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Foucault: Against the Ideology of Enlightenment

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

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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JinJin Fear with Zizi: An Interview with the Rocca Family

[Photo courtesy of Stijn Schiffeleers.]

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 the audience assembled, a palpable sense of fear undercut the warm greetings and efforts to comfort each other, which made the evening’s performance more all the more ...

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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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Foucault and Iran

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi,

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part one 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 his remarkable book, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi presents an important analysis of Michel Foucault’s journalistic writings penned for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera during ...

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وداعاً حميد العقابي: ملف خاصّ

[صورة للشاعر والروائي الراحل حميد العقابي]

تنشر "جدليّة" ملفاً خاصّاً عن الشاعر والروائي العراقي الراحل حميد العقابي أعدّه عمر الجفّال. سننشر مواد هذا الملف بالتسلسل على مدار الأيام القادمة وسنفعّل الروابط أدناه حال نشر كل مادة. حميد العقابي: كتبت الرواية عبر الشعر صفاء خلف: حميد العقابي...عجائبي السيرة وصانع الحكايات عمر الجفّال: أريد موتا مقنعاً: لقاء العقابي الوحيد الدقائق: نص غير منشور لحميد العقابي

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مقابلة مع الشاعر رامي العاشق

[صورة للشاعر والكاتب رامي العاشق]

رامي العاشق: " دمشق - دمشقي تحديدًا، ذهبت بلا عودة، ذهبت دون ان أعرفها جيدًا، أو تعرفني، ودون أن أبحث فيها وفي سحرها بلا نوم ولا تعب، دمشق ندمي، وذاكرتي التي بدأت أخسرها، وهي أكثر ما يؤلمني." حوار: إيزيس نصير رامي العاشق، شاعر وكاتب وصحافي فلسطيني سوري، من مخيّم اليرموك في العاصمة السورية دمشق، يعيش في ألمانيا حيث يرأس تحرير صحيفة أبواب "أول صحيفة عربية في ألمانيا" منذ ديسمبر 2015 ، يكتب الشعر بالفصحى والمحكيّة، وله ثلاثة كتب صدرت: "سيرًا على الأحلام، 2014 عمّان، دار الأيام"، "مذ لم أمت، 2016، بيروت، بيت المواطن"، و"لابس تياب السفر، 2017، رام الله، الدار الأهلية للنشر والتوزيع ومؤسسة القطّان". خرج العاشق من سوريا ...

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جلد وحبر: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع طه سمور

أجرى محمد علي نايل لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع طه سمور، متخصص بوشوم المدرسة القديمة والحديثة، وفن الخط الياباني والعربي. درس في الجامعة اللبنانية، كلية علم الاجتماع والدراسات الإنسانية. يعمل كفنان وشم منذ أيلول ٢٠١١ وأستاذ للغة والأدب الإنكليزي منذ ٢٠١٢. تركز المقابلة على استعادة الحروفية في فن صناعة الوش.

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April Culture

[Helen Zughaib's Syrian Migration series #2 (2017). Image copyright the artist]

The great American Pop artist James Rosenquist (who died on 31 March) once said "History is remembered by its art, not its war machines." With this in mind, Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with new art reviews, commentary, and translated literature.  Leyla Mansour recently translated Sinan Antoon's The Corpse Washer from the Arabic into French for Actes Sud Press, and contributes an excerpt from the novel.  A short film documenting Helen Zughaib's recent solo exhibition appears courtesy of York College, Pennsylvania.  Samer Al-Saber reflects on John Halaka's latest work, which is currently on view at Gallery One, ...

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Straight Lines

[Le Corbusier's Palace of Justice, Chandigarh (1952-55). Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

Living Cities, Tate Modern. Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II, Whitechapel Gallery, 23 August 2016 – 8 January 2017 Gideon Mendel: Dzhangal, Rivington Palace, 6 January - 11 February 2017   In a corner of the Living Cities display, at Tate Modern’s Switch House, hangs a photograph of the Swiss-French architect, writer, and civic planner, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier. The modernist—dressed in a heavy black coat and bowtie, sporting his characteristic thick black-rimmed glasses, eyebrows raised slightly and brow furrowed—seems to be in the middle of a conversation, poised to answer ...

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Helen Zughaib: Arab Spring (Unfinished Journeys)

[Installation view of Helen Zughaib's Arab Spring (Unfinished Journeys) at York College Galleries. Image courtesy of the galleries]

Late last year York College Galleries in Pennsylvania hosted Arab Spring (Unfinished Journeys), the solo exhibition of artist Helen Zughaib. The exhibition’s featured paintings, installations, and conceptual works were created between 2008 and 2016. In these years, Zughaib watched the 2008/2009 attack on Gaza from afar, responding with scenes of grief-stricken, weeping women paralyzed beneath the fall of bombs. She also returned to her native Lebanon for the first time since fleeing war-torn Beirut in the 1970s, and produced a series of text-based paintings. Later she was hopeful when uprisings swept across North Africa and the Middle East, cloaking her figures in ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 4)

[Portrait of Taha Hussein. Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup discusses several important stories affecting the MENA mediascape. According to CNN and CBS, the recent “electronics ban” by the Trump administration was largely prompted by intel that al-Qaida and ISIS militants are developing ways to plant explosives in electronic devices. VICE Media are looking to expand their website and digital channel to the Middle East, aiming to open approximately fifty new staff positions in Dubai. Suppression of free speech persists, as Lebanese citizen Ahmad Amhaz faces trial following his publication of a Facebook post deemed offensive to members of government and Egyptian author Ahmad Naji ...

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الأغنية الوطنية الفلسطينية: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع ايليني مستكلم وفارس شوملي

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع ايليني مستكلم، طالبة ماجستير في برنامج النوع الاجتماعي / جامعة بيرزيت وعازفة "كونتراباس" في أوركسترا فلسطين للشباب التابعة للمعهد الوطني الفلسطيني للموسيقى وفارس شوملي، طالب ماجستير في برنامج الدراسات الاسرائيلية / جامعة  بيرزيت وعازف "الفلوت" في فرقة بالعكس. تركز المقابلة على الاغنية الوطنية الفلسطينية من وجهة نظر الفنانين الشباب.  

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كتب- علي عبد الأمير: رقصة الفستان الأحمر الأخيرة

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 ...

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Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcome

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 ...

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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 ...

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Berlin Event: Sinan Antoon on "Language, Writing and Memory in Contexts of Migration" (18 April 2017)

Language, Writing and Memory in Contexts of Migration:  A Conversation/Book Signing with Sinan Antoon in Berlin (Hosted by Mayadin al-Tahrir) Tuesday, April 18, 7 pm. Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Greifswalder Str. 4, 10405 Berlin «Who am I?  This is a question that others ask,  but have no answer. I am my language I am an ode, two odes, ten.  This is my language» - Mahmoud Darwish In a global context of unprecedented movement and migration, in which more and more ...

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Turkiye'nin Anayasa Referandumu: Elestirel Bir Forum

Foruma Giriş Büyük gün yakın. Önümüzdeki Pazar günü Türkiye hükümetinin yapısını baştan aşağı değiştirecek olan anayasa referandumu oylanacak. Önerilen 18 maddeden oluşan bu referandumun esas hedefi yürütme erkini elden geçirmek olup, en dikkat çeken değişim hedefi ise Başbakanlığı tamamıyla yok etmektir. Dolayısıyla Cumhurbaşkanlığı sadece sembolik bir pozisyonda kalmayıp, tam aksine yürütme erkinin tek liderine dönüşecek. Önerilen maddeler kapsamında, Cumhurbaşkanı tek başına bakan, yargıç ve diğer ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 12)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup looks at several important issues affecting the Middle East and North Africa mediascape. A chemical attack in Idlib, Syria caused the death of many civilians, resulting in competing media narratives on the nature of the attack and those injured. US President Trump’s missile strike in Syria caused mixed feelings among supporters and opponents of Trump in the US and abroad, with some arguing that his decision violated Syria’s national sovereignty. In ...

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Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum: A Roundtable

Roundtable Introduction The day is near. This coming Sunday, 16 April 2017, citizens of Turkey will make their way to the polls to vote on a constitutional referendum that will inexorably alter the Turkish government. The referendum, which consists of eighteen proposed amendments to the Constitution of Turkey, has as its main goal the overhaul of the executive branch; perhaps most drastically, it would do away with the position of prime minister, thereby transforming the presidency from being a ...

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Moment of Glory

In an article recently published by The Guardian, the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad (1935–1967) was introduced as “Iran’s Sylvia Plath.” While this comparison may have been made with the best of intentions, it is a comparison nonetheless; and, in the case of artists from Iran like Farrokhzad, one might argue, an unnecessary, and problematic, one. Plath’s status as a literary giant is indubitable, but she was who she was in her own right: Plath was ...

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Stages of Homeland: Remembered Ghosts – Haunted Memories

John Halaka: Ghosts of Presence/ Bodies of Absence Gallery One, Ramallah, Palestine 21 March – 20 April 2017   Upon encountering John Halaka, one cannot ignore the burdens he appears to carry on his shoulders. He exhibits the features of a haunted man, who struggles with loss, exile, displacement, and an ongoing absence, perhaps an irretrievable one. His figure is dominant in most settings, despite his constant attempts to disappear, but when he speaks in carefully chosen words, he comforts with ...

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Seul le Grenadier

Seul le Grenadier (Extrait de Roman) Sinan Antoon [Traduit de l’arabe (Irak) par Leyla Mansour] 1 "Elle dormait nue sur une table d’albâtre, dans un espace découvert, sans toit ni murs. Il n’y avait personne autour de nous et, à perte de vue, rien d’autre que le sable qui s’étendait jusqu’à l’horizon. Des nuages moutonnés dans le ciel, qui se relayaient pour voiler les rayons du soleil, fuyaient pour s’y dissiper. J’étais dévêtu et déchaussé. Tout m’étonnait. Je sentais le sable sous mes ...

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The World in the City and the City in the World: Reading the Janet Abu-Lughod Library

For a young scholar, a figure like Janet Abu-Lughod can seem almost impossibly prolific. Among the fields to which Abu-Lughod made celebrated contributions, we find urban sociology, world systems theory, studies of colonialism, and racial injustice (from Palestine, to the United States, to Morocco!), the history of Cairo, globalization, the politics of neighborhood preservation, and the cause of women in academia. Her refusal to compromise between breadth and depth seems to contrast with our own academic ...

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قصائد للشاعر أمبرتو سابا، المجلد الاول

أمبرتو سابا، المجلَّد الأوَّل 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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