An Analysis of the Islamic State’s Rhetoric
Kurstin Gatt, a native Maltese, is currently working on his doctoral thesis at the Friedrich Schlegel-Graduate School of Literary Studies at the Free University of Berlin. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Arabic studies at the University of Malta. In his bachelor’s degree he studied several Semitic languages including Classical Hebrew, Phoenician and Punic apart from Standard and dialectal Arabic. Upon completing his bachelor’s studies, Mr. Gatt was granted a full scholarship by the DAAD in order to pursue his master’s degree at the University of Leipzig. During this period, he focused mainly on Islamic law, Arabic language, translation and linguistics. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eckehard Schulz and Dr. Kristina Stock, Mr. Gatt wrote his master’s thesis entitled “A Rhetorical Analysis of Nouri al-Maliki’s Political Discourse”, in which he attempted to unveil the rhetoric exploited by the politician to gain the trust of the Iraqi citizens post 2011 US-led invasion. Kurstin Gatt’s research interests focus on intersections of the literary, the religious, and the political in contemporary discourse, whether it is in the form of public orations or poetry. Other research interests include Arabic dialectology, media Arabic and the exploitation of the classical Arabic ode as a weapon of propaganda and resistance. Mr. Gatt is currently working on the rhetoric of the Islamic State, taking into consideration both public orations and poetry published by the organisation. He is supervised by Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gruendler and Prof. Dr. Islam Dayeh.
|Research Colloquium in Bamberg entitled 'Arabic Popular Culture'. Title of presentation, "An Analysis of the Islamic State's Rhetoric: A preliminary Study on Anāšīd ğihādīya".|
|31.12.2014-12.01.2015||Study Programme in Israel entitled, 'Two Nations and Three Religions in Israel and Palestine' organised by Galilee Institute.|
|05.2014||DAAD Conference. Title of Presentation," Maltese-A European Language with Semitic Roots: A Linguistic Analysis".|