Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory

A View from the Wretched


In Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched, Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri bring together a collection of essays by a variety of scholars who explore the lasting influence of Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, revolutionary, and social theorist. Fanon’s work not only gave voice to the “wretched” in the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), but also shaped the radical resistance to colonialism, empire, and racism throughout much of the world. His seminal works, such as Black Skin, White Masks, and The Wretched of the Earth, were read by The Black Panther Party in the United States, anti-imperialists in Africa and Asia, and anti-monarchist revolutionaries in the Middle East. Today, many revolutionaries and scholars have returned to Fanon’s work, as it continues to shed light on the nature of colonial domination, racism, and class oppression.

Contributors include: Syed Farid Alatas, Rose Brewer, Dustin J. Byrd, Sean Chabot, Richard Curtis, Nigel C. Gibson, Ali Harfouch, Timothy Kerswell, Seyed Javad Miri, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pramod K. Nayar, Elena Flores Ruíz, Majid Sharifi, Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib and Esmaeil Zeiny.

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Biographical Note
Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D. (2016), Michigan State University, is an Associate Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Arabic at Olivet College. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and manuscripts, including Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith (Brill, 2016).

Seyed Javad Miri, Ph.D. (2000), Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, is Professor of Sociology and History of Religions at that Institute in Tehran. He has published more than 50 books and 100 articles on various issues related to philosophy, religion, sociology and Social Theory. His latest book is entitled Reimagining Malcolm X: Street Thinker Versus Homo Academicus (University Press of America, 2016).
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Notes on Contributors

Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri
1 Frantz Fanon and his Influence on the Black Panther Party and the Black Revolution
Mumia Abu-Jamal
2 Alatas, Fanon, and Coloniality
Syed Farid Alatas
3 Fanon, Black Lives, and Revolutionary Black Feminism: 21st Century Considerations
Rose M. Brewer
4 On the Possibility of a Post-colonial Revolutionary: Reconsidering Žižek’s Universalist Reading of Frantz Fanon in the Interregnum
Dustin J. Byrd
5 Fanon, Hegel and the Materialist Theory of History
Richard Curtis
6 Connecting with Fanon: Postcolonial Problematics, Irish Connections, and the Shack Dwellers Rising in South Africa
7 Hegel, Fanon, and the Problem of Recognition
Ali S. Harfouch
8 Frantz Fanon and the Peasantry as the Centre of Revolution
Timothy Kerswell
9 Frantz Fanon in Ali Shariati’s Reading: Is it Possible to Interpret Fanon in a Shariatian Form?
Seyed Javad Miri
10 Fanon and Biopolitics
Pramod K. Nayar
11 The Secret Life of Violence
Elena Flores Ruíz
12 Fanon’s New Humanist as Antidote to Today’s Colonial Violence
Majid Sharifi and Sean Chabot
13 The Pathology of Race and Racism in Postcolonial Malay Society: A Reflection on Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks
Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib
14 Re-reading Fanon: Language, Literature, and Empire
Esmaeil Zeiny

All interested in the history of 20th century revolutionary thought, especially Third World liberation theory, post-colonial theory, and critical race theory.
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