Burning summers after the spring

Two new accounts of Syria and Egypt, the states that failed after their popular attempts at revolution.

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At what point did the revolution in Egypt go off the rails? This was the question my friends and I spent most of our time discussing in smoke-filled rooms in Cairo in the years following the overthrow of President Hosni …
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Burning summers after the spring

Two new accounts of Syria and Egypt, the states that failed after their popular attempts at revolution.
By: Ursula Lindsey

At what point did the revolution in Egypt go off the rails? This was the question my friends and I spent most of our time discussing in smoke-filled rooms in Cairo in the years following the overthrow of President Hosni …
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Jihadism: A Generational and Nihilist Revolt

By: Olivier Roy

Jihadism as Nihilist Revolt The destruction of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq will change nothing about the uninterrupted radicalization of the French youth since the 1990s. Whether these youth were already Muslim or recent converts, this radicalism has …
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Five Book Plan: Islamophobia

By: Deepa Kumar

For our latest Five Book Plan — posted in conjunction with the publication of Edwy Plenel’s For the Muslims — we invited Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, to contribute a list of her top five …
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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

By: by Özgür Gökmen

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April …
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Palestine through the lens of Frantz Fanon (part 1)

By: Nick Rodrigo

Part 1: Why Fanon? The indispensability of thought and the urgency of action Palestine is in the throes of revolt. It started with protests and demonstrations at the presence of Israeli “Temple Mount” activists (and their political benefactors) at the …
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The Racist Dawn of Capitalism

Unearthing the economy of bondage
By: Peter James Hudson

Books & Ideas Empire of Cotton: A Global History Sven Beckert Vintage, $17.95 (paper) The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism Edward E. Baptist Basic Books, $35 (cloth) River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and …
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The Day Tehran Shook

By: Farideh Farhi

Speaking to a journalist days after the February 26 elections in Iran, leading reformist Mohammad Reza Aref stated, “When I saw the results for Tehran coming in, I was shocked.” [1] Aref had expected the top of the list he …
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Class and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Brief Introduction

By: Kevan Harris

The dominant narrative of the 1979 Iranian revolution granted a pivotal role to a new political actor—the downtrodden masses. Over the past two decades in Iran, a different protagonist gradually replaced them, equally captivating and elusive—the middle class. While neither …
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