Deciphering the Stereotyping of Arabs, their language and religion by the Bruneians
Keywords:Arabs, Islamic names, Islamic terms, Brunei, stereotype
This study examines the stereotype on Arabs by the Bruneians’ points of view. It investigates Arabic terms related to race and faith. The data used in this study were drawn from an online questionnaire. About 185 Bruneians participated in the survey. Quantitative and qualitative approaches were used to analyse the data. The findings revealed that the majority of the respondents associate the “Arab” term with Islamic perspectives. About half of the respondent were aware of the fact that being an Arab is not necessarily means being a Muslim. The researchers argued that there is a conflict between the term “Arab” and the faith “Islam”. The majority of the respondents also believed that the use of Islamic greeting “Salam” and the use of Islamic phrases such as “InshaAllah” and “Alhamdulillah”, are only confined to Muslims.
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