Muqtada al-Sadr bayan 9th October 2016: suspending negotiations with INA, call for protests, and other details.

This is a quick translation of Muqtada al-Sadr’s 9th October bayan in which he responded to the decision by Iraq’s Federal Court to rule against the legality of al-Abadi’s attempt to remove the offices Iraq’s vice-presidencies. Al-Sadr also announced that he is postponing recently initiated negotiations with the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) because of the positions

Translation Part III: The Sadrists and the left, conclusion. Faris Kamal Nadhmi

This is the final par of my translation of an article by independent leftist Iraqi intellectual and social psychologist Faris Kamal Nadhmi (Part I, and Part II can be found by following the links). In this final concluding section, Nadhmi critiques the notion of the Sadrists as ‘blind’ followers of their religious leader. This question

Faris Kamal Nadhmi, Part II: ‘The Sadrist Trend: Between Nationalism and Islamism’

This post features the second part of my translation of an article by independent leftist Iraqi intellectual and social psychologist Faris Kamal Nadhmi. Part I can be read here. In this section, Nadhmi presents an interesting analysis of the Sadrist trend as a social movement which could be a potential vehicle for the development of

Translation, Part I: Faris Kamal Nadhmi, ‘The Civil Trend-Sadrist Convergence in the Arena of Protest: A psychological vision in the dynamics of the social left’

I recently posted a translation of an article by the independent Iraqi leftist intellectual and social psychologist   Faris Kamal Nadhmi. Nadhmi wrote the article back in 2010 and it argued that the Iraqi leftist-civil trend and the Sadrist movement should come together to produce a ‘historical bloc’ in Gramscian terms. This post features my

Faris Kamal Nadhmi and the ‘Historical Bloc’: The theoretical foundations of the Sadrist-Civil Trend alliance

This post features my translation of a very interesting article written in 2010 by Faris Kamal Nadhmi. Nadhmi is a major intellectual leftist figure in Iraq and social psychologist, working out of the University of Baghdad and affiliated with many academic, union, and activist associations. The article lays out the theoretical foundations for the Sadrist-Communist alliance

Quick update on the most recent Friday protest (12th August) in Baghdad.

The Sadrists’ 30 day hiatus from participation in the protests for reform continues (details of this can be found in an earlier post). One reason Muqtada al-Sadr gave for the 30 day withdrawal was to allow space for other groups to participate in the movement, and especially those in the civil-trend who have previously stayed

Long Read: Article for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts, profile of Ahmad Abd al-Hussein and civil trend-Sadrist cooperation

Analyses, in both Western and Arab discourses, of Iraq’s ongoing protests against corruption and ‘sectarian quotas’ tend to be inflected with an elite-sectarian framework. This framework foregrounds sect-based identities and their manipulation by elite actors and institutions in its explanations of these mobilisations. Consequently, political protest in Iraq is rarely seen as indicative of participatory,

Translation: Muqtada al-Sadr, a coup, and democracy.

Muqtada al-Sadr was recently asked by one of his followers to clarify whether he would seek to topple the Iraqi government in a forceful coup and install a new government. Perhaps more interesting than the overt question about coups was how the question was framed, the underlying reference to Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr’s political vision which