144 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
The book looks at contemporary political violence, in the form of jihadism, through the lens of a philosophical polemic between Hannah Arendt and Frantz Fanon: intellectual representatives of the global north and global south.
It explores the relation of Arendt’s thought mostly as expressed in On Violence (1969) to Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth (1961) and the transposition of that relation to the contemporary phenomenon of violent Islamic extremism. The book reveals a greater commonality between Fanon and Arendt as well as the universal function of jihadism that satisfies the conditions for political violence, as categorized by Fanon in the global south and Arendt in the global north. Read in tandem, Arendt and Fanon help uncover the fundamental problems of our European, American, Middle Eastern and African political systems, as well as north-south relations. By studying political theory, the book finds global political commonalities in a postcolonial reality.
Written in an accessible style, this book will be of great interests to undergraduates and graduates in philosophy, political sciences and IR, sociology and Middle Eastern studies, as well as scholars and professionals interested in radicalization, violent extremism and the foreign policies of European, Middle Eastern and African countries.
Introduction: Violence and Europe-Middle East Coupling 1960s-2019; 1. Fanon and Arendt: A Black Man and a Jewish Woman; 2. Violence vs. Power; 3. New Humanism; 4. Jihadism and Other Remains of Colonization; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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