Providing the first in-depth intellectual and organizational mapping of the single state idea’s recent resurgence in Palestine/Israel, this book enquires into its nature as a phenomenon of resistance, as well as into its potential as a counterhegemonic force in the making against the processes of Zionism.
Reconstructing this moment of re-emergence through primary material and interviews with diverse influential intellectuals―its analysis highlights their self-understandings, worldviews, strategies and perceptions of the phenomenon in which they are involved, while questioning whether the single state idea has the potential to become a Gramscian inspired movement of resistance against Zionism. In presenting this rare insight into a resistance movement in the making, this book resurrects an empowering image of Antonio Gramsci infused with the writings of Edward Said. This it does in an effort to both problematize the dominant interpretations of Gramsci’s writings in International Relations, and to decolonise the abstract way in which resistance and counter hegemony are often studied in the discipline.
Contributing a mapping of a silenced alternative and hopeful way forward in the context of escalating violence, this book is essential reading for those studying the Arab-Israeli conflict, Middle East Politics and International Relations.
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Cherine Hussein is currently a Research Fellow at the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), and the Deputy Director of the CBRL’s Kenyon Institute. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Sussex University’s International Relations Department. Her research focuses on the politics of social transformation in the Middle East, with a particular interest in the writings of Antonio Gramsci and Edward Said, and the role of organic intellectuals in instigating social change.Review:
"Hussein’s argument has an internal harmony.Her case’s components fit tightly together with cumulative force... Her vigorously argued case-filled as it is with detail, demanding exegesis, logical firmness, and effective repetition of earlier points―succeeds overall. She is an activist, very much so, and lives up to the image of the organic intellectual that she invokes in more scholarly fashion in the pages of her book."
Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota, USA in Journal of Palestine Studies
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