8 June 2011. Rhetorical Analysis of the article by Tawfik Hamid: Tawfik Hamid is a Muslim name. Since the author’s name is Tawfik Hamid, it essentially conveys to the audience that he is a Muslim, though he may or may not be one…
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If a non-Muslim expresses his views in support of the French government’s resolution to ban burqa, it is quite expectable of him. However, if a Muslim supports the decision of French government against burqa, this can have great impact on the audience. There can be several reasons why an apparent Muslim would do that. There might be a possibility that the author is only a Muslim by name and does not actually believe in Islam, in which case, the audience is being totally deceived since it takes the author for a Muslim. Someone may do that in order to impress upon the audience that even Muslims themselves do not approve of the teachings of Islam. In other words, it may be a plot against the spread of Islam. Yet there is also a possibility that the author is actually a Muslim. Such an individual might support French government’s decision to ban burqa contrary to the teachings of Islam in an attempt to prove that he holds liberal beliefs and is not a fundamentalist. In the contemporary age, a lot of Muslims around the world are indulging in such practices and are behaving in such ways that would make them unsuitable for fundamentalist stereotyping. Whatever the case may be, the audience has been made to feel negative about Islam through this article in an indirect way. The article is fundamentally against Islam. The author’s thesis is that French government’s decision should choose security as the reason for banning burqa instead of religion in order to suppress public’s retaliation. The author chose to justify the French government’s decision to ban burqa in schools in an attempt to convince the people, both Muslim and non-Muslim to accept the government’s decision. The author has mentioned in the article that burqa is a driving factor of the spread of Islam. He has supported its ban because somewhere inside, he is against the spread of Islam. The intended audience is the people who have embraced Islam, or are thinking about embracing Islam. The audience is basically anyone who has remained a non-Muslim for a part of his/her life, and is interested in knowing Islam or embracing Islam. The author has created confusions about Islam and has wrongly interpreted the verses so that people interested in Islam lose their interest in it and think of Islam as a religion which essentially subjugates the rights of women. The writer is of the view that making Muslim women wear burqa against their will is subjugation of their rights. This is against the teachings of Islam since Islam tells Muslims to make their women cover themselves, irrespective of their will. By expressing his opinion in conflict with the teachings of Islam, the author has put forth his individualistic opinion in the article that has no connection, whatsoever with him being a Muslim. In this article, the author’s purpose is to criticize the burqa in any way, even if he has to wrongly interpret the verses of the Quran. The author has either made reference to an unreliable source for proving that Islam differentiates between women on the basis of their status, or has interpreted a reliable source in a wrong way. The author said that burqa is meant to differentiate among free Muslim women and slave Muslim women. This is totally wrong. Burqa was enforced to differentiate between Muslim and non-Muslim women rather than free and slave Muslim women. The author has referred to Quran 33:59 in support of his assertion whereas this verse actually reads
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