The Rebel

  • Felix Lang University of Marburg
  • Malcolm Théoleyre Sciences Po
Keywords: Rebel, Arab Spring, 1848, Terrorists, Translation, Revolution, Islamism


Who is the rebel in the Middle East and North Africa? Translating the 'rebel' in the Arab spring context bears lexical and semantic difficulties, but, most of all, it requires to guard oneself from western liberal bias. Discussing different notions of 'the rebel' and related Arabic terms such as thāʾir and mutamarrid, this article introduces META issue #6 on 'The Rebel'.

Author Biographies

Felix Lang, University of Marburg

is a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Arabic Literature and Culture at the University of Marburg and coordinator of the Figures of Thought | Turning Points research group (DFG-Leibniz). He Studied Arabic and Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews and completed a PhD in Arabic Literature and Culture at the University of Marburg. His has recently been published as The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel: Memory, Trauma, and Capital (2016). Currently, he is working on a postdoc project on Syrian cultural production and the transformations of intellectual and artistic space since the beginning of the revolution/civil war.


Malcolm Théoleyre, Sciences Po

is a Ph.D. candidate and teaching associate at the Sciences Po History Department in Paris. He is currently finishing his dissertation on music and politics in colonial Algiers, in which he explores the intricate links between musical performance and cross-cultural socializations, demonstrating that, in colonial Algiers, indigenous music is an anchor for French-Muslim dialogue and a lever of civic integration, rather than a tool of resistance. He coordinated a number of public and academic conferences among which "Politics of multiculturalism: the French debate" in Spring 2015.


How to Cite
Lang, F., and M. Théoleyre. “The Rebel”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 6, May 2016, pp. 5-11, doi:10.17192/meta.2016.6.5129.