Quick Info // ‘Hummus For Thought’ has been my personal blog since 2011 and has changed quite a lot over the years. I’m more active on the Facebook page than I am here. And for the US edition, click here.
Background // Originally from some village somewhere in Mount Lebanon, I am currently living in London for my studies. I have been a freelance writer and researcher for most of my adult life which, admittedly, isn’t that long.
Writing // I have been published in a number of publications such as AlJumhuriya.net, Raseef22, Global Voices Online, The New Arab (Al Araby), Pulse Media, IB Times, Middle East Eye, El Diario, and Al Monitor among others. I’m hoping to be published elsewhere as well in the near future. I mostly write on the politics of Lebanon, Syria and Israel-Palestine with a focus on the politics of language and identity, citizen journalism, radical politics and critical theory. I also follow American, British and French politics and I wish to start writing on Environmental issues.
I have been regional editor for the Middle East and North Africa for Global Voices since August 2016.
Selected Recent Articles:
- Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Towards an intersectionality of struggles on Al Jumhuriya
- The left’s hollow anti-imperialism over Syria on Middle East Eye
- Syria and the Reactionary Left on Raseef22 (Arabic version)
- Izquierda Unida, Syria and the Death of European Internationalism on El Diario (Spanish Version)
Education, Research and Interests // I wrote my MA thesis on ‘Jewish identity and language politics: Hebrew, Yiddish and the contemporary debate on Zionism”. The MA itself was in Cultural Studies and I did it at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I previously did a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
If everything goes well (read: scholarship), I should be starting my PhD in September of 2017. It all depends on funding – I’m told that the economy doesn’t like me – so I am also applying to other universities. Finding funding is quite hard so if you have any tips and advice, I’m all ears.
As my thesis suggests, I’m fascinated by languages. I can speak English, French, Arabic (Levantine), Spanish, Modern Hebrew and Italian to varying degrees – But I still can’t roll my Rs.
Research Interests include:
- Gender and Masculinity, Queer Studies
- Anarchist Modernity
- Politics of Language, Intersection between Politics and Linguistics
- Pro-Democracy Movements in Lebanon since 2005
- The Impact of the Lebanese Civil War on Memory and Identity in Lebanon
- Lebanon’s different sects
- The Palestinian Nakba and its consequences
- Multilingualism, particularly among Jews who migrated to Palestine since 1882
- Historical tensions between Yiddish and Hebrew among Ashkenazi Jews
- History of Arab Jews, particularly since 1948
- The wonderful world of Judeo-Spanish (Ladino)
- Everything Yiddish
- The Syrian Revolution and Civil War (2011- ) with a focus on civil society and the Local Coordination Committees
- Studying the works of such Syrian thinkers as Yassin Haj Saleh, Sadiq Jalal al-Azm and Omar Aziz, among others
- Middle Eastern cinema, particularly Lebanese, Iranian, Israeli and Palestinian Cinema.
- Film theory in general, with a soft spot for Japanese and Swedish cinema. Also, Film Noir because I enjoy cheerful stuff.
- The Arabic and Hebrew renaissance movements (השכלה/النهضة)
- The politics and culture of Islamic Spain
- Germanic Studies mixed with a healthy obsession with the Brothers Grimm