Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Clash of Constructed Perceptions: A Frame Analysis of Sayyid Qutb and Samuel Huntington
by Rees, Fernando, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2011, 103; 10305735
Abstract (Summary)

This research attempts to present an example of how the present tension between “the West” and “the Muslim world” could be approached without it being confined to the limited borders of a “clash of civilizations” theory. This thesis intends to show that the perception of a cultural clash could be the outcome of a practice of framing, defining a perception of “the other” as essentially incompatible. To assess this matter, frame analysis is employed to analyze Sayyid Qutb's “The America I Have Seen” and Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. This paper shows, through an exercise of frame analysis, given the structure of each discourse, that built indelibly in to each discourse is the basis for a conflict. The propensity towards conflict results from each discourse establishing the essence of one as being irrevocably, unchangingly, incompatible with the other. The construction of an incompatible essence depends on how “the other” is framed, which creates the conditions for clash and conflict.

Keywords: Sayyid Qutb; Samuel Huntington; frame analysis; clash of civilizations; Islam; the West.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Islamic Studies
Keywords: Clash of civilizations, Frame analysis, Huntington, Samuel, Islam, Qutb, Sayyid
Publication Number: 10305735
ISBN: 978-1-369-49299-6
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