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

Hassanaly Ladha
9 min readOct 1, 2020

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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“Inshallah,” an Arabic word that literally means “if God wills it,” expresses hope that something will come to pass in the future. The term can also be used to avoid committing to an action or to equivocate, as in “I may do…

Hassanaly Ladha

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