Letter from Beirut

The Arab Gramsci

Print edition : March 21, 2014

Hassan Hamdan, a prolific witer, left behind a score of important books whose topics ranged from revolutionary theory to poetry. Photo: By Special Arrangement

In a corner of the study in Hamdan's apartment sits his desk. It now carries a portrait of him. This is where he would sit and work at night, while his family slept. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The killing of Hassan Hamdan, better known as Mahdi Amel, a highly regarded Marxist theoretician who strove to produce Marxist concepts that would be faithful to Arab reality, is part of a continuing battle between religious fundamentalism and communist doctrine.
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