Response to Islamophobia in the Arabic Islamic discourse: A critical discourse Analysis

  • Zouhir Gabsi Deakin University
Keywords: Critical discourse analysis, Islamophobia, religious discourse, September 11, sermons


In the aftermath of September 11, Muslim scholars made numerous attempts to explain Islamophobia from the Islamic perspective; they presented arguments that are not addressed in the Western narrative. Two texts in Arabic by the prominent Muslim preacher, Mohammad Hassan and by the Muslim orator Fadhel Sliman are analysed from a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) viewpoint. This analysis aims to demonstrate how language is inextricably linked with ideology. This paper demonstrates that textual strategies in the Arabic Islamic discourse and their ideological implications show distinct characteristics some of which add to the present literature on discourse. The aim of the chosen texts is to educate and create solidarity between the speakers and the audience in fighting Islamophobia. The reliance of the speakers on tactics such as quoting from the Holy Qur’ān and ḥadīth to defend Islam, and choice of words and sentence structures may instigate discussions about the persuasive power of the Arabic Islamic narrative.


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Author Biography

Zouhir Gabsi, Deakin University
Lecturer of Arabic studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
How to Cite
Gabsi, Z. (2015). Response to Islamophobia in the Arabic Islamic discourse: A critical discourse Analysis. Intellectual Discourse, 23(2). Retrieved from