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Mousa Ahmadian

Mousa Ahmadian

Academic rank: Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9608-8737
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 37053495200
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University
Phone: 086-33135111


Ideology in Behrouz Bouchani's No Friend but the Mountains A Zizekian Reading of the Narration of Behrouz Bouchani
Ideology, Zizekian Reading, illegal migration, Migration, Western society
Researchers Mousa Ahmadian(PrimaryAdvisor)، Zeinab Halabinezhad(Student)


This study aimed to analyze, No Friends but Mountains, a complaint by Bouchani that questions the mentality of the Western world and Eurocentric Society. The corpus of this study was Bouchani’s book which begins with his perilous journey with other refugees to Australia, the island of their dreams. Žižek's insights were used extensively throughout the thesis to extract some very important focal points in Bouchani’s work. based on a Zizekian approach, this study provides a psycho-analytical reading of Bouchani’s book. The book makes it clear that a critique of oppression, who is a victim of oppression himself, can give rise to agency and resist its overwhelming and faceless totality. Bouchani's diary is a testament to the brutality suffered by asylum seekers detained on Manus Island. It incorporates the condemnations and fears of the other, whether human or non-human, as well as the use of violent measures and observance of unequal rules and regulations. it strongly condemns the harmful effects of all these measures, as well as the effect of indefinite imprisonment on the prisoners' physical and mental health. Bouchani also highlighted the huge cultural and ideological gap that exists between vulnerable, disenfranchised immigrants and the service members and guards hired to monitor and control them. In this study the library method is used to collect and analyze data. The results of the analysis indicated that Bouchani’s account of Manus Island and the refugee experience validate the current experience of daily imprisonment and make us see the humanity of his fellow prisoners today. Often, he can only guess about his cellmates' origins, which is exacerbated by the many language barriers, and when he hints at their pasts, it is only to emphasize that they are people with a past: their fractured families, their dreams of hope. They were once conceived and, like any of us, cruelly rejected. This study has implications for enthusiast in immigrants lives and literary works in this area.