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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 والإعلام. بالإضافة إلى معالجة الأحداث والتطورات، ستسلط الضوء على الإنتاج الثقافي والمعرفي وانتشارهما. * شركاؤنا: “مدى مصر” و“جريدة السفير” و”برنامج أصوات من الشرق الأوسط وشمال ...

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

[Cover of Shampa Biswas,

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 nonproliferation regime invested in reducing and/or eliminating nuclear weapons from the world. Yet we are nowhere near ridding the world of nuclear weapons, and despite all the ...

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

[Eve Troutt Powell (University of Pennsylvania) delivering the keynote address.]

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, research contacts have been displaced and funding opportunities have dried up. The symposium gave scholars at all stages of their careers the opportunity to share research ...

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مقدمة: البحر من هنا

[من مشروع

"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 عنها جدران وبوابات ضخمة ورسوم دخول. النمو المستمر لمثل هذه المشاريع بالإضافة إلى المناطق العسكرية والمجتمعات المغلقة في العديد من المدن العربية تشير إلى أن هذه الحالة ليست ...

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

[Posters on sale saluting Egypt's presidential generals--Nasser, Sadat, and al-Sisi. Photo by Sharif Kouddous]

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 with practice. It depicts how the new military-backed regime constitutes itself vis-à-vis its supporters as well as its rivals and how it perceives itself, both ...

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Cities Media Roundup (September 1-30)

[Destroyed Home in Gaza, 2014. Image by gloucester2gaza via Wikimedia Commons]

[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  reports to Al-Akhbar about the hundreds of thousands of tons worth of rubble in Gaza, and the environmental and health hazards they pose. Forensic Architecture and Gaza Eyal ...

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Muhammad Abduh: A Profile from the Archives

[Public intellectual Muhammad Abduh]

[”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 of Mahellet Nasr, Beheira Governorate, in the Nile Delta region of Upper Egypt, during a time when farmers suffered from heavy taxes and unjust laws imposed upon them by ...

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Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani: A Profile from the Archives

[Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani]

[”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: Sayyid Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani Known As: Al-Husseini – His father is Safdar Date of Birth: August 1838 Place of Birth: Asadabad (Afghanistan/Iran) Profession: Primarily a politician, he was also a journalist and a public intellectual. He is considered one of the leading pioneers of the ...

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Roundtable Introduction: New Media, New Politics? Revolutions in Theory and Practice

[Photo from Malmo Univesity Blog. Courtesy of Ahmed Alwaeli (Creative Commons)]

In April of 2013, the Arab Media Center at the University of Westminster's CAMRI hosted its annual Arab media studies conference under the title of “New Media, New Politics?” At a critical juncture in the progress of the region’s uprisings, the common denominator at the event was (the need for) a prevailing dialectical understanding of the Arab revolutions, namely as a process demonstrating important, and often intractable, contradictions. As some forms of knowledge production are challenged by this paradigmatic shift, others are fostered and furthered, therefore making these dramatic transformations difficult to understand at the levels of theory and practice. Studies ...

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Education on the Eve of Revolution in Bahrain: Comparing and Contrasting New Media

[Fires burning at the Pearl Roundabout after Bahraini forces enter the square on 26 March 2011. Photo courtesy of Mohamed CJ/Wikimedia Commons]

This reflection arises out of my experience working in education reform in Bahrain during the politically fraught years between 2007 and 2011, and is informed by the concept of “reflective practice” pioneered during the 1970s by MIT educationalist Donald A. Schön, and described in his influential 1983 book The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Its relevance to the discussion of the new media and new politics arising out of the Arab uprisings is two-fold.  Firstly, like the new media, education reform can been seen as partaking in a new, “reflexive”, or “second” modernity, towards which the post-colonial polities of the Arab world are ...

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New Media, New Politics? Theoretical Interventions and International Invocations

[Protesters march through the financial district in New York. Photo by David Shankbone from Wikimedia Commons]

As part of the Jadaliyya Roundtable on New Media and New Politics, we offer three audio presentations from the April 2013 Westminster conference that address matters of mediation from theoretical and international perspectives. The topics presented here problematize analyses of the Arab revolutionary action and mediation by looking at these through the prism of "liberation technology," as synerigistic with South American Occupy movements, and as refractions of Marxist theorizations of digital media.  

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تأملات في الجمالية والخطاب والتفاحة

[مقطع من لوحة

يعزو البعض تأثير البروباغندا باعتبارها تمظهرًا خطابيًا لمفهوم "الجمالية" إلى تخوم القرنين الثامن والتاسع عشر، تلك المرحلة المركبة، إذ كانت الثورة الفرنسية (1789 – 1794) هي التي شكلت ملامحها الرئيسية لما كان للطباعة من أثر رئيس في ذلك التعبير المادي عن فكرة الحرية، أما بالنسبة لإنجلترا فكان ثمة أهمية خاصة للإنقلاب الصناعي الذي أحل الآلة محل الإنسان واتجه إلى الاستغناء عن الإنسان لعدم الحاجة إليه، ولم يكن ذلك الإحساس موجودًا في فرنسا التي سعت إلى تغيير العالم وظلت على امتداد عشرين عامًا لا تفكر وتكتب بمقدار ما كانت "تعمل". فبعد عصر "التفكير و التأمل" أدركت الإنسانية أن الفكر ليس كل شيء وأن الفعل أعلى منه، وهنا يقول غوته في فاوست: "الفعل ...

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

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 ...

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الأدب هو الليبرالية

 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 ...

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Cities Media Roundup (October 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] Neoliberal Urbanism USAID and Eco-Cities in the Middle ...

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ضياء الدين ساردار: مطارحة الإسلام والمستقبل

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 ...

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New Book: Creative Refuge

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 ...

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

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 ...

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حروب الردة أو اغتيال المستقبل

  ما من شك في أن المنطقة شهدت في الآونة الاخيرة تقدماً لافتاً لقوى الردّة المضادة للثورات، وهي ليست «ثورات مضادة»، حسب التعبير الدارج، لأن لا شيء فيها من التغيير أو الثورة، إنما هي ردة ضد هذا وتلك. يتمثل المشهد بإعادة انتاج عدد من الأنظمة العربية، بعد التضحية بالحاكم الفرد فيها، يقابل ذلك تعزيز طابعها الاستبدادي والتسلطي، وتمكين مرتكزاتها العسكرية والامنية، وتنمية توجهاتها النيولبرالية، وهي أحد الأسباب الرئيسة للبطالة والفساد والفروق المناطقية والطبقية. تحقق ذلك بمزيج من التدخل الإقليمي (الأنظمة ...

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Conference Announcement: Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad, Harvard GSD (Sept.18-20, 2014)

Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution through the Gulf War and Beyond Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, September 18-20, 2014 Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in ...

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The BBC and User-Generated Content: How Syrian Grassroots Information Shaped Newsroom Roles

It’s probably the first big story I can remember where UGC has become a real factor in reporting, I think before that the UGC Hub was a department which was a bit unclear how you would best use them...But with Syria we were so exposed out there with not many people we had to use something. And they would become integral to reporting basically because they were only the source of getting some idea of what was happening.[1] It’s just after two o'clock on the morning of 21 August 2013 and in BBC ...

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Special Address: Digital Media and the Freedom Struggle

  [Jillian York giving the Special Address at the Westminster Conference] The Special Address tackled the most salient conditions in the region that precipitated the revolutions and the role the new media actors played in galvanizing support for these movements. While states have become increasingly adept at undermining freedom of expression, the press, and the Internet, inventive ways continue to be developed to circumvent the tightening spaces of dissent.  

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لقطة قريبة لعين الغزال

كثيراً ما تنبثق في أذهاننا فكرة عارضة نراها، لوقت قصير، أكثر أفكارنا قوّة، وأشدها تعبيراً عن سلوك بني آدم، لكنها سريعاً ما تغيب مثلما ولدت فننساها وننسى شغفنا بها، غير أن الفكرة التي انبثقت في ذهن أحمد عبد الهادي، كاتب القصة القصيرة، كانت تتردد بوضوح، تعاوده كلما خلا مع نفسه حتى تجاوزت الوقت الذي تستغرقه، عادة، مثيلاتها. يُنصت لها كلما وقف أمام النافذة في ساعات الصباح الأولى، ينظر للشارع الخالي وأبواب المنازل المغلقة، ويرى الأشجار العالية تتحرك، كانت قد رسخت في ذهنه وهو يشاهد دفاع الحيوانات المستميت عن ...

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New Texts (NEWTON) Compilation by Category For Fall Semester

As we head back into the school year, 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 year 2013-2014. Whether you are an instructor thinking about texts for the fall or a student doing research, you will find a wealth of interviews about and excerpts from works across a range of topics and disciplines.  You might also want to check out our Essential ...

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