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

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,

What happened in Tahrir square on Friday (when the Sadrists stayed away)?

Last Saturday (July 30th, 2016) Muqtada al-Sadr released a statement in which he announced that the Sadrist trend would not participate, for a period of 30 days, in ongoing protests against corruption in Baghdad’s Tahrir square. In his statement Sadr said that: ‘There are those who do not attend the protests because of the presence

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

Translation and analysis: Statement on meeting between Ahmed Abdul Hussain (Mustamerroun) and Muqtada al-Sadr (5th July 2016)

Cooperation between Mustamerroun, the lead organisation from within the civic trend involved in coordinating the protests for reform in Iraq, and the Sadrist trend, has caused considerable controversy amongst activists and intellectuals in Iraq. Amongst those who reject this ‘alliance’ it is generally held that cooperation with the Sadrists, themselves deeply implicated in the development

Updated: Muqtada al-Sadr wears military uniform: Some thoughts on the secularisation of Muqtada al-Sadr

Update: 19/07/2016 Following from my post providing some analysis of Muqtada al-Sadr’s recent appearance in military garb, @toaf kindly forwarded some fascinating photos he recently took in Iraq. These photos indicate a strategy of integrating a military, nationalist-secular symbology alongside images of Sadr’s religious heritage (Baqir and Sadeq al-Sadr) in campaigns in various parts of Iraq. These

سماحة السيد القائد يصدر بيانا حول الأحداث الجارية في محافظة ديالى الحبيبة – His Excellency Sayyid al-Qaid issues a statement on current events in the beloved Diyala Governorate

Dated: 25 March 2014 Original source (Arabic): http://jawabna.com/index.php/permalink/7374.html Translation starts here: His Excellency Sayyid al-Qaid issues a statement on current events in the beloved Diyala Governorate In the name of God. It is of great regret that that the governorate of Diyala has fallen between the two jaws: the jaw of the extremist Wahhabis who pursue

بيان هام جداً من سماحة السيد القائد المجاهد مقتدى الصدر (اعزه الله) Very important important statement from His Excellency Sayyid al-Qaid al-Mujahid Muqtada al-Sadr (may God preserve him) [supposed retirement from politics]

Dated: 26 Feb 2014 Original source (Arabic): http://jawabna.com/index.php/permalink/7310.html Translation starts here: Very important statement from His Excellency Sayyid al-Qaid al-Mujahid Muqtada al-Sadr (may God preserve him) From the point of view of legitimacy and preserving the reputation of the honourable al-Sadr, and especially the martyred Sadrs (may God hallow them both), and with a view to

بيان لسماحة السيد القائد (أعزه الله ) حول ما قام به المؤمنون من حملة تنظيف في محافظة البصرة الغراء – Statement of His Excellency with respect to the campaign carried out by the believers to clean up dear Basra.

Dated: 19 November 2014 Original source (Arabic): http://jawabna.com/index.php/permalink/7629.html Translation starts here: Statement of His Excellency with respect to the campaign carried out by the believers to clean up dear Basra. In the name of the Almighty. It is a beautiful and great thing that I see some of the beloved, may God reward them, and they