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On December 17, 2010, Faida Hamdy, a municipal inspector in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, attempted to confiscate fruit from a street vender named Mohamed Bouazizi. When Bouazizi attempted to snatch his apples back from her grasp, Hamdy slapped him in the face. Two of Hamdy’s colleagues came to her aid and ensured that Bouazizi’s property was confiscated. Bouazizi walked to a municipal building, where he was beaten. He also sought redress at the governor’s office, unsuccessfully. Near midday, in front of the governor’s office, Bouazizi poured paint thinner on himself and set himself on fire. 1 The protests that resulted from his treatment, not only in Tunisia but also across North Africa and the Middle East, led to the resignations of presidents, to civil wars in Libya and Syria, and to years of tumult that continue at the time of this writing.
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- 2.Carl Schmitt, Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty, trans. George Schwab (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985), 36.Google Scholar
- 6.Paul W. Kahn, Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011), 16.Google Scholar
- 8.In addition to Schmitt and those following his definition (Agamben, Kahn), see Jean Bethke Elshtain’s, concept of “moral sovereignty” in Sovereignty: God, State, and Self (New York: Basic Books, 2008)Google Scholar