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[Adunis. Image by Mariusz Kubik, from Wikipedia]

Adunis, Mistranslated (Part One)

Adonis, Selected Poems. Translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. Adunis (1930-) is one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era and a perennial Nobel ...

[Undated file picture released on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claiming to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. The announcement sharpens a dispute raging the past year between al-Qaida’s central leadership and the faction known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was created last year by, Al-Baghdadi. He formed the group to expand his operations into neighboring Syria in defiance of direct orders by Ayman al-Zawahri not to do so and to stick to operations within Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Interior Ministry, File)]

The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 2)

This is part two of an interview as conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. You can view Part one here. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few ...

[Safi Sarisuluk salutes people gathered outside a courthouse in Ankara on 7 April, after the trial of a police officer accused of killing her twenty-six-year-old son Ethem Sarisuluk during a protest in June. Photo by Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo.]

Turkey Media Roundup (April 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for ...

[A small boat dock in Tartus. Image by Taras Kalapun via Flickr]

Tartus in the Present Crisis: A Mirror of the Syrian Regime

Whether in the Syrian or international media, Tartus is often presented as an island of calm in the ongoing Syrian crisis. The typical response of a Tartus resident to a non-resident interlocutor inquiring about the local situation is “Hon ...


On the Road: An Exhibition by Paul Ayoub Geday

[In Luxor, Paul Ayoub Geday photographed the houses in Gourna before they were demolished. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

On the Road An exhibition by Paul Ayoub Geday January - February 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   Paul Ayoub Geday is an Egyptian artist, filmmaker, and curator. In this recent solo exhibition, Geday completes a photography project he started eight years ago. The project, which documents his travels across Egypt, will culminate in a book to be published soon. While on the road, Geday has been stopping to photograph landscapes and architectural sites using techniques and styles inspired by the history of painting and cinema. In the interview below, he explains the development of the project and his selection of specific sites, as well as the different styles that ...

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DARS Media Roundup (April 16)

[Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, 3 July, 2013. The poster with partial translation of Arabic reads,

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary Contesting Patriarchy-As-Governance: Lessons From Youth-Led Activism, by Deniz Kandiyoti  The recent waves of citizen-led activism that swept the globe inspired numerous attempts to identify common drivers across diverse instances of public disobedience and protest. ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (16 April)

[Al-Aqsa Mosque in the early morning sunlight, Image by Brian Jeffery Beggerly via Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  Israel-Palestine Peace Talks Israel Appropriates Land in West Bank, Jeffrey Heller Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the Israeli Defence Ministry has declared 250 acres of land south of Jerusalem "state land." Israeli Coalition Partner Threatens to Quit over Peace Talks, Ari Rabinovitch Israeli ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 15)

[Activists and human rights organizations campaigned to stop the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix in order to highlight human rights abuses by the Bahraini regime. Image from CaterhamF1/flickr. 6 April 2014.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Converging Interests May Lead to Cooperation Between Israel and Gulf States Helen Cooper maintains that US and Israeli officials hope for closer security cooperation between Tel Aviv and the Arab Gulf states. Can the Saudis adapt to Obama's policies? Marwan Kabalan argues that the US ...

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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 2)

[Undated file picture released on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claiming to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. The announcement sharpens a dispute raging the past year between al-Qaida’s central leadership and the faction known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was created last year by, Al-Baghdadi. He formed the group to expand his operations into neighboring Syria in defiance of direct orders by Ayman al-Zawahri not to do so and to stick to operations within Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Interior Ministry, File)]

This is part two of an interview as conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. You can view Part one here. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and moving on to the more consequential military opposition. He divides the military opposition into four main ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya April (7-13)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.     Teaching Arabic in the US after 9/11 وقفة احتجاجية لعاملات الجنس في تونس ماذا فعلت «حماس» بالمناهج؟ Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions The Sadness of Post-Militance: Some Reflections on Brown University’s 'New Directions in Palestine Studies' Conference A Fashionable Revolution: Veiling, Morality, and Consumer Culture in Iran Beyond 'Tolerance' and 'Intolerance': ...

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Tartus in the Present Crisis: A Mirror of the Syrian Regime

[A small boat dock in Tartus. Image by Taras Kalapun via Flickr]

Whether in the Syrian or international media, Tartus is often presented as an island of calm in the ongoing Syrian crisis. The typical response of a Tartus resident to a non-resident interlocutor inquiring about the local situation is “Hon ma fi shi,” which translates from the Arabic as “There is nothing going on here.” Syrian official media in particular likes to emphasize that Tartus’s inhabitants are safe, free, and living without problems.[1] Tartus has always been a relatively quiet city, lacking the commercial and cultural life of such cities as Damascus and Aleppo, and even Latakia. Market areas, including the Suq Mshabki, have always closed early in the evening. ...

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بيروت.. أول مرّة

[مصدر الصورة

كل شارع في بيروت يمكنك أن تصعد أو تنزل به. يتعلق ذلك بالجهة التي تأتي منها إليه. الشوارع المركزيّة، مثل الحمراء والجمّيزة، تكون مستوية. ومنها تتفرّع المنحدرات صعودًا ونزولاً. أغلبية شوارع بيروت الساحقة، هي طلعات ونزلات في الوقت نفسه. بيروت كلها، سفح شرس وعنيف صعوده منهك ومتعب. وفي الوقت ذاته بيروت كلها منحدر سهل نتدحرج عليه بفرح نحو كورنيش البحر. بيروت هي كل شيء وعكسه في اللحظة ذاتها، لذا لا يمكنك الحديث عن مدينة واحدة، فذلك يرتبط أساسا بالزاوية التي ترى منها. يمكنك مثلاً أن تراها كفلسطيني من الداخل، كانت وما زالت بيروت مدينة الأحلام الممنوعة بالنسبة لك، وها أنت تدخل إليها وتراها لأول مرة وتنبهر بكلّ شيء من حولك. ولكنك في الوقت ذاته، وخاصةً لأنك تراها كفلسطيني، لا يمكنك ...

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Reports Roundup (April 12)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days This Alkarama Foundation press release describes the heinous treatment of detained human rights activist Osama al-Najjar by the UAE state security services. Partha Chatterjee on "Nationalism, Interntionalism, and Cosmopolitianism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" One of India's most respected experts on postcolonialism and subaltern studies gives a lecture on the four most significant strands of anti-colonialism in modern South Asia. The Anbar Crisis: ...

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قصائد رلى الجردي

[لوحة للفنان العراقي محمود شبر]

  قصائد رلى الجردي     سريرُ النّارنجِ  أنا سريرُ النّارنجِ وهو يستفيق أتحلّى بالخناجرِ واسمي سوريَّة أنا طلاءُ الأرضِ والخبزُ المنفجرُفي الأفواهِ،  الجدران المجدَّلةُ  أنا اخضرارها أغرقُ بحِنّائي أنا أوردةٌ بنَفْس اللونِ بِذاتِ الطّول لا أفصلُ عيناً عن عين ولا جلدًا عن جلد لا أشبهُ الفصولَ أستعيرُ ضلوعَ الطّوفانِ

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Teaching Arabic in the US after 9/11

[I Want You, image from Chicago Sun-Times]

On 9 May 2013 I was stabbed in front of the US Embassy in Cairo. My attacker was a young college-educated Egyptian man who had come from his village that day to kill an American in “revenge over U.S. policies in the Middle East.” At the time, I was living in Egypt and conducting research as part of my sabbatical from Hunter College of the City University of New York where I teach Arabic. The day I was stabbed, I had come to the Embassy looking to have a translation of my marriage certificate authenticated so that my wife’s Egyptian residency permit might be renewed. After the attack, a few Egyptian journalist friends wrote about the event, partly to rectify some ...

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قديسون وانتحاريون

[مصدر الصورة

إذا كانت الحرية لعنة ونعمة في آن، فلأن من الممكن استعمالها للهدم مثلما للخلق.ولهذا فهي تحتاج، على منوال كل القوى المقدسة، إلى أن تُحاط بشبكة سميكة من  التحذيرات والممنوعات. فما هو عظيم القيمة فيها بنحو كبير هو الأكثر خطراً أيضاً.ويمكن أن توصف قوة الهدم هذه بأنها استغلال الحرية، ولكنه استغلال لا بد منه باستمرار إذا كان من المطلوب أن تزدهر الحرية، وهو،إلى هذا الحد، جزء من طبيعتها. فالحيوان القادر على القيام بجراحة منقذة للحياة  قادر أيضاً على أن يعذّب الآخرين.وتعني الخطيئة السعيدة (1)Felix culpa أنه من أجل أن تسود الحرية لا بد لنا من أن نتلقى ركلات القدر. وعلى أي حال، فإن بعدي الخلق والهدم لم يكونا  دائماً الخيارين اللذين يمكن أن يظهرا، إذ يستطيع المضربون ...

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Event: Angela Davis and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat on Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine (19 April, Evergreen State College)

Peace Works 2014 Yet Again Captives: Mass Incarceration in the United States and Palestine April 19, 2014 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington Keynote discussion with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat 7:00 PM Washington Center for the Performing Arts Register for the full conference here!  Purchase tickets to the Keynote event here. Join us for a day-long conference featuring plenaries, workshops, networking opportunities, and plans for action to address systems of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond

Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Valeska Huber (VH): The origins of this book lie in my general interest in the history of mobility, particularly as it connects to justice and equality. Does globalization—in the present day or historically—mean that everyone can move at an ever-quicker pace? I wanted to unpack this story for the ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 16)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives  The Islamic Front Aron Lund’s useful collection of articles and reports on its emergence in Syria, written for various outlets including ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Elections’ Aftershocks and Constitutional Court’s Judgements Erdoğan's Missed Opportunity to Mix Islam and Democracy in Turkey “By winning the elections, Erdoğan appears to ...

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Adunis, Mistranslated (Part One)

Adonis, Selected Poems. Translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. Adunis (1930-) is one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era and a perennial Nobel contender since the late 1980s. A number of his individual works have been ably translated into English in previous decades by Mirene Ghossein and Kamal Boullata, Samuel Hazo, and Shawkat Toorawa. More recently, Adnan Haydar and Michael Beard translated his most powerful and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 14)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]   Waiting for God’s Victory Mohamed Salama Adam’s analysis focuses on the future of the Muslim Brotherhood by exploring its relations with the state and society. Bubble Wrapped ...

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Good Faith or Good Tactics? How Some Anti-Divestment Groups Manipulate Public Discourse and Smear SJP

When preparing to bring up its divestment bill in February of this year, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) engaged in what is widely described as one of the most open and far-reaching public campaigns on campus. The organization made presentations to over twenty student groups, including those which hold views that might be described as our polar opposite. During this time, SJP repeatedly contacted UCLA student groups Hillel and Bruins for Israel ...

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Devletlesen AKP, Degismeyen Devlet?

Devletleşen AKP, Değişmeyen Devlet? Türkiye’yi Anlama Uğraşında Devlet-Toplum İkiliğinin Ötesine Geçebilmek Zor zamanlardan geçiyoruz. Sadece sosyal medyada değil, anaakım medyada da bir telaş, belirsizlik ve şaşkınlık var. Sokak, zaten, alabildiğine hareketli, karmaşık ve kafa karıştırıcı. Takvim yapraklarında çeşitli tarihleri belirleyip kilitleniyoruz: Berkin Elvan’ın içimizi titreten cenazesi, Başbakan Erdoğan’ın nefret saçtığı konuşmaları, Fethullah Gülen’in bedduaları, art arda sökün eden ...

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Enemy

The truth is I was forced to return to Beirut without knowing if he was still hiding there. Maybe he’ll come back. Pounce on me. Keep me from sleeping. He sneaks in from the balcony or from the stairs or the street corners. I hated my home because of him. I can’t stand the empty rooms,  the benches where no one sits but shadows, the features that have disappeared under dust. I would have put up with my entire life if not for his appearance. I used to lean on my will to live like old woman on a cane. ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2014)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written byJadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send ...

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Les visages urbains d'un autre Téhéran. Perspectives comparatives sur la mégapole iranienne.

Livre recensé: Mina Saïdi-Sharouz (dir.), Le Téhéran des quartiers populaires. Transformation urbaine et société civile en République Islamique, (Paris: Karthala/IFRI, 2013). Réjouissons-nous de la parution de cet ouvrage. En effet, elle marque le renouveau des études francophones sur la capitale iranienne et des publications de l'Institut français de recherche en Iran (IFRI), via son Observatoire Urbain de Téhéran et des villes d'Iran (OUTI), dont Mina Saïdi-Sharouz est la responsable. Docteure en ...

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Violence Lointaine

Violence Lointaine April 2014 Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival - D-CAF Talee'a Theatre, Cairo, Egypt   Theatre director Omar Ghayatt (Egypt) along with musician Maxime Denuc (France) and choreographer DeLaVallet Bidiefono (Congo) presented their new performance "Violence Lointaine" for the first time as part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF). The performance plays with notions of violence and how people react to it, particularly when watching it from a ...

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