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Visualizing Impact: The Long Run & On the Brink

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[The following infographics were originally published by Visualizing Impact.] The Long Run This graphic shows the struggle that the region's youth must counter in their struggle to reach the age of independence.  The weight of multiple social and economic factors in the region have kept youth from finding a first job and ultimately reaching the financial security to afford to marry and become independent from their families. Created in collaboration with Silatech, our hope is that this graphic will start news conversations about this critical challenge facing a generation.     [Click image to enlarge.] On the Brink To show the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East

[Cover of 'Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies']

Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, editors, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti (LA/GG/AT): It seemed to us that a wide variety of informal power dynamics and their interaction with formal institutions were not being taken particularly seriously—at least, beyond general and often Orientalist claims about “culture.” This lack of attention is perhaps rooted in Political Science’s focus on formal allocation processes through institutionalized decision-making channels—Lasswell and Easton, for ...

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New Texts Out Now: Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

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Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. New York: Pantheon, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hisham Aidi (HA): This book grows out of two experiences. The first: in the early 2000s, I was working as a cultural reporter covering Harlem and the South Bronx, writing about migration, youth culture, and gentrification. Back then, I was also doing some work as a DJ and concert-promoting. Harlem is a cultural cauldron—you have these dizzying flows between West Africa, Western Europe, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. I was witnessing up close the making, remaking, and globalization of black culture. I was struck by the ...

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Cities Media Roundup (December 2014)

[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   Public Land for Sale in Lebanon [In Arabic] Firas Abou-Mosleh reports in Al Akhabr on the corruption in the real-estate office and land registry of the Lebanese ministry of Finance, ...

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تأملات في الصوت الأول

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للحياة صوت، فالحضارة صوت، والفنون صوت، والإنسان صوت، والحيوان صوت، والله صوت، والدين صوت، و الثقافة صوت، والحرب صوت، و السلم صوت، والإنتاج صوت، فالحياة كلها صوت، ولا صمت إلا الموت (والصمت تأويل للصوت). ولولا غرق الإنسان في إدراك الحياة بعينه لا بأذنه، لأمكنه أن يُغير مفهومه لوجوده كذات وموضوع معًا ويمتلك حرية أكبر فيما يتعلق بهما، بالإستناد لكل الأصوات حوله وفيه، إذ أن هوس الحضارة الإنسانية بالمراقبة والقياس والتحجيم والتشكيل، يحجب عنه –الإنسان- جوانب مختلفة من ذاته ومحيطه وعالمه. مع إنتقال "المدلول" من "الدال" السمعي/الأذني/الشفاهي، إلى "الدال" المرئي/العياني/الكتابي، يتغلب النزوع المادي على المعنوي له، وهنا تبدأ بنيوية السلطة والسيطرة ...

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Cities Media Roundup (November 2014)

[Aerial View of Abraj Al Beit. Photo by Fadi Al-Benni, Al Jazeera English via Wikicommons]

Cities Media Roundup (November 2014) [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 Real Estate  Infographic: Abu Dhabi Rent Map The United Arab Emirate’s The National reports that despite the removal of rent caps in Abu Dhabi, most increases in rent ...

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R-Shief Launches New Research Tools Allowing Full Access to Social Media Archives

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Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2014 R-Shief.org, a media research system designed to analyze global social movements, is launching new tools allowing full and free public access to its unique and historic social media archive and analytics in more than seventy languages. Since 2009, the open-source media lab has been analyzing online discussions on networks such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and now Instagram. R-Shief is most known for supporting media analytics on what was tweeted during the eighteen days in Egypt leading to the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. In the past five years, R-Shief has also produced an Arabic sentiment ...

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الأدب هو الليبرالية

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 إن رغبة جائزة نوبل بفصل الأدب عن السياسة ليست مُضلِّلة فحسب، بل مستحيلة أيضاً. مُنح باتريك موديانو الأسبوع الماضي جائزة نوبل للآداب، مما أثار ردود فعل فورية متوقّعة، إذ سارعت صحيفة “الديلي بيست” إلى طرح السؤال التالي باستياء: “من هو باتريك موديانو؟” أما الكاتبة إما بروكس فقد قالت في مقالة نُشرتْ في صحيفة “الغارديان”: إن عدداً من أقران موديانو ـ فيليب روث خاصة ـ ربما هم أكثر جدارة منه. لكن لجنة نوبل لا تبحث عن الأعمال الأدبية التي تجسد بشكل أفضل “الأدبيّ” كفئة موجودة مسبقاً، إنها أيضاً إحدى أهم المؤسسات الأكثر هيبة والمنخرطة في بناء ما يكوّن “الأدبيّ”، ثم تعمل على كوننة ذلك البناء كمعيار غير قابل للتشكيك يجب أن يطمح جميع الكتاب إليه. تنوّع هذا المعيار نوعاً ما ...

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Cities Media Roundup (October 2014)

[Screenshot of video by Al-Shuruk about Nour, a female taxi driver in Cairo.]

[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] Neoliberal Urbanism USAID and Eco-Cities in the Middle East  David Thorpe reports on the Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum that was held in October 2014 in Jordan, and outlines the three strategic partnerships financed by ...

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ضياء الدين ساردار: مطارحة الإسلام والمستقبل

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تخبرنا القراءة المتفحصة للفكر الإسلامي الحديث أنه وقع منذ عصر النهضة في نهاية القرن التاسع عشر أسيرًا لنزعتين؛ النزعة الأولى هي هيمنة مبحث السياسة والدولة على اهتماماته، والنزعة الثانية هي النزعة الماضوية التراثية، وربما ترتبط النزعتان ببعضهما البعض. لقد دار المجهود الفكري لرواد الإصلاح الأوائل حول سؤال النهضة، على خلفية التحدي الحضاري الذي مثله الغرب. لقد كان هذا السؤال أكثر فهمًا لشمولية التحدي وأكثر اتساعًا في فهمه للإسلام كرؤية كونية ذات تضمينات اجتماعية وحضارية، غير أن ظهور الإسلام السياسي وغلبته على ساحة النقاش والعمل اختزل السؤال والإجابة. وفي حين ارتكز الفكر النهضوي الأول على إعادة تفسير وتأويل التراث الديني بما يتناسب والحداثة من أجل طرح سبل لنهضة شعوب الإسلام، ...

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New Book: Creative Refuge

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Creative Refuge By Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri E-book: $25.00 Paperback: $35.00 Tadween Publishing is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, Creative Refuge. Creative Refuge brings forward the experience of three workshops working with children at Beit Atfal Assomoud, Burj El Barajne Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. The publication is a research catalog of the collected children’s stories, dreams, play spaces, and related family histories as well as a research document of the social and spatial findings of the three workshops. It is also an educational manual for practitioners and educators ...

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A Voyage to Toledo: Twenty-Five Years After the 'Jews of the Orient and Palestinians' Meeting

[Members of “The Iraqi Delegation” to Toledo—from left to right: Sami Michael, David Semah, Ella Shohat, Shimon Ballas, and Yosef Shiloach. Image from Ella Shohat’s personal archive]

On 3-5 July 1989, an unusual gathering, which went largely unreported in the media, took place in Toledo, Spain—“Judíos orientales y palestinos. Un diálogo para la paz árabe-israelí” (“Jews of the Orient and Palestinians: A Dialogue for Arab-Israeli Peace.”) Four years before the commencement of the Oslo Accords, the Toledo conference took place at a time when Israeli law forbade such meetings, legally defined as proscribed political contacts with Palestinian terrorist organizations. In defiance of this law, a number of meetings took place in such cities as Bucharest, Budapest, and Geneva. At that time, Israeli officials were still vocally engaged in the ...

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الجسد والسلطة في السينما

لا ينج الحديث عن الثقافة والأدب والفنون، باعتبارهم "تعابير" ثقافية عن مجتمعاتها من سؤال "الجسد"، فإذا كان الفن يُنظر إليه "على أنه مرآة للقدرات البشرية في مرحلة تاريخية معينة، بوصفه الشكل المتفوق الذي تُعرف فيه ثقافة ما عن نفسها"، وجب علينا تناول تمثلات الجسد في كل هذه الأجناس الثقافية، باعتبارها أنماطًا خطابية، تعكس موضعه –الجسد- في الفكر والتعبير، وبالذات في عصر الصورة.  السينما، وهي مجال حديثنا هاهنا، تتأثر –كغيرها من أنماط الخطاب الثقافية- بانعكاسات الأوضاع ...

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New Texts Out Now: Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti, EU–MENA Relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings

Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti, “EU–MENA Relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings: A New Research Agenda.” Journal of European Integration 36.6 (2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Francesco Cavatorta and Paola Rivetti (FC & PR): The process of rethinking “Arab politics” after the uprisings led us to look at how the European Union and its policies had influenced, if at all, the politics of the region. The EU has been engaged formally with countries of ...

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NEWTON 2014 Year in Review

Once again this year, as the editors of the New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) Page, we have been honored to have the opportunity to feature an astonishing range of books, articles, special issues of journals, and films for Jadaliyya readers in 2014. 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 important new work in the field, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Abir Hamdar, The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature

Abir Hamdar, The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Abir Hamdar (AH): The whole project was triggered by a question from a friend. She was suffering from a chronic illness and said she found solace in reading about the stories of women with similar experiences. As someone who works on Arabic literature, she had asked me to recommend Arabic literary works that narrate the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Nimer Sultany, Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism

Nimer Sultany, “Religion and Constitutionalism: Lessons from American and Islamic Constitutionalism.” Emory International Law Review Volume 28, Issue 1 (2014). Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Nimer Sultany (NS): The article is part of a larger project that originates in my dissatisfaction with both the English-speaking scholarship on shari’a and constitutionalism in Muslim-majority states, as well as the post-Arab Spring debates on constitution-making, specifically in Egypt. As a secular ...

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مجلة “الوضع” الصوتية على الهواء أصغوا وساهموا

 يسرّنا جداً أن نعلن إطلاق مجلة “الوضع” الصوتية، مع شركاء قوميين وإقليميين*. إن "الوضع" هي مجلة شهرية صوتية نقدية مستقلة تجمع بين التحليل والتغطية الإعلامية والسخرية. وتتألف بشكل رئيسي من مقابلات\ومحادثات صريحة وجريئة وتقارير عما يجري وراء الكواليس ومراجعات وتعليقات وقراءات مطلعة.  ستُقدّم "الوضع" مقابلات من العالم العربي وخارجه مع ناشطين وصحفيين وفنانين ومواطنين. وستعالج "الوضع" قضايا بارزة في المجالات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية والسياسية وفي الوسط الأكاديمي ...

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New Texts Out Now: Shampa Biswas, Nuclear Desire: Power and the Postcolonial Nuclear Order

Shampa Biswas, Nuclear Desire: Power and the Postcolonial Nuclear Order. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Shampa Biswas (SB): I am a nuclear abolitionist, and would like to see a world completely rid of nuclear weapons. There are countless other nuclear abolitionists, many of whom have advanced very concrete suggestions for how to move toward a nuclear-free world. In fact, there is a massive, complex, multi-billion dollar nuclear ...

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Symposium Report: 'Researching the Middle East and North Africa after 2011: Challenges, Queries, and Questions'

The Middle East Studies Graduate Forum at Rutgers University hosted “Researching the Middle East after 2011: Challenges, Queries, and Questions” on 17 October 2014. The day-long collaborative, interdisciplinary symposium brought twenty scholars from eleven universities together to discuss producing innovative scholarship about the Middle East and North Africa despite social, civil, and political unrest. Many countries in the region have become unstable or untenable research sites, archives are closed, ...

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مقدمة: البحر من هنا

"لا يقتصر الحقّ في المدينة على حريّة الفرد في الوصول إلى الموارد المدينيّة، بل هو الحقّ في تغيير أنفسنا من خلال تغيير المدينة وفقًا لرغباتنا... فحريّتنا في إنتاج مُدننا وإعادة إنتاجها تُعتبر أحد حقوقنا الإنسانيّة الأهمّ، لا بل أكثرها تعرّضًا للإهمال." (ديفيد هارفي 2008)  الوصول إلى البحر هو كذلك أكثر من مجرد حق الوصول الى الموارد الطبيعية. هو حق جماعي وغيابه يكوَن ويحدد علاقتنا بالمدينة. للأسف تظهر على ساحل العديد من المدن والبلدات التي نعيش فيها منتجعات خاصة وفنادق ومراسي حصرية تحجبنا ...

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Egypt’s Conservative Nationalism: Discourse and Praxis of the New Regime

Egypt has been witnessing a tidal wave of conservative nationalism since June 30 and particularly as the new regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi takes hold. Conservative nationalism cuts across regime discourse on local politics, the economy, and foreign relations. The usage of the term discourse here goes beyond mere rhetoric that may refer to the employment of empty words and slogans in a way divorced from actual political practice. Conversely, discourse is an analytical tool that intimately links rhetoric ...

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Cities Media Roundup (September 1-30)

[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] War and Cities Gaza’s War Rubble Omniyah Abu al-Khair  ...

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Muhammad Abduh: 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: Muhammad Abduh son of Hussein Khair-Allah Date of Birth: 1849 Place of Birth: Born to a prominent rural family in the village ...

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