Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire



"Dawn of Freedom" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Map of South Asia
Biographical Sketch of Eqbal Ahmad
Introduction by David Barsamian
Foreword by Edward W. Said
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"Dawn of Freedom" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Map of South Asia
Biographical Sketch of Eqbal Ahmad
Introduction by David Barsamian
Foreword by Edward W. Said
Chapter 1 Think Critically and Take Risks
Chapter 2 Distorted HistoriesNotes
Chapter 3 Do Not Accept the Safe Haven
Selected Bibliography of Eqbal Ahmad's Writing


"Eqbal Ahmad, perhaps the shrewdest and most original anti-imperialist analyst of Asia and Africa…[was] a man of enormous charisma and incorruptible ideals…. He had an almost instinctive attraction to movements of the oppressed and the persecuted…[and] a formidable knowledge of history. Arabs, for example, learned more from him about the failures of Arab nationalism than from anyone else.… Ahmad was that rare thing, an intellectual unintimidated by power or authority."-Edward W. Said, author of Culture and Imperialism, eulogizing Ahmad in The Nation and The Guardian

"[Eqbal Ahmad] was a shining example of what a true internationalist should be.… Eqbal was at home in the history of all the world's great civilizations. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of states past and present, and he knew that states had a rightful role to play. But he also knew that states existed to serve peoplenot the other way aroundand he had little to do with governments, except as a thorn in their side. To friends, colleagues, and students, however, he gave unstintingly of himself and his time.… His example and his memory will inspire many to carry on his work."-Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

"A very dedicated and honorable activist, Eqbal was right in the middle of everything.… He was a student of revolution and imperialism and a very good one."-Noam Chomsky, MIT

"Eqbal Ahmad was unique in combining compassion for the dispossessed-en masse and one by one; the intellectual capacity to analyze cultural, political, and economic issues on a transnational level; and an ability to raise his always eloquent voice on behalf of constructive and original solutions."-Victory Navasky, Publisher and Editorial Director, The Nation

"Fighting words, wise words, from one of the most powerful activist intellectuals of ou

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896086159
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Series: International Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 200
  • Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

"Dawn of Freedom"
Map of South Asia
Biographical Sketch of Eqbal Ahmad
Ch. 1 Think Critically and Take Risks
Gandhi and Partition
The Struggle Over Kashmir
Higher Education
Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, Noam Chomsky, and Edward W. Said
The Palestinian Question
Faiz Ahmed Faiz
The Demonization of Islam
The Taliban
Reconstructing Hegemony
Ch. 2 Distorted Histories
The Perils of Nationalism
Some of the News Fit to Print
Tribes Have Been Given Flags
Nuclear Politics in South Asia
Nationalism and Islam
Unilateralism After the Cold War
The Lexicon of Terrorism
Engaging Iran
Turkey and Israel
The Armenian Genocide
Beyond Belief: V. S. Naipaul
The Changing of the Guards
Return to the Source
Marx's Legacy
Intellectual Work
Ch. 3 Do Not Accept the Safe Haven
Oppression and Identity
Poetry and Revolution
Pathologies of Power
Sri Lanka
Ethnic Conflict in the Balkans
International Solidarity
Marketing Individualism
Antonio Gramsci and Albert Camus
Do Not Accept the Safe Haven
Selected Bibliography of Eqbal Ahmad's Writing
App Alternative Redio's Eqbal Ahmad Archive
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Excellent interviews of a remarkable scholar

    Eqbal Ahmad provides clear, rational thought in understanding world politics. Barsamian, the interviewer, has Ahmad discuss a wide range of topics, much of it concerning India, Pakistan, the Arab and Muslim worlds, and American foriegn policy. Indispensable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2001

    Everything Eqbal

    I've only heard Eqbal once...and that was in 1998---mere months before he passed away. Prof. Ahmad's views on South Asia, the Middle East, world geopolitics in general, and the U.S. in particular, are frank and quite different from what one would hear from official sources. Far from being an extremist, he has long been a rational voice in these issues. This collection of interviews with Eqbal give unique insight to his thoughts, and some reminescence to those who wish to have heard him lecture one more time.

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