Arab News and Conﬂict
A multidisciplinary discourse study
Lebanese University, Beirut
The Arab-Israeli struggle is not only a struggle over land, but a struggle over
language representations. Arab reporters as well as politicians believe that
their political discourses about the Middle East conﬂ ict are objective, accurate,
and credible. Arab News and Conflict critically examines the role of language
in the representations of events and ideologies found in news media.
Drawing on socio-political-linguistic approaches combined with real-case studies,
the author oﬀ ers a unique discourse analysis model for analysing politically
sensitive language in the media. The focus in this study is on the Arab media
discourse in times of conﬂ ict with Israel and the US, spanning the years 2001
to 2009. Using rich examples from outspoken Arab media outlets, the study
explores ideological and language facts about the Arab-Israeli conﬂict.
This book is compelling reading for students and researchers of media and
cultural studies, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, and translation. It is
of equal interest to political analysts, political speakers, journalists, and news
editors who need to understand more about the ideological function of the
language they use or the political-journalistic-linguistic nexus of power.
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 34] 2009. xiv, 222 pp.
HB 978 90 272 0625 1 EUR 99.00
Table of contents
Part I: Approaches to media discourse
2. A semiotic approach
3. An ideological approach
4. A critical discourse analysis approach
Part II: A model of analysis: Analysing Arab media discourse
5. Analysing the contextual factors
6. Analysing text strategy
Part III: Translation and media
7. Media translation and conﬂict