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Martyred but Not Tamed
The Politics of Resistance in the Middle East

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November 2012 | 356 pages | SAGE India
Part historical chronicle, part socio-political treatise, Martyred but Not Tamed is devoted to the Middle East and focuses on the four most combustible countries at the heart of this supremely volatile area-Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Based on a series of extensive interviews with local actors, it also draws on the author's extensive scholarship. Attentive throughout to the viewpoints of the victims, it stands as a refreshing corrective to the distortions or downright lies which all too often inform the 'authoritative' discourse on the modern Middle East.

Along the way, in a systematic, thorough, yet vivid and highly readable manner, the book revisits several 'well-known' episodes of recent history, but with an unsparing gaze, untainted by the softening lenses which tend to distort the self-serving Western narrative. It highlights the role played by Britain and the other colonial powers, which for pure expediency did not hesitate to carve up the body politic of the region; to exacerbate and exploit existing divides; to create new divisions where none existed; and to draw borders that defied all ethnic and historical logic, thereby sowing the seed of intractable conflicts such as the one between Israel and the Palestinians.

Lastly, in a long, densely informative chapter on "oil politics", the book lays bare the naked economic and strategic interests which prompted nearly all the moves of the imperial powers in the region, from the days of overt colonial occupation down to the present age of indirect control and disguised hegemony.

Foreword

Jean Ecalle
Imagining War: Anticipations and Outcomes

 
The Discovery of Oil and the Geography of Imperial Conquest

 
The Ordeals of Arab Nationalism: A Discussion in Damascus

 
Refugees in Resistance: Memories and Dreams from Exile

 
The Hizbullah Model: Militant Tactics and Political Savvy

 
Afterword

Jean Ecalle
Name Index

 
Subject Index

 
The book is a useful addition to an already large volume of existing literature on west Asia and lucidly explains the nature of conflict in the region detached from western propaganda.
U.S.I Journal, Vol 143, July-September 2013

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Ram Narayan Kumar

The late Ram Narayan Kumar (1956–2009) was an independent political activist and thinker, based out of Delhi and Kathmandu.He authored half a dozen books: three major works on Punjab (mainly ‘The Sikh Struggle’ and ‘Reduced to Ashes’), a mid-life political autobiography (‘Confronting the Hindu Sphinx’), and a volume on human rights studies. He also wrote numerous pamphlets, situation reports, and newspaper columns. He also led courses on Human Rights at SAFHR (an NGO with headquarters in Delhi and Kathmandu) for participants from all over South Asia. Kumar’s work was close to completion when he succumbed to a sudden heart attack, in June... More About Author

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