Dr Jessica Ashe’s Review of The Pragmatics of Cogent Argumentation in British and American Political Debates by Dr. Waleed Ridha Hammoodi Al-Juwaid

Please see below for Dr Jessica Ashe’s review of Dr. Waleed Ridha Hammoodi Al-Juwaid’s The Pragmatics of Cogent Argumentation in British and American Political Debatesa thoroughly well-researched and comprehensive assessment of linguistics in politics.

“Could candidates possibly win elections through the use of pivotal speech acts in presidential and prime ministerial debates? Dr. Al-Juwaid postulates so as he examines these structured yet contentious conversations in his new book, The Pragmatics of Cogent Argumentation in British and American Political Debates with a new eclectic model of analysis. His definition of cogent argumentation incorporates most (if not all) previous scholar’s work on the subject and then amalgamates them into a comprehensive matrix of his own design, the likes of which has never been seen. He is well published within the specific linguistic field of rhetoric and argumentation. He is affiliated with the Ministry of Education, the General Directorate of Education in Babylon, Iraq. His methodology is inexhaustibly thorough.

If one could dare to distill his perspective, it would be that leadership can be perceived by an audience through key features of elocution. Al-Juwaid’s extensive quantitative analysis reveals specific rhetorical and other devices employed in debate. As an appetizer, candidates resoundingly use the positive politeness strategy of offer/promise over negative strategies. It is argued that the use of ethos (over logos and pathos), along with these other positive speech acts, demonstrates “good character” indicating he/she is responsible and principled. Anyone who wants to be perceived as a leader can benefit from reading the book. Despite the book’s complexity, it is very well organized. The many tables and figures elucidate and clarify meaning. The evidence is indeed detailed and compelling enough to make me want to see his eclectic model of analysis employed in other contexts. The intended audience ranges wide, to include not only rhetoricians and linguists, but political aide de camps, educators and writers who hope to persuade.”

Dr Jessica Ashe holds a doctoral degree in Literacy & Second Language Studies and is academic staff at Miami University in Ohio. In addition to her own peer-reviewed publications in the field of International Higher Education, she edits scholarly work by researchers for whom English is their second language.


Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – 2019 May

This month’s recommended read is one of our recent titles in the environmental science domain and was decided on by our Editorial Advisory Board member Sukanchan Palit as his recommended read.

Sukanchan is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India. He reached this impressive point by obtaining his BChE in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and his MChE in 1994 in Chemical Engineering, both from Jadavpur University, India. He has 23 years of experience in the fields of industry, teaching and research.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Sukanchan’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2019.

Sukanchan Palit’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Global Climate Change, Environment and Energy: Global Challenges and Opportunities to Global Stability

Editor: Filiz Katman

Global climate change is the result of natural climate change and man-made climate change damaging the global atmosphere over a comparable time period. Despite its overwhelmingly negative connotations, it also brings about opportunities such as the possibility of a green economy.This book covers both sides of this debate in providing comprehensive information concerning climate change, environment and energy.

“Human civilization and human scientific progress are today in the path of newer vision and newer scientific rejuvenation. Sustainable development whether it is environmental, energy, social or economic are the utmost needs of human civilization today. The science of climate change and environmental protection today stands at the crucial juncture of deep scientific profundity and scientific redemption. Water, air and soil pollution are a bane to human civilization. The authors deeply reaffirm and pointedly focus on the scientific success, the scientific excellence as well as scientific vision in the research pursuit in climate change and environmental sustainability. Thus, humanity will surely embark on a newer scientific venture and a newer scientific vision in the field of environmental engineering science and environmental process engineering in decades to come.” – Sukanchan Palit

For further information on Sukanchan, please click here.

Diversity Day – Cambridge Scholars Publishing

May 21st is the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, or ‘Diversity Day’, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. Diversity Day aims to demonstrate that cultural diversity leads to economic growth alongside moral, intellectual and emotional growth.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing wholeheartedly believes in – and operates on the premise of – helping to develop a dialogue among civilisations and cultures, while fostering respect and mutual understanding.

To mark Diversity Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on diversity.

9781527530867This book shows that the potential for evolution is based on the tenets of diversity and freedom, which also underlie most of the ethical and moral values that people cherish, whatever their beliefs. Those values can apply to everything that has evolved or will evolve, whether they are humans, other organisms, machines or memes. There is potential for all people who believe in the power of evolution, whether they link that to other spiritual beliefs or not, to unite in a congregation of evolutionists. This will not only help reduce present-day conflicts; it will also be important in the future when we have to face other challenges, such as machine self-awareness. Evolution has made humans not only self-aware, but aware of the universe. As they are a part of the universe, that means that the universe is self-aware in the same sense as any other entity is self-aware, and this gives enormous potential to change the future that mainline physicists tell us will be dark and dead.

This anthology is the official publication of World without Anger (WWA), a non-profit 9781527521865organization whose mission is to promote peace. This collection of peer-reviewed papers stemmed from presentations given at the 6th International WWA conference, titled “Global Peace and Emotional Intelligence for Education, Cultural Diversity, Harmony and Behavior Management”. The contributions reflect diverse, international perspectives on peace-related subjects. The topics include anger cognition and management; the study of self-referential and inclusive language; indigenous perspectives on peace; associations of stress with cardiovascular parameters; strategies to reduce anger through dance; personality traits including agreeableness among public employees; human resource development; emotional intelligence and technology project outcomes among ethnic minorities; the association of emotional maturity and academic performance; and emotional awareness and decision-making.

9781527513556While gender issues are almost always multidimensional and complex, this book discusses them from a cultural angle and with a focus on crossing borders, to represent their concepts meaningfully and to illuminate their realities as sharply as possible. Its five parts detail specific aspects and issues within that focus, namely communication, literary representation, equality and violence, work and politics, and cross-cultural connections. This combination of a wide topical range with specific discussions of gender issues makes the volume’s insights worthwhile for a wide range of readers, from individuals and groups engaging with current gender challenges, to institutional and political decision-makers entrusted with improving gender relations on national or international levels, up to social, economic or educational institutions empowered to implement such solutions in everyday reality.

This volume presents seventeen essays critically reflecting on the collaborative work of 9781527516083the contemporary ethnographic museum with diverse communities. It invites the reader to think about the roles and values of museums internationally, particularly the wide range of creative approaches that can progress dialogue and intercultural understanding in an age of migration that is marked by division and distrust. Against a troubling global background of prejudice and misunderstanding, where elections are increasingly returning right-wing governments, this timely book considers the power of an inclusive and transformative museum space, specifically the movements from static sites where knowledge is transmitted to passive audiences towards potential contact zones where diverse community voices and visibilities are raised and new knowledge(s) actively constructed.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code DIVERSITY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2019.



Book of the Month – May 2019

Our May ‘Book of the Month’ is The Da Vinci Globe by Stefaan Missinne.

Leonardo Da Vinci is renowned as being one of the greatest artists, inventors and diversely talented individuals to have ever lived. The 2nd May 2019 is the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death, and this book celebrates his life as it brings the reader through a fabulous journey of scholars, maps, riddles, rebuses, iconographic symbols and enigmatic phrases to illuminate the da Vinci globe.

A chance discovery at a distinguished London map fair in 2012 by a Belgian globe collector produced the most unique of finds: a distinct globe with mysterious images, such as old ships, sailors, a volcano, a hybrid monster, pentimenti, waving patterns, conic individualised mountains, curving rivers, vigorous costal lines, chiaroscuro and an unresolved triangular anagram, which remains an enigma. The globe is hand-engraved in great detail on ostrich egg shells from Pavia by a left-handed Renaissance genius of unquestionable quality. It shows secret knowledge of the map world from the time of Columbus, Cabral, Amerigo Vespucci and Leonardo da Vinci. Central and North America are covered by a vast ocean. The da Vinci globe originates from Florence and dates from 1504. It marks the first time ever that the names of countries such as Brazil, Germania, Arabia and Judea have appeared on a globe. The da Vinci globe now takes its rightful place, surpassing the Lenox globe, its copper-cast identical twin, as the most mysterious globe of our time. As such, this monograph is an essential text in Leonardo studies and in the history of cartography.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on1st May 2019.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

“Dr. S. Missinne‘s thorough research on the da Vinci Globe has been of great personal interest and an update of the newest most convincing evidence took place last August during our meeting in Rome and the Vatican. Dr. Missinne’s detailed investigations provide irrefutable arguments towards the conclusion that the Ostrich Egg Globe and it’s twin are from the hand of nobody else than Leonardo da Vinci.“

Johan Ickx, Università Europea di Roma and Head of the Archive in Vatican City

“A gigantic, six-year labor of love, with hard to find research, proofs, and new information on Leonardo da Vinci! As a great canvas painting artist, da Vinci’s technique was also engraved in intaglio style, to even the smallest detail. The Da Vinci Globe traces the history of an ostrich egg (a symbol of great wealth ) to a garden, where ostriches were kept five hundred years ago in Italy, and upon which a map has been engraved, which only could be made by left-handed engraving typical to Da Vinci – the engravings are also paste-print, two dimensional, of great optical quality, and interesting in science, and map reading/navigation. […] Missinne, a student of Pedretti, lives up to the knowledge and analysis with a fun, fact-filled research tome which is generational in quality and academic research. It takes one thing to know a Da Vinci but it is quite another to prove one. And in this, Missinne’s book provides a great read to the world. Here, European artists are shown to be expert in more than one field, proficient in more than one area. This greatly enlarges our view of European art history and illuminates new paths of knowledge.”

J. Constable, Italian Renaissance Expert, Cambridge, USA

To read more reviews of Stefaan’s book please click here.

Da Vinci Museum Grand Opening

Professor Stefaan Missinne, author of The Da Vinci Globe, will be attending the grand opening of the new Da Vinci Museum in Italy later this week, on May 2nd 2019. Professor Missinne is very highly regarded in the Da Vinci world thanks to The Da Vinci Globe, which he wrote after a chance discovery at a distinguished London map fair in 2012 produced the most unique of finds: a distinct globe with mysterious images, such as old ships, sailors, a volcano, a hybrid monster, pentimenti, waving patterns, conic individualised mountains, curving rivers, vigorous costal lines, chiaroscuro and an unresolved triangular anagram, which remains an enigma. The globe is hand-engraved in great detail on ostrich egg shells, and was done by Leonardo Da Vinci himself. This inspired Stefaan to author a book about the globe, and you can find out more details, alongside an extract of the book here.

Below is the poster for the ceremony:

Da Vinci
Ceremony Poster

Stefaan has also recently presented at the University of Vienna which you can find out more about by reading one of our previous blog entries here. Alternatively, you can see the excellent academic reception that The Da Vinci Globe has received here.

The Real Stories behind Honour Killing

Dr. Shahnaz Shoro, author of The Real Stories behind Honour Killing, was recently invited to be a panelist and keynote speaker at the United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNACTO) Blueprint for Change: Sustainable Development Conference 2019 in Toronto. Her discussion and lecture was about violence against women, gender inequality and the insufficient measures taken by states to curb violence against women. Please see below for some photos of Shahnaz at the United Nations Conference:

Honour killing, as it is widely understood, is the cold-blooded murder of a woman or a man involved with her, by the male members of her household in order to cleanse the reputation of the family, clan, community or tribe. Current research on honour killing suggests that there are a number of intriguing and very cleverly knitted plots of jealousy, greed, violence and murder which show that, in the name of honour, various other purposes are being served and people are killed in ways which give the impression that they are honour killings. By collecting data from people involved in such situations, this book opens a Pandora’s box, showing that such killings are carried out not to assuage the hurt honour of a patriarchal society, but to serve a variety of malign intentions, goals and agendas under the umbrella of highly discriminating laws against women. The book consists of twenty-six testimonies from those involved in honour killings, bringing together interviews with killers, victims and the falsely accused.

For footage of Shahnaz reading her an excerpt from The Real Stories behind Honour Killing please click here to visit the Facebook link.

An Interview with Francisco de Assis Costa

Pesquisa FAPESP – arguably the most important magazine for scientific dissemination in Brazil – has recently published a wonderfully in-depth interview with one of Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s authors, Professor Francisco de Assis Costa. Francisco’s writings cover a whole range of areas including history, economics, anthropology and more, but in his most recent writing with us – A Brief Economic History of the Amazon (1720-1970) – he has focused on economics, and more specifically agricultural production and the peasantry.

The interview itself provides a fascinating in depth look into Francisco’s life, education and professional career, as well as some of the key theories and observations found in A Brief Economic History.

To find out more about Francisco please read the interview here.

To read more about A Brief Economic History of the Amazon (1720-1970), and how to buy it, please click here.