La Formoisie

Critical Social Theory in the Middle East

November 20, 2017

This is an essay about America. It is an essay about the world. That is not a contradiction, not in the traditional----"America-is-the-world"-----mode of American contradictions. 

A crisis in the American psyche has plagued interpersonal relations and politics since las...

October 30, 2017

Akram al-Hourani was a Syrian statesman from Hama. A radical for his era of politics (1945-1970), Hourani was responsible for several coups d’état in postwar Damascus. Not so much as honoring him, this post calls attention to a fascinating, multi-faceted character in S...

October 5, 2017

From Cairo, Egypt, during the 2013 revolution/coup. Egyptians wanted Western media to know the protests weren't "anti-American." (Submitted by Drew H. Kinney)

September 27, 2017

Polls are closing on the Iraqi Kudirstan referendum and Catalonia is about to hold its own vote to determine its future: whether to secede from Iraq and Spain and join the club of sovereign, independent states, or else to maintain their current status as autonomous reg...

August 26, 2017

The study of colonialism and its aftermath – what academia calls "Postcolonial Theory" (PCT)--–is in the eyes of most scholars a specific domain: inquiry on the lands and peoples who were at one time either the objects of colonialism or the products of that experience....

August 21, 2017

La Formoisie is seeking scholars of Middle East origin to write on subjects such as domestic power relations (e.g., hegemony) and identity politics.

For instance, from an observational standpoint, what is it that keeps Jordanians "loyal" to the Jordanian regime (beyond...

August 11, 2017

Introducing the Barghouti blog, where our blogger, Mariam Barghouti, will write on topics related to Palestinian social movements and identity politics. 

Coming soon!

August 10, 2017

For decades Western policymakers and scholars of international politics have tried to articulate a specific set of standards to guide the practice of military intervention. Following World War II, the international community developed a theory that powerful states coul...

June 22, 2017

Drew writes on critical aspects of security studies & military coups. His country focus is Israel, Palestine, Syria, and Iraq.

June 21, 2017

Amirah Fadhlina is a recent graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where she studied Human Development and Social Relations. Fadhlina has also studied overseas in Amman, Jordan, and studied at the United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore. 

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Misapprehension toward Postcolonial Theory – a reflection

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