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<i>Introduction</i>: Language and Politics

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195114393.003.0001

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

Introduction: Language and Politics

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This introduction attempts to draw from the immense store of words, terms, concepts, idioms, and ideas of the Iraqi regime. The readers are asked to discern the political culture and follow the political processes evolving in society. Furthermore, the chapter points out the power and importance of language expressing the primordial quality of words. The myth of the Arabic language and its use in politics are also discussed. The chapter looks at the media and its co-relation with Arab politics. Saddam Husayn is introduced as a leader and as the strongman behind the scenes. The spheres of the study are also explained in this chapter.

Keywords: words; political culture; society; primordial quality; Arabic politics; language

Chapter.  6987 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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