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Poetry and Partition: Barbara Harlow’s Insistence on the ‘Here-and-Now’ of Historical Reality

[Barbara Harlow at a protest at the University of Texas against Israeli settlement construction near Beit Sahour. Image by Sheila Contreras, via the author.]

Barbara Harlow held a visiting position at the National University of Ireland in Galway in the spring of 1992. That same year, she published an essay in Polygraph titled “Drawing the Line: Cultural Politics and the Legacy of Partition,” which offered comparative readings of literature across three colonial contexts: Ireland, India, and Palestine.[1] During the fall semester, upon her return from Ireland to the University of Texas, Austin, where she had been employed since 1985, she taught an English graduate seminar under the heading “Poetry and Partition.” Required readings included a wide variety of pre- and post-partition texts; among them were W. B. Yeats’s “Easter ...

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The Occupation of Literature and Books That Are Difficult to Get

[Barbara Harlow and Joseph Slaughter in Beirut. Image via the author.]

When I was one of Barbara Harlow’s beginning PhD students in Ethnic and Third World Literatures at the University of Texas at Austin, I had the temerity one day to ask her in her office how she justified sitting behind a desk, reading and writing, when she was so acutely aware of all the terrible things going on in this world, was so attuned to the “imperative to take sides,” as she would insist on any number of occasions. “We can’t afford to give up any space,” was her very quick reply, through her wry mischievous smile, as if she’d responded a thousand and one times to such impertinent questions from college kids puffed up with the smugness of their own inexperience. ...

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الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية

[غلاف كتاب نظرية الرواية للكاتب غيدو ماتزوني]

الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية (الجدي، المأساوي والإشكالي) حوار مع الناقد والباحث الإيطالي غيدو ماتزوني Guido Mazzoni غيدو ماتزوني شاعر وناقد أدبي وباحث ومحرِّر لـ la parole e le cose، أبرز مجلة ثقافية إلكترونية في إيطاليا، وأستاذ في جامعة سيينا. نشر في 2011 كتابه “نظرية الرواية” الذي تُرجم مؤخراً إلى الإنكليزية وصدر عن جامعة هارفارد. الحوار التالي أُجْريَ معه بمناسبة صدور الترجمة الإنكليزية. أجرى الحوار: كريس فينويك كريس فينويك: ألقيتَ محاضرة في جامعة فريجي تلخّص فيها أفكاراً طرحْتَها في كتابك الجديد “نظرية الرواية”. هل يمكن أن تحدثنا بتفصيل أكبر عن نظريتك في الرواية وكيف تختلف عن النظريات السابقة؟ غيدو ماتزوني: هناك عنصران يُعرِّفان الرواية: يرتبط الأول بلعبة ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut. Stanford University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufoul Abou-Hodeib (TAH): The book started with the idea of using extant homes as a material archive, which grew out of my experience as an architecture student and a practicing architect in Beirut in the 1990s and early 2000s. The frantic post-war reconstruction of Beirut in the 1990s was accompanied by a pace of deconstruction that literally transformed whole neighborhoods overnight, not least in and around the city center, where many of the residential buildings from the late Ottoman period were located. ...

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يم القاهرة

[المصدر: موقع ويكيميديا]

القاهرة مثل اليَم. لا يمكن أن تدخلها دون أن تلتقطك أمواج الصخب الهائجة. هل تخيل أحد عند وضع أساس هذه المدينة في القرن العاشر أنها ستتعملق وتخرج عن السيطرة إلى هذا الحد؟ وهل تخيل أحد أنها ستأوي ما يزيد عن عشرين مليون شخص بين أضلاعها؟ القاهرة ليست أكبر مدن العالم بالطبع، ولا تماثل بعض مدن الشرق الأقصى تعددًا ومساحةً، لكن هذا لا ينفي أنها قنبلة موقوتة من المكعبات الخرسانية والطرقات الأسفلتية التي يطغى عليها اللون الرمادي القاتم متفوقًا على كل المحاولات الباهتة لطلاء هذه المدينة المكتوب لألوانها الفناء أمام الغبار المتوغل بأغوار المجتمع حتى رئاته. ولا يمر يوم دون أن يستيقظ التراب ولو قليلًا ليذكّر هذه المدينة أن لولا النيل لما كُتب لها البقاء، ففي الصحراء الزوال هو ...

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Revisiting ‘Foucault in Iran’: A Response

[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 the final installment 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.] First, I would like to thank SCTIW Review for organizing this symposium. It is a great privilege to read such a comprehensive scrutiny of one’s own work. I know how time consuming this kind of critical engagement with a text is and ...

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Foucault, the Iranian Revolution, and the Politics of Collective Action

[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 five 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 Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi presents a comprehensive overview of Michel Foucault’s writings on the revolutionary wave that swept across Iran, culminating in February 1979 with the ...

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Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

[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 four 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.] Foucault’s folly! That, of course, is the common indictment against Foucault’s trips to Iran in late September and again in early November of 1978 and the “reportage of ideas” that he produced about the revolution that was then taking place there. ...

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كتب- علي عبد الأمير: رقصة الفستان الأحمر الأخيرة

.[غلاف كتاب رقصة الفستان الاحمر الاخيرة. منشورات المتوسط]

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 هورني. ذلك كان في أوائل تسعينيات القرن الماضي، وهو ما وقعت في أسره تماما، فتعرفت من خلاله بعمق على تجارب الغناء والموسيقى المغايرة فكريا للقيم السائدة غربيا وعربيا، حتى بدأت ...

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Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcome

[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 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 Enlightenment is an exemplary book in a number of ways, but perhaps first and foremost because of what the book does not do. While it represents the most extensive and ...

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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 to reflect on the legacy of the book and the author, Max was immediately game. A year and a half later, three generations of Hourani students and their students met at ...

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

[Event Poster. Courtesy of Mayadin al-Tahrir]

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 people move and make their homes in new geographies, where notions of ‘native’ and ‘foreign’ regularly intermingle, questions of identity and memory arise on a daily ...

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Barbara Harlow and the Necessity of ‘Renewed Histories of the Future’

[Editors’ Note: This essay will appear in Volume 13:3 of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, a themed issue on the gender and sexuality of borders and margins, in November 2017. It was first posted on the JMEWS website, and is reposted here with permission of the author and the journal’s editors.] Barbara Harlow’s commitment to struggles for liberation and justice was always at the same time a commitment to academic inquiry. She entwined them and located emancipatory potential in each even as ...

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Media on Media Roundup (May 9)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes influencing the MENA mediascape. On the eve of the second round of France’s elections, ISIS-operated An-Nur Media Center published posters urging members of the organization to target voters, candidates, and polling stations. A court in Ankara rejected Wikimedia Foundation’s appeal after the Turkish government banned Wikipedia for a site entry that accused Turkey of having links with ISIS. Europol began investigations into an ...

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Art and Liberty: Redefining the Canon or the Next Record Sales?

In October 2016, two exhibitions were inaugurated in Cairo and Paris respectively, commemorating an Egyptian surrealist art and literature group, Art et Liberté.  I. Art et Liberté was co-founded by surrealist author Georges Henein in 1939. At the advent of World War II, artists and writers rallied around Henein and painter and writer Ramses Younan in their call for a perpetual revolution in art. The group aimed at gearing public opinion in Egypt away from the notion of modernization—regarded as a ...

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Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture

Farzin Vejdani, Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. [This review was first published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. For more information or to subscribe, click here.] Making History in Iran is a much-needed examination of how various social and institutional changes during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shaped how the people of Iran wrote about, taught, and understood the past. ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 25)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes shaping the Middle East mediascape. A leaked video allegedly showing Egyptian soldiers killing detainees in the Sinai Peninsula caused a great deal of debate surrounding Egypt’s human rights record. In Lebanon, a Hezbollah-organized media tour of the country’s demarcation line with Israel generated controversy regarding Lebanon’s relationship to Israel and Hezbollah’s military power. Following a referendum extending ...

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A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part six 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 builds a chapter-by-chapter defense ...

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قصائد للشاعر امبرتو سابا، المجلد الثاني

أُمبرتو سابا، المجلَّد الثَّاني 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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Foucault: Against the Ideology of 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 ...

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JinJin Fear with Zizi: An Interview with the Rocca Family

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 ...

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الدقائق: نص غير منشور لحميد العقابي

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 ...

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Foucault and Iran

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 ...

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وداعاً حميد العقابي: ملف خاصّ

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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