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The Arab Revolutions that began in 2011 reignited interest in the question of theory and practice, imbuing it with a burning political urgency. In Revolution and Disenchantment Fadi A. Bardawil redescribes for our present how an earlier generation of revolutionaries, the 1960s Arab New Left, addressed this question. Bardawil excavates the long-lost archive of the Marxist organization Socialist Lebanon and its main theorist, Waddah Charara, who articulated answers in their political practice to fundamental issues confronting revolutionaries worldwide: intellectuals as vectors of revolutionary theory; political organizations as mediators of theory and praxis; and nonemancipatory attachments as impediments to revolutionary practice. Drawing on historical and ethnographic methods and moving beyond familiar reception narratives of Marxist thought in the postcolony, Bardawil engages in "fieldwork in theory" that analyzes how theory seduces intellectuals, cultivates sensibilities, and authorizes political practice. Throughout, Bardawil underscores the resonances and tensions between Arab intellectual traditions and Western critical theory and postcolonial theory, deftly placing intellectuals from those traditions into a much-needed conversation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. A Note on Transliteration and Translation
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. Part I. Time of History
  1. 1. O Youth, O Arabs, O Nationalists: Recalling the High Tides of Anticolonial Pan-Arabism
  2. pp. 27-52
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  1. 2. Dreams of a Dual Birth: Socialist Lebanon’s Theoretical Imaginary
  2. pp. 53-81
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  1. 3. June 1967 and Its Historiographical Afterlives
  2. pp. 82-110
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  1. Part II. Times of the Sociocultural
  1. 4. Paradoxes of Emancipation: Revolution and Power in Light of Mao
  2. pp. 113-137
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  1. 5. Exit Marx/Enter Ibn Khaldun: Wartime Disenchantment and Critique
  2. pp. 138-164
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  1. 6. Traveling Theory and Political Practice: Orientalism in the Age of the Islamic Revolution
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 187-193
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-239
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 241-254
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781478007586
Related ISBN
9781478006169
MARC Record
OCLC
1112130016
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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