Yasser Munif is a Sociology Assistant Professor in the institute for Liberal Arts at Emerson College. He is the co-founder of the Global Campaign for Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution.
'In the already crowded field of studies of post-2011 Syria, Yasser Munif's book stands out as a most original and stimulating contribution focused on what the author calls the subterranean territories of the Syrian revolt , i.e. micropolitical processes and grassroots struggles examined through a magnifier primarily rooted in postcolonial thinking' -- Gilbert Achcar, author of 'The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising' 'Yasser Munif's excellent book centralizes the grassroots struggles that constituted a 'politics of life' during the Syrian revolution. In doing so, he re-inscribes the experiences of revolutionary actors into the narrative of Syria's conflict. Essential reading for anyone interested in Syria's conflict and its trajectory' -- Samer Abboud, author of 'Syria: Hot Spots in Global Politics' 'This masterful book combines theoretical sophistication and remarkable empirical detail to paint a novel account of revolution and counter-revolution in Syria. Drawing upon exceptional primary research on the ground in Syria, including nearly 200 interviews, Munif dissects the state's use of technologies and geographies of death to crush any alternative politics and reveals the life-affirming praxis of a grassroots revolution that resisted against all odds' -- Wendy Pearlman, author of 'We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria' 'With the rich detail drawn from inside the Syrian revolution and framed by theoretical insights from Fanon, Deleuze, Mbembe and Bayat, this is a crucial and profound book. An important achievement that should be read not only by those trying to make sense of Syria, but, by all of us struggling to create a human world' -- Nigel C Gibson, author of 'Fanonian Practices in South Africa: From Steve Biko to Abahlali baseMjondolo' 'In one of the best accounts of the Syrian uprising, Yasser Munif presents a brilliant, if harrowing, forensic analysis of the revolt, the complex and multi-faceted struggles that followed the initial protests, and the horrifying violence the Assad regime unleashed upon the people of Syria. This is a subtle, thoughtful, theoretically grounded political analysis unlike any other' -- Laleh Khalili, author of 'Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula'