Framing English as a Foreign Language in Fatwa Discourse
Fatwa discourse is among the most effective and powerful instrumental discourse in Muslim communities as a source of knowledge, guidance, adaptation and change. Thus, this study aimed at investigating the discourse of fatwas on the ruling of learning and speaking English to reveal the role such fatwas have played in shaping the attitude towards the English language among Muslims. In doing so, the data, which comprised English and Arabic fatwas, were analysed utilising frame analysis to understand how the issue was framed. The results showed two main ideological overarching frames: an anti-English frame and a pro-English frame. The anti-English frame, which serves as a form of resistance/rejection, shaped English through the following sub-frames: necessity, unArabic, unIslamic, anti-imitation and consequence/ramification. On the other hand, the pro-English frame, which is a form of acceptance, ideated English through the frames of necessity and permissibility.
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