Anarchism & revolutionary syndicalism in Northern Africa and the Middle East.
In this North African anarchism page, we include information about anarchism in the middle east
since, from before the days of ancient Egypt and before there have been strong influences between the two
regions, in both directions.
Anarchism in Northern Africa and the Middle East have a longer
history than in most other parts of the continent. The late 19th and early 20th century produced
several anarchist publications and prominent individuals in Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt & Tunisia.
The first anarchist publication in this part of the world, appeared as long ago as 1877, in
Alexandria, Egypt. Much of the early anarchist influences sprung up among migrant Italian workers
who spread across much of the Mediterranean region in the late 19th century.
However, these libertarian strands were generally eclipsed by the Nationalist,
and to a lesser extent Marxist, movements which rose to prominence during the national liberation
struggles against colonialism However in recent years, anarchism has started to reappear in several North African and
Middle Eastern countries. There are active anarchist groups, intellectuals and trade unionists in Lebanon,
Egypt, Algeria, Israel and Morocco, although we still have very limited information about them.