhammed Shahriar; Abedin, Zainul
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v30 n3-4 p377-390 Aug 2011
Bangla, as spoken in Bangladesh, is inseparable from the nation itself. The language movement of 1952, where several people died, played a significant role in the independence and the birth of Bangladesh. In fact, on 17th November 1999, UNESCO immortalized the movement by proclaiming 21st February as the International Mother Language Day. Bangla, the national and official language of Bangladesh, is unique to the people of its country because it embodies the spiritual, the cultural, and, above all, the historical nature of the nation. Despite its significance to the people of Bangladesh, giving a meaningful Bangla name to a child may be considered amoral. On the contrary, keeping an Arabic name, irrespective of its meaning, is honorable, ethical, and, as some Mollahs would have it, a moral duty of Muslim parents. The justification is simple, because Arabic is the language of the Quran, any Arabic name is acceptable. Anayetullah (Aadhunik muslim namer Sreshtha Sankalon, Sarsina Library, 2008) suggests that Bangla names are meaningless and go against Islamic tradition. The influence of religion when selecting a name in Bangladesh needs to be investigated from a critical discourse analysis (CDA) perspective, because people need to be made aware of why Bangla names are considered amoral.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh