Democracy and rhetoric in the Arab world

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dc.contributor.author Badran, Dany
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-18T09:08:11Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-18T09:08:11Z
dc.date.issued 2015-09-18
dc.identifier.issn 2152-0844 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2159
dc.description.abstract This article attempts to empirically test the relationship between the type of rhetoric dominant in the Arab world and the notion of democracy. It takes as case studies three sets of editorials written directly in the aftermath of the toppling of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011: one from the politically controlled and autocratic Republic of Syria; another from the more open, cosmopolitan, and arguably more democratic Republic of Lebanon; and the third from the United States, as an example of the most functional democracy of the three. By analyzing and categorizing the argumentative strategies adopted in these three sets of editorials into (1) presentation, (2) through-argumentation, and (3) counterargumentation, this article seeks to uncover how possible differences in the rhetorical approaches of these editorials can reflect the level of democratic practices of societies and/or governing systems in different countries. Ultimately, I test and scrutinize the hypothesis that potential differences in rhetorical strategies correspond with the level of cultural exposure and democratic tendencies that exist in Syria and Lebanon, especially in the context of current political changes taking place in the Arab world. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Democracy and rhetoric in the Arab world en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200603435
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department English en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal The Journal of the Middle East and Africa en_US
dc.journal.volume 4 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 65-86 en_US
dc.keywords Arab spring en_US
dc.keywords Arabic rhetoric en_US
dc.keywords Argumentation en_US
dc.keywords Democracy en_US
dc.keywords Rhetoric en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21520844.2013.772685 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Badran, D. (2013). Democracy and Rhetoric in the Arab World. The Journal of the Middle East and Africa, 4(1), 65-86. en_US
dc.author.email dany.badran@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21520844.2013.772685

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