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Antiracist and anti-/de-colonial activists have struggled, and continue to do so, against the rhetoric of the “War on Terror,” a rhetoric circulated by states and reinvented by femonationalist and homonationalist circles. We see ourselves as part of this political tradition. Yet we also argue that certain approaches that attempt to critique the binary implicit in the framework of a clash of civilizations run the risk of reproducing this same binary framework—albeit oppositionally—by reading current social and political dynamics, movements, and conflicts in the world only through the critique of this so-called clash. The discourse of the “War on Terror” is a binary world ...

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The Conflict In Syria: Past, Present, and Future - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Nikolaos Van Dam

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mouin Rabbani discusses the evolution of the Syrian conflict and the future of the region with Dutch scholar and author of "Destroying a Nation: The Civil War in Syria", Nikolaos Van Dam. Find out more about Nikolaos van Dam, a leading specialist on Syria, and his role as Netherlands Special Envoy to the Syrian Opposition in this interview with Mouin Rabbani Mouin Rabbani is a researcher and analyst specialising in the contemporary Middle East. He has previously served as Principal Political Affairs Officer with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Head of Middle East with Crisis Management Initiative/Martti ...

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The Current Protests in Morocco - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Miriyam Aouragh

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Khalil Bendib speaks with Miriyam Aouragh, who navigates the ongoing anti-government protests in Morocco. It has been over eight months since Moroccans took to the streets in mass protests, which began in the Moroccan countryside as a local social mobilisation movement. Turning into a collective national outcry and a comprehensive trial of state policies to define their shortcomings and fragility, the current wave of protests appears to be the biggest challenge to governance in Morocco since the accession of King Mohammed VI to the throne in 1999. Find out more in this Status/الوضع interview with Khalil Bendib. Miriyam Aouragh is ...

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عن المعرفة والمأسسة والتعليم

استهلال مفاهيمي لا تزال أحد أهم الأفكار التي أضاءها الحراك الثوري (المستمر، والمتراكم إلى الآن) في بلادنا، وفي بنية العقل العربي، في شأن المسافة بين المجتمع والدولة/ المؤسسة، هي أنّ تغوُّل وتنامي حجم المؤسسة وثقافتها لا يمكن مقاربته إلا باعتباره ردة لفعل، أيّ أنّ المجتمع (والفرد/ المواطن في قلبه) هما دومًا "الفعل". وبقدر زخم هذا الفعل وفعاليته على الأرض، تتحدد دومًا "ردة الفعل"، باعتبارها معاكسة له في الاتجاه، وتكاد تقاربه في المقدار. وصولًا إلى مراحل انتصر فيها المجتمع على المؤسسة (كما حدث في مصر وتونس، مرحليًّا)، وأعاد إنتاج نفسه –كظاهرة خطابية، ورمزية وإلى درجة ما مادية- بشكلٍ ما، في وقت استغلته المؤسسة لإعادة إنتاج نفسها، هي أيضًا، كموجة تالية ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ: الجزء الثاني

[غرافيتي قرب ميدان التحرير في القاهرة. تصوير سنان أنطون]

 رغم طابع الزمن الحلزوني الذي يبدد أحيانًا الحدود الفاصلة بين الماضي والحاضر في عالم شُيد على النظم الحدودية، يمر الزمن ووقته في عقولنا وعلومنا على نحوٍ مستقيم لا يعرف الإلتواء. في أوقاتٍ يسير الزمن ببطء ممل حتى يشعر المرء بثقل خطواته الهابطة على الأرواح كالمطارق. وفي أوقاتٍ آخرى يركض الزمن هاربًا من الأيدي العديدة الممدودة التي تحاول يائسةً أن تمسك بأعناق اللحظة المتسربة دائمًا. في كلتا الحالتين يسير الوقت آبيًا أن يخضع لإرادة أحد إلا نفسه. حتى وإن تشابهت الأحداث أحيانًا، يكفينا أن ننظر في وجهي "الطويل" و"القصير" اليوم كي نعرف أن شباب الستينيات لم يعد شبابًا. مر أكثر من خمسين عامٍاً على الوجهين المحتدين كالحجارة في سيارة الترحيلات، والنقاش الذي ...

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استذكار غرامشي

"ماذا سيكون رأي غرامشي حيال مآزقنا الحالية؟" تساءلَ رئيس بلدية مدينة كالياري الإيطالية اليساري الشاب ماسيمو زيدا ثم أجاب: "ربما سيفكّر بأن أمورنا تحسنت، لكننا نواجه أيضاً مشاكل كثيرة في سردينيا... ولهذا نحتاج إلى أن نتنظّم". بهذا التصريح أعلن رئيس البلدية الذي يرتدي الجينزالأزرق عام 2017 "عاماً لغرامشي" وافتتح مؤتمر "قرن من الثورات: مسارات غرامشية في العالم". وكان 27 نيسان لحظة مناسبة لتسليط الضوء من جديد على حياة وأعمال أنطونيو غرامشي في الذكرى الثمانين لموته، في السنة التي حددت أيضاً الذكرى المئوية للثورة الروسية ومرور سبع سنوات على الانتفاضات العربية التي اتسمت بالاضطراب. إن الطاقة والحماس اللذين أحاطا بهذه المناسبة الخاصة ...

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أيام بلا تاريخ

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 "علينا أن أن نتحمل أفكارنا طوال الليل، حتى تقف البديهية النضرة في البرد بلا حراك" – والس ستيفنز **** كان "الطويل" جالسًا في سيارة الترحيلات المكدسة بالرفاق وهو يدخن في صمت. على عكس رفاقه لم يكترث "الطويل" بالاقتراب نحو الكوة الضيقة لينظر من خلال الثقوب الحديدية كي يرى نبض الشارع الذي لم يتجسسه منذ أكثر من عام. كان الدفء القادم من هذه النوافذ كافيًا. وكانت أشعة الشمس الواقعة على جلد "الطويل" الجاف والبارد قد أيقظت حنينًا في فؤاده إلى ما هو خارج الجدران، حنينًا جعله يعزف عن التقدم نحو الكوة كي لا تخر قواه ولا يتغلب الشوق على الصمود. استطاعت الشمس والدفء وحدهما أن يذكرا “الطويل” بطعم الحياة التي كانت، وبإمكانية الحياة خارج ...

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Between the World and Algeria: International Histories of the Algerian War of Independence

Darcie Fontaine, Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jennifer Johnson, The Battle of Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Jeffrey James Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. [This review essay was first published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. For more information or to subscribe, click here.]  The history of Algeria is undergoing a boom, especially the history of what ...

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New Texts Out Now: Behrooz Ghamari, Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution

Behrooz Ghamari, Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution. New York: OR Books, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Behrooz Ghamari: (BG): Originally, I did not conceive this as a book. Every New Year’s Eve I began writing little vignettes and character portraits about my years as a political prisoner in Iran. I was released from prison on New Year’s Eve of 1985, so that was the significance of the day for me. For one day every year I removed myself from the routines of everyday life and spent the whole day writing. Writing these stories for me was a mode of meditation and remembrance honoring a life that seemed so distant and disconnected to the ...

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Revisiting ‘Foucault in Iran’: A Response

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is the final installment of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] First, I would like to thank SCTIW Review for organizing this symposium. It is a great privilege to read such a comprehensive scrutiny of one’s own work. I know how time consuming this kind of critical engagement with a text is and ...

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Foucault, the Iranian Revolution, and the Politics of Collective Action

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part five of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] In Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi presents a comprehensive overview of Michel Foucault’s writings on the revolutionary wave that swept across Iran, culminating in February 1979 with the ...

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Foucault: Against the Ideology of Enlightenment

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part three of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] At various points throughout Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s excellent account of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution one finds a term not typically associated with Foucault, that of ideology. This term, much more at home in Marxist social analyses, ...

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الانفصال: المشنقة الكردية للإفلات من التاريخ

 تستدعي المخيلة الكردية التاريخية مشروع اقامة "الدولة" كواحدة من مبتكرات إعادة تشكيل "الهوية القومية" وصياغة الانتماء الجغرافي و"المستقبل الواعد" لمجموعة عرقية كبيرة مسلوبة التحكم بمصيرها ومتمددة على مساحة شاسعة بأربعة بلدان على الأقل (العراق، تركيا، إيران، سوريا، مع أقلية صغيرة في أرمينيا وجورجيا)، وتتنافس على النفوذ في منطقة ملغومة بالثروات والازمات. وإزاء هذه المخيلة الثورية، كانت الفاعليات الكردية تعتمد صيغاً لتحقيق الحلم النادر. ولكن، وفي كل مرة، كان مأزق التاريخ ...

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'The King Is Good, the Political Class Is Bad': A Tired Myth

Following this year’s “Throne Day” speech on 29 July 2017, commentators were unanimous: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s offensive against political parties was more violent than ever. In Morocco, however, the “crisis,” “weakness,” and “dysfunction” of parties is a repeated refrain. After the death of King Hassan II, new tonalities have enriched the refrain, which have been injected into the discourses held by a wide range of enunciators, including ordinary citizens, the media, actors of “civil ...

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Manich Msamah and the Face of Continued Protest in Tunisia

“Capitalism protects politicians and politicians protect capitalism, and both are cowards.” -- Taieb Henchir, Manich Msamah member, discussing the Economic Reconciliation Law. On 19 July 2017 the Tunisian parliament approved seven articles of the Economic Reconciliation Act, which was recently renamed the Law of Administrative Reconciliation in response to two years of protests spearheaded by the youth grassroots movement Manich Msamah (“I do not forgive,” in Tunisian dialect: مانيش مسامح). At eight ...

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Longing for Life in Yemen- A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Afrah Nasser

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mohamad Ali Nayel speaks with Afrah Nasser about the forgotten war in Yemen. Nasser reflects on the humanitarian crisis created by the war in Yemen and the situation of Yemeni women six years after thousands of women marched the streets of Sanaa commemorating International Women’s Day.  Afrah Nasser worked as a reporter at the Yemen Observer newspaper in Yemen (2008-2011) and started blogging since Yemen’s 2011 uprising, focusing on politics and human rights ...

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Call for Abstracts: The Politics of Boycotts (Deadline: 1 September 2017)

 The Politics of Boycotts Issue number 134 (May 2019) Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2017 Issue editors: E. Natalie Rothman and Andrew Zimmerman This issue of the Radical History Review seeks to contribute historical depth and comparative breadth to recent discussions around the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in support of Palestine. Our aim is to create a broad basis for historical and strategic discussion by exploring a variety of spatio-temporal ...

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حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الثاني

س: متى كانت أول مرة سجنت فيها لمدة طويلة؟ م ن: بعد ثورة تموز كانت هناك انتخابات نقابة المعلمين في الكاظمية وذهبنا لننتخب. وقتل مدرس شيوعي من الأعظمية. كان البعثيون هم الذين قتلوه ولكنهم اتهمونا. وبالرغم من وجود عبد الكريم قاسم فإن جانباً من القضاء كان معهم، خصوصاً الشرطة. اتهموني بالقتل وأنا لم أكن موجوداً هناك أساساً. كان المقتول واحداً منا. وضعوني في موقف السراي لمدة أربعة أشهر. والموقف أصعب من السجن. كل يوم كانوا يأتون بأناس حشاشين ومجانين. ثم هو ضيق جداً. وأذكر في فترة ما بدأوا باحتجاز صباغي الأحذية ...

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Morocco's Hirak Movement: The People Versus the Makhzen

Morocco’s Hirak protests are the latest bout in the tug-of-war between the Makhzen (Moroccan regime) and the victims of hogra. The late Mouhcine Fikri, the political prisoner Nasser Zefzafi, and Nawal Ben Aissa have emerged as the emblematic figures of this movement. Al Hirak al Chaabi, or the Popular Movement, is an independent, popular movement that was started in the northern Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in October 2016 by local inhabitants who were fed up with the status quo. The protests have ...

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Call for Papers -- Freedom of Speech and Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Boycott of Israel

Trinity College Dublin 12 September 2017 Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Academic freedom includes the liberty of individuals to express freely opinions about the institution or system in which they work, to fulfil their functions without discrimination or fear of repression by the state or any other actor, to participate in professional or representative academic bodies, and to enjoy all the internationally recognized human rights applicable to other individuals in the same ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 25)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes shaping the Middle East mediascape. A leaked video allegedly showing Egyptian soldiers killing detainees in the Sinai Peninsula caused a great deal of debate surrounding Egypt’s human rights record. In Lebanon, a Hezbollah-organized media tour of the country’s demarcation line with Israel generated controversy regarding Lebanon’s relationship to Israel and Hezbollah’s military power. Following a referendum extending ...

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A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part six of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran builds a chapter-by-chapter defense ...

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Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part four of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Foucault’s folly! That, of course, is the common indictment against Foucault’s ...

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Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcome

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part two of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the ...

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