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Gilbert Achcar

16 January 2016

Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the London School of Oriental and African Studies

Gilbert Achcar (born 1951 in Senegal) is a Lebanese-French academic, writer, and socialist activist. He is currently Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Gilbert has degrees in Philosophy (ESL, Beirut), Social Sciences (UL, Beirut) and Social History/International Relations (University of Paris-VIII). He taught and/or researched in various universities and research centres in Beirut, Berlin and Paris. Gilbert's research interests and publication topics include: the political economy and sociology of globalisation, the global power structure and grand strategy, empire theory and the unfolding of US hegemony globally and in the 'Broader Middle East', politics and development economics of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, the sociology of religion in general, of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism in particular, social change and social theory.

Gilbert Achcar

He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, ZNet, and International Viewpoint.

Selected publications:


2016. Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising. Stanford; Stanford Univeristy Press: London; Saqi.
2013. The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising. Berkeley: University of California Press; London: Saqi.
2013. Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism. Chicago; Haymarket: London; Saqi.
2012. Eichmann au Caire et autres essais. Paris: Sindbad / Actes Sud.
2010. The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives. New York; Metropolitan / Macmillan: London; Saqi.
2007. (with Noam Chomsky) Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, 276 pp. Hamish Hamilton (UK).
2007. (with Michel Warschawski) The 33-Day War: Israel's War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences, 128 pp. Saqi (UK).

2006. The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, 2d augmented edition, 192 pp. Saqi (UK).
2006. The Israeli Dilemma: A Debate between Two Left-Wing Jews. Letters between Marcel Liebman and Ralph Miliband, Selection, introduction and epilogue by Gilbert Achcar, 82 pp. Merlin Press (UK).
2004. Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror, 287 pp. Pluto (UK).

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