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Stasis Shift: Guernica Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

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Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”   In the fall of 2010, I was crossing a crowded hotel lobby at the Middle East Studies Association convention in San Diego when a friend introduced me to the writer, editor, and scholar Bassam Haddad. “Bassam is starting a website,” she said. “You should know each other.” He slipped me a business card with the word Jadaliyya (Arabic for “dialectic”) on it. “There isn’t much online yet,” Haddad explained. “We just launched.” A few weeks later, Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in the ...

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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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Poetry, Solidarity, and BDS: An Interview with Remi Kanazi

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Following the debut of his most recent work, This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings, Palestinian-American writer Remi Kanazi canvasses his experiences as an activist and poet. In the video below, Remi collaborates with Suhel Nafar, director, animator, and co-founder of DAM, to create a powerful case for divestment on university campuses. In a visually stimulating fusion of animation and typography, Remi deconstructs some of the most prevalent talking points against divestment seen today.     In this interview, beyond exploring the content of This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings, Kanazi reveals his inspiration for the piece and puts forward advice for ...

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On Saudi-Qatari Tensions: Ian Masters Interviews Toby C. Jones

[Image of flags pin showing Qatari and Saudi flags]

In this 12 March 2014 interview on the radio show Background Briefing with Ian Masters, Toby Jones discusses recent regional political developments in the Arabian Peninsula. Jones, a professor of modern Middle East history at Rutgers, examines the escalating inter-Gulf tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar involving the Muslim Brotherhood, GCC policy, US think tanks, and Al Jazeera. While most commentators have focused on this conflict between the neighboring Gulf states, Jones argues that Saudi Arabia’s investment, politically and financially, in Egypt’s current military regime is of much greater significance. Click Below to Listen

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In Conversation with Artist Nadia Ayari

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Since the start of her artistic practice over a decade ago, Nadia Ayari has engaged painting and the history of its development with marked intensity and seriousness. Adding to the complexity that one finds in her usage of the medium is her subject matter, which is not easily decipherable; figural but somehow abstracted and simultaneously sensual with tinges of the grotesque. Her “figures” are outwardly peculiar, psychologically laden, and allegorically political—a combination that is accentuated by the painterly force with which they are rendered if one considers the artist’s stirring palette, her cinematic usage of space, and the densely executed brushmarks that add a ...

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What’s Happening in Turkey? A Roundtable with the Turkey Page Editors

[People gathered in front of a hospital in Istanbul on 5 January to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of Berkin Elvan, who has been in a coma since 15 June, when he was shot in his head with a teargas capsule while walking to buy bread. Photo by Adnan Onur Acar/Nar Photos.]

Those who have followed the political scene in Turkey over the past few weeks have watched the unfolding of a number of overlapping major events. Among the breaking stories are those related to the corruption crisis, which has resulted in a significant challenge to the power of the AKP government; the open conflict between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his important former ally Fethullah Gülen; rising interest rates, which have drawn international attention; the state of relations with the EU (particularly in the wake of Erdoğan’s recent trip to Brussels); the Turkish state’s role in Syria, especially in light of the Geneva II conference; and the imminent ...

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حوار مع ديبيش شاكرابرتي القانون هو الذي يحمي الأسس الحقيقية للحداثة

[المؤرخ الهندي ديبيش شاكرابرتي]

ديبيش شاكرابرتي Dipesh Chakrabarty من مفكري الحداثة وهو يدعو إلى فهم جديد لها في سياقاتها المختلفة، ويدعو أيضاً إلى "حداثة بديلة" يتحدث عنها باستفاضة في كتابه ”مواطن الحداثة: مقالات في صحوة دراسات التابع“، الذي صدر حديثاً في ترجمة عربية لمجيب الرحمان وصدر عن ”كلمة“. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، هو مؤرخ متخصّص في تاريخ الأديان، ودرس العنف الطائفي الذي عايشه شخصياً في الهند، كما أنه مفكر يعيد النظر في المقولات السائدة ويفكك التمركز الأوربي فاتحاً الحداثة على إعادة التشكل الكوني خارج المركزية الأوربية. ديبيش شاكرابرتي أستاذ التاريخ واللغات والحضارات في شرق آسيا في جامعة شيكاغو، من مؤلفاته كذلك:  ”إعادة التفكير بتاريخ الطبقة العاملة: البنغال: ...

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كتب: مقابلة مع ديمة الشكر

[ضمن سلسلة "كتب“ التي تعنى بالإصدارات الجديدة، تنشر ”جدلية“ حواراً مع الناقدة ديمة الشكر وفصلاً من كتابها الصادر حديثاً ”الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً“، الشارقة، دائرة الثقافة والإعلام، ٢٠١٣.] جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ ديمة الشكر: تبلورت فكرة الكتاب خلال سنين  من قراءتي لعلم العَروض، الذي لم يقدني إليه إلا شغفي بالشعر الحديث حصراً، بشقيه الموزون (التفعيلة) وغير الموزون (قصيدة النثر). الشعر الحديث هذا هو أصل القصة كلها، إذ بدأت بقراءته منذ الصغر وكان "حديقتي السرية"، خلافا للقصيد أي الشطرين المقفى الذي كان حصة ما هو رسمي وقتها أقصد المدرسة. أعجبني الشعر الحديث، فبدأت أقرأ عن شعراءه وعنه، فاكتشفت ...

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Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle: An Interview with the After Malcolm Project


The After Malcolm: Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle project is a unique digital archive initiative housed at Georgia State University in Atlanta. By documenting and digitizing a range papers, records, audio and visual material, and oral histories, the project aims to increase the awareness of the role of Islam in the Black freedom struggle. We have invited the principal investigators, Professors Abbas Barzegar (Georgia State University) and Mansa Bilal Mark King (Morehouse College) to discuss the project with us. Thank you both very much for joining us. Lindsey Stephenson (LS): The project aims to “recapture and preserve the forgotten legacy of African American ...

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Egypt's Terrible Three: Interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy

[ Revolutionary Front protest in Talaat Harb Square on 19 November 2013 to commemorate the Mohammed Mahmoud clashes two years prior. Photo by Hossam El-Hamalawy. Via Flikr, Creative Commons]

Nearly three years after the fall of Mubarak, with the deep state and the military openly back in control, Egypt seems to have come full circle. How did that happen and what is the situation on the ground really like, with Egyptians going to the polls yet again to vote on a new constitution? Vomena's Khalil Bendib speaks with Egyptian activist, blogger, and journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy.

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النصّ هو الذي يختار المترجم

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أعلنت دار التكوين في سوريا عن إصدارها لـ "الأعمال الأدبيّة" لليورنادو دافنشي، وهذا هو نص الإعلان:  صدرت عن دار التكوين في دمشق الكتابات الأدبية لأشهر فناني النهضة الإيطاليين والعالميين على الإطلاق "ليوناردو دافنشي"، وهي تضم جميع الكتابات والملاحظات والمسوَّدات التي كتبها ليوناردو وجمَّعتها دور النشر الإيطالية والعالميَّة تحت تسميات عديدة مثل "كتابات أدبيَّة"، "مسوَّدات ليوناردو دافنشي"، "كتاب الملاحظات لليوناردو دافنشي"، في حين أصدرتها دار التكوين تحت عنوان "الأعمال الأدبيَّة". الكتاب الصادر في 256 صفحة من القطع المتوسِّط، والذي يُعَدُّ إضافةً قيِّمةً وهامَّة إلى المكتبة العربية، كان قد أنجز ترجمته عن ...

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Demanding Equality: Interview with Steven Salaita on the ASA Academic Boycott

[Steven Salaita]

The American Studies Association (ASA) recently became the second US-based scholarly association to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The 800-member Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) was the first. A group of ASA scholars proposed the boycott resolution to the ASA’s Community and Activism caucus in November 2012 after visiting Palestine and Israel on a delegation organized by the US Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). After deliberating the resolution at its most recent conference in Washington, DC, the ASA’s National Council unanimously endorsed the resolution. In contravention of its traditional practice and presumably to ...

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A Civilian Snapshot of Iraq: NPR Interview with Sinan Antoon on His 'The Corpse Washer'

In the following interview on 30 March epsiode of NPR's All Things Considered, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon discusses his self-translated The Corpse Washer. In his comments, Antoon highlights some the ideas and processes that went into both the writing of the original Arabic version as well as English translation. Click the below media player to listen to the interview. You may also click here to access the transcripts of the interview. 

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Media On the Margins: An Interview with Alex Christie-Miller about Turkey's Attack on the Media Beyond Twitter

On this edition of "Media on the Margins," Malihe speaks with Istanbul-based freelance journalist Alexander Christie-Miller shortly after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's ban on Twitter went into effect and before the country's elections. On 20 March, during a campaign rally ten days before the local elections, Erdogan said, “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic!” ...

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Why is the Dead Sea Dying? An Interview with Muna Dajani

The famous Dead Sea, a salt lake between Jordan to the east and the occupied West Bank and present-day Israel to the west, has been shrinking at the alarming rate of 1.5 meters a year for the past forty years. So why is the Dead Sea dying? Malihe Razazan of "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa" speaks to Palestinian environmentalist, Muna Dajani, about the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project, a ten billion dollar World Bank program attempting to ...

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Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: An Interview with Ayfer Karakaya-Stump

The former Ottoman world is home to many communities of Muslim religious minorities that have been variously deemed heterodox deviants from the acknowledged schools of Islamic law. Narratives about them have focused on a certain impurity or syncretism in their religious practices. One such group is the Kizilbash/Alevi community of Anatolia. From the perspective of Ottoman rulers and statesmen, Kizilbash groups were often seen as politically dangerous heretics to be stamped out, or at the very least ...

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'The Family Duress Was a Campaign of Torment': An Interview with Asli Igsiz

WHY? Aslı Iğsız is a scholar who teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the US. At the same time, however, she is also the daughter of retired General Hasan Iğsız, who has been sentenced to life on the charges of “leading” the Ergenekon Terror Organization. Despite my persistence, Aslı Iğsız had refused to talk until today. She is speaking out on the subject for the first time. While reading about how ...

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JAD FOR REEL Podcast (عن جد) – Episode 4

The fourth episode of ‘An Jad/For Reel, Jadaliyya’s monthly audio podcast, covers Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, developments at the Arab Studies Institute, reverberations of academic boycott, and gender. It begins with a roundup of some of Jadaliyya’s hottest December and January pieces and takes a look at the development of Arab Studies Journal in an interview with ASJ editor and Jadaliyya co-editor Sherene Seikaly. ‘An Jad co-hosts talk to Turkey page editor Emrah Yildiz about the newly released Gezi JadMag ...

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ارفُض، شعبك يحميك

لقد رأت المؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية منذ النكبة واحتلال فلسطين إلى يومنا هذا، الضرورة  القصوى في الربط بين العسكري والسياسي. ففي آب 1948، عمّم رئيس أركان الجيش، يعكوف دوري، أمراً يعلم فيه أقسام الجيش عن قيام وحدة ”الأقليّات“. قبل أن يشغل دوري ذلك المنصب، كان ولسنوات رئيس فرق ”الهاجانا“ الصهيونية. وأشار دوري في الأمر الذي عمّمه إلى أن قائد وحدة ”الأقليات“ يعيّن بالتنسيق مع القسم السياسي لوزارة الخارجية وينسق معها في كل مهمة ذات أوجه سياسية مناطة به. وجرى تمرير قانون التجنيد الإلزامي عام 1949 ...

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Writing about Palestine: An Interview with Selma Dabbagh

In her debut novel, Out of It, British-Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh explores the conflict in Palestine from a compelling intimate angle–the struggle between the personal and the political. Through her characters, she focuses on what it means for individuals to constantly weigh up the competing demands of the Palestinian cause and society, on the one hand, and their own individual wishes and desires on the other. She said in an interview “I wanted to present a state of war, a state of being, a ...

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الأدب والثّورة: حوار مع حسين الواد بمناسبة الذّكرى الثّالثة للثورة التونسيّة

نوري ڤانة: أوّلا، كيف تعرّف بنفسك؟  حسين الواد: من مواليد منتصف القرن العشرين بالمكنين (جهة الساحل الشرقي) لأسرة تدهورت أوضاعها في عهد الاستعمار الفرنسي. تعلقت بأبي قضية مع "الجندرمة" الفرنسية سرعان ما تطوّرت إلى حكم بالإعدام ففرار من المعتقل لتستقر على المؤبد. عرفت، باكراً جداً، أن فساد أصحاب النفوذ لا دين أو عرق أو حدود له، فرئيس مركز الحرس مثلاً، وهو فرنسي، كان يطالب، من بين ما يطالب به، بكبش العيد مقابل غض الطرف عن ملاحقة والدي طوال مطاردته ثم، عند اعتقاله ثانية، مقابل التدخل لتسريحه. ...

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The Whisper Strategy (Drama and Power Relations in Syria): An Interview with Donatella Della Ratta

We have heard a lot about the spring of Syrian drama, which flourished in the decade that preceded the 2011 uprising and perhaps even before. Some argue that the regime indirectly worked with directors and actors to serve a political goal, while others think that Syrian directors, actors, and scriptwriters were able to offer some challenging artistic works despite censorship and the limitations within which they were allowed to work. Why did the regime support the production of these TV series? Why did ...

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Proverbs, Politics, and Paris: An Interview with Nancy Kricorian

Nancy Kricorian loves proverbs, especially Armenian ones. She has been collecting them for years, finding them in various books and corners of the internet and then saving them in her ever growing collection, which she shares through social media. Her current favorite—“Law is written for the rich, punishment for the poor”—is more than fitting for the novelist, poet, and activist, who strives to highlight those standing at the margins of society, whether through her novels or the various campaigns she has ...

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الصراع على الحيز المديني: حوار مع ديفد هارفي

لماذا تهم الصراعات المدينية في مشاريع التغيّر الاجتماعي؟ ما أهمية استعادة الحيز العام في الحركات الاجتماعية؟ كيف نعيد التفكير بما هو ممكن في هذه اللحظة العالمية المظلمة من التفاوتات المدينية الحادّة واللامساواة الاجتماعية؟ من أجل أجوبة عميقة لهذه الأسئلة، أجرينا مقابلة مع ديفد هارفي David Harvey في 24 تشرين الأول/أوكتوبر 2013. هارفي أستاذ الأنثروبولوجيا والجغرافيا المتميّز في مركز الدراسات العليا في جامعة مدينة نيويورك، ومدير مركز الحيز والثقافة والسياسة، ومؤلف عدد من الكتب الرائدة بينها ...

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