Radical Histories Series

RADICAL HISTORIES OF THE MIDDLE EAST

EDITORIAL BOARD

Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti, University of Houston

Dr Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, University of Manchester

Dr Mezna Qato, University of Cambridge

Dr Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, University of Manchester

Dr Omar AlShehabi, Gulf University of Science and Technology

This series commissions outstanding original monographs which set out to examine radical histories of the Middle East. It also offers a space for publishing radical interpretations of major events in the region’s modern history, viewing them from the prism of critical perspectives. In an intellectual climate often centred on the study of sectarian polarisation and primordial clashes within and between civilizations, the series endeavours to invigorate the study of the region’s popular struggles for social justice, national self-determination and anti-colonial liberation, telling their story in light of the latest scholarship and the highest academic standards.

The ‘radical’ has often been conflated with the Orientalist trope of the irrational “other.” This series reclaims the term, providing a forum for a critical interrogation of the worlds of Middle Eastern intellectuals, activists, and organisations, as well as the social, political and cultural movements and transformations that they created and shaped. Our geographic scope covers modernIran, Turkey, and the Arab world from the Gulf to the Atlantic. Our thematic range is also broad, and we welcome works that address the domination of imperial powers, incorporation into the global economy, and authoritarian retrenchments, casting light on the region’s active women and men which have often been understudied and erased from the historical record. The intention is to bring dispossessed and marginalised movements and narratives into the heart of historiographical contention and thus highlight the nature of local struggles and transnational solidarities, as well as provide space for comparisons beyond the region in the wider global South.

The editorial board also invites works which provide alternative perspectives and draw upon radical methodologies in a rigorous manner. We welcome submissions from scholars working in the areas of political, intellectual, and social history, historical sociology and anthropology, and in the fields of political economy and historical materialism, anti-colonialtheory, gender and queer theory, critical race studies, urbanism, and critical theory. Crucially, we aspire to introduce these challenging works to the broadest readership possible, both in academic circles and beyond.

 

FORTHCOMING TITLES IN THIS SERIES

 

Contested Modernity: Sectarianism and Nationalism in Colonial Bahrain by Omar AlShehabi

1 March 2018 UK / 10 April 2018 US

Discussions of the Arab world generally, and the Gulf Arab States particularly, are increasingly defined by the employment of ethno-sectarian terms. In this work, AlShehabi provides an alternative perspective. Offering an innovative reading of the rise of sectarianism, nationalism and absolutism in the Gulf, he examines its roots in British colonial interference during the early twentieth century.

Omar AlShehabi is director of the Gulf Centre for Development Policies and an assistant professor in economics at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait. He is the author of several scholarly books and articles and has contributed to numerous international publications, including the Guardian, Al-Monitor and Jadaliyya.

 

Khalil Maleki: The Human Face of Iranian Socialism by Homa Katouzian

5 April 2018 UK / 8 May 2018 US

Khalil Maleki (1901–1969) was a unique phenomenon in twentieth-century Iran. He was an intellectual, an acute political theorist, an energetic political organiser and activist, a selfless campaigner for democracy and social welfare, and an analyst who at every stage from the 1940s to the 1960s put forward ideas, virtually all of which have proven prescient. Homa Katouzian not only knew Maleki personally, but has studied his life and ideas for half a century. In this work he provides us with the first book-length treatment of Maleki’s political and intellectual biography in any language.

Homa Katouzian is the Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on Iranian history, society and literature.

 

Rebellious Action: Mostafa Sho‘aiyan and the Quest for an Iranian Theory of Revolution by Peyman Vahabzadeh

4 July 2019 UK / 13 August 2019 US

Mostafa Sho‘aiyan (1936–1975) was a leading Iranian Marxist intellectual and prolific author of theory, history, fiction and poetry. This much-needed work tackles the paucity of serious scholarship on the independent left-wing thinkers in Iran, examining as it does the life, work and thought of an unrivalled theoretician, and offering new insights into the revival of the leftist politics of our time.

Peyman Vahabzadeh is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Victoria in Canada. His research focuses on the power of collective human action and social movements.

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