Dr Faleh JABBAR: The Caliphate in the 20th century

In Islamic thought, the Caliphate symbolizes both the glory of past history and its decline and loss. It also figures as a Utopia for a new, greater history in the future. It is the past, present, and future in one. Up to the end of the 19th century, the concept was a ‘given’, taken for granted, one that invited no discussion or invocation. The 20th century, however, regenerated and invoked the concept into a sacred doctrine, a utopia and a political objective and slogan. The drive for the Caliphate epitomized a political crusade to make for the loss of state, demise of homeland, or decline of status, whether the disintegration of the Ottoman empire, the loss of the Palestinian homeland, or the decline of the Ikhwan in Saudi Arabia, or the destruction of the state in Iraqi, throughout the 20th and beginning of 21st centuries.The dramatic persona in these turning points involve political leaders like Ataturk, thinkers like Afghani, Abdu and Kawakibi and jurists-activists like Abu Omar Baghdadi and Abu Bakr Baghdadi. The socio-political and cultural structures and dynamics of this intricate process is the subject-matter of the lecture.



Dr Faleh A. Jabbar is an expert on Iraq and Middle Eastern politics and sociology. His areas of expertise are religion, Islamism, social organization, political systems and cultural discourses. He has attended world forums and seminars organized, by UNESCO, UN-ESCWA, ECSSR, IISS, RIIA, RISQ and has lectured – amongst others - at Harvard, LSE and SciencesPo. He has delivered lectures and papers on Arab culture, globalization and the Middle East, Islam, state and religion, tribes and social formations. Some of his publications in English include: The Shi'ite Movement in Iraq (2003), Tribes and Power in the Middle East (2002), and Ayatollahs, Sufis and Ideologues (2002). He is an author for the International Crisis Group (ICG). He has written a number of papers on Iraq, Islamism in general and Shi'ism in particular, He is also a frequent contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, The Middle East Research and Information Project, The Financial Times and The Times.


Thursday, March 1, 2018; 11:00AM

   CEU, Nador Utca 15, Quantum Room 101