Kurdish Studies

ISSN: 2051-4883 | e-ISSN: 2051-4891
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Representation of Kurd in ISIS media: A critical discourse analysis

Yaser Ghazvini Haeri
Assistant professor of history, university of Tehran, Iran
Mohsen Momeni
Assistant professor of history, university of Urmia,Iran
Asma Rezaei
PhD student of history, university of Tarbiat Modares
Keywords: ISSI Media, Kurdish Language, Kurds, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA).


ISIS is a terrorist organization that uses visual media to express and promote its ideals. Utilizing this medium in several languages is critical to the media's seriousness against ISIS. In one direction, actions are being taken to demonstrate the linguistic and ethnic diversity of ISIS members, while in the other, the owners of these languages are being targeted. Moreover, languages that are prevalent in ISIS-controlled regions are of utmost relevance. In this sense, it can be argued that Sorani and Kormanj, the two main dialects of the Kurdish language, are essential languages and ads for ISIS propaganda. However, this is less significant in quantity and quality compared to Arabic, English, and French. It continues to be average. The purpose of this study is to expose ISIS in the Kurdish-language media using Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) by examining the fundamental aspects (i.e., pictures, sounds, language, and sights) from data of three distinct sorts (audio, videos, and press-published content). The researchers "rediscovered" another aspect of the Kurdish language, including words such as Barzani, Ocalan, PKK, Talebani, and Peshmerga, and terms such as apostate, Molhed, Taghout, and Crusaders' servant. And, on the other side, by recalling a name such as Salah al-Din al-Ayubi, he, among the Kurds who attempt to make the groups appear illegitimate to them, makes himself a legitimate group and attracts followers.

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