Murphy, Cullen
September 2007
American Scholar;Autumn2007, Vol. 76 Issue 4, p14
Academic Journal
In this article, the author discusses the implication of the Arabic phrase inshallah for the U.S. The author says that a U.S. colonel in Iraq observed that when U.S. soldiers are asked about the possible success of the war, they respond with inshallah, which means God willing. He claims that it is a truism that words migrate because the concepts they connote have also migrated. The author thinks that it is perilous to generalize the effect of inshallah on the U.S. society.


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