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ARAB STUDIES JOURNAL VOL. XXIV, NO. 2 EDITOR'S NOTE A wedding party walks the shattered streets of Aleppo. A flash mob dances in a public square in occupied Ramallah. These scenes inspire the imagina-tions of millions as they travel through social media. They are shocking and comforting at once. The Arab world we are accustomed to seeing is one of accumulating catastrophes, multiple wars, occupations, and unprecedented authoritarian and sectarian militarization. By all ...Keep Reading »
Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXIV, No. 1 In this issue, we are proud to feature a collection of innovative and rigorous contributions. Two exceptional articles tackle archives as a historical and conceptual space. In “The Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission: The Promises of a Human Rights Archive,” Susan Slymovics explores how memory is instrumentalized and how victim memories revise and confront national historiography. In “The Paper Trail of a Liberation ...Keep Reading »
The rapid changes that the people of the Arab world have witnessed in the last four and a half years have been revolutionary. In its initial instances this wave of change was a euphoric experience. From the far east of the Arabian Peninsula to the far west of Morocco, many transgressed generational, sectarian, gender, and class divides to break the barrier of fear. They unified to publically and collectively call for popular sovereignty. They marched on various squares, ...Keep Reading »
In this issue (See Table of Contents below), we are honored to feature Ella Shohat’s “The Question of Judeo-Arabic” groundbreaking interrogation of the premises and frameworks associated with the rubric of “Judeo-Arabic language.” Suliman al-Atiqi “The Origins of Kuwaiti Nationalism: Rashid Rida’s Influence on Kuwaiti National Identity” engages the philosophical, religious, and national foundations of Kuwaiti institutions and identities. We are also privileged to ...Keep Reading »
One of the most common expressions of popular rhetoric in Lebanon is the question, “Wayn al-dawleh?” Where is the state? The idea that the Lebanese state does not exist imbues the daily perceptions and attitudes of Lebanese of all backgrounds in the wake of failing public services, institutional deadlock, civil strife, and political stalemate. Even incumbent politicians have blamed the state’s “nonexistence” on the inability to provide goods and services, along with ...Keep Reading »
The spring 2011 issue of the Arab Studies Journal was published around the time that the revolutions, uprisings, demonstrations, and protests spread across North Africa and the Middle East. The actions of individuals, communities, citizenries, and populations have challenged archaic and problematic narratives whose time has long since passed. While the global media’s fascination has somewhat dissipated, the various protest movements and uprisings, and their consequences, ...Keep Reading »
This issue of the Arab Studies Journal focuses on the dynamics between local and global forces. Included are four featured articles that explore social interactions in transnational and international contexts. This issue also contains a special “In Memoriam” section dedicated to Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away in August 2008. The four featured articles cover a range of geographic locales and time periods. Ahmad Shokr outlines the influences of international expertise in ...Keep Reading »
Arab Studies Journal Highlight: The Dynamics of Space in the Middle East and North Africa (Fall 2006)
This themed issue of the Arab Studies Journal reflects a shift in scholarship that conceives of “space” as a category of critical analysis and a fertile terrain for fluid dynamics central to changing social, cultural, and political contexts. These new conceptions of space represent some of the ways that scholars of the Middle East and North Africa are building upon generations of academic work to further challenge the reductive histories and myopic frameworks that have ...Keep Reading »
Arab Studies Journal Spotlight: Twentieth Anniversary Issue (Spring 2013) Since its inception in 1992, the Arab Studies Journal has taken part in extraordinary changes in the field of Middle Eastern studies: paradigm shifts (and, on occasion, returns), the growth of once-nascent fields (like gender and sexuality studies), and the emergence of exciting new subfields. This special issue of the Arab Studies Journal celebrates two decades of publishing by featuring ...Keep Reading »
Arab Studies Journal : Visual Arts and Art Practices in the Middle East (Spring 2010) This themed issue of the Arab Studies Journal was developed in response to the remarkable changes that have occurred over the last decade within the world of Middle Eastern art – from the mushrooming of “independent” art spaces, events, and festivals regionally, to the burgeoning of a Gulf-based art market supported by an immense infrastructure of commercial galleries and ...Keep Reading »
[Jadaliyya will be posting excerpts from the Arab Studies Journal's Twentieth Anniversary issue. What follows is the Editor's Note and Table of Contents from that issue.] Editor’s Note We can scarcely believe that two decades have passed since the publication of the first issue of the Arab Studies Journal. We are proud and humbled to have published groundbreaking work by scholars at the onset of their careers as well as at the pinnacle. During the last twenty years, the ...Keep Reading »
Extended Deadline -- Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond"
DEADLINE EXTENDED -- April 30 Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond" Arab Studies Journal invites submissions analyzing contemporary and historical forms of popular cultural resistance on the topic of “Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond.” Papers should be between 6,500 and 10,000 words, double-spaced, including endnotes. Mainstream ...Keep Reading »
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond”
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Arab Studies Journal on “Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond” Arab Studies Journal invites submissions analyzing contemporary and historical forms of popular cultural resistance on the topic of “Cultures of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond.” Papers should be between 6,500 and 10,000 words, double-spaced, including endnotes. Mainstream literature on the Arab world has largely focused on formal ...Keep Reading »
Jadaliyya’s sister organization, Arab Studies Journal, marks with this Spring 2012 issue the passage of twenty years since the founding of Arab Studies Journal. In 1992, our editors prepared the first issue for publication at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Eight years later, in 2000, the journal became a fully peer-reviewed publication. By 2002, ASJ was operating its book review section out of New York University. This coming spring in 2013, we ...Keep Reading »
We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the latest issue of Arab Studies Journal, Jadaliyya's sister organization under the umbrella of the Arab Studies Institute, and its peer-reviewed research publication arm. For more information about the Arab Studies Journal, please visit our About page here. Revolutions, uprisings, demonstrations and protests have unfolded in ways both exultant and heartbreaking across North Africa and the Middle East in the ...Keep Reading »
Arab Studies Journal (ASJ) is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary research publication in the field of Arab and Middle East Studies. Submissions are evaluated on their scholarly probity not on their theses. ASJ is published by the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) and is housed in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.