Ahmad ‘Abd al-Hussein – ‘A Letter to the Sadrist Nation’ – article translation

Ahmad ‘Abd al-Hussein, ‘A Letter to the Sadrist Nation’ NAS News, February 6, 2020 Is it too late to warn of civil strife [fitna] because it is already upon us? Eight martyred in a single night in Najaf, live fire, shells, Molotovs and dozens injured. This is far from being civil strife, this is a

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,