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New Texts Out Now: Mark LeVine, The Arab Uprisings of 2011 (Special Issue of Middle East Critique)

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Mark LeVine, editor, The Arab Uprisings of 2011, special issue of Middle East Critique 22.3 (December 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this special issue?        Mark LeVine (ML): The issue emerged out of a conference we organized around the first anniversary of the Arab uprisings, held at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. The conference was titled “The Arab Uprisings: Contesting Narratives, ...

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The Human Rights Situation in Egypt: An Interview with Aida Seif El-Dawla

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Aida Seif El-Dawla is a psychiatrist, long time Egyptian human rights activist, and Executive Director of the al-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence. Since 1993, the Nadeem Center has worked both to rehabilitate victims of state torture while also helping to mobilize different societal sectors in Egypt against the state practice.  This interview was conducted with El-Dawla by email and in person at the Nadeem Center office in Cairo in November ...

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The New Hybridities of Arab Musical Intifadas

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"My music may be soft, but I'm a warrior on stage." So declared Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi as she explained how a girl who started off playing covers for melodic death metal bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, and The Gathering wound up electrifying her fellow protesters in front of the Municipal Theatre during the Jasmine Revolution with a folk song. Mathlouthi’s haunting voice inspired the crowd but folk music is not generally thought of as the ...

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What Does a Jew Want?

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Udi Aloni is a well-known Israeli filmmaker, theatre director, writer and activist, whose most recent work includes films such as Forgiveness, Local Angel, and Kashmir: Journey to Freedom. Columbia University Press just published his new book, What Does a Jew Want?: On Binationalism and Other Specters. I met with Aloni in Ramallah as he was beginning rehearsals for a production of “Waiting for Godot” with students from the Jenin Freedom Theater and continued the conversation ...

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Bio

Mark LeVine

 

Mark LeVine is a professor of Middle Eastern history at UC Irvine and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. He is a columnist for al-Jazeera English and the author, most recently, of Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam (Random House, 2008), Impossible Peace: Israel/Palestine Since 1989 (Zed Books, 2009) and co-editor, with Gershon Shafir, of Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel (University of California, 2013).