The Construction of Two Radical Networks in Beirut and Alexandria

Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

in The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism, 1860-1914

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262010
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945463 | DOI:
The Construction of Two Radical Networks in Beirut and Alexandria

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This chapter concentrates on two self-proclaimed radical networks, one predominantly based in Beirut and Mount Lebanon and an Italian anarchist network in Alexandria. The main protagonists of this network were Daud Muja'is and the two periodicals he founded and directed, al-Nūr and al-Hurriya. One vital characteristic of this group is that its members had the power to disseminate their ideas. They were very well connected to a broader reformist network in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. They moved comfortably among social and intellectual elites as among more common mortals, and in that sense were public intellectuals of a middle caliber who were equally visible in low-profile social gatherings and on the grander, highbrow nahda literary scene. Their activities in generous societies seem to have brought them into contact with members of the working classes, to whom they were often able to disseminate their ideas through speeches and lectures.

Keywords: Mount Lebanon; al-Hurriya; anarchist; al-Nūr; middle caliber

Chapter.  19989 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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