Courtroom proverbial murals in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Khachan, Victor
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-22T11:35:51Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-22T11:35:51Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2016-03-22
dc.identifier.issn 1035-0330 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3385
dc.description.abstract Inspired by the “rituality” and “symbolism” of the courtroom as a discourse of space, this paper sheds light on the semiotic weight of the tiled-mosaic murals of Arabic proverbs displayed in the courtrooms of the Palace of Justice in Beirut, Lebanon. This paper attempts to draw attention to the discursive importance of these courtroom proverbial murals in the conceptualization of justice in the Lebanese legal and judicial system by unfolding the semiotic code of the proverbial murals. This work categorizes the murals under investigation (20 murals) into three “functional” or semiotic categories: social (six proverbs), quasi-judicial (nine proverbs; three of which are religious, two ethical, and four political) and judicial (five proverbs). On a positive note, this investigation highlights the functionality of the linguistic (i.e. proverbiality) and artistic (calligraphy and design) components of the proverbial murals as a semiotic tool to inter-faith national unity in Lebanon. Nonetheless, the same semiotic features signal a spatially “mutating” justice, from one courtroom to another and thus a socioethical, religious and political relativism in perceiving justice. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Courtroom proverbial murals in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle a semiotic reconstruction of justice en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199590130 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department English en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Social Semiotics en_US
dc.journal.volume 22 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 333-347 en_US
dc.keywords Courtroom murals en_US
dc.keywords Proverbiality en_US
dc.keywords Semiotic code en_US
dc.keywords Lebanese courtroom en_US
dc.keywords Aramaic and Islamic calligraphy en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2012.665262 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Khachan, V. (2012). Courtroom proverbial murals in Lebanon: a semiotic reconstruction of justice. Social Semiotics, 22(3), 333-347. en_US
dc.author.email vkhachan@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10350330.2012.665262

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