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Mark Ayyash, PhD

Office: B349L
Phone: 403.440.8626
E-mail: mayyash@mtroyal.ca


Ph.D. Sociology, York University
M.A. Sociology, Carleton University
B.A. (Honors) Sociology, Dalhousie University



Mark’s teaching and research interests include the study of violence, social and political theory, postcolonial theory, decolonial conceptions of space and time, social movements, as well as the history, culture and politics of the Middle East (particularly Palestine-Israel). Mark’s interdisciplinary approach to the study of violence draws from sociology, anthropology, international relations, postcolonial and cultural studies. His research advances a dialogical and multi-dimensional critique of violence, which can help scholars and peace activists (a) understand the often hidden parts that violence plays in human society, and (b) explore the complexities involved in efforts to move beyond violence. Mark’s teaching approach adheres to his commitment to the open and accessible sharing of academic knowledge, and he constantly strives to make his engagement with students reciprocal and collaborative.

Book Publications

Ayyash, Mark M. (forthcoming). A Hermeneutics of Violence: A Four-Dimensional Conception. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Ayyash, Mark M. & Hadj-Moussa, Ratiba (eds.) (2017). Protests and Generations: Legacies and Emergences in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Leiden: Brill.

Journal Publications

Ayyash, Mark (2018). “An Assemblage of Decoloniality? Palestinian Fellahin Resistance and the Space-Place Relation”. Studies in Social Justice, 12 (1): 21-37. 

Ayyash, Mark (2017). “Rethinking the Social-Political through Ibn Khaldûn and Aristotle”. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 19 (8): 1193-1209.

Ayyash, Mark (2013). “The Paradox of Political Violence”. European Journal of Social Theory, 16 (3): 342-356.

Ayyash, Mark (2013). “Carrying the Burden of Past Violences: A Comparative Analysis of Transnational Palestinian Youth Movements”. In a special issue of Sikh Formations titled, Violence, Memory, and the Dynamics of Transnational Youth Formations, 9 (3): 279-297.

Ayyash, Mark (2010). “Hamas and the Israeli State: A ‘Violent Dialogue’”. European Journal of International Relations, 16 (1): 103-123.

Ayyash, Mark (2010). “Edward Said: Writing in Exile”. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 30 (1): 107-118.

Ayyash, Mark (2007). “The Appearance of War in Discourse: The Neoconservatives on Iraq”. Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 14 (4): 613-634.

Book Chapters
Ayyash, Mark M. & Hadj-Moussa, Ratiba (2017). “Conceptualizing Generations and Protests”. In Protests and Generations: Legacies and Emergences in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean, pp: 1-23. Leiden: Brill.