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Ghalya Saadawi


Civil Marriage Fatwas, the Lebanese State, and Renegade Bacteria

[Photo by the author.]

For some philosophers, the condition of being contemporary is to actually be anachronistic to and critical of the present, to see its darkness, and to avoid being absorbed by the vortex of neo-liberal capitalism, not to mention by the devastating logics of Lebanese political discourse. When the Sunni Mufti of Lebanon, Mohammad Rashid Qabbani–not a philosopher except in the colloquial sense–declared a fatwa on 28 January 2013 against those who support or endorse civil ...

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Ghalya Saadawi is an independent writer and Ph.D. candidate at Goldsmiths University of London. She lives between London and Beirut.