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Theorising Revolution, Apprehending Civil War: Leftist Political Practice and Analysis in Lebanon (1969–79)

Fadi Bardawil

LSE Middle East Centre Paper Series | 16 | October 2016


Abstract

In the wake of the Arab popular uprisings, this short piece revisits the thought of an earlier generation of revolutionaries. Unlike those today, who are united by the desire to overthrow authoritarian regimes but who come from competing ideological universes and conceptions of the political, this earlier generation of militants grounded political practice in a thick Marxist theoretical language. This paper focuses on the writings of Waddah Charara as well as the Marxist tradition of thought at the beginning of the Lebanese civil and regional wars (1975–1990). It highlights how Charara’s analysis rethought the question of power away from class politics in the wake of his diagnosis of the failure of hegemony in Lebanon. 


About the Author

Dr Fadi Bardawil is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Arab Cultures in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies. Prior to this, he spent three years as Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Society of Fellows.


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