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Alex Shams

Arab Film on Israeli Television: An Interview with Eyal Sagui Bizawe

Eyal Sagui Bizawe is an Egyptian-Israeli artist who with Sara Tsifroni co-directed the recently released documentary “Arab Film”. It tells the story of the social and cultural phenomenon of the weekly Arabic-language movie that was for decades shown on Israeli television every Friday evening. In an age where the only television stations were public terrestrial broadcasters transmitting for only a few hours a day, the Israeli state did not issue its first broadcast license ...

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Gender and the Production of Islamic Urban Space in Iran

[Man reading a newspaper at a public newspaper display in central Tehran. Photo by author]

What does an Islamic urban space look like? This question has dogged intellectuals and authorities in Muslim-majority lands for centuries, but in recent decades has acquired a renewed sense of urgency amid the emergence of modernizing Islamist political movements. These groups have not only articulated new visions of the public sphere, mass politics, and economy, they have also increasingly found themselves in positions of authority to shape the cities, regions, and lands ...

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Israel and the Palestinian Territories Lonely Planet: Systematic Erasure and Casual Racism

[A view from Wadi Salib towards Haifa's government center. Photo by Alex Shams]

Haifa is a picturesque city of hills, gardens, and trendy cafes perched along the slopes of Mount Carmel in northern Israel. If the Lonely Planet guidebook is to be believed, Haifa is notable because Arabs and Jews live in “visible harmony,” and residents consider themselves a “model of tolerance” for the region (158). In Israel/Palestine, it seems, all it takes for harmony to prevail is for Arabs and Jews to sip lattes together—or at least close to each other, while ...

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Bio

Alex Shams

 

Alex Shams is a journalist based in Bethlehem, Palestine. He received his master’s from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in 2013 with a focus on gender in modern Iran. He is an editor-in-chief of Ajam Media Collective, a blog focused on culture and society in Iran and Central Asia.