The Arab Radical Left explores the entangled histories of Left-wing trends across the Mashreq and Maghreb regions in the 'Long Sixties'. Based on an analysis of textual and audio-visual materials, it surveys radical Left traditions in the Arab world that took shape between the 1950s and 1970s.
The book is divided into three thematic parts that are compiled of case studies utilising a multitude of perspectives in political theory, history, literary studies and sociology. In the first part, the authors study revolutionary circulations of men, representations, and know-how. The second part is devoted to interrogating the multifaceted tensions between local, regional, and global challenges. The final part scrutinises the transformations of political subjectivities and invites reflection on the general shift from a revolutionary configuration of temporality to the closure of time - and the so-called 'Left Melancholy'. The result is a balanced account of Left-wing revolutionaries that provides new insights into the history of the Middle East as well as contemporary radicalisation processes and authoritarian rules.
About the Author
Laure Guirguis is Associate Professor - AIAS-COFUND Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) and Associate Researcher at the Institute for Research on the Arab and Muslim World (IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence). She is a historian who works on political violence, revolutionary dynamics and identity politics in the Arab world. She is the author of Copts and the Security State: Violence, Coercion and Sectarianism in Contemporary Egypt (Stanford UP, 2016) and of a forthcoming book on the New Left in the Arab East (in preparation, 2021).