How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of its Historic Liberal-Islamic Alliance

Mar 29, 2021, 12:00 pm1:30 pm



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Near Eastern Studies Virtual Seminar by Elizabeth Thompson

American University

Host: Lara Harb Respondent - Amaney Jamal

Elizabeth F. Thompson is professor of history and Mohamed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace at the American University in Washington, DC. She researches the history of democratic struggles in the Middle East since the early 20th century, with a special interest in how gender, race, and foreign intervention have shaped popular movements. Research for her most recent book, How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs, was supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Thompson is also author of Justice Interrupted: Struggles for Constitutional Government in the Middle East and Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon, which won two national book awards. Thompson is currently at work on two new projects. The Debacle is an annotated memoir of a Levantine family of Constantinople that defied ethnic cleansing after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I. Gone With the Wind in Cairo explores Arab social politics of the 1940s and 1950s through the lens of cinema.

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Department & Program in Near Eastern Studies