Being Human: Political Modernity and Hospitality in Kurdistan-Iraq (Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights ) (Hardcover)

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Being Human: Political Modernity and Hospitality in Kurdistan-Iraq (Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights ) (Hardcover)


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The Iraqi Baʿth state’s Anfāl operations (1987-1991) is one of the twentieth century’s ultimate acts of destruction of the possibility of being human. It remains the first and only crime of state in the Middle East to be tried under the 1948 UN Genocide Convention, the 1950 Nuremberg Principles, and the 1969 Iraqi Penal Code and to be recognized as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Baghdad between 2006 and 2007. Being Human: Political Modernity and Hospitality in Kurdistan-Iraq offers an unprecedented pathway to the study of political violence. It is a sweeping work of anthropological hospitality, returning to the Anfāl operations as the violence of political modernity only to turn to the human survivors’ hospitality and acts of translation—testimonial narratives, law, politics, archive, poetry, artworks, museums, memorials, symbolic cemeteries, and infinite pursuit of justice in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Being Human gathers together social sciences, humanities, and the arts to understand modernity's violence and its living on.   
Fazil Moradi is a visiting associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, University of Johannesburg; an associate researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences; and an affiliated scholar at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center—CUNY.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978831704
ISBN-10: 1978831706
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: January 12th, 2024
Pages: 210
Language: English
Series: Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights
"Being Human is an unsettling and urgent work of scholarship that transcends the confines of the university to address some of the most compelling conditions of human life and death. Anthropological hospitality, the idea at the heart of this book, provides an illuminating and passionate perspective on the plight of locality in the fight for the recognition of global justice."
— Homi K. Bhabha

"In rich, poetic prose, Fazil Moradi brilliantly unravels the politics of reading, witnessing, and memory challenging us to listen to survivors of the al-Anfal to understand the limits and possibilities of justice and accountability without losing sight of the hope and trust required for acts of hospitality and translation in Being Human."
— Victoria Sanford

"Raw and beautiful. Moradi shows us how to listen to survivors of mass violence. In silences, gestures, and words from generous hosts who lived through the mass Anfal attacks of late 20th-century Kurdistan Iraq, Moradi implicates political modernity. This book richly and poignantly displays the dignity and beauty of both people lost, and those who live on having survived and witnessed. It is painful to read, and that is one of its successes. All students of the modern state should read this book."
— Diane E. King