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Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part four of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic ...

[Left to right: Brian Edwards and Bassam Haddad.]

Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The ...

New Texts Out Now: Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jens Hanssen (JH): The ...

[Sabry in his engineering job, 2013. Photo by Mounir, Sabry’s brother.]

Two Years Without Trial in Max Security: Will the Scorpion Release Sabry on 16 April?

In August 2016, Sabry’s brother sprayed an image of Sabry’s face and bandaged limbs, clasped between the claws of an ominous scorpion, onto a wall in downtown Cairo. Next to it was a piece of text that began: “It is the third Eid that ...


Jerusalem: A City for All?

The legal, bureaucratic, and physical manifestations of racism are often just complex enough to seem invisible or accidental (at least to those not directly affected). The 2020 municipal plan for Jerusalem pulled back the curtain a little when it explicitly set out a "demographic target of 60% Jews and 40% Arabs." Visualizing Palestine's latest visual untangles a complex web of discriminatory Israeli policies and practices connected to this goal.

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Foucault, the Iranian Revolution, and the Politics of Collective Action

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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part five of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] In Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi presents a comprehensive overview of Michel Foucault’s writings on the revolutionary wave that swept across Iran, culminating in February 1979 with the ...

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Political Economy Project Book Prize Competition: Call For Books Published in 2016

2017 BOOK PRIZE COMPETITION The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2017 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome nominations from across academic disciplines. Submissions will be read and judged by a committee drawn from PEP’s membership. Eligible texts must have been published in 2016 and can be either Arabic or English language. The book must make an original contribution to critical political economy research. The ...

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Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part four of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Foucault’s folly! That, of course, is the common indictment against Foucault’s trips to Iran in late September and again in early November of 1978 and the “reportage of ideas” that he produced about the revolution that was then taking place there. ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 19)

[Turkish citizens voting for the referendum in Diyarbakir. Photo by Mahmut Bozarslan, Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup covers important stories affecting the MENA mediascape. In Turkey, a historic referendum resulted in the expansion of President Erdogan’s powers, which many journalists and professionals fear will increase authoritarianism in the country. In an exclusive interview with AFP, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad stated that allegations of chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, are false and fabricated by Western media to justify US attacks on a Syrian military airbase. In an opinion piece for Middle East Eye, columnist Gregory Shupak notes the dangers of US media framing the attack on Shayrat airbase in Syria in moral terms, ...

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Foucault: Against the Ideology of Enlightenment

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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part three of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] At various points throughout Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s excellent account of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution one finds a term not typically associated with Foucault, that of ideology. This term, much more at home in Marxist social analyses, ...

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كتب- علي عبد الأمير: رقصة الفستان الأحمر الأخيرة

.[غلاف كتاب رقصة الفستان الاحمر الاخيرة. منشورات المتوسط]

جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ علي عبد الأمير: لطالما درست الموسيقى العراقية والعربية والغربية، وسبقني إلى ذلك نقاد وباحثون، بوصفها علامات صوتية، إلى حين إتصالي بمنهج يقول ان موسيقى أي عصر وأغنياته، كما يصفها الناقد سيمون فريث، أصبحت من الدلائل المعتمدة لتأشير مستوى الوعي الإجتماعي، ومثل هذه المهمة "السوسيولوجية " يتعمق في توضيحها فريث عبر كتاب" الفن في موسيقى البوب " الصادر 1987 عن دار "ميثوين" بلندن ونيويورك، وكتبه بالاشتراك مع هيوارد هورني. ذلك كان في أوائل تسعينيات القرن الماضي، وهو ما وقعت في أسره تماما، فتعرفت من خلاله بعمق على تجارب الغناء والموسيقى المغايرة فكريا للقيم السائدة غربيا وعربيا، حتى بدأت ...

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The Refugee Crisis in Greece- A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Georgia Arapidou

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Eleni Makkas speaks with Georgia Arapidou about the refugee situation in Greece after the EU-Turkish Agreement (2016), told from the perspective of a Greek asylum lawyer.  Georgia Arapidou is a legal counselor and attorney for the Association for the Social Support of Youth (Arsis). Arsis's work is centered on immigrant and refugee youth. The NGO provides legal and psychosocial aid to young people, deals with asylum cases and exploitation in the workplace. Arapidou is based in Arsis's Youth Support Center in Athens that has been operating since 2014. Arsis has recently been intervening in refugee camps and immigrant ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 10-16)

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. Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum: A Roundtable Donald Trump’s “Unbelievably Small” Attack on Syria مدن: آلتا الظاهر بيبرس وإبنه بركة خان

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Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcome

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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part two of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment is an exemplary book in a number of ways, but perhaps first and foremost because of what the book does not do. While it represents the most extensive and ...

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الدقائق: نص غير منشور لحميد العقابي

[لوحة للفنان الروسي- الفرنسي مارك شاجال]

يومُ الأعزل= 1440 دقيقة صمت. دقائقُ... للحِداد، الذي فقدَ جلالَ معناه وهيبةَ رمزيته لكثرةِ ما استهلكتُه مشاعرُ تالفةٌ، غير أنه طقس يصعبُ على الأعزل أن يتخلى عنه، فقَصُرَ حتى أصبح كصلاةِ المسافر. دقائقُ... للتأمل، الذي لم يعد مُجدياً، فكلّ العبارات التي كان يرددها كمفتاحٍ لحل الطلّسم تحولتْ طلاسمَ وأقفالاً تحتاج هي نفسها إلى مفاتيحَ لم يتلفها الصدأ. دقائقُ... لسماع أغنياتٍ كان يسمعها في صباه، لكنها الآن لم تعد صالحةً حتى للبكاء، فسرعانَ ما يملّ الإصغاء إليها ويغلق أسماعه مفضلاً طنين ناموس الصمت. مرةً حاولَ الأعزلُ أن يجرّبَ صوته في الغناء، فعوى. دقائقُ... للحلم، وهنا لابد من توضيحِ أمرٍ مهم في حياة الأعزل وأحلامه، فقد أدركَ من خلال تجاربه الصمتية بأن الأحلام الجميلة ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jens Hanssen (JH): The partnership for this project with Max Weiss was born at a workshop in Chicago in April 2011. I had long anticipated the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Albert Hourani’s seminal Arabic Thought In the Liberal Age, 1798-1939. When I suggested the idea of a conference to reflect on the legacy of the book and the author, Max was immediately game. A year and a half later, three generations of Hourani students and their students met at ...

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مجلة حميد العقابي الافتراضية

على عكس الكثير من الكتّاب ظلّ الشاعر والروائي العراقي حميد العقابي يرفض كتابة مقالات بشكل دوري في الصحافة لأسباب عديدة أهمّها عدم استقلالية غالبيّة الصحف العربيّة والعراقيّة عن قرار الأحزاب والشخصيّات السياسيّة، ومنذ أخذ موقع فيسبوك بالانتشار، تحوّل جدار حميد العقابي على الموقع الأزرق منبراً لآرائه في الأدب والسياسية، فضلاً عن تعليقاته على التحوّلات التي تطرأ في المجتمع، ومواقف المثقفين، لاسيما العراقيين منهم، تجاه أبناء جلدتهم. وقد كتب العقابي على صفحته في فيسبوك العديد من المنشورات والشذرات المهمّة ...

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مختارات من قصص وشعر حميد العقابي

القطار تقولُ ليَ ابنتايَ: الصيفُ جاءَ الناسُ ترحلُ للمصايفِ، للبحارِ ونحنُ لم نمضِ لأبعدِ من مدينتنا الفقيرةِ أنتَ ترحلُ في قطارٍ عاطلٍ خذْنا إلى جزرِ الكناري مرةً أو... فليكنْ للكوتِ لم نرَ دجلةً خذْنا إليها.... ............................... ............................... يا ابْنتيَّ غداً يكونُ لكلِ واحدةٍ طريقٌ للمدى أمّا أنا يوماً سأحملُ دجلتي وسأعبرُ البلطيقَ مشياً أو سأرحلُ في قطارٍ عاطلٍ نحو الجنووووووووووبْ  وَصَلَ القطارُ ولم تكوني فيهِ قلتُ: "سأنتظرْ فلربما ...

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قصائد للشاعر امبرتو سابا، المجلد الثاني

أُمبرتو سابا، المجلَّد الثَّاني Umberto Saba (1883-1957) أُمبرتو سابا في سطور: أمبرتو سابا، الاسمُ المستعارُ لأمبرتو بولي، وُلِدَ في إصطاجانكو (تْريِيْستِه) في 9 آذار/ مارس 1883، لأبٍ من عائلةٍ بندقيَّةٍ نبيلة، كان يعمل وكيلاً تجاريَّاً، وأمٍّ يهوديَّةٍ من إصطاجانكو، هي حفيدة الشَّاعر والمؤرِّخ صموئيل ديفيد لوتزاتو، وقد اعتنق والدُه اليهوديَّة لأجل هذا الزَّواج، ومع ذلك هجرته زوجته عندما وُلِد أمبرتو، فعاش هذا طفولةً حزينة بسبب غياب الأب، وقد أمضى السَّنوات الثَّلاث الأولى من طفولته مع مربِّيةٍ ...

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مَن يطهِّر مَن عرقيًا؟: استيلاء إسرائيل على الرواية الفلسطينية

ادّعى رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو مؤخرًا في فيديو نشره على صفحته على الفيسبوك أن المطالبة الفلسطينية بتفكيك المستوطنات الإسرائيلية غير القانونية في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة تمثِّل عملاً من أعمال "التطهير العرقي" ضد المستوطنين اليهود الإسرائيليين. 1 استُخدم مصطلح " التطهير العرقي" في السابق كوصف ألطف لحقيقة الحملة الصربية ضد شعب البوسنة، ولكنه سرعان ما صار يشمل الممارسات العنيفة المتطرفة، والقتل الجماعي، والتهجير القسري إبان الصراعات والحروب، كما استخدمه باحثون كُثر ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 19)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com] Algeria تزايد الولادات في الجزائر بات اتجاهاً راسخاً Algeria’s fertility rate is on the rise following three decades of decline. كيف تخطّط الجزائر لتحقيق نموها الاقتصادي؟ Algeria announced a new plan to ...

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Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The discussion was held as part of the MENA Dialogues series produced by Northwestern's Middle East and North African Studies Program. MENA Dialogues is a video series produced by the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University ...

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Life and Death in Palestine - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Ben Ehrenreich

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with award-winning journalist Ben Ehrenreich about his new book The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine.  Ben Ehrenreich is an award winning journalist and author of two novels Ether and The Suitors. His latest book The Way to the spring is based on his three years of reporting from the West Bank.

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JinJin Fear with Zizi: An Interview with the Rocca Family

On 8 November 2016, the American general election ushered in a fascist reality TV personality with no political experience and questionable mental health to the highest office in the land. Two days later, an evening at The Lab–San Francisco’s premier performance art venue–provided an opportunity to gather with others who are rightly wary (read: “terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought,” to quote Ghostbusters) of what the next four years hold in store for the United States and the world. As ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula from the past two weeks 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 One Man’s Quest to Prove Saudi Arabia Bankrolled 9/11 “This New York lawyer says he ...

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On Basel al-Araj’s Assassination: End Security Coordination Between the Palestinian Authority and Israel

From a mural of Basel al-Araj in Nazareth:  بدك تصير مثقف؟ لازم تكون مثقف مشتبك!  واذا ما بدك تشتبك؟ لا فيّك ولا في ثقافتك Basel al-Araj was 31 years old when the Israeli military assassinated him in his apartment in al-Bireh, Palestine, on Monday, 6 March 2017. A respected intellectual, community activist, and organizer, Basel was known for his knowledge of Palestinian history, leading educational activities for Palestinian youth, and his outspoken position against the Israeli military ...

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Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returned to Aden from exile in mid-November after his government was reestablished in the southern city. This move, alongside a renewed ground campaign and the continued aerial bombardment throughout northern Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led ...

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GMU Event -- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on the United States and the Middle East (18 April 2017)

[GMU Event -- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on the United States and the Middle East. 18 April 2017, 5:30 pm, Merten Hall, 1201, George Mason University] Middle East and Islamic Studies Annual Lecture Cosponsored by Arab Studies Institute, Schar School For Policy and Government, Center for Global Islamic Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, Middle East Policy Group, History Department, Global Affairs  18 April 2017, 5:30 pm Merten Hall, ...

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