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Essential Readings

Critical Readings in Political Economy: 1967

Guy Laron, The Six-Day War (Yale University Press, 2017). Amidst the forest-felling libraries of literature on the question of Palestine, Israel’s 1967 war of aggression is perhaps responsible for the largest clear-cuts. So much is manufactured. Yet so little is useful or new. Part of the problem is the massive industry – literally – whose product is perpetual dispute over the most basic facts. Colonial expansion generates resistance. Both processes require intellectual support. For that reason, ideological and political battles occur on epistemological and methodological planes. At least one consequence of the revisionist denial of Palestinian dispossession is that ...

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Critical Readings in Political Economy: Apartheid

Andy Clarno, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press, 2017). In some of the earliest editions of Al-Hadaf, the journal of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, there is explicit mention of the myriad similarities between the “racist, settler colonial regimes” occupying the antipodes of Africa and the crossroads of the Levant. The Popular Front in theory and practice understood their struggle as linked to that of the South African liberation movement. It is against that rich trove of reflection, penned by revolutionaries fighting for their lives, that Andy Clarno deliberately situates his important study of the post-Oslo/post-Apartheid systems ...

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كتب: إسماعيل ناشف: طفولة حزيران

[لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني محمد جحا]

[‫"كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف فيها "جدلية" المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب. ضيف هذه الحلقة الناقد والأكاديمي الفلسطيني إسماعيل ناشف ]‬‬ ”طفولة حزيران: دار الفتى العربي وأدب المأساة“ د. إسماعيل ناشف مؤسسة تامر، ٢٠١٦ - كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ - لقد تبلورت فكرة هذا البحث العيني حول مدونة "دار الفتى العربي" في لقاء جرى بيني وبين السيدة رناد قبج، مديرة مؤسسة تامر للتعليم المجتمعي، منذ ثلاث سنوات، حيث عرضت علي بعض نماذج منشورات الدار. ومن تلك اللحظة بدأت الفكرة تتطور حتى أخذت شكلها الحالي، بحث حول أدب الأطفال العربي الحديث والرسومات في أدب الأطفال والمعرض "في أعقاب الذاكرة: الصورة ...

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Engaging Books Series: Pluto Press Selections on Radical Politics

ENGAGING BOOKS SERIES Pluto Press Selections On Radical Politics Engaging Books is a new series that features books by various publishers on a given theme, along with an excerpt from each volume. The third installment involves a selection from Pluto Press on the theme of Radical Politics. Other publishers’ books will follow on a monthly basis.      Table of Contents Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War By Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami About the Book About the Author In the Media Scholarly Praise Additional Information Where to Purchase Excerpt Call for Reviews  Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women's Anti-Colonial ...

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في العودة إلى تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة اللبنانية خلال السنوات الأولى بعد الانتداب: حوار مع زياد أبو الريش

[ محرر جدلية زياد أبو الريش ]

[في المقابلة التالية مع المركز اللبناني للدراسات السياسية، يناقش محرر جدلية زياد أبو الريش تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في  لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلفتها. وقد أجرت المقابلة عبر البريد الإلكتروني ونشرت على موقع  المركز اللبناني للدراسات السياسية.الجزء الثاني من المقابلة يركّز على قطاع الكهرباء ومسائل تتعلق بمؤسسات الدولة في بداية عهد الجمهوريّة اللبنانيّة].       ناقش المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع الدكتور زياد أبو الريش تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلّفتها. الدكتور أبو الريش هو محاضر في مادة تاريخ الشرق الأوسط في جامعة أوهايو ويعمل حالياً على مشروع كتاب بعنوان "صنع الاقتصاد ...

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Essential Readings: Reading Lebanon

[Fifty Lebanese Pounds. Image from Flickr]

My dissertation studies intersections and impasses between law and citizenship in Lebanon. I do so through examining two phenomena, activism for a secular personal status and/or civil marriage law, and conversion between sects and/or religions in order to make use of different personal status laws—a practice I call “strategic conversion.” Because of this emphasis on law and citizenship, my project is in conversation with literature on secularism and religion, the relationship between law, the state, and nationalism, and practices of citizenship and subjectivity. In addition, I have drawn extensively on archival texts, court documents, and legal texts that detail the ...

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Jadaliyya Review Roundtable on "The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict"

“Reports come and go. This is one of the tragic truths of the literature of human rights violations. Hard-working researchers scour the rubble of war zones for fragments of evidence — of war crimes, crimes against humanity, other violations of life and freedom — only to watch their findings sink into the oblivion of forgotten documents.” So begins the editors’ note to the collection The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict, edited by Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, and Philip Weiss (New York: Nation Books, 2011). The book comprises an abridged version of the Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, ...

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Review Roundtable Part II: Goldstone and Accountability

On December 27, 2008, Israel began aerial strikes on the Gaza Strip, home to 1.5 million Palestinians, three-quarters of whom are refugees, who could not, because of Gaza’s sealed borders, become refugees of war. Within a week, amidst the rubble of hospitals, mosques, government ministries, factories, and schools, Israel initiated a ground offensive that no more distinguished between civilians and combatants than did its “smart” bombs. On the fourteenth day of the offensive, in the run up to a buoyant inauguration for the United States’ first African-American President, the House of Representatives passed Resolution 34 “[r]ecognizing Israel's right to defend itself ...

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Essential Readings: Reading Pakistan

[Protest in Karachi against drone strikes. Image from EPA/The Express Tribune]

Here are the stripped down facts: Pakistan is roughly 165 million people. Most of us are young: 69 percent of the population is under age 30. And we’re poor. Almost a quarter of the people here live below the poverty line. As I write, the quarter-finals for the cricket world cup are underway. Pakistan’s unpredictable and occasionally magnificent team is playing the West Indies. The sport, which was a kind of civilizing project to teach Victorian mores, has become a national obsession.   Beyond that, you could go through this or this or this or this, but at the end of it, frankly, you’d know very little, or more accurately, you’d know just enough to be ...

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Essential Readings: Bahrain: Origins of a Crisis

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This Essential Readings post is written by Sandy Russell Jones. [Editors' Note: This is the third in a series of "Essential Readings," in which we ask contributors to choose a list of must-read books, articles, and new media sources on a variety of topics. These are not meant to be comprehensive lists, but rather starting points for readers who want to read more about particular topics.   Sandy Russell Jones, a Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis and a lecturer in Rutgers’ History Department, provides a list of sources for readers interested in exploring the background to the current crisis in Bahrain. Jones' own writing on Bahrain can ...

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Essential Reading: State Building and Regime Security in Jordan

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[Editors’ Note: This is the first in a series of “Essential Readings,” in which we ask contributors to choose a list of must-read books, articles, and new media resources on a variety of topics. These are not meant to be comprehensive lists, but rather starting points for readers who want to read more about particular topics. Ziad Abu-Rish, a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya, provides a list of readings focusing on state building and regime security in Jordan. Some of Abu-Rish’s own writing on Jordan can be found here and here.] Two themes have dominated historical and contemporary accounts of state building in Jordan. The first is the idea that Jordan is an ...

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الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية

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 ...

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عصير الكتب: بلال فضل يحاور بسام حداد

في هذه الحلقات الثلاث من برنامج "عصير الكتب" على قناة العربي يستضيف الكاتب والصحفي المصري بلال فضل الدكتور بسام حداد، أستاذ العلوم السياسية في جامعة جورج ميسن ومدير برنامج دراسات الشرق الأوسط فيها وأحد مؤسسي ومحرّري مجلة "جدلية،" الصادرة عن مؤسسة الدراسات العربية.  يناقش الحوار العديد من المحاور المتعلقة بالإنتفاضة السورية ودول عربية أخرى. كما تتناول الحلقة كتاب بسام حداد   Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience  الصادر ...

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كتب: سيد عبد الله السيسي: ما بعد قصيدة النثر

[‫"كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف فيها "جدلية" المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب. ضيف هذه الحلقة الباحث المصري سيد عبدالله السيسي وكتابه "ما بعد قصيدة النثر"]‬‬ "ما بعد قصيدة النثر: نحو خطاب جديد للشعرية العربية” المؤلف: سيد عبدالله السيسي الناشر: المؤسسة العربية للدراسات والنشر، بيروت – عمان تاريخ النشر: أكتوبر 2016 - كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ كان العمل على مشروع دراسة قصيدة النثر العربية مغويا لي منذ كنت طالبا في ...

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Essential Readings: Palestinians in Latin America

Palestinian struggles in maintaining a strong national identity have been affected by the emergence of three similar yet distinct groups: internally displaced persons; refugees in exile; and Palestinians who have emigrated from their homeland to countries outside of the Middle East. This third group includes descendants born outside of their ancestral homeland. Narratives of Palestinians living in Latin America, falling in the third group, have been largely neglected in scholarly discourses. They do not ...

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Essential Readings: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

For all the press attention it has received over the last two decades and especially since the 25 January uprising that overthrew Egypt’s longstanding ruler, there has been comparatively little rigorous scholarship on the Society of the Muslim Brothers of Egypt. This is partly a consequence of the fact that the research of historians and political scientists who specialize in the Middle East has tended to be state-centric in the examination of forces that shaped modern societies in the region. ...

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Essential Readings: Iran

In recent years, there has been a deluge of popular English-language writings by Iranians in exile, as well as hand-wringing public policy books by U.S.-based think tank pundits, all insisting on the same basic message: Iran represents a geo-political problem of unparalleled importance. While the stated goal of these books and organizations is to educate the English-reading global public about Iran, very often the message comes laced with support for militarily enforced regime change and full-scale ...

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Review Roundtable Part I: Goldstone and International Law

The Goldstone Report gained its prominence because of its UN auspices and the high credibility of Richard Goldstone as the Chair of the Fact Finding Mission appointed by the Human Rights Council. Other reputable inquiries (John Dugard’s parallel mission set up by the Arab League, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch), aside from a host of journalistic and credible eyewitness accounts, converged on the overall criminality under international law of Operation Cast Lead. The video reports, together ...

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Review Roundtable Part III: Goldstone in Political Context

The political dymamics surrounding the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (commonly known as the Goldstone Report) provide a number of interesting insights into the recent evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It bears recollection that the report was produced during a period when the Palestinian leadership was engaged in what has been characterized as serious permanent status negotiations with Israel. Yet the vast majority of Palestinians seemed more ...

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Roundup on the Goldstone Controversy

While the impact of Justice Goldstone’s op-ed on accountability and justice remains to be seen, one thing has already been made clear: his contentious and vague editorial has worked to place Israel’s Winter 2008/09 offensive back on center stage. Like Israel’s fatal attack on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 that inspired heated debate on the legality of Israel’s Gaza blockade, Goldstone’s editorial has produced a watershed of commentary on Gaza’s ongoing submission to a debilitating blockade and the ...

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Essential Readings: Counterinsurgency

This Essential Readings post is written by Laleh Khalili. [Editors' Note: This is the second in a series of "Essential Readings,"  in which we ask contributors to choose a list of must-read books, articles, and new media sources on a variety of topics. These are not meant to be comprehensive lists, but rather starting points for readers who want to read more about particular topics.

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