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سجن النساء يجتاز اختبار بكدال ويتجاوزه

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أمتعنا الثلاثي مريم ناعوم (كاتبة السيناريو)، كاملة أبو ذكري (المخرجة)، نيللي كريم (البطلة) هذا العام في رمضان بمسلسل "سجن النسا" كما أمتعونا العام الماضي بمسلسل "ذات". والمسلسل هذا العام مأخوذ عن مسرحية للكاتبة الراحلة فتحية العسال، ولكن السيناريو (الذي كتبته مريم نعوم مع هالة الزغندي) أخذه إلى آفاق أرحب تماماً كما فعلت نعوم العام الماضي بمسلسل "ذات" فأثبتت أنها كاتبة نسوية من الطراز الأول، وإن لم تحظ أعمالها بالتفات على هذا المستوى. فلقد غرقت للأسف في اعتراضات هامشية من قبل العاملات في سجن القناطر اللواتي لم يرن في عملها إلا تشويه لسمعتهن. ومع أن كلا المسلسلين حظي بنسبة مشاهدة ومتابعة جماهيرية عالية تخطت مشاهدة بعض المسلسلات الرمضانية التي ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 15)

[Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Hossam El-Hamalawy 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 Fukuyama: U.S. ‘Got It Wrong’ on the Middle East Political scientist Francis Fukuyama analyzes United States policy in the Middle East during a session at the Arab Strategy Forum held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Egypt Looks to Roll Back Islamist Militias in Libya       ...

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Censorship and Detention in Egypt, A Personal Account: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Alaa Abd El Fattah and Lina Attalah

Alaa Abd El Fattah is a writer, programmer, community organizer and activist who constantly generates new meanings to the notion of activism. He has been in political detention during the Hosni Mubarak era, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces interim rule following the January 25 revolution, the military-appointed government in July 3, 2013 and the ensuing rule of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He was threatened with arrest during the short-lived rule of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi.  Abd El Fattah’s last imprisonment in November was on charges related to the protest law. After being released in March, he was re-arrested in June after being ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 8)

[Photo by Sarah Carr 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 Cairo's British Embassy Services Office Closes for 'Security Reasons'  Ahram Online reports. Egypt Launches Campaign for UN Security Council Seat Ayah Aman writes, “The Egyptian government has begun a diplomatic offensive to secure votes to win it the North African seat at the UN Security Council for ...

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The Road to the Mubarak Trial Ruling: An Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam

[Former President Hosni Mubarak in June 2012.]

In this interview with Zein El Amine and Nada El-Eryan Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam discusses the recent court ruling that cleared Hosni Mubarak and his security aides of the charge of killing protesters during the 2011 eighteen-day uprising. He situates that development in the history of successive attacks against the January 25 Revolution over the course of the past four years. The interview aired on the show "Shay wa Nana" on WPFW on 3 December 2014.

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New Texts Out Now: Nimer Sultany, Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism

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Nimer Sultany, “Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism.” Emory International Law Review Volume 28, Issue 1 (2014). Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Nimer Sultany (NS): The article is part of a larger project that originates in my dissatisfaction with both the English-speaking scholarship on shari’a and constitutionalism in Muslim-majority states, as well as the post-Arab Spring debates on constitution-making, specifically in Egypt. As a secular Arab person, I found little space for a discussion that eschews the binary polarizations that dominate these discussions. Existing scholarship vacillates between those who ...

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Still Singing for the Egyptian Revolution: A Conversation with Ramy Essam (3 December, George Mason University)

The Middle East Studies Program at GMU and the Arab Studies Institute present A Conversation with Artist Ramy Essam Still Singing for The Egyptian Revolution Wednesday, 3 December 2014 6:00 PM, Research Hall 163 George Mason University Open to the Public Ramy is bringing his guitar to share some (new) tunes Free Pizza Will Be Served Catch his tracks on iTunes and YouTube  Ramy Essam is best known for his heady performances in Tahrir Square during the eighteen days of the January 25 Revolution. His song, "Irhal!' ("Leave!"), became an anthem for the mass street protests against Hosni Mubarak's thirty-year ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 1)

[2 February 2011, stencil of Mubarak on a wall in Tahrir Square. Original artwork by Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih. Photo by Khalid Albaih 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 Jordan's King Abdullah II to Meet Egypt's al-Sisi The two leaders discussed the Israel-Palestinian crisis mainly. Click here to read Al-Shorouk’s report on the visit in Arabic. Qatar Should Support Egypt's National Security: FM  Following Gulf States reconciliation with Qatar, Egypt’s Foreign Minister ...

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New Texts Out Now: Maha Abdelrahman, Egypt's Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings

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Maha Abdelrahman, Egypt's Long Revolution: Protest Movements and Uprisings. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Maha Abdelrahman (MA): The idea for the book began to crystallize in the second half of the 2000s, but the book I started writing was not the same as the one I finished! At the time, I was one of a group of researchers that was studying the rise of new forms of activism and a new political culture of resistance in Egypt during this tumultuous decade of protest. The country was teeming with unprecedented levels of mobilization in this period. I am not referring only to the intensifying activities of pro-democracy ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 24)

[4 February 2012, protesters escaping tear gas at Mohamed Mahmoud Street. Photo by Hossam al-Hamalawy 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 President's Office Clarifies Sisi Comment on Sending Troops to Palestinian State  Ahram Online reports. Egypt Could Send Forces to Stabilize Future Palestinian State: Al-Sisi In an interview with an Italian paper during al-Sisi’s first visit to Rome, the Egyptian president hinted that Egypt could send ...

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Maspero II: The Sequel

March 2014 Darb 1718, Cairo In 2011, artist Ali Abdel Mohsen invited a selection of artists to reflect on Egyptian State Television in an exhibition titled ‘Maspero’. Egyptian State Television sent out its first broadcast on 21 July 1960. This was the first step in what would become "a long history of shockingly bad programming, hilariously outdated policies, and of course, relentless propaganda," wrote Abdel Mohsen at the time. During the 18 days of protests, the devastating effects of Maspero’s broadcasts reached their peak, further dividing the population in a time of great uncertainty and fear. Earlier this year, Darb 1718 cultural center, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 10)

[Photo by Islam Kotb 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, Gulf Arab Allies Eye Anti-Militant Alliance Hamza Hidawy writes on the regional dynamics that led Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Egypt to discuss the possibility of establishing a military coalition. Egypt’s War on Terror: ISIS, President Sisi, and the U.S.-led Coalition Mohammed ...

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Hassan Khan: Taraban

Taraban is inspired by two Egyptian songs by Youssef El Manialawy from the early 20th century. Hassan Khan worked with a group of singers and musicians to develop a piece that employs the same modes and transitions as the original songs, yet allowing for improvisation. The musicians working with Khan played the oud, qanoun, violin and riqq. On stage, Khan uses filters, processors, virtual synthesizers, live mics, a battery of feedbacking mixers and laptop manipulation ...

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Mohamed Abla Painting Award

Acclaimed Egyptian painter Mohamed Abla starts a painting competition and prize for the first time in 2014, awarding selected artists a group show at the Cairo Opera House, and one painter EGP 20 thousand. In December, over 100 artists below thirty applied to the competition which accepts works of painting, collage and mixed media. Twenty-two artists were selected to exhibit their work, and Mai Sebai received the first prize. The selection jury was made up of a group of established artists in the local ...

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Basim Magdy: Measuring the Last Breaths of Time on a Fading Scale

For his solo show at Gypsum Gallery, Egyptian artist Basim Magdy presents a photography series of subliminal landscapes, produced from film that has been altered with household chemicals. Magdy shot the photographs in various locations and times and then treated them with chemicals, spurring hazy, mythical colors upon the images. He also exhibits a short film titled Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship (2012). Shot on super 8 and transferred to HD, the film examines how people ...

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تأملات في الصوت الأول

للحياة صوت، فالحضارة صوت، والفنون صوت، والإنسان صوت، والحيوان صوت، والله صوت، والدين صوت، و الثقافة صوت، والحرب صوت، و السلم صوت، والإنتاج صوت، فالحياة كلها صوت، ولا صمت إلا الموت (والصمت تأويل للصوت). ولولا غرق الإنسان في إدراك الحياة بعينه لا بأذنه، لأمكنه أن يُغير مفهومه لوجوده كذات وموضوع معًا ويمتلك حرية أكبر فيما يتعلق بهما، بالإستناد لكل الأصوات حوله وفيه، إذ أن هوس الحضارة الإنسانية بالمراقبة والقياس والتحجيم والتشكيل، يحجب عنه –الإنسان- جوانب مختلفة من ذاته ومحيطه وعالمه. مع إنتقال ...

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Farewell Sabah, 1927-2014

Jeanette Feghali, known to millions across the world as Sabah, died last week at the age of 87.  By the time of her death, she had been a star for almost seven decades. Sabah began her career while still a teenager, moving from Lebanon to Cairo during the 1940s, the golden age of Egyptian cinema. Her image and voice are stored in more than eighty films, and by the time of her death she had recorded over three thousand songs written by generations of the region’s best poets, songwriters, and ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 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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October Culture

Our October culture bouquet arrives a bit late, but heavy on poetry, original, and translated; Marilyn Hacker, Deema Shehabi, and Sheida Dayani share their new poems. Sinan Antoon translates Amjad Nasser and Ghatfan Ghannum, and Suneela Mubayi translates a poem by Wadi Saadeh. Margot Badran reviews Qarm Qart's latest exhibtion:  Margot Badran, Moving in the Maze with Cairene Artist Qarm Qart Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi, Excerpts from Diaspo/Renga Sheida Dayani, The Ordinary Man of this ...

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Q&A: The Mubarak Trial Verdict – What Just Happened?

There appears to be the usual share of confusion about what the Mubarak trial judge just said and did. As seen on television, the judge promised his “sons in the media” flash drives containing talking points (in the neighborhood of 200 pages) to help them, he said, with their news coverage until they have had a chance to read the entire ruling. Until that summary is available, I will address here a couple of the most persistent questions so far, pending further updates.  Q: Does Mubarak walk out ...

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لم يكن في خطتنا أن ننتصر

مدخل حينما تنتهي مباراة في كرة القدم بين أحد فرق القمة وأحد فرق القاع في الدوري المصري بالتعادل غالباً ما يصف المعلق النتيجة بأنها تعادل بطعم الهزيمة لفريق القمة وبطعم الفوز لفريق القاع. ذلك أن المنافسة/المعركة لا تدور في الفراغ بل في واقع يخص الفريقين وأهدافهما من المعركة وبالتالي فإن الفوز والهزيمة يتم تحديدهما طبقاً لأهداف كل فريق قبل المعركة وما أسفرت عنه المعركة. فإن كان هدف فريق القاع من الدخول في المباراة مع فريق القمة هو التعادل فإن نهاية المباراة بالتعادل يُعد فوزا والعكس بالنسبة  لفريق ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 17)

[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 Oil Reserves in the Mediterranean Open New Front between Cairo and Ankara Al-Akhbar reports on the increased tensions between Cairo and Ankara ...

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Next to Here

Young Photographers from North Africa and the Middle East  September - November 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo This exhibition presents 18 photographic works by young documentary photographers from North Africa and the Middle East. The works originated in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. They were produced through 10 photography workshops in MENA organized by the Goethe-Institut and its local partners in ...

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Hadtha Jam

December 2013 Cairo   Hadtha is an improvisational music project by Hashem L Kelesh (Dijit), Aly Talibab, Mohamed Adel and Abdallah Miniawy. Medrar.TV attended one of the first jamming sessions by the four musicians in Hashem L Kelesh's studio in Cairo.

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