[P2628] Rethinking Communism and Anti-Colonial Struggles in the Middle East

Created by Abigail Jacobson
Friday, 12/02/11 2:00pm


The year 2011 will mark the 20th anniversary for the collapse of the Soviet Union. This occasion serves as a good opportunity to re-examine the activities and influence of communist parties and movements in the Middle East in a historical perspective. This panel seeks to look into major historical junctions and moments in the history of anti-colonial struggles in the Middle East, and look at the ways communist parties, movements or ideas have operated during these struggles. Such a historical junction would be, for example, the debate over the partition of Palestine in 1947. What was the role of communist movement and thought in times of anti-colonial struggles, and what was their influence, if at all, on the history of the different countries in the region? What were the internal debates within the communist movements about strategies for anti-colonial struggle? What was the nature of the relationship between the Soviet Union and the local movements?
Several questions are especially interesting in this respect:
o What was the role that communist movements in the Middle East played in different colonial struggles in the regiono
o How did the struggles of national liberation play out in the context of communist activityv
o What was the role and influence of women in different communist movementse
o How did the communist activity bring together (or separated) people of different national, ethnic and religious backgroundsk
o How did the communist struggle play out in societies that were engaged in national conflicts
It is our hope to bring together to this panel scholars whose work focuses on various areas in the Middle East, in order to enable us to think in comparative perspective about these sets of questions.





Orit Bashkin

(University of Chicago)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Rami Ginat

(Bar-Ilan University)
Professor Rami Ginat is currently heading the Department of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. He took his BA and MA degrees at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Tel-Aviv University; and his Ph.D. degree in Government at the London School...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;