Securitization as a tool of regime survival:The deployment of religious rhetoric in Bashar al-Asad's speeches

Aldoughli, R. (2021) Securitization as a tool of regime survival:The deployment of religious rhetoric in Bashar al-Asad's speeches. The Middle East Journal, 75 (1). pp. 9-32.

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Abstract

This article analyzes the role of Sunni Islam in speeches given to religious scholars by Syrian president Bashar al-Asad in 2014 and 2017. I discuss how religion was used in these speeches as a security tool to consolidate authority, legitimize the Ba‘thist regime, and marginalize political dissidents. I specifically highlight the emphasis Asad placed on convincing government-recognized ‘ulama to support state security measures and to the novel links he constructed between Islam and national unity.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
The Middle East Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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ID Code:
159954
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Deposited On:
22 Sep 2021 15:30
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Yes
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Published
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06 Oct 2021 08:20