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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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لا يزالون آملين بالديمقراطية

[المصدر موقع المركز العربي للابجاث ودراسة السياسات]

برزت الديمقراطية أثناء ربيع العرب كطوق نجاة، بمقدوره أن ينتشلهم من مستنقع الفساد والاستبداد، الذي انحدرت إليه دولة ما بعد الاستعمار. ودبت الجماهير بأقدامها الميادين، وهي تصدع بالعيش والحرية والكرامة، منبهة العالم لموجة تبشر بالديمقراطية، بعد صمت طويل، استغرق قرنين كاملين، ظلت فيه هذه الجموع ترنو لموجات الديمقراطية الكبرى، تضرب شطآن غيرهم دون أن ينالهم منها شيء. قبل أربعة عقود، غالبتهم الحسرة على حالهم المقموعة، فيما يستبشر العالم بتجاوز عدد الديمقراطيات، لأول مرة في تاريخه، عدد النظم التي لم تعرف الديمقراطية. وحتى قبل عقدين ونيف، حين تضاعف عدد الديمقراطيات ليتخطى التسعين دولة. ولما حل القرن الحادي والعشرون؛ كانوا يراوحون مكانهم، لا تنعم من بين بلدانهم المنكوبة بالاستبداد ...

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Modernity, Identity, and Technology in Palestine Before the Nakba

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

Noah Haiduc-Dale, Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism and Nationalism, 1917-1948. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013. Wasif Jawhariyyeh, The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948. Edited and introduced by Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar, translated by Nada Elzeer, foreword by Rachel Beckles Willson. Northampton, MA, and Beirut, Lebanon: Olive Branch Press and Institute for Palestine Studies, 2014. Anbara Salam Khalidi, Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist: The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi. Translated by Tarif Khalidi, foreword by Marina Warner. London: Pluto Press, 2013. Andrea L. Stanton, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (2015 Year-End Review)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.] English Peace Rally Bombings in Ankara Sirin's Story: A Voice Raised and Silenced On the morning of October 10, the most deadly bombing in Turkey’s history killed 102 and injured more than five hundred demonstrators who gathered for a peace rally in Ankara. Is Ankara Putting Out False Information About Peace Rally Bombings? Fehim Taştekin argues ...

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Beirut Bombed: A STATUS Quick Thoughts Conversation with Maya Mikdashi

In this not-so-quick Quick Thoughts interview for Status/الوضع, Maya Mikdashi examines how the representation of the attacks on Beirut became dominated by connotations surrounding the term dahieh. She reviews the Western media's characterization of the neighborhood as a Hezbollah stronghold and problematizes it against the backdrop of spatial sectarian fault-lines in Beirut. She also critiques the way in which the Paris attacks either quickly overshadowed Beirut or were replaced by a state-sponsored solidarity that obfuscates colonial history. Maya unsettles the growing hierarchies of mourning and challenges the expanding scope of the discourses of the "War on ...

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Alternative Strategies for Realizing Justice in Palestine

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Between 13-15 December, the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, Mada al Carmel, the Birzeit University Institute of Law, the Stop the Wall Campaign, the Trans-Arab Research Institute (TARI), and the Arab Studies Institute (ASI) will be convening a conference under the banner: Alternative Strategies for Realizing Justice in Palestine. The conference will take place in Jerusalem, Birzeit, and Nazareth to highlight, and attempt to rehabilitate, national fragmentation and explore strategies for resistance.  What follows is a summary of the ideas that led the aforementioned organizations to join together in this effort. The summary is by TARI president ...

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الكهرباء في الحقبة الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان

[هذا الجزء الثاني من مقابلة أجراها المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع محرر جدلية والباحث زياد أبو الريش، وهي  تركّز على قطاع الكهرباء ومسائل تتعلق بمؤسسات الدولة في بداية عهد الجمهوريّة اللبنانيّة. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنه تم إجراء هذه المقابلة قبل انطلاق الحراك الكبير في بيروت في شهر أيلول 2015. أما الجزء الأول فناقش خلاله تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلفتها. يمكن قراءة الجزء الأول هنا] *** تحدث المركز اللبناني للدراسات مؤخّرًا مع الدكتور زياد أبو الريش لمناقشة تاريخ مؤسّسات الدولة خلال المراحل الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان، واستقاء المعلومات والاستفادة منها في التحاليل والنقاشات الحاليّة المتّصلة بالخدمات التي تقدمها الدولة في ...

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Gaza’s Untold Story

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August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children [Click to download] This data visualization visually represents the untold story of ...

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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 ABE Journal: Architecture Beyond Europe Reem Abou-El-Fadl, editor, Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea ...

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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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Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship: Selected Conference Presentations from STATUS/الوضع

In addition to a collection of rich individual interviews and regular programs, Status/الوضع also publishes panels, lectures, and selected presentations from conferences with every issue of the audio journal. For Issue 2.2, we highlight a conference which seeks to interrogate normative understandings of civil society in the Arab region, moving beyond tired tropes and methodological approaches that have largely emanated from mainstream knowledge production.   On 20-22 February 2015, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut and the Arab Studies Institute co-sponsored the first annual ...

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Call for Papers: Palestine Yearbook of International Law (Birzeit University)

The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XIX (2016). This is a general call for papers. As such, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law, including but not necessarily in relation to Palestine. The Yearbook is published in the English language, is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (The Hague, The Netherlands). The Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook is Mr. Ardi Imseis. The Yearbook is now accepting abstracts for review. Abstracts should include a ...

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Quick Thoughts on the Political Landscape of Today's Sudan: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Khalid Medani

In this Quick Thoughts conversation with Status/الوضع host Bassam Haddad, Khalid Medani provides a near-comprehensive account of Sudan's recent past, its internal and external struggles, and current challenges.  Khalid Mustafa Medani is associate professor of political science and Islamic Studies at McGill University. Prior to his arrival at McGill, Medani taught at Oberlin College and Stanford University. Prof. Medani received a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown ...

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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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New Texts Out Now: Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants, Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril

Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants, Saudia Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril. London: Hurst, 2015. J: What made you write this book? Paul Aarts (PA): Two years ago I had a chance to visit Saudi Arabia again (after many years). My co-author Carolien Roelants also managed to get a visa—which is not easy—and separately we interviewed quite a few Saudis, from different backgrounds. I travelled to Jeddah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Province (al-Khobar, Dammam, and Qatif). In Jeddah and in the capital city I ...

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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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إطلاق العدد الجديد من مجلة الوضع

     إطلاق العدد الجديد من مجلة "الوضع" الخاص بالذكرى السنوية الأولى لإصدار المجلة. وسط الجو الصاخب لمؤتمر رابطة دراسات الشرق الأوسط (ميسا)، يسعدنا نحن والمؤسسات الشريكة لنا أن نعلن عن إطلاق عدد الوضع (2.3). [للنسخة الانجيليزية، اضغط\ي هنا] هذا عددنا الأغنى والأكثر تنوعاً حتى الآن، وفيه ما يناسب الأذواق كلها حول الأحداث الحالية والتاريخ والثقافة والشعر والموسيقا، أو غير ذلك. ونحن ممتنون كثيراً لضيوفنا، ومضيفينا، وفريقنا على تقديم هذا العدد المتنوع والمهم. نواصل في هذا ...

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Thanksgiving: A Jadaliyya Reading List

“Imperialism was the theory, colonialism the practice of changing the uselessly unoccupied territories of the world into useful new versions of the European metropolitan society. Everything in those territories that suggested waste, disorder, uncounted resources, was to be converted into productivity, order, taxable, potentially developed wealth. You get rid of most of the offending human and animal blight"--whether because it simply sprawls untidily allover the place or because it roams around ...

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Early Spring in Jordan: The Revolt of the Military Veterans

The Jordanian Hirak grassroots movement of 2011–2013 is increasingly being recognized as a social and political protest movement born out of discontent in East Bank hinterlands long thought to be home to unflagging supporters of Jordan’s autocratic regime. The movement’s foundations were laid in the spring of 2010 by a revolt of Jordanian military veterans that combined an East Bank nationalism critical of the government’s approach to the Palestine question with an opposition to neoliberal economic ...

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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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Loeterman’s Documentary on Palestine (1913): Seeds of Conflict

This interview was conducted following the national airing of 1913: Seeds of Conflict on PBS in the United States. 1913 is an hour-long, educational documentary based on the book 1913 Jerusalem by Amy Dockser Marcus. The film explores the social and cultural climate of Palestine during the waning years of the Ottoman Empire, and the experiences of both indigenous Palestinians and the earliest European Jewish settlers in the region at this pivotal moment in history. This interview engages a number of ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 6)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Monday night of every week.]   Regional and International Relations Saudi Objections Halt U.N. Inquiry of Yemen War Nick Cumming-Bruce reports on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to halt a UN ...

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You Are Here! You Were Here! Chutzpah or Kharbata?

At the entrance of Jaffa’s Old Port, next to the old warehouses now converted into a series of harbour cafes, boutiques, and exhibition halls, the visitor is greeted with a trilingual “Jaffa Port Map”, a wall map guiding the tourist/visitor to the landmarks of the zone. Warehouse One, Warehouse Two. Central Piazza. Steimestzky. Toilets. The Lighhouse. More Toilets. Fishing Arena. At the heart of this map comes a shocking announcement. In English, “You Are Here!”. In Hebrew: Ata Nimtzah Kahn (“You Are ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (September 22)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.] English Siege on Cizre Turkey and Its Kurds at War: Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan’s Personal Quest for Survival Sungur Savran, chair of the Revolutionary Workers’ Party, contextualizes the ...

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