Saddam's Word: The Political Discourse in Iraq

Ofra Bengio*

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This book attempts to understand modern Iraq through a close examination of the political discourse used by the Ba'th regime and its leader, Saddam Hussein. By analysing political terms, concepts, and idioms as disseminated through the official Iraqi mouthpieces, the book illuminates Iraq's political culture and the events that these expressions have both reflected and shaped. Not only does this study hope to add to our understanding of the "Saddam enigma," but it also hopes to offer a more universal truth: that under any regime or political culture is built on public discourse.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages266
ISBN (Electronic)9780199854523
ISBN (Print)0195114396, 9780195114393
StatePublished - 3 Oct 2002

Publication series

NameStudies in Middle Eastern history


  • Ba'th regime
  • Iraq
  • Middle East
  • Political culture
  • Political terms
  • Public discourse
  • Saddam Hussein


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