In memory of Benedict Anderson: an extract from Imagined Communities

By: Duncan Thomas

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Benedict Anderson, a hugely respected author and scholar, passed away on Saturday 12th December, 2015. His best-known book, Imagined Communities, was first published by Verso in 1983 and became an instant classic. The innovative approach that the book introduced in …
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‘Nothing mysterious about Islamic State’

By: Farooq Sulehria

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Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, Gilbert Achcar discusses the Arab Uprising and the rise of the Islamic State (Daesh) “There is nothing mysterious about the so-called Islamic State…It is presently, perhaps, the most studied and researched …
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The Islamization of radicalism

By: Olivier Roy

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Is France at war? Perhaps. But against whom or against what?     The Islamic State (IS) militant group did not send Syrians to carry out attacks in France to dissuade the French government from bombing them. The IS draws …
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Jacques Rancière: The Front National’s useful idiots

By: Mike Watson

According to the philosopher Jacques Rancière, a number of so-called French ‘republican’ intellectuals have been opening the door to the Front National for some time now. In an interview with Éric Aeschimannm, Rancière shows how universalist values have been perverted …
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Interview with the Islam expert Olivier Roy

European Islam: destined to be ignored
By: Federica Zoja

The links between Europe and the Maghreb are stronger than many would like to believe. Politicians on both sides of the Mediterranean, in particular, are ignoring the emergence of a specifically European brand of Islam, says the French political scientist …
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The Moslims are coming

Violence comes home: an interview with Arun Kundnani

By: ARUN KUNDNANI and OPENDEMOCRACY

ISIS’s recruits are not corrupted by ideology but by the end of ideology. More radicalisation, in the genuine sense of the word, is the solution, not the problem.
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Some Thoughts on November 13 and After

By: Azadeh Kian

My son and I were both so excited. It was my first time attending a soccer game at a stadium. And it was a momentous match, pitting the French national team against their counterparts from Germany. The Stade de France …
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In war

By: ETIENNE BALIBAR

In this nomadic, undefined, polymorphous, and unsymmetrical war, the populations on ‘both shores’ of the Mediterranean are taken hostage. And Europe has a nearly irreplaceable function. Yes, we are at war. Or rather, henceforth, we are all in war. We …
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“we don’t like to be called “refugees”

By: Stewart Motha

The Redundant Refugee “In the first place”, Hannah Arendt wrote in 1943, “we don’t like to be called “refugees”.1 She had escaped Germany, survived the French internment camp in Gurs, and was living in the United States. For Arendt, “there …
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