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(en) An overview of anarchism in Jordan today.*..theory and activites

Date Thu, 27 Mar 2008 10:40:20 +0200

Finally after more than 50 years of communist activism in Jordan the anarchists
started to gather…most Jordanian anarchists are artists who work in music, film
making, and graphic design, one of our comrades is finishing his master in
gender studies…some comrades are Jordanian and others are Palestinian refugees
living in Jordan… ---- Most of us come from Marxist background so theory has
great importance for us…two comrades finally found an Arabic book that talks
about anarchism…actually we found three more books but with different Arabic
words for “anarchism” ---- 1- Fawdawiya which literary means kenotic ---- 2- La
soltawiya which literary means anti-authoritarianism ---- 3- Taharoriya which
literary means libertarianism ---- 4- Anarkeya which literary means anarchism

We also found an Egyptian and Lebanese anarchist websites which were extremely

Until now we are about 20 comrades …I believe that there more anarchists in the
country but it is hard to find them!

Lately, We became part of a bigger movement called the social left which
consists of Marxists feminists and others…despite the fact that the movement has
more than a 1000 member, we –anarchists- have ,relatively, very strong influence
and effect in/on the group… we meet in Anti-globalization office in Jordan

When we started reading we looked for any form of anarchy in our own history and
local culture…after reading a book called “Sufi tropics” written by an Iraqi
writer(Hadi al Alawi).. we found that Sufism is ALL ABOUT anarchism…actually we
found a website on the internet that talks abut Sufi-anarchism…now most of us
label themselves as Sufi anarchists…we even found Sufi anarchist movements and
groups from the 8-16 century… So after reading what we were able to find from
Bakunin’s Prodon’s Kropotkin’s books…and after studying the history of anarchy
in Spain Ukraine Paris Mexico…and after studying Sufism, we started to have our
own understanding of anarchism…

others r messed up comrade of us even worked on his own understanding of
sufi-anarchism in away compatible with his own understanding of post modernism
and the fall of ideology or what he called nihilist Sufi anarchism(plz don’t ask
me to explain!!!)

We heard about other groups in Egypt, morocco, Lebanon and Palestine but never
met any of them…

Last week, a very important columnist wrote about us –anarchists- in the most
popular newspaper in the country…after he saw our flag for the first time in a

All political movements and parties in Jordan have a problem with
numbers,…recruiting more people can be very difficult because most people are
too afraid to participate…

In Jordan we still suffer from
expulsion from universities because of any political activities
laws that r extremely hard to understand and interpret which r used against
political activists like:
disturbing civil harmony!
bashing higher status!
long tongue!!!
copying without permission!
Unauthorized gatherings!
Human Rights Watch talks about torture, kidnappings…there is also 3 years in
prison because of founding unauthorized groups..

So, anarchism in Jordan still have a long way to go but it is expected to grow
in the upcoming years…
From ur brothers/sisters …comrades
Anarchists of Jordan
* by H - jordanian anarchist
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