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ملف من الأرشيف: نظيرة زين الدين

[ينشر ملف من الأرشيف عادة بالتعاون مع جريدة السفير. لكن المادة أدناه من تأليف بنان غرامش]       نظيرة زين الدين  الاسم: نظيرة زين الدين الحلبي. تاريخ الولادة: ولدت عام 1908 لعائلة لبنانية. والدها شيخ ورئيس أول محكمة استئناف في لبنان، وهو القاضي سعيد زين الدين. مكان الولادة: من عائلة ريفية في قرية "محلة نصر" بمحافظة البحيرة في منطقة الدلتا في وقت عانت فيه أسر الفلاحين من الضرائب والقوانين المجحفة التي فرضتها الحكومة في مصر بحق الفلاحين. المهنة: مفكرة ومصلحة من المنادين بالإصلاح والتجديد. تجرأت على الدخول في مجال الفقه الإسلامي المُحْتَكر من قبل الرجال. قدمت قراءة تفسيرية جديدة للقرآن فيما يتعلق بالآيات التي ...

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في الإعتراض على قانون الإيجارات الجديد: رسالة مفتوحة الى المجلس النيابي

 [ مظاهرة في ساحة ساسين. مصدر الصورة سكن بيروت. وورد براس. كوم]

بعد ٢٤ سنة من طرح مشاريع قوانين إيجار مختلفة، إعتمد المجلس النيابي إصدار قانون تصحيح الإيجارات القديمة، والذي نشر في الجريدة الرسمية في تاريخ ٢٦ حزيران ٢٠١٤. منذ العام ١٩٩٢، تم وقف العمل بنظام ضبط الإيجارات للعقود الجديدة، في حين بقي ساري المفعول لكافة العقود المبرمة قبل ذلك التاريخ. أما تحرير الإيجارات القديمة تم ربطه بخطة سكنية شاملة (لم تتحقق) تتيح الوصول الى السكن الملائم بأسعار مقبولة‪. أثار صدور مشروع قانون الإيجارات الجديد في العام 2014 تساؤلات عدة، أهمها: هل يعتمد القانون على معايير العدالة الإجتماعية، مقدّماً بالتالي ضمانات في الحق في السكن؟ ما تأثيره على مستقبل المدينة؟ في خدمة مصالح من تم صياغة هذا القانون وإقراره؟‫ نعتبر، نحن الموقعون أدناه، أن القانون ...

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Making Sense of Tripoli I: The Security Trap or Conflating Cause and Effect

[Lebanese flag graffiti. Image by Bilal Kamoon via Flickr]

Although there are periodic respites, the conflict in Tripoli, Lebanon has become almost routinized with sporadic outbreaks in clashes—some more intense than others. Coverage of “the conflict” has also become routinized, with bursts of reporting, some stronger than others. Generally, analysis revolves around the three S’s: Spillover, Sectarianism, and Salafists. This trifecta of reductionist analysis problematically misrepresents the unfolding situation in Tripoli. To the extent that the causes of the clashes are considered at all, they are considered a security problem. The claim is that Tripoli is overrun by militias and their arms. However, this view conflates cause ...

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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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Farewell Sabah, 1927-2014

[Beirut newspaper stand, the day after Sabah died. Image by Ahmad Gharbieh]

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 composers. Her death sparked a period national mourning in Lebanon, bringing fans from all classes, regions, and ages together to celebrate her life. She was a national figure ...

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Le Père Lebret, chroniqueur de l’Etat libanais en construction

Prêtre dominicain, fondateur d’Economie et Humanisme (1941), directeur de l’IRFED (Institut de recherche et de formation en vue du développement) depuis 1958, le père Louis-Joseph Lebret est une grande figure du Tiers-mondisme catholique dont l’itinéraire et la pensée ont été magistralement étudiés par l’historien Denis Pelletier dans son ouvrage Économie et Humanisme: De l'utopie communautaire au combat pour le tiers-monde (1941-1966). En opposition avec les deux modèles idéologiques dominants de son temps, le capitalisme et le marxisme (Rome condamne officiellement le marxisme en 1949), le père Lebret a défini une troisième voie: celle d’une économie humaine fondée sur ...

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New Texts Out Now: Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists

[Cover of Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab,

Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab (RJA & MA): There were several reasons for writing the book. In the last two decades we had read several books on Shi`i Islamist movements, particularly Hizbullah, which presented secular ideologies and Communism simply as those forces and ideas that the Islamists rejected. None of the studies accounted for the way in which Shi`i Islamists in Lebanon engaged with Communism, as well as with secular frameworks and practices, ...

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Call for Applicants: Director of Women and Gender Studies (American University of Beirut)

The American University of Beirut invites applicants for a position in gender and sexuality studies, preferably at the associate or full professor level, to begin fall 2015. The successful applicant will serve as director of the new Women and Gender Studies Program at the American University of Beirut and work to coordinate the development of gender and sexuality studies as a specific research concentration, as well as a transdisciplinary formation distributed across multiple departments and faculties. We seek candidates with demonstrated teaching, research, and administrative experience; as well as applicants whose research engages feminist approaches to the study of ...

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Call for Applicants: Director, The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (American University of Beirut)

Director, The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research The American University of Beirut  The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut is searching for a new director to begin September 1, 2015. CASAR is an interdisciplinary research and academic center that offers an undergraduate minor and a new MA in Transnational American Studies. CASAR hosts visiting lecturers and organizes an international, bi-annual conference. CASAR has a generous endowment from the Alwaleed Foundation and has a mission to increase understanding of America in the Arab world.  The new director should ...

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Bassem Chit, R.I.P.

[Bassem Chit. Image from manshour.org]

Bassem Chit died last week. He was thirty four years old. His heart attacked him while he was in his apartment. He died alone. Perhaps the important thing to dwell on is that he did not live a lonely life. Or at least, he made the world a less lonely place. For sure, he made being political in Lebanon a less lonely, less hopeless and less alienating way of being. This is no small feat in context where “being political” is most often equated with being partisan to one or another corrupt political party.  Perhaps a life, even one as short as his, can be measured by the words that are written upon death. If that is the case, the record is clear: letters, obituaries ...

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دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية: مركز الأصفري للمجتمع المدني والمواطنة المؤتمر السنوي الأول: أجندة للمواطنة الفعّالة بيروت 20-22 شباط/ فبراير 2015

 الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت مركز الأصفري للمجتمع المدني والمواطنة بالتعاون مع مؤسسة الدراسات العربية بجامعة جورج ماسون المؤتمر السنوي الأول: أجندة للمواطنة الفعّالة - ٢٢ ٢۰ شباط/ فبراير٢۰١٥ دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية ينعقد هذا المؤتمر في شهر شباط/ فبراير ٢۰١٥ في الذكرى الرابعة للثورات والإنتفاضات العربية التي اندلعت من تونس في أواخرالعام ٢۰١٠ ، وانتشرت بسرعة لتطال حوالى نصف بلدان المنطقة العربية مقدمة بذلك مثالاً رائعاً للقوّة التي تنتج عن ممارسة الناس لمواطنتهم، فقد نزلت الملايين الى الشوارع ونجحت في إطاحة أنظمة وقيادات استبدادية راسخة منذ زمن طويل ونجحت في تغييرالفرضيات حول " الشارع العربي " الى الأبد. أما الآن، وبعد أربع سنوات، أين هي تلك ...

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El Rass

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November 2013 Beirut, Lebanon Over the past three years, Mazen El Sayed, aka El Rass, has risen to the forefront of the contemporary Arab hip-hop scene. He stood out, along with a few others, for his focus on the Arabic language and poignant criticism of contemporary societies. Whereas hip-hop might have been his starting point, El Rass (meaning The Head) managed to expand beyond it to other genres, and is quick to assert that he is not limited by any one of them.  In late 2013, Medrar.TV visited El Rass in his Beirut studio, where he worked on his second album featuring a range of Arab musicians. In this interview, El Rass speaks of his beginnings and ...

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Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas

We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of protests, letters to officials, discussions, and media mobilization. We are writing today to alert you to the ...

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Making Sense of Tripoli II: The Institutional Catch 22

Root Causes: What They Are Not Tripoli’s conflict is not well understood. Media, and even many policy accounts, often focus on either a simplistic sectarian explanation or “Syrian spillover.” Yet, these two explanations are as inaccurate as they are common. Neither of them accounts for the timing of the conflicts. Part 1 of this two-part series explained why neither sectarianism nor spillover adequately explain the conflict. It also challenged the emphasis on militias, arguing that such an emphasis ...

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Lebanon: Rejecting the New Rent Law: An Open Letter to the Parliament

[After twenty-four years of putting forth different rent bills, the Lebanese Parliament has issued a law to liberalize old rent contracts, published in the Official Gazette on 26 June 2014. A committee to protect the rights of tenants in Lebanon has been formed to oppose this new rent law, and has organized a number of protests throughout Beirut to demand its revision. A blog providing information about the law and documenting activists' initiatives against the new law has also been set up.  ...

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سعيد عقل والأسئلة التي يثيرها الموت

بعد أن يموت شاعر يبقى حياً في القصائد التي يبدعها، وفي الأصداء التي يولّدها، وفي الحساسيات التي يُغْْنيها، وفي القراءات المتعددة التي يُتيحها نصه الإبداعي. غير أن سعيد عقل لم يُقرأ بعد قراءة نقدية عميقة ومعظم ما كُتب عنه يندرج في إطار نظرة توفيقية تسامحية لا تمتلك رؤية حول ما هو فني أو غير فني على المستوى الشعري، أي أنها قراءة صحفية وهي الآن مرتبطة بموته أكثر مما هي مرتبطة بأي شيء آخر، وقد يكون السبب في هذا تدهور الجامعات لدينا والتي لا تكترث بتدريس الشعراء الكبار أوبدراستهم، وبغياب الفكر النقدي أيضاً. ...

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A Poem by Wadi Saadeh

An Attempt to Reach Beirut from Beirut Wadi Saadeh Dedicated to Sargon Boulos Did I have to step out today to stroke the enemies’ rocket with my small fingers to embark upon a road whose asphalt is melting as I recall the workers in its mine who were dismembered by dynamite as I recall its blind, its ancient bohemians who observe the earth being stripped of its skin like an immolated pirate Did I have to go to you After the last of my wrists died my feet, my hands embracing each other like ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London: Hurst UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer (LK/DM/AA): The idea for the book was born out of an intellectual as well as methodological interest in the relationship between politics and communication in non-Western contexts, and particularly in relation to Islamist movements and non-state actors. When ...

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هذا البحر لي

[تنشر جدلية بالاشتراك مع مجموعة الـدكتافون ومؤسسة "آرت-ايست" نصوصاً تتناول الحق في الوصول إلى الشاطىء في العالم العربي تحت عنوان "من هنا البحر". نشرت هذه النصوص باللغة الانكليزية على موقع آرت-ايست. تنشر سلسلة "من هنا البحر" تباعاً على موقع جدلية خلال الأسبوع القادم. ] التقينا أبو حسين عندما كنا مرة جالسين في مقهى "أبو عضل" في الدالية في بيروت. أخبرنا بأنه من الصيادين العشرة الذين طردوا من غرفهم المطلة على البحر التي كانت تقع تحت مقهى "جراند كافيه" ...

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A Politics of Hope: A Tribute to Brief Lives at a Time of Perpetual Death

Sara Khatib died on 5 September. The last time I saw Sara, she was lying in a hospital bed, surrounded by a worried and loving grandmother, a selfless mother camouflaging her sense of helplessness with a comforting smile, and an older sister who was silently battling a feeling of impending tragedy. Sara had undergone surgery to remove a recurrent tumor in her arm. A post-operation infection had brought her back to the hospital where doctors were unable to diagnose the cause of infection.  Less than ...

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Call for Applicants: The Edward Said Chair of American Studies (American University of Beirut)

The Edward Said Chair of American Studies The American University of Beirut  The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut is searching for the 2015-2016 Edward Said Chair of American Studies to begin September 1, 2015.  CASAR is an interdisciplinary research and academic center that offers an undergraduate minor and a new MA in Transnational American Studies. CASAR hosts visiting lecturers and organizes an international, ...

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Book Launch Event--Creative Refuge: Art-based Research Workshops with Children in Palestinian Refugee Camps (Beirut, 10 October 2014)

Creative Refuge book launch

 Febrik requests the pleasure of your company at the launch of: Creative Refuge  A publication edited by Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri.  Published by Tadween publishing – 2014.

 Friday 10th October, 6.30–8.30pm at T-Marbouta café
 Hamra Square Center, Hamra Str, Beirut. Creative Refuge brings forward the experience of three workshops (2003-2005) working with children at Beit Atfal Assomoud, Burj El Barajne Palestinian ...

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Fourth Annual DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival: October 2-5, 2014

The Arab Studies Institute is happy to announce it's sponsorship of the 2014 DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS  2014 Program of Films and Events:    Thursday October 2, 2014: Stories for Justice: Visualizing Palestine Exhibit and Opening Reception  Join us for the opening reception of the fourth annual DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival, featuring the work of Vizualizing Palestine. Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe ...

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Ghassan Salhab: Making of 'The Valley'

November 2013 Al Beqaa, Lebanon In November, Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab was busy with his crew, filming 'The Valley', the second film in his triptych inspired by long suffering in Lebanon's modern history, which he compares to feelings of an eminent apocalypse. The film was shot on a vine farm in Al Beqaa region on the border with Syria. In this video interview, Salhab talks of his conceptual approaches to filmmaking in general and in relation to 'The Valley' which premiered at the ...

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