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Mark Ayyash

Mark Ayyash is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the John de Chastelain Peace Studies Initiative at Mount Royal University, Calgary. He teaches and writes in the areas of social and political theory, the study of violence, and decolonial movements, particularly focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. He has published several academic articles and has a co-edited book on Protests and Generations in the MENA and the Mediterranean. His forthcoming book with the University of Toronto Press is titled A Hermeneutics of Violence.


Items by Mark Ayyash

  • Palestinians and Black Lives Matter are united against oppression

    In the early 1970s, the famous comedian Richard Pryor joked: “If you’re going looking for justice, that’s what you’ll find – just us.” The phrase has since been repeated in various scholarly and artistic forms including rap music, where it has sometimes taken different meanings, but...

  • The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and public discourse

    Much of the public discourse on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in Canada is superficial, shallow and entirely strategic. When Canadian parliamentarians debated a motion on BDS in February 2016, the discussion was no more than an exercise in the parroting of talking points that have been...