Securitization as a Tool of Survival:The Deployment of Religious Rhetoric in Bashar al-Asad’s Speeches

Aldoughli, Rahaf Bara'a (2020) Securitization as a Tool of Survival:The Deployment of Religious Rhetoric in Bashar al-Asad’s Speeches. The Middle East Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article analyzes the role of Sunni Islam in speeches given by Syrian President Bashar al-Asad between 2014 and 2017. I discuss how religion is used in these speeches as a security tool to consolidate authority, legitimize the Baˈathist regime, and marginalize political dissidents. I attend specifically to the emphasis al-Asad places on convincing religious scholars (ulama) to support state security measures, and to the novel links he constructs between religion and national unity.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
The Middle East Journal
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ID Code:
146746
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Deposited On:
24 Aug 2020 08:30
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Yes
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In Press
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24 Aug 2020 08:30