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Sunday, July 5 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Communism, nationalism, and Islam in the Middle East

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This talk will address the integration of the Middle East into the capitalist world economy and the three political currents which emerged in the midst of this transformation to compete for leadership of the region. The aim of the talk is to review this historical period with the hope of illuminating the crisis facing the people of the Middle East today and explore the potential for an alternative socialist transformation from below in a region often written off as destined to rule by either secular dictators or Islamic fundamentalists.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East by Joel Beinin
Workers on the Nile: Nationalism, Communism, Islam, and the Egyptian Working Class, 1882-1954 by Joel Beinin

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Wael Elasady

Wael Elasady is a Palestinian born in Damascus, Syria. He is a member of the International Socialist Organization and co-founder of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights.

Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park B