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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

[Asef Bayat]

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April 2016): 14–15. It is a follow-up of our first public correspondence, “‘Our Revolution Is Civil’: An Interview with Asef Bayat on Revolt and Change in the Arab World,” that was published in The Hedgehog Review five years ago. Özgür Gökmen (ÖG): In Life as Politics you refer to the dangers of foreign intervention more than once. Expectations were not high but there was still some hope for the region in 2011. ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 25)

[Poster calling for participation in the 25 April protest, made originally by Tunisian activists advocating a solidarity action in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tunis. Photo from the Revolutionary Socialists Facebook Page.]

[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.]  Political Rights Political factions call for protests despite interior ministry's warning Several political forces and public figures have called on Egyptians to participate in protests planned for 25 April, while the interior ministry threatened to respond firmly to any attempts to "break the law." Muslim Brotherhood urges ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 18)

[Protest at the Lawyers Syndicate on 14 April, 2016 against the transfer of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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.]  Political Rights Update: Interior Ministry issues warning not to join Friday protests against Egypt-Saudi island transfer The Interior Ministry has issued a warning not to join protests mass protests planned for Friday against a decision to transfer two islands to Saudi Arabia earlier this week. Muslim Brotherhood, April 6 movement to protest ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 11)

[Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi welcomes Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz upon his arrival at the Cairo International Airport on 7 April, 2016. Photo from the Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi.]

[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.]  Political Rights Arrest warrant issued against Khaled al-Balshy for insulting Interior Ministry An arrest warrant was issued against Journalists Syndicate board member and chief editor of Al-Bedaiah newspaper Khaled al-Balshy on charges of insulting the Interior Ministry and the police, as well as inciting protests and conspiring to overthrow the ...

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The General Knows Best: Ridiculing Civilian Politics in Egypt

[President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in a recent meeting with Egyptian

With the marked deterioration of economic conditions and the deepening of security challenges confronting the state, the current military-backed regime in Egypt has failed to deliver on its long-standing promises of economic prosperity and stability. As signs of social discontent have grown, even in the face of brutal repression, the regime of Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has been blaming its own failures on conspiracies and plots, allegedly led by external forces in collaboration with opposition groups and human rights advocates. It has also sought to preempt the emergence of any alternative to the political status quo through its repressive strategies, coupled with the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 21)

[Activists Hossam Bahgat (Left) and Gamal Eid (Right). Photos from Hossam Bahgat's Twitter account and Aswat Masriya, respectively.]

[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.]  Political Rights 2011 NGO case reopened against Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid and others The Cairo Criminal Court is scheduled to review a ruling to freeze the assets of four defendants, including Hossam Bahgat and Gamal Eid, pending investigations into charges that they illegally received 1.5 million USD in foreign funding for their ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 14)

[Protesters chant in solidarity with detainees on 6 March, 2016. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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.]  Political Rights For the women of Egypt, today is not like yesterday Dalia Abdel Hamid reflects on the current position of the radical feminist movement in Egypt, paying particular attention to the issue of sexual violence against women in the public sphere. A-Z of progress and setbacks for Egyptian women this year On International Women's Day, ...

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سحب أموال سعودية من لبنان العام 1966: عندما كانت العروبة هي العدو

[المصدر موقغ جوجل]

 ليست المرة الاولى التي تستخدم الرياض سلاح المال كوسيلة لمعاقبة لبنان على خلفيّة سياسته الخارجية. فقبل أن تلغي المملكةُ «الهِبة» المكرّسةَ لتسليح الجيش اللبنانيّ، وقبل وجود تنظيمٍ اسمه «حزبُ الله» (1982)، بل قبل انتصار «الثورة الإسلاميّة» في إيران (1979)، وقبل مشروع «تصدير» الثورة الإسلاميّة إلى «المحيط العربيّ السنّيّ،» قبل ذلك كلّه، قامت جهاتٌ سعوديةٌ مقرّبة من العائلة المالكة بسحوباتٍ ماليّةٍ ضخمةٍ من الجهاز المصرفيّ اللبنانيّ في العام 1966. الفارق أنّ التذمّر السعوديّ سبّبتْه، آنذاك، عروبةُ لبنان «المفرطة،» لا «نقصٌ» مزعومٌ في منسوب هذه العروبة. في الستينيات، كان الخلافُ على أشدّه بين الرياض والقاهرة على خلفيّة حرب اليمن، والمدِّ العروبيّ الاشتراكيّ الناصريّ، ...

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Persian Translation of Nicola Pratt's 'How the West Undermined Women’s Rights in the Arab World'

[Mother of the martyr. Photo by Nicola Pratt]

 چگونه غرب حقوق زنان در جهان عرب را تضعیف کرد؟ این مقاله بر پایهٔ بخشی از یک پژوهش نوشته شده است  که در دو سال گذشته در مورد کنش‌گری زنان در مصر، لبنان و اردن از زمان استقلال تا بهار عربی انجام داده‌ام. {برای این پژوهش} بیش از صد روایت شخصی از فعالان زنان طبقهٔ متوسط از نسل‌های مختلف جمع‌آوری کردم. این پژوهش ابتدا بر مبنای چیزی که یک «پارادوکس جنسیتی» تلقی می‌شود چارچوب‌بندی شده بود: با وجود گذشت بیش از یک قرن از کنش‌گری زنان، چرا زنان در کشورهای عرب هنوز با بعضی از گسترده‌ترین نابرابری‌های جنسیتی در دنیا مواجه هستند؟ استعمارزدایی از جنسیت در دنیای عرب هدف پژوهش من پرداختن نقادانه به دو پیش‌فرض اصلی ...

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في ذكرى وفاة أم كلثوم: على الأرض طين وفي الغصن تفاحة عالقة

[تصوير ابتسام عازم]

تمر ذكرى وفاة كوكب الشرق السيدة أم كلثوم ، مروراً يشوبه الكثير من التقصير، وإذّ ذاك لم يعد الأمر مرتبطاً بإهالة القداسة عليها ، بقدر ما جَنّ على هذا التقصير حالة من الإهمال غير المستحبّ لمنحنى صوتيّ في الغناء العربي ، كان له صدى كبيراً في إعادة الأصيل إلى جوهر هذا الغناء فضلاً على اللحن، بعد أن اكستهما التراجيع الصوفيّة والبحّة العثمانيّة ، التي اشتهرت بها منيرة المهديّة والقارئ مصطفى اسماعيل . جاءت أم كلثوم كنوعٍ من التحديث الخلفي للغناء العربي، دون الاقتصار على الوقوف عند حدود الأغنيّة بصيغتها الكلاسيكيّة، وإنما حضّ ذلك التحديث على استخلاص نوتة عربيّة يمطّها التمدّد، وتتبعها موسيقى فيها لمسة غربيّة في قفزها الرشيق من تفصيل إلى آخر، على عكس الموسيقى العربيّة القديمة، ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 29)

[Doctors staging a silent protest in front of Damietta General hospital on 20 February 2016. Photo from the Doctors Syndicate Facebook page.]

[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.]  Political Rights Reporters Without Borders decries persecution of journalists under Sisi The situation of journalists in Egypt is unacceptable,” the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders declared in a letter sent to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday. Egypt’s press syndicate issues formal complaint over conditions of jailed journalists ...

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New York Event--The Fall of the Turkish Model: How the Arab Uprisings Brought Down Islamic Liberalism (March 1 @ 12.30pm)

The Fall of the Turkish Model: How the Arab Uprisings Brought Down Islamic Liberalism New Book by Cihan Tuğal (Verso, 2016) Date and Time: Tuesday, March 1, 12:30 pm - 1:30pm Location: The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street, New York University Tuğal's masterful explication of the demise of Islamic liberalism brings in Egypt and Tunisia, once seen as the most likely followers of the Turkish model, and provides a path-breaking examination of their regimes and Islamist movements, as well as paradigm-shifting accounts of Turkey and Iran. Cihan Tuğal is the author of Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism. He is an associate ...

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الحضارة بين عقل الأفندي والأكاديمي

الكتاب: الليبرالية في القرن العشرين (أحمد أمين وحسين أمين) المؤلف: ماكوتو ميزوتاني المترجم: علا محمد إصلاح الناشر: مجموعة النيل العربية، 2016. يحتوي هذا الكتاب على ثمانية فصول ثمة خلل في ترتيبها فقد توالى منذ بداية الكتاب فهرس الرسوم التوضيحية فتصدير فتمهيد على أن الاثنين متساويان ثم وضع في الفصل الأول مقدمة يفترض أن تكون سابقة للتمهيد والتصدير! على أي حال، ثم تتوالى الفصول: أحمد أمين وعصره، وحسين أمين وعصره، والملامح الرئيسية لفكر أحمد وحسين أمين، ومناقشات في الإسلام، ومناقشات في الحضارة، ومناقشات ...

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Suspend US Military Aid to Egypt: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

[The following is an open letter, signed by scholars of Egypt and the Middle East, calling on US President Barack Obama to support civilian, democratic rule in Egypt by suspending military aid to the country.] An Open Letter to President Barack Obama 18 April 2016 Dear President Obama, As scholars of Egypt and the Middle East, we the undersigned would like to urge you, on Tax Day, to support civilian, democratic rule in Egypt by suspending military aid to the country. For more than thirty years, the ...

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Art as Interruption: On 'Homeland,' Revolutionary Utterances, Surveillance - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Heba Y. Amin

In this interview with STATUS/الوضع host Adel Iskander, artist Heba Y. Amin discusses and reflects on her most jarring works, which include hacking the set of televions series Homeland with subversive graffiti, a videographic documentation of long-lost online audio messages from the Egyptian revolution (Speak2Tweet), and how birds relate to surveillance, the Bible, and the British takeover of Jerusalem.  Heba Y. Amin is an Egyptian visual artist, researcher and currently, visiting assistant ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 4)

[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.]  Political Rights Egypt's top auditor Geneina removed by presidential decree Egypt’s president issued a televised decree relieving head of the Central Auditing Authority of his post ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 28)

[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.]  Political Rights After over 950 days in prison, trial of Shawkan, 738 others postponed to April The trial of photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, better known as Shawkan, and 738 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joel Beinin, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

Joel Beinin, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joel Beinin (JB): I lived in Cairo for most of the time between September 2004 and December 2008. During this period, the wave of strikes and collective actions by Egyptian workers escalated dramatically. Workers invited me to visit factories and other workplaces where strikes were underway and asked that I write about ...

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Hope without Illusion: Ten Signs of Change in Egypt

Egyptians occupying streets, blocking traffic, and chanting patriotic slogans: Contrary to conventional wisdom, these images became part of Egypt’s contemporary political arena well before the January 2011 Revolution. We saw them on multiple occasions in 2006, 2008, and even in 2010, when Egypt’s national football team won the Africa Cup of Nations. Those are but a few examples of the intense mobilization that took place during the lead up to the revolution. The tide of that mobilization is what yielded ...

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Giulio Regeni: Scattered Facts

In the mid-December cold, the young man with European features left his home in the Cairo neighborhood of Doqqi, passing by a building marked “owned by artist Mohamed Rushdi.” The building hosted a small gym,  outside of which  several young men usually loitered, their imposing bodies covering a faded yellow wall, whose color, with the crowd of boys in front of it, broke up the normally calm rhythm of the street, just a few meters from the racket of Tahrir Street. He then passed into the din of ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 7)

[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.]  Political Rights Egypt rights groups raise concerns over violations at UN rights council Egyptian human rights organizations relayed concerns over escalating violations against ...

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The 'Taharrush' Connection: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Sexual Violence in Germany and Beyond

New Year’s Eve 2016 witnessed the collective public sexual harassment and assault of dozens of women during celebrations in Cologne, Germany, reportedly by more than one thousand men. Similar, smaller-scale incidents were reported in other German cities, like Hamburg and Stuttgart. In the aftermath of the attacks, numerous media outlets quoted alleged police sources describing the perpetrators as men “of Arab or North African appearance”; of “Middle Eastern appearance”; or originating from “Morocco, ...

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Shame on Those Who Try to Justify Giulio Regeni’s Assassination: A Letter by Gilbert Achcar

[This letter by Gilbert Achcar, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, was originally published in Italian in Il Sole 24 Ore, as a response to public discussions regarding the case of the late Giulio Regeni. The English version appeared in Open Democracy.] Several articles in the Italian press–by journalists and others with no experience or knowledge of research in the Middle East–have suggested that Giulio Regeni’s supervisors bear responsibility for sending ...

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"مترجماً الخوف منهن في "ترجمة النساء

في كتابه "ترجمة النساء.. حواش على بعض أخبارهن وأحوالهن"، ينقب اللبناني وضاح شرارة في النصوص وما وراءها، وفي فنون تناولت حياة المرأة في الغرب والشرق، مستعيناً بالأدب وبالفلسفة، ودراسات في الثقافة الاجتماعية تقترب من الأنثروبولوجيا، حتى لا نقول علم الاجتماع. مادة الكتاب مقالات نشرها شرارة خلال أكثر من عشرين عاماً، يصح القول إن كلاً منها تشكل كتيباً صغيراً. هذا التنوع مربك بعض الشيء، بالرغم من أن عنوان الكتاب ينفتح على محتواه؛ باختيار الكاتب نماذج من أخبار نساء من بين كثير متاح في الكتب، لكن ...

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