Book Talk: “The Philosophy of Nonviolence, Revolution, Constitutionalism and Justice Beyond the Middle East” with Chibli Mallat

Monday April 13, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Chibli Mallat

Presidential Professor of Law and Professor of Law and Politics of the Middle East at the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, EU Jean Monnet Chair of European Law at Saint Joseph’s University in Lebanon, human rights lawyer and former Lebanese Presidential candidate


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In 2011, the Middle East saw more people peacefully protesting long entrenched dictatorships than at any time in its history. The dictators of Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen were deposed in a matter of weeks by nonviolent marches. Imprecisely described as 'the Arab Spring', the revolution has been convulsing the whole region ever since. Beyond an uneven course in different countries, Chibli Mallat’s “Philosophy of Nonviolence” examines how 2011 may have ushered in a fundamental break in world history. The break, the book argues, is animated by nonviolence as the new spirit of the philosophy of history


Chibli Mallat is a humans right lawyer and law professor. He is Presidential Professor at the law school of the University of Utah, EU Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at Saint Joseph’s University in Lebanon, and former Lebanese Presidential candidate. He is the author or editor of over forty books in Arabic, English and French, Mallat has been active with Right to Nonviolence (, a Beirut-based NGO. His latest book is Philosophy of Nonviolence, Revolution, Constitutionalism, and Justice beyond the Middle East, New York: Oxford UP 2015.

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