Saddam's Word : The Political Discourse in Iraq: The Political Discourse in Iraq

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 8, 1998 - History - 288 pages
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This is the first serious attempt to understand modern Iraq through a close examination of the political discourse used by the Ba'th regime and its leader, Saddam Hussein. By analyzing political terms, concepts, and idioms as disseminated through the official Iraqi mouthpieces, author Ofra Bengio illuminates Iraq's political culture and the events that these expressions have both reflected and shaped. Not only does this study add to our understanding of the "Saddam enigma;" it also offers a more universal truth: that under any regime, political culture is built on public discourse. Saddam's Word will be of much interest to students of the contemporary Middle East, as well as to all other observers of Saddam Hussein and his regime.
 

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Contents

Language and Politics
3
The Word and the Party
33
Language and Action
49
An Irreplaceable Regime
69
Unity and Separatism
87
Loyalty to the Community or the State?
98
Autonomy or Secession?
109
The Bath Facing Particularism and Secession
121
The Ethos of Force
146
Epic and Apocalypse
159
The Manipulation of Islam
176
From Islamic Rhetoric to a Vision of Apocalypse
192
The Rape of Language
203
Notes
213
Bibliography
249
Index
259

Three Cycles of Hostility
127

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