‘Saddam's Qadisiyyah’: Religion and History in the Service of State Ideology in Baʿthi Iraq

@article{Lewental2014SaddamsQR,
  title={‘Saddam's Qadisiyyah’: Religion and History in the Service of State Ideology in Baʿthi Iraq},
  author={D. Gershon Lewental},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={50},
  pages={891 - 910}
}
  • D. G. Lewental
  • Published 6 October 2014
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Middle Eastern Studies
Rhetoric espoused by the Baʿthi regime of Iraq reflected a deliberate mix of nationalistic and religious elements, most clearly expressed in the discourse surrounding the war with Iran, termed ‘Saddam's Qadisiyyah’, after a battle during the Arab-Islamic conquests, which Saddam Husayn turned into a metaphor for Arab-Iranian relations. As the memory of the seventh century engagement was popularized in Iraq, Qadisiyyah nomenclature spread throughout the Arab world (and beyond) and Saddam's… 
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