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The "Great Satan" Vs. the "Mad Mullahs"

How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other

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For more than twenty-five years, the United States and Iran have been diplomatically estranged, each characterizing the other not only as a political adversary, but also as devious, threatening, and essentially evil. According to William O. Beeman's provocative book, "The "Great Satan" vs. the "Mad Mullahs,"" such demonization is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as both countries have embraced exactly the policies and rhetoric that would particularly threaten or insult the other. Drawing on his experience as a linguistic anthropologist, Beeman parses how political leaders have used historical references, religious associations, and the mythology of evil to inflame their own citizens against the foreign country, and proposes a way out of this dangerous debacle.
"William Beeman's analysis of dissonant perceptions of Iran and the USA is compelling and important. . . . I am particularly grateful for this work."--James Peacock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
" Beeman] is more interested in informing the reader than in impressing his peers. The other strength of the book lies in the author's knowledge of Iranian history and culture. . . . It challenges the reader and forces him to question stereotypes about Iran and Washington's perspective on the country."--Abbas William Samii, "Middle East Journal""" ""

"William Beeman's analysis of dissonant perceptions of Iran and the United States is compelling and important.... I am particularly grateful for this work." - James Peacock, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "[Beeman] is more interested in informing the reader than in impressing his peers. The other strength of the book lies in the author's knowledge of Iranian history and culture.... It challenges the reader and forces him to question stereotypes about Iran and Washington's perspective on the country." - Abbas William Samii, Middle East Journal"

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. ix
Acknowledgments to the Paperback Editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Discourse and Demonizationp. 1
American Mythsp. 13
Middle Eastern Mythsp. 23
Discourse and Rhetoricp. 35
Images of the Great Satanp. 49
Images of the Mad Mullahp. 69
The Framework of U.S.-Iranian Relations: Modernization and Development as an Index of National Worthp. 91
The Sins of the United Statesp. 119
The Sins of Iranp. 137
The Birth of Postmodern Conflict: How Iranian Media Came of Agep. 165
Living with Iran: Resistance as Postmodern Discoursep. 189
Notesp. 217
Comprehensive Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780226041476
ISBN-10: 0226041476
Series: Morality and Society Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st February 2008
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.42