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فصل من رواية نوكيا

عندما تخلع المدينة ثيابها لا تعود إليها أبداً. طرطوس تتغير، تتوسع، تتضخم حتى كورنيشها قضم قضمة طويلة من شطّها ومدّ لسانه محاولاً أن يتذوق جزيرة أرواد، أستغرب من نفسي وأنا أتكلم عن التغيير المكاني، نادراً ما سمعتُ عن الذين عناهم الأمر من جيلينا، فقط كبار السن - الذين جلسوا على الطاولات يرمون نردهم لعلّهم يقبضون على حظٍ  فاتهم، أو ينفثون دخانهم-  من يكترثون لذلك. تنقسم حياة الإنسان لقسمين، الأول للحفظ، والثاني لتذكر ما حفظه، كأنّه بذلك يريد أن يثبت لنفسه أنّه كان موجوداَ هنا. أبي الذي تقاعد، كثيراً ما قال لي: الرجل باستقلاله ومن لم يفخر بشبابه لا فخر له. فأردّ: تلك مقولة قديمة لم تعد تنفع في عصرنا، كان الولد فيها يُعطى ماله، ويُزوج عندما يحتلم، أمّا أنا فقد ...

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New Texts Out Now: Sheila Carapico, Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation

[Cover of Sheila Carapico,

Sheila Carapico, Political Aid and Arab Activism: Democracy Promotion, Justice, and Representation. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sheila Carapico (SC): After the Cold War, European and American professional democracy brokers flocked to formerly Warsaw Pact and Third World states with projects to monitor elections, promote civil society, train human rights activists, and so forth. They played a conspicuous, indispensable role in establishing the Palestinian Authority, and were increasingly visible in several Arab capitals. I began visiting the foundations that sent these delegations and gathering ...

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المثقفون العرب: سحر البيان بديلاً عن المعرفة

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بيان المثقفين العرب الموقع مما يزيد عن (250) مثقفاً، سوريين بدرجة رئيسة (ثمة 149منهم) ولبنانيين، ولا بأس ببعض العراقيين بحسب الخارطة المفترضة للدولة الاسلامية (داعش) التي وصف البيان ظهورها بالردة من دون أن ينتبه موقعو البيان"ترى هل الامر داخل بالفعل في خانة النسيان ؟ أشك!" إن كلمة "الردة" ذات الاصل الديني الضاربة جذورها بعيداً في التراث الاسلامي المتخم بالردات وأحكام المرتد، هذه الكلمة هي من بعض ما يحاول البيان أن يقف ضده، ويجادله ثقافياً، في الأقل، أو إن شئت قل، من منطق المثقف الليبرالي المتنور "حتماً"، مثلما يجادل مثقف عراقي"علاء اللامي" البيان واصحابه في مكان آخر، فكيف أمكن لكاتب البيان، صاحب العقل الليبرالي الحديث، وقد أشيع أنه ...

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المسألة السّورية: سؤال المصير والمستقبل: الحراك الشعبي في سورية

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‫الحراك الشعبي في سورية 1ـ الحراك الشعبي السّوري ، الّذي بدأ في النّصف الثّاني من آذار (مارس) 2011 تحوّل تدريجياً ، وقبل أن يتصلّب عوده، وتترسخ قاعدته الشّعبية، ويتحقق استقلاله عن القوى والمؤثرات الخارجية، تحوّل، بعد بضعة أشهر، عن النهج السّلمي إلى حرب متعدّدة الصّفات ومن نوع جديد لم تألفه المنطقة، شاركت فيه أطراف عربية وإقليمية ودولية عديدة. وهكذا غُطي على الأهداف الداخلية للحراك (الحرية والكرامة والعدالة)، ثمَ أزيحت تدريجياً لصالح أهداف هذه الأطراف التي لعبت دور المموّل والمسلّح والموجَه والمخطّط، ووضعت، بالتالي، الأطراف النافذة في الحراك تحت السّيطرة المباشرة لأجهزتها المتمركزة في الدّول المجاورة لسورية.  ‫الحراك الشّعبي السّوري تلا الأحداث التي جرت في العديد ...

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Call for Applicants: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Military Mobilities, Ports, and Transport Infrastructure in the Middle East

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Department of Politics and International Studies SOAS, University of London Duration: 3-Year Fixed Term (Start: 1 January 2015 or ASAP thereafter) Location: London Salary: 32,862 to 38,795 (inclusive of London Allowance) Application Deadline: 1 August 2014 Description We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on a project funded by the UK’s Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC). This inter-disciplinary project will seek to understand the emergence of ports and transport infrastructure in the Arabian Peninsula at the conjuncture of wars, military movements, and commercial activities. You ...

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Announcing Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXII: Cultures of Resistance

Editors’ Note In “Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: The Politics of Art, Aesthetics, and Affect,” Sophie Richter-Devroe and Ruba Salih introduce the imperatives, questions, and ideas that inspired the special issue we are featuring here. Encompassing a broad array of approaches, methodologies, and perspectives, Rania Jawad, Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Maha Nassar, Helga Tawil-Souri, Miriyam Aouragh, Craig Larkin, Brahim El Guabli, Hanan Toukan, and Yazid Anani each take on the relationship between cultural production and political resistance. For the Arab world and the Middle East more broadly, these questions are as timely today as ever. But beyond the urgencies ...

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Ahmed Fouad Negm: A Profile from the Archives

[Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm]

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Ahmed Fouad Last Name: Negm Father’s Name: Muhammad Izzat Mother’s Name: Hanem Morsi Date of Birth: 1929 Place of Birth: Kfoor Negm Nationality: Egyptian Children: Nawara / Zainab / Afaf Category: Author Profession: Poet     Ahmed Fouad Negm   Born on 22 May 1929 ...

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ما هي خصائص الثورة المضادة؟

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  كما أن هناك رد فعل لكل فعل، هناك ثورة مضادة لكل ثورة. الثورة المضادة ظاهرة طبيعية، كما هو رد الفعل التالي على الثورة المضادة. ولا تنتصر إحداهما على الأخرى إلا إذا كان رد الفعل أفعل من الفعل الأول. وهذا لا يتم الا إذا أضاف طرف من الطرفين إلى ردّ فعله فهماً أعمق لطبيعة عدوّه. وهنا فقط، من خلال الفهم الأعمق، يرتفع ردّ الفعل عن طبيعته الميكانيكية، ويصبح أداةً لمعرفة فاعلة وجديدة. ولذلك لا يُعوّل على كلام فضفاض عن ثورة مضادة، إن لم يتضمّن هذا الكلام محاولة لفهم ماهية هذه الثورة المضادة. للثورة المضادة وجهان كما للثورة وجهان، وجه مؤسساتي ووجه نفسي. الوجه المؤسساتي يتعلق بامتلاك مؤسسات حاكمة أو مؤثّرة في المجتمع، بينما يتعلق الجانب النفسي بالصراع على التوقعات والآمال ...

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East

[Cover of Linda Herrera, editor,

Linda Herrera, editor (with Rehab Sakr), Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Linda Herrera (LH): The idea for this book began during the workshop, “Youth and Citizenship in a Digital Era” of the Thirteenth Mediterranean Research Meeting of the Robert Schumann Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. During three days of lively and often impassioned discussions, I knew that we had valuable and unique material from a highly engaged community of scholars that should be shared with a wider audience. This volume showcases ...

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Hassan Al-Banna: A Profile from the Archives

[Hassan Al-Banna. Source: Flickr]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic  and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.]  Name: Hassan Last Name: Al-Banna Father’s Name: Ahmed Abdul Al-Rahman Mother’s Name: Fawzieh Amin Baik Date of Birth: 1906 Date of Death: 1949 Nationality: Egyptian Category: Politician Profession: Founder of the Muslim Brotherhood [Hassan Al-Banna with his ...

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Call for Applications: The School of Public Affairs at American University

Call for Applications: The School of Public Affairs at American University Announces the Andrew Carnergie Centennial Fellowships in Support of Visiting Scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities. The School of Public Affairs at American University, under the auspices of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is pleased to announce a call for applications for Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowship. The fellowships, beginning in September 2014, will be offering support for scholars in the Social Sciences from Arab Universities to encourage innovative research on urban governance, urban development, local government, and social justice, and the built environment ...

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Fadwa Toukan: A Profile from the Archives

[Palestinian poet Fadwa Toukan, source of picture: Wikipedia]

["A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Fadwa Last Name: Toukan Father’s name: Abul Fattah Agha Toukan Mother’s name: Fawzieh Amin Baik Date of birth: 1917 Date of death: 2003 Nationality: Palestinian Category: Author Profession: Poet   Fadwa Toukan    Was a Palestinian national who held ...

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Al-Diwan Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

Al-Diwan brings you the latest news and analysis in publishing, academia, pedagogy, and knowledge production from across the Arab world.   What History Books for Children in Palestinian Camps? By Rosemary Sayigh (Jadaliyya) “The Palestinians might be said to stand in deep need of self-knowledge and cultural unity in this, the longest and most arduous of struggles against colonialist dispossession, yet because of external political pressures and educational fragmentation they lack this ...

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Solidarity with Guantanamo Bay & Palestine: An Open Letter Calling on the Boycott of the White House Iftar

[The following open letter was originally published by Falling Walls Initiative.] “Hardship is the only language used here. Anybody who is able to die will be able to achieve happiness for himself. He has no other hope except that. The requirement is to announce the end and challenge the self love for life and the soul that insists to end it all and leave this life, which is no longer called life, instead has become death and renewable torture. Ending it is a mercy and a happiness for the soul. With ...

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HRW's Pro-Israel Partisanship on 'Protective Edge'

[The following post was originally published on Just World News.] The NYC-based organization Human Rights Watch, which has grown increasingly closer to the US government over the years, has sunk to a new low in the kneejerk response it published July 9, to Israel's deadly 'Operation Protective Edge'. See how. Where What Helena Cobban Comment ...

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Call for Contributions: Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance, Cairo, March 2015

Translation and the Many Languages of Resistance Call for Papers Cairo, 6-8 March 2015 Deadline: 15 September 2014 Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK Organized by Mona Baker, Yasmin El Rifae, and Mada Masr Call for Contributions Keep Reading »

"فصل من "أنا ونامق سبنسر

كنت أتأمل في مويجات الماء الناعمة، في هذا الغروب الشفيف، وتذكرت مرة أخرى ذلك العالم البعيد الذي عشته مع ماري قبل أن يخلق الأولاد. تذكرت نصفي البرازيلي. عشت رحلتنا ثانية بعد سنين من حدوثها. تماهيت مع الرحلة ونسيت بحيرة دامهوس التي أحدق بمياهها الزرقاء. أمر لفت بصري، ورأيته موجودا في أغلب الأمكنة. انهم الأطفال. الأطفال الذين ولدوا في الشوارع، ولايملكون أبا أو أما. يسرقون، يشتغلون في اللواطة وتجارة المخدرات، يمتهنون أحط المهن، ويموتون وحيدين. كانت هذه حالة أطفال البرازيل الذين شاهدتهم. هؤلاء يخشاهم السواح ...

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NEWTON Summer Reading

As we head into the summer, Jadaliyya would like to remind you of some of the most creative and groundbreaking works in Middle East studies that we have featured in our New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) page during the 2013-2014 academic year. Whether you are an instructor thinking about texts for the fall, a student doing research, or a reader making a summer reading list, you will find a wealth of interviews about and excerpts from works across a range of topics and disciplines. We have provided a list of ...

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Migrant Workers and Labor Unions in the Gulf: An Interview with Karim Radhi

[In this Migrant Rights interview, trade union activist Karim Radhi focuses on the cultural attitudes toward migrant laborers in the Gulf, which he sees as the primary obstacle to their integration into any workers’ movement there. The interview first appeared in Arabic and was later translated by Saqer Almarri.] In this interview, the poet and trade union activist Karim Radhi, of the Secretariat of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, speaks on the situation of migrant workers in Bahrain ...

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NPR Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Elliott Colla on ISIS and the Media

In this interview with NPR's Brooke Gladstone, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Elliott Colla discusses his essay "Watching ISIS on TV." Colla does a reading from his essay in which he describes his Iraqi in-laws reflecting on their country's frenzied televisions channels' coverage of the conflict. In the second part of the show, Colla offers his commentary about the deregulation of Iraq's media after the US invasion, the fragmentation and polarization of the public, and the entrenchment of ...

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Watching ISIS on TV

I spent the last few afternoons and evenings with my wife's cousins---dynamic, generous, and patient people from Baghdad who only recently---after eight years of one war, ten years of sanctions, and ten years of violent occupation---decided to permanently resettle in Amman. Besides eating and drinking tea, and talking about the beauty of Ali's sermons, for the most part, we wandered through a labyrinth of Iraqi satellite television. Like most Iraqi households these days, the television is never turned ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ahmed El Shamsy, The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History

Ahmed El Shamsy, The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ahmed El Shamsy (AES): Legal history is often dry stuff: it is full of theories, concepts, and institutions, and heavy with jargon. When I read a work of history, I want to know what happened. I also want to understand what drove the actors involved and what was at stake. The story of the birth of Islamic law, like ...

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May Ziada: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic  and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: May Last Name: Ziada Father’s Name: Elias Mother’s Name: Nizha Muammar Place of Birth: Nazareth, Palestine Date of ...

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تدجين الانتفاضات العربية

في السابع عشر من كانون الأول\ديسمبر، 2010، قام بائع الخضار محمد البوعزيزي بإحراق نفسه بعد أن سرق ضابط شرطة عربته، آخر قشة كان يتعلق بها في حياته البائسة تحت حكم زين العابدين بن علي. انتفض التونسيون وأطاحوا بالطاغية في النهاية. وما إن هبطت طائرة بن علي في باريس حتى عجّت موجات الأثير بأخصائيي الشرق الأوسط، الذين أعلنوا استحالة الثورة في مصر. فهناك كان حسني مبارك يحكم من خلال"الاستبداد المُدار"، وهذا تعبير في العلم السياسي عن السلطة التي تسمح بكميات معيّنة من الانشقاق الشعبي، أو بدرجات من تمثيل ...

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