Middle East Today

State, Memory, and Egypt’s Victory in the 1973 War

Ruling by Discourse

Authors: Menshawy, Mustafa

  • Draws upon untapped sources of Egyptian war discourse such as newspaper archives, textbooks, war memorials, stamps, and song scripts
  • Contributes to theoretical knowledge about the relationship between war and discourse with reference to the Arab world specifically
  • Provides insight into the role of discourse as a legitimating power for the state
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This book explores and problematises the war discourse regarding Egypt's victory in the 1973 War. It traces the process through which this discourse was constructed and reconstructed by the state throughout the periods of President Anwar Sadat, his successor Hosni Mubarak, and afterwards. It uses Critical Discourse Analysis to combine analysis of texts commemorating the war with a study of the socio-political milieu related to personal authoritarianism and the state’s intricate relations with the army, the press and Islamists.

About the authors

Mustafa Menshawy is Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, UK. His analyses have appeared in many news outlets including the BBC and Sky News.

Reviews

“Utilising unique and original data sources, Mustafa Menshawy's analysis of Egyptian political discourse is theoretically sophisticated, insightful and deeply fascinating. A brilliant exposition of how state elites and the media employ discourse as a tool of power and hegemony, this study is an important addition to the literature on language, politics, memory, and war. It will be of real interest to both the specialist and novice alike, and it makes a genuine contribution to our understanding of this important country at a time of national and regional transformation.” (Richard Jackson, author of “Writing the War on Terrorism”)

“This book, using original data and detailed macro and micro analysis of discourses around the 1973 war, fills a gap in the literature on the crucial role of the media in national politics and the construction of the Egyptian state’s credibility and legitimacy. Through meticulous analysis of the relationship between politics, language, memory and war, the book offers an important contribution to our understanding of the durability of narratives around the Egyptian state and army during political transformations.” (Dina Matar, Associate Head of the Centre for Media Studies, SOAS University of London, UK, author of What it Means to be Palestinian and co-author of The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Critical Discourse Analysis and the Power of the 1973 War in Egypt

    Menshawy, Mustafa

    Pages 1-25

  • State and Memory Under Sadat: Language, Politics and the 1973 War Discourse in Egypt

    Menshawy, Mustafa

    Pages 27-102

  • State and Memory Under Mubarak: Language, Politics and the 1973 War Discourse in Egypt

    Menshawy, Mustafa

    Pages 103-148

  • Socio-Political Practices Under Sadat

    Menshawy, Mustafa

    Pages 149-200

  • Socio-Political Practices Under Mubarak

    Menshawy, Mustafa

    Pages 201-235

Buy this book

eBook £87.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50121-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £109.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-50120-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
State, Memory, and Egypt’s Victory in the 1973 War
Book Subtitle
Ruling by Discourse
Authors
Series Title
Middle East Today
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50121-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50121-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50120-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 320
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