the fire these times

06. Lebanon’s October 17 Revolution/ A Country in Fragments

This is a repost of an episode I did with Dr Andrew Arsan, British-Lebanese scholar and author of the book Lebanon: A Country in Fragments, and which was originally released on the Hummus For Thought podcast.

I’m releasing it here as an introduction to a series of upcoming episodes on Lebanon that will deal with the October 17th Uprising and its meanings.

The Uprising will serve as a framework through which my guests and I will try to understand the post-war era of Lebanese history, from 1990 to the present moment, as well as some topics dating further back.

We will highlight groups of people that are usually ignored in discussions around Lebanon, including by the Lebanese themselves, such as refugees and migrant workers in Lebanon, including migrant domestic workers (check out the Kafala series), the LGBTQ community, as well as Lebanese Jews, Lebanese Kurds, Afro-Lebanese and Lebanese Asians.

We will also be looking at Lebanon’s relationship with Palestinians, Syrians, Israelis, Iranians, the Arab world and the West as well as dive into such light topics as Lebanese identity and the diaspora, Hezbollah’s role in the region and at home and the environmental threats facing the country.


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You can also support it on Patreon @firethesetimes or BuyMeACoffee.com @joeyayoub.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, Spotify, Castro, Pocket Casts, and RSS. More to come!

Music by Tarabeat.

Featured photo is from the cover of Lebanon: A Country in Fragments.


You can support Egna Legna’s campaign to bring food and aid to victims of the Kafala system in Lebanon by clicking here.


Reading List

– My review of Arsan’s book “Lebanon, our painfully ordinary country” on Al Jumhuriya.
The Lebanese Politics Podcast
– Timour Azhari’s coverage on Al Jazeera

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