Fobzu and UCU present


Beyond decolonisation:

Liberating the study of the Arab world from the Gulf to Palestine


Professor Omar H. AlShehabi

Director of the Gulf Centre for Development Policies and Associate Professor in Political Economy at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait


Chair: Dr Hicham Safieddine

Lecturer in the History of the Modern Middle East at King's College


When: 6.30pm, Tuesday 25th February

Where: National Education Union, Hamilton House, WC1H 9BD


How can study of colonialism in the Arab world shed light on Arab traditions of liberation that link the Gulf to Palestine? And how can this inform scholarship and discussions of decolonisation and solidarity today in the west? This talk will connect a wide range of subjects including the British imperial imprint in the Gulf, the anti-colonial movements that emerged, and their linkages to the Palestinian liberation struggle in order to explore how their traditions challenge dominant perspectives of the Arab world and its peoples in the west and beyond.

Omar H. AlShehabi (D.Phil., Oxford) is the Director of the Gulf Centre for Development Policies and Associate Professor in Political Economy at the Gulf University for Science and Technology. He completed his D.Phil. in Economics at Pembroke College Oxford, and previously worked at the IMF, the World Bank, McKinsey, and as a stipendiary lecturer at University College, Oxford. His latest book in English "Contested Modernity: Sectarianism, Nationalism, and Colonialism in Bahrain" was released in 2019 with Oneworld Publications. Omar also serves as Senior Adviser to Fobzu.

Hicham Safieddine holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Political Science from York University, Canada, and an MA in Economics from The University of Rochester, New York. Hicham’s current research explores the history of financial colonization, including the creation of central banks, across the Global South with particular emphasis on Arab societies and states.

The Education, Occupation & Liberation programme was launched in 2018 to mark Fobzu’s 40th anniversary . The series of lectures and seminars co-hosted with the University and College Union (UCU) brings together Palestinian, UK and international scholars, students and practitioners to explore the challenges facing Palestinian education and its role in creating a free and flourishing Palestine. Speakers consider the struggle of Palestinian students and educators, approaches to liberation education and the contribution of Palestine to decolonising curricula in the UK.

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