Working Paper

CREID Working Paper 18

The Linguistic Heritage of the Maṣlāwī Dialect in Iraq

Published on 15 December 2022

This paper deals with the linguistic heritage of the Maṣlāwī dialect in Iraq spoken by the diverse communities in the city of Mosul, known for its very rich cultural heritage in northern Iraq.

Fears among the speakers of the Maṣlāwī dialect, particularly the Christian Maṣlāwīs in Iraq, of losing their unique and multicultural dialect due to demographic changes that affected the city of Mosul is leading researchers to reflect on the many linguistic and cultural affiliations of the Maṣlāwī dialect associated with the religious communities in Mosul, in an attempt to preserve the very unique and vital linguistic heritage of the city.

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Jasim, M.I. (2022) The Linguistic Heritage of the Maṣlāwī Dialect in Iraq, CREID Working Paper 18, Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies DOI: 10.19088/CREID.2022.015


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