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Letter of Support by Colleagues and Personal Friends of Emad Shahin

[The following letter was issued on 26 May 2015 in support of Emad Shahin, a professor at the American University of Cairo (AUC) whose was charged, tried, and recently sentenced to death (in absentia) as part of a broader set of cases brought forth by the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.] For those familiar with even the barest facts of the case, the provisional sentence of Emad al-Din Shahin,  to death seems appalling.  Professor Shahin is a widely respected and accomplished academic who has taught at Notre Dame, Harvard, Georgetown, the American University in Cairo, and George Washington University.  He has no record of organized political activity. The ...

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Naema’s Office is Bleeding

Medrar for Contemporary Art started its new workshop program this year with a painting and collage workshop led by Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed. The workshop aimed to introduce participants to different practices and techniques in painting and collage and to train them in conceptualizing artworks, inspired by media and the internet. Guest artists Huda Lutfi, Mohammed Taman, Shady El Noshokaty, Mohamed Abla and Ahmed Sabry were also invited to share their personal and professional experience, as well as add to the historical and artistic content of the workshop. A selection of the workshop's output was exhibited at Medrar for three days under the title "Naema's ...

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Visualizing Egypt: Uncovering Media Manipulation

[The following press release and infographic was issued by Visualizing Egypt on World Press Freedom Day 2015] Throughout the last two years, Egypt has witnessed a renewed state of media censorship, some aspects of which are reminiscent of the regime before the revolution, while others are new in scope and mode. Through the power of state institutions, impunity for those that assault media workers, editorial pressure and a consolidated media ownership, a new practice of censorship has taken root, while older methods have also persisted. In an attempt to document the structure of censorship in Egypt,Visualizing Impact andMada Masr collaborated in creating a series of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kenneth M. Cuno, Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt

[Cover of Kenneth M. Cuno,

Kenneth M. Cuno, Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Kenneth M. Cuno (KC): Actually, I was planning to write a different book. But while researching it in Cairo I had a bit of free time and began exploring materials that had been collected and cataloged in the National Archives since my previous work there. I was curious about the registers of the census of 1848, and when I saw the detail they contained I thought they had the potential to complement qualitative sources like Sharia Court records and fatwas, which ...

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ظل صندوق قمامة

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لم يكن قادراً على السير أكثر من ذلك. عندما اقترب من صندوق القمامة تذكر أنه لم يأكل منذ أكثر من يوم. الشمس حارقة. لم يجد ظلًا يحتمي به من حرارتها الآخذة في لفح جسده حتى شعر أنه يكاد ينصهر. وما زاد شقاء أمره، ثقوب ملبسه التي سمحت للشمس بتوجيه سوطها مباشرة لجسده دون حائلٍ. بعد محاولة فاشلة من البحث في صندوق القمامة عن أي شيء يمكن تناوله مهما كان عطِنًا، خلع حذاءه المهترئ، أسند ظهره إلى الرصيف ليحتمي جسده كله تقريبا بظل الصندوق. رغم ذلك، لم تتركه لفحات الهواء الساخن ينعم بالظل دون أن تلسع جلده الذي تراكمت عليه طبقات الغبار حتى أصبح داكنًا. أعياه التعب، وجد حينها النوم حلًا وحيدًا ليمر الوقت. ولكن كيف ينام وهو خاوي الجوف! ظلّت السيارات تمر بجواره. ضجيج الشارع كما هو حتى في ...

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المسألة الزراعية ومأساة العمالة المصرية الريفية في ليبيا

[صورة المرفقة لوثيقة زواج أحد شهداء داعش يظهر فيها مهنته أو عمله

في أغلب الأحيان تم توصيف شهداء مجزرة داعش بليبيا على أنهم "مصريون أقباط" وفي بعض الاحيان أضيفت كلمة "فقراء". ولم يكن لانتماء كافة الشهداء لريف جنوب مصر أي مدلول بخلاف مسألة الفقر التي هي بدون شك أكثر انتشاراً بريف جنوب مصر من سواها من المناطق. لكن غاب عن النقاش إلى حد بعيد علاقة المأساة بأزمة القطاع الزراعي المصري، أو ما يمكن ان نسميه بتوابع التحول النيوليبرالي للزراعة المصرية، والذي بدوره خلّف آلافاً من القوى المعطلة في الريف. وتشير دراسة عبد المولى اسماعيل إلى أن المتضررين من قانون المالك والمستأجر يصل عددهم إلى حوالى مليون مستأجر خسروا بشكل جزئي أو كلي موارد رزقهم وأن حوالى نصف مليون خسروا مورد رزقهم الأساسي جراء القانون. طرد الفلاحون من أراضيهم ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 4)

[Graffiti for then Field Marshal al-Sisi in a poor neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt in support for his presidential bid. The Arabic reads:

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations Security Upped at Gaza-Egypt Borders to Protect both Territories: Hamas “The relationship between Egypt and Hamas has soured since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.” Egypt's Sisi Heads to Saudi Arabia for Talks with King, Officials  “The visit comes days after King Salman ...

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ما زلنا نغني للثورة: مقابلة للوضع بين رامي عصام وبسام حداد

يناقش رامي عصام في هذه المقابلة رحلته كمغنٍّ وناشط محاولاً توسيع حدود ما يمكن قوله وفعله. تتضمن المقابلة التالية ثلاثة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. ويمكن العثور على الموسيقا من الفقرة تحت نص المقابلة. رامي عصام معروف على ناطق واسع بسبب أداءاته المثيرة في ساحة التحرير في الأيام الثمانية عشرة من ثورة ٢٥ يناير. صارت أغنيته "ارحل"، نشيداً وطنياً لاحتجاجات الشارع الجماهيرية ضد ديكتاتورية حسني مبارك التي استمرت ٣٠ سنة:” كلنا ايد واحدة طلبنا حاجة واحدة ارحل ارحل ارحل !” عزف ساعات قبل “معركة الجمل” ـ الهجوم السريالي المؤيد لمبارك على ساحة التحرير ـ وأثناء الصدامات ضُرب على رأسه ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 27)

[Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Andrew A. Shenouda via Flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations Egypt's Foreign Policy Worries Mount after Yemen Crisis Dina Ezzat writes on the foreign policy challenges in Egypt.  Egypt FM in New York to Campaign for Security Council Seat “Egypt announced its bid to win a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council last September.” Egypt Drops Out of U.S. Inner ...

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From Khaled Kaddal's Trapped Sounds

Trapped Sounds is a conceptual sound art performance by Alexandrian artist Khaled Kaddal. Performed for the first time at Rawabet Theater in downtown Cairo, it aims to examine the relationship between the individual and collective intelligence, manifested in the mass-produced noises observed in our surroundings. The performance is accompanied with live visuals by Mohamed Abd El-Zaher - DADA.

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 20)

[Army truck in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Photo by Ramy Raoof via Flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations US Relations with Egypt: One Problem at a Time H.A. Hellyer writes, “American-Egyptian relations are structured in a piecemeal fashion, lacking strategic thinking and planning for long-term stability.” Sisi to Visit Cyprus and Spain Later in April – Presidency Aswat Masriya reports that al-Sisi’s visit to ...

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Black Feminism Is: Reflections on the Black Feminist Think Tank Symposium

Introduction On 20-21 March 2015, hundreds gathered at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to examine black feminism as an intellectual and political practice and to chart a way forward. As faculty, students, and activists from around the United States and beyond, we shared our frustrations with the isolation and invisibility (or, in some cases, notoriety) we have experienced as black women and women of color in higher education. Twenty years after the path-breaking conference “Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994” held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, our situation and the position of our field of inquiry have not fundamentally ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 25)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations  Egypt Court Mulls Revoking Bilal Erdoğan’s Citizenship Egypt might revoke Bilal Erdogan’s citizenship that was granted to him by ousted ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations How Morsi Matters in Turkish Politics Mostafa Akyol writes, “Recep Tayyip Erdogan is convinced that the forces that toppled Mohammed Morsi ...

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Farida El Gazzar's Dream City: Drawings and Paintings from Cairo

Gypsum Gallery celebrated the launch of its new space with a solo show by Egyptian-Greek artist Farida El Gazzar. Titled 'Dream City,' it brings together a collection of small-scale drawings and paintings produced between 2012 and 2015. The exhibition acts as a visual memoir of Cairo for the Athens-based artist, and is based on old family photographs, as well as snapshots of Cairo and Alexandria taken on annual summer vacations. One group of work activates her family album of photographs ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 11)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]   Regional and International Relations Egypt's Chief of Staff Heads to UAE for Military Cooperation Talks Ahram Online reports. Pact for Stability: The Egyptian Role in a ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (April 2015)

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyyastrives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East

Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kamran Rastegar (KR): I tend to agree with the adage that all (or perhaps, the best) scholarship is in one sense or another autobiographical, and my own childhood experiences in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war certainly set a backdrop for a long interest I have had in war and post-war themes in cinema and ...

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Highlights from the 4th Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

In this interview, Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival Artistic Director Ahmed El Attar discusses the festival's vision and how it has evolved over the past four years. A main priority for D-CAF which is gradually being realized is expanding the contemporary arts audience base be it theater, dance, music or visual arts. Another priority area for the festival is bringing bigger and more exciting shows to Cairo's streets. To achieve this, Attar would like to build partnerships with state institutions. The ...

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Experimenting and Exploring II: Student Photography from Cairo

Photographs by German University in Cairo 2014 Photography Students, text by Yasser Alwan. After a one-semester introduction to photography, first-year Applied Arts students at the German University in Cairo had three weeks to formulate, carry out, and edit a photography project of their choice. Our students could explore any issue and work in any style. Some of the more successful projects explored personal and social issues, the local environment, and the role photography plays in how we perceive the ...

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`Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015)

With the death of ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015), Egypt and the Arab world lost the last of the pioneers of colloquial poetry who have significantly enriched poetry written in the spoken Egyptian dialect and expanded its horizons. Together with Fuad Haddad (1927-85) and Salah Jahin (1930-86), Al-Abnudi was instrumental in moving Egyptian colloquial poetry beyond the poetics of mass mobilization and explicit political expression to more complex and diverse realms. Over the last two decades, ...

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كلام مجعلص في الفن: حوش المدرسة وسحابة البضان. حوار أنديل مع عادل اسكندر

في هذه المقابلة، يشكّك أنديل، أجرأ فنان كاريكاتير ساخر في مصر، بـ "الفن الثوري"، ويتحدّث عن أعوامه التكوينية، ويناقش الوضع القائم في بلاد غارقة في الهراء.   وتتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء بحيث تستطيعون النّقر عل كل منها بشكل منفصل. وتحت البلاير ثمة بعض الأمثلة عن رسوم قنديل الكريكاتورية وفيديوهاته.     أنديل ولد أنديل في كفر الشيخ في ١٩٨٦. قال له عمه إن جده لأبيه كان مخرجاً سينمائياً أخرج فيلماً روائياً بعنوان “الأحصنة”، أخذه إلى مهرجان برلين ...

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Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Abdullah Al-Arian and Anthony Alessandrini

Abdullah Al-Arian, a founding editor of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents in Islam page, discusses his new book, Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt, and how it speaks to popular Islamic activism in Egypt today. The interview below includes three parts that you can click on separately. Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of History at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's ...

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من اجل مجتمع مدني فاعل في مصر: مقابلة للوضع بين لينا عطا الله وجاسر عبد الرازق

نشرت جريدة الأهرام إعلاناً في تموز\يوليو 2014 من وزارة التضامن الاجتماعي يتضمن تهديداً لجميع منظمات المجتمع المدني مضمونه تقنين وضعها طبقاً لقانون الجمعيات الأهلية، أو مواجهة التحرك القانوني ضدها والإغلاق. وجاء هذا التهديد في سياق من التضييق المستمر على الحريات ومختلف أنواع المعارضة للنظام. تلاه حملة مستمرة من التشويه للمنظمات الحقوقية التي يمثل عملها تحدياً للدولة وانتهاكها للحقوق. وفي كانون الأول\ديسمبر2014، قررت المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية، وهي من أهم المنظمات الحقوقية في مصر، تقنين أوضاعها ...

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