From the Editors
By Fred Inglis The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Noam Chomsky’s classic essay, is now approaching its 50th anniversary. His mighty polemic was written as his country, the US, moved deeper and deeper into national and international crisis. The tonnage of high explosive dropped on Vietnam finally exceeded the entire total of Allied bombs dropped on Europe during the Second World War. The American nation’s response to this horrifying display of brute power was a ...Keep Reading »
Al-Diwan brings you the latest news and analysis in publishing, academia, pedagogy, and knowledge production from across the Arab world. What History Books for Children in Palestinian Camps? By Rosemary Sayigh (Jadaliyya) “The Palestinians might be said to stand in deep need of self-knowledge and cultural unity in this, the longest and most arduous of struggles against colonialist dispossession, yet because of external political pressures and educational ...Keep Reading »
Editors’ Note In “Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: The Politics of Art, Aesthetics, and Affect,” Sophie Richter-Devroe and Ruba Salih introduce the imperatives, questions, and ideas that inspired the special issue we are featuring here. Encompassing a broad array of approaches, methodologies, and perspectives, Rania Jawad, Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Maha Nassar, Helga Tawil-Souri, Miriyam Aouragh, Craig Larkin, Brahim El Guabli, Hanan Toukan, and Yazid Anani each ...Keep Reading »
The Afterlives of the Algerian Revolution Edited by Muriam Haleh Davis E-version: $3.49 Paperback: $5.99 Combo: $7.99 In July 2012, Algeria celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence, which signaled the victory of the FLN (National Liberation Front) over the French army. Despite five decades of Algerian independence, much of the work done on Algeria continues to focus on the colonial period. This pedagogical publication seeks to ...Keep Reading »
By David Harvey Thomas Piketty has written a book called Capital that has caused quite a stir. He advocates progressive taxation and a global wealth tax as the only way to counter the trend towards the creation of a “patrimonial” form of capitalism marked by what he dubs “terrifying” inequalities of wealth and income. He also documents in excruciating and hard to rebut detail how social inequality of both wealth and income has evolved over the last two ...Keep Reading »
ناظم مهنا* الإيروس في كل مكان: درجت العادة أن يخوض في هذا الميدان، المتخصصون والمحللون الأكاديميون! وبما أن المسألة تخصنا جميعاً، أقدم، بتردد، بعض الإشارات والآراء، على ضوء التجربة والتأمل وبعض القراءات. عندما يبدأ الإنسان باكتشاف جسده، في سن مبكرة من الطفولة، تبدأ المحرمات والقيود بأشكال مختلفة! وفي هذه الحلكة، تتكون فينا ذوات سريّة، تجعلنا نسترق النظر، نتلصص، لاقتناص لحظة الاختبار! ثمّ ،لا يلبث أن يستفيق الآباء، والأبناء متلبسين بالشبهة، ثم يستفيق المعلمون، ...Keep Reading »
مجمع اللغة العربية وعداؤه للتعريب قال علي القاسمي في مقال نُشر في "القدس العربي" إنّ معركة ضارية نشبت في المؤتمر السنوي الثمانين للمجمع في القاهرة بينأنصار التعريب ومناهضيه. فقد أطلق الشاعر الكبير فاروق شوشة، الأمين العام للمجمع الشرارة الأولى في الجلسة الافتتاحية للمؤتمرالتي حضرها جميع رؤساء المجامع العربية ومدير مكتب تنسيق التعريب بالرباط و الأعضاء وجمع غفير من المثقفين، إذ انتقد بشدة موقف لجنة الطب في المجلس الأعلى للجامعات المصرية التي أوصتبعدم تعليم الطب ...Keep Reading »
Tadween Publishing’s blog is transforming into Al-Diwan. The move attempts to capture the spirit of a shift towards creating an open space for discussion. The name Al-Diwan was chosen because of its flexible meaning, which is left open for interpretation. In both Persian and Arabic, diwan may represent a collection of poetry or prose. Egyptian poet Ibrahim al-Mazini once defined the meaning of diwan as a collection of poetry in which people “write down what wells up ...Keep Reading »
صار اسم مدونة تدوين للنشر "الديوان". وتهدف هذه الحركة إلى التعبيرعن روح الانتقال إلى إنشاء فضاء مفتوح للنقاش. وقد اختير اسم "الديوان" بسبب معناه المرن، المفتوح على التفسير. ففي كلٍّ من الفارسية و العربية، يمكن أن تعني كلمة ديوان مجموعة من الأشعار أو الكلام المنثور. وقد عرّف الشاعر المصري إبراهيم المازني الديوان بأنه مجموعة من الأشعار التي يقوم فيها الناس "بتدوين ما يخطر في أذهانهم في ذروة سعادتهم، وما يجعل الإنسان يحلق فوق الحياة، ويجبره على أن يحسّ ...Keep Reading »
News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world. The Arab World Learning Barometer (Brookings Institute) The Center for Universal Education at Brookings has developed an interactive tool that depicts the state of education and learning in the Middle East and North Africa. A Conversation with the Head of the Association of Arab Universities By Rasha Faek (Al-Fanar Media) Al-Fanar Media interviews ...Keep Reading »
“Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey Edited by Anthony Alessandrini, Nazan Üstündağ, and Emrah Yildiz Electronic copy: $6.99 Paperback: $10.99 Combo: $12.99 On 20 June 2013, Jadaliyya launched the Turkey Page. “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey is the culmination of Jadaliyya’s coverage of this summer’s events in Turkey. This collection focuses on the ...Keep Reading »
Gaza Revisited Edited by Noura Erakat Electronic copy: $5.49 Paperback: $7.99 Combination package: $9.99 In November 2012, Israel began an aerial bombing campaign against the Gaza Strip that lasted eight gruesome days. Even in its ﬁrst hours, and before its full magnitude was known, the military campaign sparked urgency amongst observers because of the memory it evoked. In winter 2008/09, Israel conducted a twenty-two day military offensive ...Keep Reading »
By Alex Shams The 1979 Iranian Revolution dramatically changed how Iranians thought about their lives and country in every single way. Never before in modern history had a popular revolution led to the establishment of an Islamic Republic, and for the most part neither Iranians nor foreigners had any idea what to expect as the self-proclaimed Islamic order came to power. Nowhere were the dramatic transformations brought by the revolution more pronounced than in the ...Keep Reading »
Tadween Publishing brings you the latest news and analysis from the publishing and academic worlds that relate to pedagogy and knowledge production. Education ‘We are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education’ By Timothy Pratt (The Atlantic) The number of higher education institutions across the United States dropping courses and offering less credits is multiplying as universities try to grapple with budget cuts. With budget shortfalls leading to ...Keep Reading »
Tadween Publishing puts the spotlight on Shamaa: Arab Educational Information Network, as part of Tadween’s campaign to highlight individuals, groups, and organizations who play a role in the open access movement and knowledge production and preservation. Tadween (T): Could you explain the concept behind Shamaa and how it began? Shamaa (S): A group of educational professors dreamt of an education database in the Arab world similar to ERIC, and then ...Keep Reading »
Tadween Publishing brings you the latest news and analysis from the publishing and academic worlds that relate to pedagogy and knowledge production. Education How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang By Alexandre Afonso In a slightly nuanced view on how new PhD students seek entry into academia, blogger Alexandre Afonso compares the struggle to make it in academia to a drug gang. The Great Stratification By Jeffery J. Williams ...Keep Reading »
Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture, and the Youth Movement By Sunaina Maira Paperback: $16.00 E-book: $12.00 Based on ethnographic research in Palestine, primarily during the Arab uprisings, Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop, Youth Culture, and the Youth Movementexplores the intersections between new youth cultures and protest politics among Palestinian youth in the West Bank and Israel. It focuses on Palestinian hip hop and the youth movement that ...Keep Reading »
[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world. MOOCs Coming to the Arab World (Tadween Publishing) A joint ...Keep Reading »
[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] EdX and the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development recently announced the creation of the Arabic-language online education portal Edraak. Anant Agarwal, edX’s president, ...Keep Reading »
[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] The growing phenomenon of MOOCs (massive open online courses) is no longer contained to the English language. After announcing partnerships that will create MOOCs in Chinese and in ...Keep Reading »
Tadween Publishing is a new kind of publishing house that seeks to institutionalize a new form of knowledge production. A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, Tadween aims both to publish critical texts and to interrogate the existing processes and frameworks through which knowledge is produced. Specifically, Tadween is dedicated to four fundamental goals:
- To join the current that challenges the monopoly of the mainstream publishing world by expanding and deepening the notion of what is publication-worthy;
- To offer readers thoroughly interactive products that bring the benefits of technology to refined scholarship and other significant texts;
- To focus on pedagogy by attending to the way texts and other forms of produced knowledge best make their way into a classroom; and
- To contribute to a new kind of knowledge production—and knowledge—on the Middle East and beyond.
We will publish in Arabic, English, and French, and there will be no restrictions on region or topic.
New Forms of Publishable Knowledge
Tadween aims to challenge the barriers, boundaries, and preconcieved notions of the mainstream publishing world. At the same time, it aims to elevate the standards of nontraditional media publishing by upholing the peer-review standards applied to traditional scholarship. Each submission, irrespective of its nature and form, will undergo thorough internal vetting before it is submitted to a rigorous peer-review process that involves at least two external reviewers. As a new kind of publishing house that incorporates new forms of media and knowledge-production mechanisms as they evolve, Tadween aspires to help influence the publishing world.
Interactivity With Purpose
Increasingly, knowledge consumers, particularly the new generations, access and process knowledge differently, and are stimulated by a variety of media that did not exist until recently. Tadween seeks not only to join the world of interactive knowledge production, but to do so in an intellectually responsible manner. We recognize that the mechanisms and mediums through which knowledge is accessed, processed, disseminated, and appropriated are not neutral: they impinge on content and message. Tadween’s print publications will thus serve as a gateway into further multifaceted research, bringing together a variety of media forms in a way that facilitates engagement with a subject in all its complexity and depth.
Pedagogy and the Classroom
In expanding the realm of publishable knowledge, Tadween emphasizes its products' pedagogical dimension. Not all publications are equally amenable to a classroom, but most Tadween texts will have teachable and research aspects that will be deliberated in the production process. Tadween's aim to combine the best of scholarship, technology, and creative output is geared toward the purpose of creating more engaging texts, both for students and researchers/educators.
Knowledge Production Project
Finally, Tadween will be the primary vehicle for the dissemination of the fruits of theArab Studies Institute’s Knowledge Production Project (KPP). This eight-year project aims at gathering/mining, organizing, and analyzing knowledge produced on the Middle East, primarily in the English-speaking world, since 1979. The KPP will create six databases that catalog all peer-reviewed articles on the region, all books, and a variety of other print, visual, and online sources of knowledge, including think-tank policy papers, films, and websites. Tadween will publish the statistical and analytical products associated with this project.
KPP was born from the understanding that the knowledge on the Middle East that exists in the public realm, particularly in the United States, does not reflect natural distribution of what needs to be known and that knowledge production is a thoroughly nonneutral and politicized process in which power relations, paradigm bias, and funding play a dramatically disproportionate part. While this insight is not new, it will be newly supported by KPP's near-comprehensive and meticulous evidentiary base, whose uses cannot all be determined in advance—but we do anticipate that most such uses will contribute to a less problematic knowledge production process in the future.
Tadween (تدوين) means “to document” in Arabic.
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TADWEEN EDITORIAL BOARD
Abdul Rahim Al-Shaikh
Special Projects Editor