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What is Political Economy?: The Inaugural Political Economy Project Workshop (Part 1) - from Status/الوضع Panels

Held in April 2015 at George Mason University, this inaugural workshop of the Political Economy Project (PEP) features presentations from numerous researchers and scholars of political economy from the Middle East and beyond. PEP is an evolving focus of the Arab Studies Institute, with research, pedagogic, and advocacy objectives.  Participants were asked to address any aspect(s) of the following questions. However, they were encouraged to improvise and/or share their own work/research agenda as well.  1. What is your conception of 'political economy' and how do you incorporate poltical economy into your own research agenda? 2. What do you consider good ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ella Shohat, The Question of Judeo-Arabic

[Cover of Arab Studies Journal (Vol. XXIII No. 1), Fall 2015]

Ella Shohat, “The Question of Judeo-Arabic,” Opening Essay for Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXIII No. 1 (Fall 2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Ella Shohat (ES): This essay revolves around a very personal question for me—the name of the language I spoke with my grandparents and parents. Baghdadi-Jews like my family spoke the language, first in Iraq, then in Israel, and later in the US. For us, it was simply Arabic, although we also knew of course that it was a dialect, a specific form of an ‘amiyya; in our case, Iraqi, Baghdadi, Jewish Arabic. Within the Jewish-Baghdadi dialect itself, we commonly referred to it as haki mal yihud (the speech of the ...

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Cities Media Roundup (December 2015)

[Jdeyde, Aleppo, 2011. Photo by Lazhar Neftien, via Wikimedia]

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban Development and Policies Norman Foster’s Cairo Redevelopment Has Locals Asking: Where Do We Fit in? Jack Shenker and Ruth Michaleson report for The Guardian about the latest release of an urban project ...

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Intellectual Journey: On Islamic Studies - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Ahmad Dallal

In this interview, Ahmad Dallal traces his intellectual and personal journey from Lebanon to the United Sates and back, while addressing his research trajectory, American University in Beirut provost experience, and future research plans. Dallal’s academic training and research focus is on the intellectual, historical, and institutional contexts of the disciplines of learning in medieval and early modern Islamic societies, covering both the exact and the traditional sciences. His first book, An Islamic Response to Greek Astronomy; Kitab Ta‘dil Hay’at al-Aflak of Sadr al-Shari‘a (E.J. Brill, 1995), examines the astronomical work of the fourteenth-century scientist and ...

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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: Contextualizing Community

[Cover of Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, editors,

Anthony Gorman and Sossie Kasbarian, editors, Diasporas of the Modern Middle East: Contextualizing Community. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Universtiry Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Sossie Kasbarian (SK): The book came out of a workshop that we convened at the University of Edinburgh in October 2011. At the time, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) based at Islamic and Middle East Studies (IMES) at the University of Edinburgh. During my time there, Tony and I set up an MSc in Middle East Diasporas and were teaching the two core courses; one was theory focused, while the other ...

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قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعر الإيطالي إيوْجِنيو مونتالِه

[صورة للشاعر الإيطالي أيوجنيو مونتاله. مصدر الصورة أمارجيّ]

              قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعر الإيطالي إيوْجِنيو مونتالِه Eugenio Montale  (1896-1981) اختارها وترجمها وقدَّم لها: أمارجي تقديم لا غُلواءَ إنْ قلنا: القصيدةُ، هنا، تنكيلٌ بالزَّمن، نهشٌ بالمغاليق-،       (نصٌّ مخلبٌ)       (نصٌّ نصْلٌ)  ههنا، الزَّمنُ ثالثٌ، موَّارٌ بِشكِّه ولا يستوثِقُ إلا الذي فيه؛ زمنٌ مختمِرٌ في صَدَفةِ الكمَدِ الوجوديِّ، يتفلَّعُ ويعلو في خمائره مثل شجرةٍ تمتاحُ ماءَ نفسِها، ثمَّ تحترقُ وتهوي بغتةً في رمادِ نفسِها؛ زمنٌ شغلُه الفتلُ والتَّحويلُ والتَّمزيق، تهييجُ "هلاساتٍ تَورِياتيَّة" تحت الجلالِ الهُدهُديِّ للنِّسيان، حين ...

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يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس

يا لطيف! جدلية تدخل عامها الخامس من الصعب أن نبالغ بحماسنا المتواصل للعمل على “جدلية”. لكن في ظل الأوضاع الراهنة في المنطقة، من الصعب الحفاظ على حماس غير مقيّد. لقد أطلقنا هذا المشروع قبل وقت قصير من انطلاق الثورات العربية وتطورت المجلة بموازاة الحماس الذي واكب انطلاق الثورات العربية. ونجدنا نواجه الآن لحظة من اليأس الطويل ببصيص أمل. لكننا مصممون على التقدم إلى الأمام. بعد خمس سنوات من إطلاق “جدلية”، ما زلنا ننظر إليها كأنها حديثة الولادة، ونخصها بكل الرعاية والقوة وأحياناً عدم الشعور بالأمان الذين يرافقون إطلاق مشروع جديد. فقد اجتزنا طريقاً طويلاً جداً مذاك، على مزيد من الجبهات، أكثر مما نستطيع تلخيصه في هذه المادة القصيرة. وفي الحقيقة، نحن مترددون بشكل متزايد في ...

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New Texts Out Now: Robert Saliba, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries

[Cover of Robert Saliba,

Robert Saliba, editor, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries. London: Ashgate, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Robert Saliba (RS): The idea for this book was initiated in the wake of City Debates 2012, an international conference on contemporary urban issues that I organized in May at the American University of Beirut. The conference, entitled Reconceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, asked: “How are the changing paradigms of urban design in the wake of the new millennium impacting the making and shaping of cities in the Arab World?” This book was conceived to bring together the wide diversity of ...

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An Ecology of World Literature

[Cover of Alexander Beecroft,

Alexander Beecroft, An Ecology of World Literature: From Antiquity to the Present Day. London and New York: Verso Books. Alexander Beecroft’s most recent study, An Ecology of World Literature, is a profound undertaking that uses the scientific framework of ecology to “facilitate the comparative study of the interactions between literatures and their environments,” and hopefully to provoke discussions about particular cultural contexts with specific ecologies. Beecroft’s intellectual interests grew out of his desire to say something useful about literatures (in his case ancient Greece and early China) in conjunction with each other that did not depend on claims of ...

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The Early Plight of Humanitarianism

[Cover of Keith David Watenpaugh,

Keith David Watenpaugh, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015 America is a comfortable and rich country. We have safe homes….Their homes are in ruins….The moan of a race moves out across the heart of a stricken world. This emotive call from a Near East Relief (NER) pamphlet to assist destitute Armenians, entitled The Cry of a Million: Exiled Destitute Dying, was published in 1916, but its words resonate across Europe a century later. The mass deportation and genocide of the Armenian community in 1915 helped trigger new ways of thinking about “human rights” and ...

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Beyond the Exotic in Ottoman Baths

[Thomas Allom,

Bath houses or hammams were fundamental fixtures of cities and towns throughout the Ottoman world. Western travelers and writers were drawn to the exotic allure of bath houses as spaces associated with leisure and eroticism, which featured prominently in orientalist tropes concerning Europe’s Islamic other. This legacy of exoticism notwithstanding, new scholarship on Ottoman baths demonstrates that the hammam can serve as a site for fruitful and fascinating historical inquiry into the social transformation and dynamics of the Ottoman world. On Ottoman History Podcast, we have featured a number of scholars whose work concerns the hammam and its changing place in Ottoman ...

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دعوة للمساهمة في دورية "اختيار" الثانية

دعوة للمساهمة في دورية "اختيار" الثانية نحن نسويات ونسويون، نعمل من خلال مجموعة "اختيار" لدراسات وأبحاث النوع الاجتماعي، على تقديم وتوفير الإنتاج المعرفي المعني بالنوع الاجتماعي والجنسانية باللغة العربية من سياق محلي، كي نتشارك به مع المهتمين والمهتمات. وتركز رؤيتنا عن الإنتاج المعرفي باللغة العربية على مجابهة الامتيازات المتعلقة بكون المعرفة عن النوع الاجتماعي والجنسانية متاحة فقط لقلة من الأفراد والمجموعات. في آذار\ مارس 2015، أصدرت مجموعتنا الدورية الأولى باسم (اختيار) وتم نشرها رقمياً بتمويل وجهود ذاتية؛ وهذه الدورية هي الخطوة الأولى لتقديم كتابات باللغة العربية؛ تنوعت بين الأكاديمي/النظري والشخصي، لا تطرح نتائج ...

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How the West Undermined Women’s Rights in the Arab World

This article is based on some of the research that I have conducted over the past two years on women’s activism in Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, from independence until the Arab uprisings. I collected over one hundred personal narratives from middle class women activists of different generations. This research was initially framed in terms of what is perceived to be a ‘gender paradox’: despite over a century of women’s activism, why do women in Arab countries continue to face some of the largest gender ...

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Conference--The Arab Revolutions: Five Years On The Arduous Road of Democratization and Future Prospects (Beirut, 21-23 January 2016)

Click here to download the below program as a single PDF document.  

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NEWTON 2015 Year in Review

Since it was first launched in the fall of 2011, the New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) Page has been honored to have the opportunity to feature an astonishing range of books, articles, special issues of journals, and films for Jadaliyya readers. This past year was no exception. With authors generously agreeing to discuss their new works, offer background information on their research, and allow us to post excerpts from their books and articles, we have been able to offer first looks at some of the most ...

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Cities Media Roundup (November 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com]   Urban and Real Estate Development The Ghost Town of Sharm El ...

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عن العمارة ونهاياتها

”قد تدوم أساسات مبنى لألف عام، بينما يستوجب تغيير هيكل السطح بعد ألف شهر. وقد تدوم التمديدات الصحية لألف أسبوع، والدهان الخارجي لألف يوم، واللمبة لألف ساعة. يجب أن تُفهم المباني من خلال مقاييس زمنية مختلفة تتغير أثناءها“.1 لطالما كانت العمارة أداة فعالة في تشكيل حقائق على أرض الواقع، وفي مساعدة مختلف البرامج السياسية والإيديولوجية على تخطي حيز الأفكار النظرية والمجردة، لتصبح بذلك واقعاً ملموساً يحيط بالأفراد ويتداخل مع حياتهم الآنية ورؤيتهم للمستقبل. وبالمقابل، فعند فشل تلك الإيديولوجيات والبرامج، تصبح ...

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أيها الأساتذة أين أنتم؟

ثار مقال نشره الصحفي الأميركي نيكولاس كريستوف في صحيفة النيويورك تايمز بعنوان "أيها الأساتذة، نحن بحاجة إليكم"، جدلاً في الأوساط الثقافية والأكاديمية الأميركية وذلك بسبب تناوله لموضوع حساس ومهم يتعلق بواقع الدراسات الأكاديمية في أميركا. والنقطة التي يطرحها كريستوف هي أن الأكاديميين في أميركا منفصلون عن الواقع ويعيشون في علبهم الفكرية التخصصية وما من جسور بينهم وبين الجماهير العامة، وأنهم غير قادرين على الاستشفاف، وأحد الأمثلة على ذلك أنهم لم يستطيعوا التنبؤ بالربيع العربي. والسبب في ذلك هو أن ...

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Cities Media Roundup (October 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban and Real Estate Development Video: Middle-Income Housing ...

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Borders Are There to Be Crossed

Borders Are There to Be Crossed The International Book Fair in Torino, the second largest Book Fair in Europe, has announced that Saudi Arabia will no longer be the guest of honour in its 2016 event. Instead, next year’s fair will focus on Arab Literature more broadly. This move breaks with the fair’s long tradition of hosting a different country each year, in close collaboration with the embassies and the ministry of culture of the guest countries. It was almost midnight in Sydney and about 4pm in ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joris Luyendijk, Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers

Joris Luyendijk, Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers. London: Faber & Faber, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joris Luyendijk (JL): I wanted to know how bankers can live with themselves. I was a complete outsider to finance when the Guardian approached me in 2011 to do an anthropological investigation into the world of London-based bankers. The idea was to try to open up for our readers a complex field such as finance by asking those Guardian readers ...

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New Texts Out Now: Raymond Hinnebusch, The International Politics of the Middle East

Raymond Hinnebusch, The International Politics of the Middle East, revised second edition. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Raymond Hinnebusch (RH): Having taught international politics for many years, I became dissatisfied with the texts available for students. Some were purely historical and descriptive. Many were edited collections of chapters on individual countries, often uninformed by a common framework. There was a general failure ...

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NEWTONs You May Have Missed

As we begin to round the corner towards winter, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind you of some of the amazing NEWTON posts we have posted since January that you might have missed the first time around—especially those of you starting to think about reading lists for the spring semester. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON, please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com. ABE Journal: Architecture Beyond Europe Reem Abou-El-Fadl, editor, Revolutionary Egypt: ...

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خمسة أسئلة عن التنوع البيبليوغرافي

يواجه قطاع النشر، وبخاصة في العالم العربي، الكثير من الصعوبات، فمن جهة لا تجد دور النشر الصغيرة أي فرصة للاستمرار في ظل واقع القراءة المزري الذي يلقي بثقله على مبيعات الكتب، ويخلق نوعاً من التحدي المالي الخانق لكل من يعمل في هذا المجال، ومن جهة أخرى تحتكر مؤسسات النشر الكبيرة الأسماء اللامعة للمؤلفين، وتسيطر على سوق النشر والتوزيع بقدراتها المالية الضخمة، ومن جهة ثالثة، لا تلقى دور النشر الكبيرة منها والصغيرة أي دعم من حكومات البلاد التي لا ترى في نشر الكتاب واحداً من الدعامات الأساسية التي يجب أن تبني ...

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