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Carbion Democracy
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil (Verso Press, 2012)

“It’s a book that tackles a really big subject, in a sweeping but readable fashion, and after reading it, it’s hard to imagine thinking about political power the same way again … This book utterly blew me away.”

– Matt Stoller, Naked Capitalism



French:  Carbon Democracy: Le pouvoir politique à l’ère du pétrole, trans. Christophe Jacquet. Paris: La découverte, 2013.

Turkish:  Karbon Demokrasi: Petrol Çağında Siyasal İktidar Trans. Fırat Berksun. Istanbul: Açılım Kitap, 2014.

Arabic:  Dimukratiyat al-karbun: al-sulta al-siyasiya fi `asr al-naft. Trans. Bashir al-Siba`i  and Sherif Younis. Cairo: Al-Markaz al-qawmi li-l-tarjama, 2014

Russian: Delo Publishing House (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration), 2014

Persian: Dimukrasi Karboni. Trans. Shahriar Khavajian. Tehran: Qoqnoos Publishing, 2016


Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity (University of California Press, 2002)

“Brilliant … the writing is superb. The prose is luminous and limpid, undergirded by steely passion and resolve … Demonstrated brilliantly.”

—Trevor Barnes Environment & Planning D

Columbia University Library e-copy


Arabic edition: Hukm al-khubaraa’. Trans. Bashir al-Siba`i. Cairo: National Translation Office, 2011.


Questions of Modernity  (Edited, University of Minnesota Press, 2000)

“Mitchell puts forward his compelling thesis that the signal feature of the modern is the process of representation…— the particular modality of social reference through which the distinction between image and reality is configured.”

— Bill Maurer, American Anthropologist


Columbia University Library e-copy



Colonising Egypt  (University of California Press, 1991)

“Written with great tact and decency, and suggests just how much is at stake in understanding the radical nature of colonialism as a form of power.”

— Helen Pringle, Politics


Free University Of California Press  e-copy


Arabic:  Dar Sina, Cairo, 1990, trans. Bashir al-Siba`i. Reprinted: Madarat li-l-abhath wa-l-nashr, Cairo, 2013.

Turkish:  Iletişim Yaginevi, Istanbul, 2001.

Polish:  Panstwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 2002

Japanese: Hosei University Press, 2014


Books In Arabic:

These works consist mainly of translations of articles also published in English, although a few of the essays have been published only in Arabic.


Dirasatan haula al-turath wa-‘l-hadatha  [Two Studies in Heritage and Modernity] Trans. Bashir al-Siba`i. Cairo: Merit Press, 2006.






Al-dimuqratiyya wa-l-dawla fi al-`alam al-`arabi [.pdf] [الديموقراطية والدولة في العالم العربي , Democracy and the State in the Arab World]. Trans. Bashir al-Siba`i. Cairo: Dar Misr al-`Arabiyya, 1996.

Reprinted, Cairo: al-Hay’a al-misriya al-`amma li-‘l- kitab, 2005




Misr fi al-khitab al-amriki [Egypt in American Discourse]. Trans. Bashir al-Siba`i. Damascus: Dar `Iybal, 1992.