oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Mohammed V : the Tangiers speech

Volume 2, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Seen through the myopic lenses of colonial and post-colonial English history of oratory, the stature of Mohammed V, the Cherifian emperor and sultan of Morocco (1909-1961) is a blur. However when on 10 April 1947 he addressed the crowds in Tangiers, still an International Zone recently evacuated by Spain, the impact of the Discours de Tanger was felt immediately throughout the troubled region, right up to Egypt and the Fertile Crescent, and of course the French Empire - impelled by the fact Arabic is an international language in spite of its dialectical variations, and because Arabic rhetoric responds, across borders, to recognisable forms of address by and large rooted in the Quran and its subsequent traditions.

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