"Great Satan" vs. the "Mad Mullahs: How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other / Edition 1

by William O. Beeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275982149

ISBN-13: 9780275982140

Pub. Date: 09/30/2005

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

The United States and Iran have been estranged for 25 years. They have carried out a mutual process of demonization that is unprecedented in modern history, based on cultural hot buttons that have the power to galvanize the populations of both countries. Iranian leaders have characterized the United States as the Great Satan—an evil corruptor that pollutes

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The United States and Iran have been estranged for 25 years. They have carried out a mutual process of demonization that is unprecedented in modern history, based on cultural hot buttons that have the power to galvanize the populations of both countries. Iranian leaders have characterized the United States as the Great Satan—an evil corruptor that pollutes society and destroys personal morality. American leaders characterize the members of the current government of the Islamic Republic of Iran as Mad Mullahs, wild-eyed and irrational. Giving a thorough account of the background of U.S.-Iranian relations, Beeman claims that the current accusations of both Iran and the United States are baseless, consisting largely of public invective and symbolic rhetoric according to their own mythologies of evil.

American leaders characterize the members of the current government of the Islamic Republic of Iran as Mad Mullahs, wild-eyed and irrational. They accuse them of fomenting the hostage crisis, in which American embassy personnel were held for 444 days at the end of the Carter administration, dealing a severe blow to U.S. national honor. The Bush administration has further accused the Iranians of being part of an Axis of Evil on the basis of their alleged support of terrorists, oppression of women and minorities, and development of nuclear weapons. Giving a thorough account of the background of U.S.-Iranian relations, Beeman claims that the current accusations of both Iran and the United States are baseless, consisting largely of public invective and symbolic rhetoric according to their own mythologies of evil.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275982140
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Discourse and Demonization

American Myths

Middle Eastern Myths

Discourse and Rhetoric

Images of the Great Satan

Images of the Mad Mullah

The Framework of U.S. Iranian Relations

The Sins of the United States

The Sins of Iran

The Birth of Post-modern Conflict: How Iranian Media Came of Age

Living with Iran: Resistance as Post-modern Discourse

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