The second half of the nineteenth century is also the period of emerging and evolving discourses of identity in the Arab world. Partly responsible for these developments was the nascent journalistic industry, which addressed their readership as Arabs, Syrians, Lebanese, or Easterners.
This study approaches identity as something that people do in communication with others, by referring to an identity. In the context of evolving discourses of identity, the question is how Ṣābūnjī referred to identities in his journalistic writings of the period between 1870 and 1880.
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