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Philosophy of NonviolenceRevolution, Constitutionalism, and Justice beyond the Middle East$
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Chibli Mallat

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199394203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394203.001.0001

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Constitutional Ruins and the Unfathomable Politics of Transition

Constitutional Ruins and the Unfathomable Politics of Transition

(p.133) 9 Constitutional Ruins and the Unfathomable Politics of Transition
Philosophy of Nonviolence

Chibli Mallat

Oxford University Press

Society post-dictatorship must deal with constitutional ruins that encumber it by preventing freed social forces from starting from scratch. In the Middle East in particular, the authoritarian drive lasting over half a century has honed a mongrel system called “monarblic.” This grotesque model of republics turned dynasties has made the system of authoritarian states increasingly similar, and interlocked, across the region. This is what the nonviolent revolution confronts, together with fulul (ancien régime “left-overs” from the “deep state”). The chapter describes the unfathomable politics of the transition in the four Middle East countries that have deposed their dictators. Against contrasted experiments, and divisive elections carried out in haste, it argues for a grand revolutionary coalition to persist institutionally beyond the revolutionary moment.

Keywords:   constitutional ruins, monarblic, fulul, deep state, unfathomable transition, elections, grand revolutionary coalition

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