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Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid: A Profile from the Archives

[Intellectual Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a new series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.]  First Name: Nasr Last Name: Abu Zaid Date of birth: 10 July 1943 Date of death: 5 July 2010 Nationality: Egyptian Category: Intellectual and writer Profession: Researcher and intellectual Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid Born on 10 July 1943 in Tanta, Gharbia governorate. His father died when he was fourteen years old. He was preparing to be an ...

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Impunity is Not an Option: Ensure Accountability for Mass Killings in Egypt

[Logo of the Alkarama Foundation. Image from alkarama.org]

[The following report was published by the Alkarama Foundation on 26 March 2014] Impunity is Not an Option: Ensure Accountability for Mass Killings in Egypt Introduction In the age of human rights accountability, it is inconceivable that systematic extrajudicial killings of demonstrators remain poorly investigated and unpunished. Since the outset of the revolution on 25 January 2011, Egypt has witnessed killings of demonstrators under the rule of Mubarak, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), President Mohamed Morsi and interim president Adli Mansour. Alkarama has continued to report on the violence carried out against demonstrators under each of these ...

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Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Between Political Fields

[Tempelhofer Park. Image by author.]

Sitting in Engels—one among many of Neukölln's cosy, candlelit, hipster-friendly cafés—I read on a sticker the slogan: “Tah[r]ir, Taksim, Tempelhof: Das Feld gehört uns allen!” (Tahrir, Taksim, Tempelhof: The Field belongs to us all!). Tempelhof itself is a former airport located in former West Berlin, famous for its mythological role in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War. The airport was closed in 2008, but its vast runways and grass fields were re-opened to the public in 2010. People have adopted these as a space for outdoor sports, from kiting to cycling, while some skateboarders make best use of Tempelhof’s almost perfectly flat runways by attaching wind surf ...

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New Texts Out Now: Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond

[Cover of Valeska Huber,

Valeska Huber, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Valeska Huber (VH): The origins of this book lie in my general interest in the history of mobility, particularly as it connects to justice and equality. Does globalization—in the present day or historically—mean that everyone can move at an ever-quicker pace? I wanted to unpack this story for the period around 1900 by showing that of course not everyone travels with the same speed; instead, there are very different mobilities and many issues of regulation and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 14)

[A torn up poster of al-Sisi's presidential campaign. The campaign slogan in 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.]   Waiting for God’s Victory Mohamed Salama Adam’s analysis focuses on the future of the Muslim Brotherhood by exploring its relations with the state and society. Bubble Wrapped Flats Rasheed Hammouda argues that the increase in profits in the housing market in Europe is pushing for greater Middle Eastern entanglement in western ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 7)

[Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Sean Ellis.]

[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.]   The Sound of Prison Lina Attalah says, “Thousands have been incarcerated in and around protests in recent months, but little is known of their prison conditions.” Powering the Way to a Darker Tomorrow: Coal Cannot Solve Egypt’s Energy Crisis Allison McManus highlights the state’s contradictory energy-related announcements, in which she argues ...

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في نقد الثورة2/2

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عالجنا، في المقال السابق، مشكلة انحسار النقد الثوري، وشرعية النقد، والمحددات التي ينبغي تأبطها عند دخول الحيز النقدي، وعطفْنا على ذلك بكشف وفحص نقدين شائعين ومناوئين لمنطق الثورة الذي نعتقده. ونروم، في هذا المقال، نقد تصورين ظهرا لنا أثناء محاولاتنا تحليل الحِراك الثوري الممتد، منذ لحظة الميلاد في آخر يناير وحتى الوقت الراهن. وذلك تحقيقاً للقصود التي ذكرنا: الوعي وتقويم المسار وتقدير التضحية والبذل. على أنه قبل الخوض في سرد انتقاداتنا، بما تحمله من تبريرات ودفوع، يتوجب علينا، وإن في عجالة، استجلاء منهجية اختيارنا ذينك التصورين بعينهما للنقد والغربلة. والحال أن اختيارنا قام على عوامل ثلاثة هي الذيوع والتكرار والحسم. فكلما كانت التصورات منتشرة ودأب الثوار على فعلها ...

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On Prison & Egyptian Regime’s "War on a Whole Generation": Democracy Now! Interview with Alaa Abd El-Fattah

[Activist Alaa Abd Al-Fattah. Image is a screenshot from his interview with Democracy Now.]

In a Democracy Now! global broadcast exclusive, we spend the hour with one of Egypt’s most prominent dissidents, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, speaking in his first extended interview after nearly four months behind bars. An open Internet and political activist, Fattah has been at the forefront of the struggle for change in Egypt for many years and has the distinction of having been actively persecuted by Egypt’s past four successive rulers. Facing a potential return to prison in the coming months, Fattah sits down with Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous to discuss his case, Egypt’s future and its ongoing crackdown on activists. "They are on a sentencing ...

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Egyptian Organization for Human Rights Condemns Unfair Trial that Sentenced 528 to Death

[Logo of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights. Image from eohr.org]

[The following statement was issued by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights on 25 March 2014] The Egyptian Organization Condemns the Execution of 528 in Unfair Trial On Monday 24 March 2014, Seventh Chamber of Minya Criminal Court handed down the death sentence for 528 supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi and acquitted 17 others,in the violence acts took place in Matti that followed the disperse of Rabaa, and El Nahdah square sit-ins .The session was held without the presence of the accused or lawyers. EOHR is concerned about  not taking the assurances and standards of fair trial, and the right of defense on behalf of, or as a proxy, particularly in ...

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The Problematic Continuity of Nasserism

[Egyptian Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser waves to a crowd of people as he stands in an open car moving through the streets of Cairo, Egypt on 19 June 1956. Nasser announced at a rally in Republican Square that martial law in Egypt is ended, that the revolution council which has ruled Egypt since King Farouk was deposed is dissolved, that Egypt's new constitution will be ratified and that a new president will be elected (AP Photo). Image and caption originally appeared on Flickr by pds209.]

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the political scene in Egypt has always incorporated images of Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as Nasserist vocabulary, politicians, and intellectuals. All of these elements were present in protests supporting the 2000 Palestinian Intifada as well as protests opposing the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States. These Nasserist elements then became part of the “Kefaya” movement and the accompanying spread of political and social protests in the final years of Mubarak’s rule. Reinforcing the rise of opposition to the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood during the short-lived Mohamed Morsi presidency—and particularly the popular ...

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Call for Participants: Proposal Writing and Research Design Seminars for Junior Scholars in Egyptian Public Universities (1 May Deadline)

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Training to Engaged Research: Proposal Writing and Research Design Seminars for Junior Faculty in Egyptian Public Universities Arab Families Working Group Presenter: Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis June 19, 20, 21, 2014 - Cairo, Egypt This seminar will train junior faculty (recent PhD’s or MA level) from national public universities in Egypt in proposal writing and research design, with two intensive seminars, the first in June 2014 and a second in Fall 2014, in Cairo.  The first day is broadly open, by application, to junior faculty, graduate students, scholar/activists in NGO’s.  The second and third days is open, by application, to a select ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 24)

[Street market in Cairo, Egypt. Photo courtesy of Nadia Mounier. www.nadiamounier.com]

[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.] The Dam Hani Atalla analyzes the role Egypt has played in exacerbating tensions over the construction of the Renaissance Dam project.   Sisi: The Candidate for Egyptian Women? Sara Abdel-Rahim argues that the publicized female support for al-Sisi may not be long lasting. Egypt’s Economy Poses Daunting Current and Future Challenges Gregg ...

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على أرض الصحفيين ما يستحق الحكي

في كل المعارك والمعادلات الصفرية، يصبح الصفر هو القيمة والنتيجة الوحيدة لكلِّ شيء فلا ثمن للدماء التي تسيل بغزارة على الإسفلت، ولا ثمن أو حتى حُرمة للموت نفسه ... ففي جمعة ماضية (28 مارس)، بعد أن بادرتنا مواقع الإعلام الاجتماعي بصورة لفتاة في مقتبل عمرها كان نصيبها من يوم لها أنه كان آخر يوم لها حينما اخترقت رصاصة وجهها وخرجت فماتت، وجدنا بعدها هذا ينشر صورتها وهي غارقة في دمائها وذاك ينشر فيديو حصري لحظة خروج روحها ... وهؤلاء يشمتون في موتها لأنها (انقلابية) وأولئك يحشرون الإخوان في أي وقائع ليثبتوا ...

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Event Report-Back -- Before the Modern, After the Medieval: Egypt and the Middle East in the Eighteenth Century

On 28 and 29 March 2014 the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo (AUC) convened its Annual History Seminar at Oriental Hall in downtown Cairo. Titled “Before the Modern, After the Medieval: Egypt and the Middle East in the 18th Century,” the seminar brought renowned scholars from across Egypt and the world together to question the narrative of the eighteenth century as a period of stagnation or decline which still dominants Egyptian and Middle Eastern history, ...

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On the Road: An Exhibition by Paul Ayoub Geday

On the Road An exhibition by Paul Ayoub Geday January - February 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   Paul Ayoub Geday is an Egyptian artist, filmmaker, and curator. In this recent solo exhibition, Geday completes a photography project he started eight years ago. The project, which documents his travels across Egypt, will culminate in a book to be published soon. While on the road, Geday has been stopping to photograph landscapes and architectural sites using techniques and styles inspired by the ...

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Event Report-Back -- Reflections on the 22nd Annual Cairo Papers Symposium: Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope

On 15 March 2014, the Cairo Papers in Social Science (CPSS), in collaboration with the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo, hosted its twenty-second annual symposium titled “Disabilities, Revolution, and the Politics of Hope.” The CPSS, established in 1977 by social science departments at AUC, is a quarterly monograph series under the direction of Iman Hamdy. The symposium brought together both academics and activists, in order to explore how different social thinkers and ...

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Violence Lointaine

Violence Lointaine April 2014 Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival - D-CAF Talee'a Theatre, Cairo, Egypt   Theatre director Omar Ghayatt (Egypt) along with musician Maxime Denuc (France) and choreographer DeLaVallet Bidiefono (Congo) presented their new performance "Violence Lointaine" for the first time as part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF). The performance plays with notions of violence and how people react to it, particularly when watching it from a ...

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الصراع على المساجد في مصر: بحثاً عن كنيسة الاسلام

وسط الصراع الذي يجري الآن في مصر بين أجهزة الدولة بقيادة الحكومة المدعومة من الجيش، وبين الإخوان والتيارات الإسلامية المناصرة لهم، هناك صراع محوري جداً على المساجد ومنابرها. الخطب والدروس الدينية والأنشطة الخيرية والتنموية التي تتخذ من المساجد مركزاً لها هي إحدى ساحات نفوذ التيارات الإسلامية بتنوعاتها، وهي أيضا إحدى ساحات تأكيد شرعية النظام السياسي في مصر عبر الإدارة الحكومية المباشرة لعدد من المساجد، أو الإشراف على عدد آخر، عن طريق وزارة الأوقاف. ولطالما شهدت هذه الساحات صراعات قوى ونفوذ بين النظام ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2014)

[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 Jadaliyya strives 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 form to ...

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Andeel

Andeel Interview by Hany Rashed Mohamed Kandeel (aka Andeel) was long known as the youngest political cartoonist in Egypt, working with a range of newspapers, from Al Dostour and Al Masry Al Youm to Egypt Independent and Mada Masr. Yet he has also been working on a number of other creative projects, specifically with a humorous twist, over the years—the most recent being Bassem Youssef's "Albernameg." Andeel was among the co-founders of the quarterly comics magazine Tok Tok, and is the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 31)

[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.] Cassandra’s Curse: No True Allies for Egyptian Women Nesreen Salem writes, “Oppression can be defined as the absence of choice. Every day, choices are taken away from women under the ...

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Event Report-Back: Countering the Counter-Revolution in Egypt

On 5 March 2014, the Middle East Studies Center at the American University in Cairo hosted political scientist Timothy Kaldas for a lecture titled “Countering the Counter-Revolution.” Kaldas is a professor at Egypt’s Nile University whose work can be found on Mada Masr and other media outlets. Following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July, and the subsequent return of the Egyptian military to the political spotlight, activists in Egypt have struggled with how to proceed on the revolutionary ...

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529 Brotherhood Supporters Sentenced to Death in Minya

Minya Criminal Court in its second session sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for violence following the dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins last August. The defendants were handed down the sentences for storming and burning the Matay police station in Minya, killing a police officer, attempting to kill two others, stealing weapons and releasing inmates, state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported. A report by the Associated Press said that more than 400 defendants in the ...

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Shaima Kamel: Cinderella's Tales

Cinderella's Tales An exhibition by Shaima Kamel 16 February - 20 March 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   In this exhibition, Shaima Kamel attempts to highlight the contrast between the idealized images of certain media and the reality of Egyptian society. Kamel argues that although little girls idolize such popular characters as Cinderella and other fairytale heroines, their very image conflicts with the present-day norms shaping Egyptian society. Attempting to further anchor this idea as it ...

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