Friday, November 3, 2023

Intercultural Communication and Miscommunication: Egyptian Diplomacy in the New Kingdom Period

This dissertation delves into the diplomatic interactions of New Kingdom Egypt with other Near Eastern countries and provides a fresh perspective by examining these interactions through the lens of intercultural communication, shedding light on the complexities and challenges faced by participants in the diplomatic game during the period. The dissertation comprises three main chapters, each addressing a distinct aspect of intercultural communication. The first chapter focuses on verbal and nonverbal communication, exploring the diplomatic correspondence exchanged between Egypt and other countries. Through an analysis of the language, rhetoric, and symbolism employed in these communications, it unravels the intricacies and potential miscommunications that might have occurred. The second chapter investigates the role of gift exchange in intercultural communication. It examines the physical attributes of gifts and the contexts in which they were exchanged, shedding light on the messages conveyed and the perceptions they may have engendered between different political players. The third chapter delves into Egypt's policy of diplomatic marriage and how cultural values and political ideologies influenced this practice among nations during the New Kingdom period. By studying the dynamics of matrimonial alliances and their implications, this chapter elucidates the interplay between culture, politics, and intercultural communication. Through a meticulous examination of historical records, inscriptions, and archaeological evidence, this dissertation provides valuable insights into the complexities and nuances of intercultural communication during the New Kingdom period. By understanding the challenges and potential miscommunications that arose, this study contributes to a better comprehension of ancient diplomacy and its enduring significance.


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