Biden’s Use of “Inshallah”: Language and the American Idea

Biden’s use of “Inshallah” in the first Presidential debate was far more radical and meaningful than commentators have thus far appreciated.

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Biden to Trump: Inshallah we’ll see your taxes
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Arab Christians pray in Arabic… to Allah
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Muslim and Christian scribes during the “Arabo-Norman” period in Sicily, 12th century AD
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Goethe’s East-West Divan (1819), an homage to Islamic mystical poetry

Hassanaly Ladha is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut.

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