<i>Conclusion</i>: The Rape of Language

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

Conclusion: The Rape of Language

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Two things stand out during the discussion of the political discourse of the Iraqi Baʿths; the constant presence of the past and the major shift over two decades from secular, leftist, and socialist idioms to a language dominated by Islamic terms and religious motifs. The chapter also looks at the influence of Saddam Husayn's personal idioms on Arabic usage in Iraq. The most difficult question arising from this study is cited and answered. The effect and influence of the Baʿthi language is discussed. The power of words to affect major events and its manipulative power is also described.

Keywords: political; secular; socialist; Islamic terms; power of words; Iraq; religous motifs; study; language; idioms

Chapter.  4206 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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