Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Resistance & Revolutionary Aspirations in the Middle East: some recent titles


I want to draw your attention to some books that fall, loosely (e.g., may be indirectly relevant to…), under the heading, “resistance and revolutionary aspirations in the Middle East.” The list is confined to books I’ve read or am currently reading, with the exception of Blumenthal’s title on the last war in Gaza, which I hope to read anon. I had planned on confining the list to ten works, all less than ten years old, but I’ve ended up exceeding the first constraint by two titles. Given the arbitrary nature of the constraints and the fact that I’ve not been able (of late) to keep up on the number of books that might meet our criteria for inclusion, there invariably will be titles worthy of mention that are missing from this list. But at least it’s a start, especially for those for whom this is not an area of expertise or one of predominant interest in assembling a reading regimen.

  • Achcar, Gilbert. The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013.
  • Alexander, Anne and Mostafa Bassiouny. Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: Workers and the Egyptian Revolution. London: Zed Books, 2014.
  • Allegra, Marco, Ariel Handel, and Erez Maggor, eds. Normalizing Occupation: The Politics of Everyday Life in the West Bank Settlements. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017.
  • Beinin, Joel. Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Stanford, CA: Stanford Briefs/Stanford University Press, 2016.
  • Blumenthal, Max. Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. New York: Nation Books, 2013.
  • Blumenthal, Max. The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. New York: Nation Books, 2015.
  • Chamberlin, Paul Thomas. The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Gana, Nouri, ed. The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.
  • Honwana, Alcinda. Youth and Revolution in Tunisia. New York: Zed Books, in association with International African Institute, Royal African Society, and World Peace Foundation, 2013.
  • O’Malley, Padraig. The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine—A Tale of Two Narratives. New York: Viking Penguin, 2015.
  • Pappe, Ilan. The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge. London: Verso, 2014.
  • Tilley, Virginia, ed. Beyond Occupation: Apartheid, Colonialism and International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. London: Pluto Press, 2012. 

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