Towards an Arab Left Reader: Key Documents in Translation and Context

A workshop at the University of Cambridge, April 12 – 14, 2018

Why is there as yet no reader or anthology of Arab leftist thought in English translation?

This workshop will bring together an international group of scholars and translators from a wide range of disciplines to identify, discuss and translate a selection of documents that have played a pivotal role in the formation of radical, socialist and democratic thought in the Arab world. The ultimate outcome of this gathering will be the publication of the first English-language reader on documents of the Arab left. Translated documents will be accompanied by essays that locate these works in historical, political and translational context. The collection aims to bring Arab leftist thought into conversation with other non-Western and international political texts now available in English, as well as to function as a pedagogical tool and a resource for those interested in progressive, socialist and anti-colonial thought in the Arab world.


Dr Hana Morgenstern
University Lecturer in Postcolonial and Middle Eastern Literature
Faculty of English
Senior Fellow, Newnham College

Dr Mezna Qato
Junior Research Fellow in History
King’s College
University of Cambridge

Sponsored by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), the Faculty of Asian and Middle East Studies and Newnham College, at the University of Cambridge.