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Illicit Sex in Ottoman and French Algeria: An Interview with Aurelie Perrier

[Postcard depicting street of Ouled Nails, Biskra. Image via Ottoman History Podcast.]

The association of the Arab world with Western sexual fantasy figured prominently in the artwork and literature that was critiqued so famously by Edward Said in Orientalism. Yet beyond the fantasies embedded in Delacroix’s paintings of odalisques, what did sex actually mean in nineteenth-century Algeria? In Ottoman History Podcast #188, Aurelie Perrier begins to answer this question. Building on the groundbreaking work of scholars like Malek Alloula and Christelle Taraud, her research explores the nature of illicit sex in nineteenth-century Algeria under both Ottoman and French rule. Perrier situates the topic in the fluid boundaries of Ottoman-administered sex ...

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New Vision for 13th Festival of Young Creators

The French Institute in Cairo has been organizing an annual festival since 2003 to support the work of emerging theater groups in Egypt. This year, the institute developed its vision to accommodate and better serve the needs of the local scene. As Cultural Project Manager Noemi Kahn explains in this interview, the festival has expanded its out of competition section to show works by established artists alongside early career ones. It has also invited an independent selection committee to assess all applications and provide critical feedback to all participants. The committee comprised theater director Tarek Dewary, dancer/choreographer Karima Mansour and theater director ...

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Twelve Years After Iraq Invasion: An Interview with Rijin Sahakian, and “ A Letter to Al-Mutanabbi Street” by Sinan Antoon

[U.S. Marines patrol the streets of Al Faw, October 2003. Photo by Ted Banks from Wikimedia Commons]

On 19 March 2015, twelve years will have passed since the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Today, the country is back in the headlines because of the brutality with which ISIS has been trying to destroy what is left of Iraq’s diverse cultural and human landscape. Since ISIS has moved into northern Iraq, they have displaced over a million people and gone after the cultural heritage that makes Iraq such an irreplaceable locus of world history. They have destroyed mosques, burned thousands of books in the library at Mosul and, in the past few weeks, desecrated some of the country’s most significant ancient archeological sites. This week, Malihe Razazan speaks with Rijin ...

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Imperial Consequences of Things: An Interview with Alan Mikhail

[Ottoman Egypt and Its Animals. Ahmed ibn Hemdem Süheyli, Tarih-i Mısır ül-Cedid, Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi, Hüsrev Paşa 353/2, 121]

In this interview, Alan Mikhail discusses his own work on the environmental history of the Ottoman Empire, the wider intervention of environmental history, and the challenge of interdisciplinarity. The interview was initially conducted in person at the 2013 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference and elaborated electronically over the course of 2014. Alan Mikhail, Professor of History at Yale University, is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt. He is the author of The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental ...

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Do Muslims Belong in the West? An Interview with Talal Asad

[Architectural art from Cordoba's Islamic past. Image by charlemagne via Pixabay]

In this discussion, Talal Asad identifies the problematic ways in which the presence of Muslim communities in Western contexts has been characterized in response to outbreaks of violence such as the recent events in Paris. Asad argues that many of the critiques to which Muslims are subjected, namely their dependence on transcendent forces, also inhabit the intellectual assumptions of secular and atheist commentators.  He further expresses the need to examine Islam as a "tradition" in order to avoid precisely the types of sweeping generalizations and focus instead on the complexities and particularities of the various ways in which Islam is lived. ...

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Mubarakism on Steroids: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam Interviewed on the Anniversary of the Revolution

[Al-Sisi, as Minister of Defense, following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after a meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 3 November 2013. Photo: Department of State]

Jadaliyya Egypt Page Co-Editor Hesham Sallam gave an interview to KPFA 94.1 Berkeley on the current state of the Egyptian revolution and the return of authoritarianism in the country on the fourth anniversary of the uprisings that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. Sallam argues that the level of repression witnessed today far eclipses the Mubarak era. He outlines the ways in which the country's transition was a tumultuous battle between the political elite, the military establishment, and the Muslim Brotherhood. While arguing that the status quo is unsustainable, he nevertheless laments the continued victimization of the revolutionaries that is taking place in ...

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Gezi’deki demokrasiyi laiklige baglamak solu bitirir

[Cihan Tugal. Photo via evrensel.net]

Berkeley Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi Doç. Cihan Tuğal, söyleşimizin ilk bölümünde, AKP’nin yaşamı daha da dayanılmaz kılacak hamleler yapmayı sürdüreceğini ifade etmişti. Buna karşılık eğitimden sağlığa, çalışma yaşamından çevreye AKP politikaları, giderek daha fazla insanı sokağa/direnişe sevk ediyor. Ama Türkiye’de ve dünyanın pek çok ülkesinde hayatı dayanılmaz kılan otoriter/faşist iktidarlara karşı süren itirazlar, halk hareketleri sonuç alıcı olamıyor. Sonuç almak nasıl mümkün olabilir? Gezi, Soma ve Kobanê nasıl okunmalı? Bu hareketlere karşı iktidarlar nasıl “tedbirler” alıyor? Ve ne yapmalı?  Cihan Tuğal yanıtladı.  Serpil İlgun ...

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Racism, Alliances, and Misery: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Moe Ali Nayel and Bassam Haddad

Moe Ali Nayel, a freelance journalist, fixer, and translator based in Beirut, Lebanon, discusses the question of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and how the landscape of Lebanon receives them. In addition to his insights and observations, Moe Ali provides signs, posters, warnings, and maps from Beirut. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes three parts that you can click on separately. Moe Ali writes for Lebanese-based and International English publications. In 2010, he decided to change his tools from fixer to writer and published his first critique. Later in 2011, Nayel began his reporting on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon ...

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Expropriation, Lawlessness, and Resistance in Yirca's Olive Groves: An Interview with Olcay Bingol and Deniz Bayram

[Image by Ayşegül Ersoy.]

[This interview regarding the ongoing resistance and expropriation processes in Yırca (Soma) was conducted by Boğaziçi University students Çiğdem Artık and Mustafa Kaba. The interviewees are Olcay Bingöl, who is an ecological activist resisting in solidarity with the villagers in Yırca against the expropriation of their olive groves for a coal power plant, and Deniz Bayram, who is a lawyer for Greenpeace Mediterranean, which is following the case. This interview was originally conducted for the periodical publication of the Boğaziçi University Members Consumer Cooperative. It was first published in Turkish on Jadaliyya; that version can be found here. It was translated ...

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Exhibiting the War in Syria: Interview with Khaled Malas

[Khaled Malas is a Syrian architect who curated a series of events on the production of the landscape in Syria from before the First World War until today, entitled “excavating the sky” (12-14 August, 2014), at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale (7 June to 23 November 2014). In this interview, he talks with Mona Harb about his trajectory, the project’s threads, processes and goals, building wells as resistance, the support of colleagues and friends, next stages and future plans, and the role of architecture in the face of war, power and conflict.]  Mona Harb (MH): Khaled Malas, you are a Syrian architect who conceived and organized a research ...

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Epohi Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish on the Emergence of ISIS and Regional Ramifications

[The following interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish was published in Greek on 26 October 2014 in Epohi, a weekly newspaper produced in Greece since 1988. Epohi primarily focuses on Greek politics withn an emphasis on issues of interest to the Greek left. The interviewer, Adamos Zachariades, is head editor of the newspaper whose own research and writing interests center on the history of Cyrpus and contemproary politics in Greece and Cyprus.] Adamos Zachariades (AZ): How do you explain the rise of ISIS in the Middle East? Ziad Abu-Rish (ZA): There is still a lot about ISIS that we do not know, such as how their networks function both within a country and ...

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Erdogan, Turk milliyetciligi kartina oynuyor

[Abbas Vali. Photo by Erdost Yıldırım, via evrensel.net]

Erdoğan, Türk milliyetçiliği kartına oynuyor Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü Öğretim Üyesi Prof. Abbas Vali, “IŞİD Kobani’ye sadece seküler, sadece Kürt olduğu için değil, direnişin metaforu olduğu için de saldırıyor. Kobani halkların iktidarını temsil ediyor ve bu yüzden herkes için bir tehlike arz ediyor” diyor. Hükümetin çözüm süreciyle ilgili çelişkilerine dikkat çeken Vali, AKP’nin son seçimlerden sonra Kürt sorununu çözen değil, Türk milliyetçisi bir parti olmaya oynadığını belirtiyor. Ortadoğu ve Kürt siyasetinde uzman isimlerden Prof. Abbas Vali, IŞİD’den Ortadoğu’nun yeni dengelerine; çözüm sürecinden Duhok toplantısına hızlı akan gündeme ilişkin ...

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Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

Yemen has grabbed the world's attention as the country’s political crisis appears to have been deepened with the Saudi-led military intervention. According to The Guardian and other news organizations, the U.S. is providing “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi forces in Yemen. In the absence of independent on-the-ground reporting by the major media outlets on the turmoil in Yemen, social media platforms are once again providing the much needed platform for ...

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Kurdish Alevi Music and Migration: An Interview with Ozan Aksoy

For Kurdish Alevis, music serves as a mode of articulating and transmitting ideas about collective history, identity, and connections to the geography of former homes in the countryside of Anatolia. Our guest in Ottoman History Podcast Episode #187, Dr. Ozan Aksoy, has explored this crucial role of music within the Alevi community from a variety of angles throughout more than two decades as a musician and researcher. As one of the members of the critically-acclaimed Kardeş Türküler ensemble, Aksoy ...

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On Palestinian Cinema: An Interview with Film Director Najwa Najjar

Najwa Najjar is a Palestinian filmmaker based in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. She has worked in both documentary and fiction. Her debut film was the feature  Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009), and her second feature is. Eyes of a Thief (2014). The latter was selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated. This interview with Najjar was conducted following the recent release of Eyes of a Thief ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.1 is Live!

We are excited to announce that the second issue of Status Audio Journal is live! www.StatusHour.com.  Officially, this is our -2 Episode (minus two), denoting our experimental phase.  Status / الوضع, is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly audio journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It is mainly comprised of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond ...

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Asli Bali on Iranian-US Nuclear Negotiations and What Republican Invite to Netanyahu Means

In the aftermath of Barak Obama's State of the Union Address, and his announcement that he will veto any congressional actions increasing sanctions on Iran, the Republican Party proceeded to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, making the latter on par with Winston Churchill for the most ever appearances by a foreign dignitary before a joint session of Congress. On Sunday, 25 January 2015, Jadaliyya Turkey Page Co-Editor Aslı ...

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The Worker’s Trap: An Interview with Sara Rahbar

Dirty gold is the color that smothers every surface of Sara Rahbar’s New York City studio. Disembodied casts of the artist’s own anxiously clenched hands and feet are laid out, clinically, on long tables alongside bullet casings, rifle butts, chains, and other found objects. With the same studied intensity that won her the art world’s lofty recognition for her earlier textiles, Rahbar spent the past two years with her ebony hair pulled back out of her face, hunched over these tables, teaching herself how ...

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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 ...

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Academic Freedom in the United States: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation Between Steven Salaita and Noura Erakat

Steven Salaita is the author of six books: Israel's Dead Soul; Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader's Guide; The Uncultured Wars: Arabs, Muslims, and the Poverty of Liberal Thought; Anti-Arab Racism in the USA; The Holy Land in Transit; and Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics. He is a former Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech. See more on Steven's case here and here. Please find the transcript of the interview below the player.  

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Armenian Diaspora Tourism in Turkey: An Interview with Anny Bakalian

[This interview explores the rising phenomenon of diaspora Armenians traveling throughout Anatolia, following their ancestors’ footprints. Specifically, it focuses on the following questions: What is the meaning of Armenian diaspora tourism to Turkey? Is it a return to the homeland? What emotions do travelers share along the trip? What are typical encounters between the tourists and the locals?] Sinem Adar (SA): You have been travelling with other Armenians from the diaspora to different parts of ...

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Yirca'da Acele Kamulastirma, Hukuksuzluk ve Direnis: Olcay Bingol ve Deniz Bayram ile Roportaj

Yırca'da Acele Kamulaştırma, Hukuksuzluk ve Direniş: Olcay Bingöl ve Deniz Bayram ile Röportaj [Boğaziçi Üniversitesi öğrencileri Çiğdem Artık ve Mustafa Kaba'nın Yırca'da zeytinliklerinin bölgeye termik santral yapımı için kamulaştırılmasına karşı direnen köylülerin yanında gönüllü olan ekoloji aktivisti Olcay Bingöl ve Greenpeace Akdeniz avukatı Deniz Bayram ile Yırca’da devam eden direniş ve acele kamulaştırma süreci hakkında Boğaziçi Mensupları Tüketim Kooperatifi için yaptıkları röportajı burada ...

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Radio France Internationale Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Samia Errazzouki on General Strike in Morocco

Morocco’s major labor unions have called for a general strike to take place today, on 29 October 2014. The appeal to action has called on a number of political parties, movements, and civil society groups to express their support and participate in the strike. Mobilizing among both the public and private sectors, the general strike is being organized in opposition to a number of reforms the current coalition government has proposed, including pension reform and raising the retirement age. The strike also ...

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The Chronicle of Higher Education Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

The following interview was conducted by Ursula Lindsey with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad in preparation for a feature about Jadaliyya for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The feature was published on 29 September 2014 and can be accessed by clicking here. Ursula Lindsey (UL): Could you send me any statistics on the readership of Jadaliyya? I would like to get a sense of the overall size of the readership, and how it is geographically distributed. Bassam Haddad (BH): We have become ...

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