Charles Tripp

Charles Tripp
SOAS, University of London | SOAS · Department of Politics and International Studies

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Introduction
Charles Tripp formerly worked at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London. Charles does research in Political Theory, International History and Politics and Comparative Politics, focused on the Middle East and North Africa
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This contribution develops three major lines of argument. Firstly, it argues that identifying ‘popular culture’ is not simply a definitional exercise but is also purposeful and performative. Secondly, it contends that ‘popular cultures’ are always implicated in power relations in multiple ways. Finally, it maintains that using a performative lens a...
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This article examines much of the violence of the past two decades in Iraq through the prism of performative politics. This draws attention to its spectacular nature, its repertoires and aesthetics, where blood becomes the common referent in a theatre of state power and resistance. Beyond the spectacle, however, violence is performative in that it...
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The apparent fixity of the state has been produced by state-building projects, but also by the logic of state analysis that needs an object for its study. Encouraging critical reflection on the essentialism often associated with these processes, Pierre Bourdieu argued that these two aspects of “state formation” are contingently and epistemologicall...
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Charles Tripp argues that through artistic interventions - graffiti, visual street art, performances, demonstrations, banners, slogans - citizens have appropriated the public sphere. Despite the monitoring of political dissent through persuasion or coercion, an activist public has created highly visible public spaces, assisted and encouraged by cit...
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To understand Iraq, Charles Tripp's history is the book to read. Since its first appearance in 2000, it has become a classic in the field of Middle East studies, read and admired by students, soldiers, policymakers and journalists. The book is now updated to include the recent American invasion, the fall and capture of Saddam Hussein and the subseq...
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The author looks at the relationship between art and power and the ways in which resistance to power is manifested in art. This is a universal phenomenon, but the examples discussed are all from the Middle East, principally the Palestinian struggle, Iran, Lebanon and Iraq. Posters, graffiti etc all have their place and the events of the Arab Spring...
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A SHORT HISTORY OF IRAQ, THABIT A. J. ABDULLAH (2011) Harlow: Pearson Education/Longman, 224 pp., 2nd edition, ISBN-10 1405859377 (pbk), ISBN-13 978-1405859370, £18.00IZDIHÂR AL-‘IRAQ TAHT AL-HUKM AL-MALAKÎ (1921–1958): DIRÂSAH TÂRÎKHIYYAH, SIYÂSIYYAH, IJTIM‘IYYAH MOQÂRANAH, MA’MÛN AMÎN ZAKI (2011) London: Dar Al-Hikma Publishing and Distribution,...
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This chapter looks at the uprisings of 2011 as acts of mass resistance to the appropriation of public resources and public spaces. They were protests against the power that had been used for decades to denigrate and exclude the public, those who were formally citizens of these states but who were also effectively denied citizens’ rights. It therefo...
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RohdeAchim: State–Society Relations in Baʿthist Iraq – Facing Dictatorship. xii, 255 pp. (SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East.) London and New York: Routledge, 2010. £75. ISBN 978 0 415 47551 8. - Volume 74 Issue 3 - Charles Tripp
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This book is about power: the power wielded over others – by absolute monarchs, tyrannical authoritarian regimes and military occupiers – and the power of the people who resist and deny their rulers’ claims to that authority by whatever means. The extraordinary events in the Middle East in 2011 offered a vivid example of how nonviolent demonstratio...
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The loss by the Ottoman Empire of its last Arab provinces during the First World War, and the dissolution soon thereafter of the Ottoman state itself, opened up the possibilities of radical political change in the region. The awarding of the mandates for Syria to France and for Mesopotamia and Palestine to Great Britain by the League of Nations in...
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How do modern Muslims adapt their traditions to engage with today's world? Charles Tripp's erudite and incisive book considers one of the most significant challenges faced by Muslims over the last sixty years: the challenge of capitalism. By reference to the works of noted Muslim scholars, the author shows how, faced by this challenge, these intell...
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RAND America's Role in Nation-Building: from Germany to Iraq (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2003) Imaging Iraq On the back cover of this book there is a warm endorsement of its contents by none other than Paul Bremer, effectively the US Governor General of Iraq from May 2003 until June 2004. He claims to regard the book as ‘a marvellous “how to” manual f...
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If Saddam Hussein is overthrown by an internal coup, his regime could be succeeded by something similar, albeit with softer edges. A US-led invasion, however, could cause the United States to embark on an ambitious plan for ‘state reconstruction’. In doing so, the stamina of the United States will be severely tested by the resistance of the ‘shadow...
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BEVERLEY MILTON-EDWARDS: Contemporary politics in the Middle East. 256 pp. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000. - - Volume 64 Issue 1 - CHARLES TRIPP
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China Considers the Middle East. By HarrisLillian Craig. [London: I. B. Tauris, 1993. xx + 345 pp. $34.50. ISBN 1-85043-598-7.] - Volume 140 - Charles Tripp
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Jane Corbin, Gaza First: the Secret Norway Channel to Peace Between Israel and the PLO, London, Bloomsbury, 1994.John King, Handshake in Washington: The Beginning of Middle East Peace? Reading, Ithaca Press, 1994.Omar Massalha, Towards the Long‐Promised Peace, London, Saqi Books, 1994.Shimon Peres, The New Middle East, Shaftsbury, Element Books, 19...
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In the last analysis, the foundations of political power in Iraq lie in the degree of personal trust that exists amongst those who hold high office in the state. This has been both the cause of the particular nature of political developments in Iraq and has, quite naturally, been enhanced by the form of those developments since the creation of the...
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AwadLouis (ed. and tr.): The literature of ideas in Egypt. Part I. xii, 242 pp. (Arabic Writing Today, vol. III/Studies in Near Eastern Culture and Society, 6.) Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1986. $30 (paper $24). - Volume 51 Issue 3 - Charles Tripp
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DISCOVERING ISLAM: MAKING SENSE OF MUSLIM HISTORY AND SOCIETY. By AKBAR S. AHMED. London and New York, Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1988. 251pp.THE CRUSADES THROUGH ARAB EYES. By AMIN MAALOUF. Translated by JON ROTHSCHILD. London, Al‐Saqi Books, 1984 (first published as Les Croisades vues par les Arabes, Paris, 1983). 295 pp., 2 maps.THE SOCIAL...
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Among the issues considered in this book are Israel security and the Palestinians, Saudi Arabian security and stability, Soviet policy towards the Gulf, Syrian foreign policy, and the possibility of nuclear proliferation in the region.
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L'Afrique est devenue un pole d'attraction particulier pour le colonel Kadhafi. Cet interet du chef d'Etat libyen a pour origine son isolement au sein du monde arabe, son inclination ideologique, ainsi que le zele missionnaire de l'insecurite qui caracterisent sa revolution dans son propre pays. Ces memes forces l'ont pousse a rechercher en Afrique...
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How do modern Muslims adapt their traditions to engage with today's world? Charles Tripp's erudite and incisive book considers one of the most significant challenges faced by Muslims over the last sixty years: the challenge of capitalism. By reference to the works of noted Muslim scholars, the author shows how, faced by this challenge, these intell...
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Great Britain's intimate involvement with the foundation of the state of Iraq and with the early direction of its government makes the National Archives at Kew the major single source for understanding the processes which formed the modern state and its politics. It is through the documents filed here that the reader can form an accurate impression...

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