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Arablish: The Baghdad Blogger

Gillian Whitlock

in Soft Weapons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226895253
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226895277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226895277.003.0002
Arablish: The Baghdad Blogger

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This chapter introduces an Iraqi blogger called Salam Pax. The origins of Pax are uncertain. The creation of the weblog and Pax was a brave act of resistance, and readers in the West constantly feared for his safety at the hands of Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency, the Mukhabarat. The accumulating authority of Pax's weblog resulted to unprecedented activity on the web as users went in search of more independent and alternative representations of Baghdad. Where Is Raed? is written in the name of peace and resistance. Arablish is a language devised to effect a careful engineering of the self in the virtual spaces of a webdiary. It is characterized as a linguas polutas. Salam Pax is a reminder that newness can come into the world in the struggle over representations and the conduct of war, and in the protocols of civil society and the conduct of relations among its subjects.

Keywords: Salam Pax; Iraqi blogger; Where Is Raed?; Mukhabarat; weblog; Arablish; linguas polutas

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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