Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Rhetorical Examination and Critique of Hezbollah,the Party of God
by Kahil, Souhad, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2006, 126; 10817793
Abstract (Summary)

Rhetorical examination and critique of Hezbollah--the Party of God is an analysis and interpretation, of Hezbollah as a social movement whose discourse is rooted in Arabic and Islamic discourse traditions. Hezbollah is a poorly understood movement. It is portrayed as a one-dimensional terrorist group. Hezbollah members are portrayed as plane hijackers, kidnappers and suicide bombers. But the Party of God has a rhetorical life--even the rhetorical construction of the martyr is worth examination from a cultural perspective. The following study examines how persuasive discourse constructs Hezbollah identity and purpose. Further, this study examines how the political and military elements in the context of Lebanese modernism are reflected in movement's discourse.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gonzalez, Alberto
School: Bowling Green State University
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Sociology, Rhetoric
Keywords: Cultural rhetoric, Hezbollah, Islamic resistance, Middle east, Social movements
Publication Number: 10817793
ISBN: 978-0-355-84350-7
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