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[لوحة الملاك المحجب التي رسمتها زينات صدقي في الفيلم]

زينات صدقي فنانة تشكيليّة مهووسة بفنها وعاشقة لجمال الجسد الأنثوي العاري، أما لولا صدقي فمنقبة محافظة قليلة الكلام ومتزوجة من رجل متدين جداً .. زينات تجد في لولي الموديل الأنسب للوحتها القادمة نظراً لوجهها الجميل وجسمها الرائع الفتان. ولكن لولي ترفض أن تُرسم بدون البرقع والنقاب، فهي مخلصة لزوجها الغيور المتدين، فتقترح زينات عليها فكرة فنية متميزة وهي أن تكون الصورة بعنوان "الملاك المُحجَّب". بعدها بلحظات، تظهر لولي بالنقاب لكن شبه عارية وتنزل الكاميرا من أعلي لأسفل من النقاب إلى استعراض جسم لولي الرائع ثم تظهر زينات سعيدة وهي ترسم اللوحة. تترك زينات الريشة والألوان وتعطي لولي "الملاك المحجب" سيجارة لحين عودتها للتسلية. ويدخل زوج زينات ليرى ...

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Arab Studies Journal Announces Fall 2016 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents

[Cover of Fall 2016 issue of Arab Studies Journal]

ARAB STUDIES JOURNAL VOL. XXIV, NO. 2 EDITOR'S NOTE A wedding party walks the shattered streets of Aleppo. A flash mob dances in a public square in occupied Ramallah. These scenes inspire the imagina-tions of millions as they travel through social media. They are shocking and comforting at once. The Arab world we are accustomed to seeing is one of accumulating catastrophes, multiple wars, occupations, and unprecedented authoritarian and sectarian militarization. By all counts, the conditions of people, as varied as they may be, in places like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and Palestine appear to only be getting worse before, and if, they will get any better. These ...

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New Texts Out Now: Madawi Al-Rasheed, Muted Modernists: The Struggle Over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia

Madawi Al-Rasheed, Muted Modernists: The Struggle over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Madawi Al-Rasheed (MA): My interest in Islam and politics in Saudi Arabia has been ongoing for a couple of decades. The project engaging this focus started with a historical account about how the relationship gave birth to several attempts to create a state. From history, I moved to a more social science approach to look at the contemporary period. Most observers of Saudi politics assume that Wahhabiyya, the eighteenth century religious movement, was simply a pretext to establish ...

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استحضار الكواكبي بلغة موليير

[غلاف كتاب طبائع الاستبداد ومصارع الاستعباد]

يعد العلامة الشيخ عبد الرحمن الكواكبي (ولد في حلب العام 1855، وتوفي في القاهرة مسموماً عام 1902)، من ممثلي التيار والاتجاه الإسلامي التنويري والطليعة المثقفة الواعية، التي سعت إلى تلمس وتشخيص الداء في العطب الاجتماعي، واصطدمت أفكارها التجديدية ومعارفها العلمية وتطلعاتها الثورية نحو الحرية والديمقراطية بميراث الأمية والتخلف والطغيان والاستبداد. كان الكواكبي محامياً وكاتباً وصاحب عِلم شرعي، وقد ضمّن كتبه تحليلاً دقيقاً وعميقا للأمراض والأوبئة السياسية والاجتماعية التي كانت تعاني منها الأمتان العربية والإسلامية في مطالع القرن العشرين بمشرق الأرض ومغربها. وقد شنَّ حملات شديدة وعنيفة على السلطة العثمانية القمعية، ودعا إلى الحرية السياسية وإحترام النهج العقلاني في التفكير، ...

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Jeremy Corbyn Hasn’t Got an “Anti-Semitism Problem,” His Opponents Do

Labour has a “Jewish problem.” Or so it has been widely alleged. Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that the party, in whose last-but-one leadership election both front-runners were Jewish, has become infested with anti-Semitism. The outbreak has been blamed on the veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn and the mass influx of new members who were inspired by his leadership to join. With a long-time Palestine solidarity campaigner at the helm, the party is now said to be attracting “anti-Semites like flies to a cesspit”. Respected commentators warn that the Jewish community is “fast reaching the glum conclusion that Labour has become a cold house for Jews”, ...

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إخراج الأرنب من قبعة الساحر الإسلاموي

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إخراج الأرنب من قبعة الساحر الإسلاموي: قراءة في كتاب أسئلة الهوية والتسامح وثقافة الحوار في كتاب صدر حديثاً في إطار منشورات مجلة دبي الثقافية، تحت عنوان “أسئلة الهوية والتسامح وثقافة الحوار”، للباحث والدكتور يوسف الحسن، اعتبر الكاتب أن الأزمنة التي كان فيها الحوار "مجرد زينة" ولّتْ، ولا بديل عن الحوار إلا المشروع الإقصائي للآخر، وأننا في هذا الوقت بأمس الحاجة لمؤسسات متخصصة بالحوار، يكون لديها برامج تفاعلية وقدرة على التبادل بين الداخل والخارج لتعميق عوامل المعرفة بالآخر، وإزالة سوء الفهم والصور النمطية لبناء الثقة المتبادلة، وفتح العقول على التنوع ومفاهيم الحرية والكرامة وحقوق الإنسان، بعيداً عن المفاهيم القديمة والمقولات التي تدعي أن النصرانية هي ديانة الرجل ...

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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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In Jerusalem, “Religious War” Claims Cloak Old-Fashioned Colonialism

[Image from al-shabaka.org]

al-shabaka policy brief Overview  The escalating clashes between Israeli settlers and Jerusalemite Palestinians are the harbingers of a major eruption with incalculable consequences. Immediately billed as a “religious war” by the media and Israeli right wingers, they are in fact the outcome of longstanding Israeli plans to Judaize the city and empty it of its Palestinian inhabitants. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nur Arafeh analyzes the major changes that Israel has illegally imposed on Jerusalem and addresses the Palestine Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority’s effective abandonment of the population to fend for itself. She concludes with policy ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some of the more exciting and substantive issues happening in the region. From politics, to history, art, media, and panels/lectures and more, all segmented to allow maximum listening flexibility, you will be able to indulge for hours at a time! Download the podcast from iTunes and listen anywhere, or go to www.statushour.com to listen to bits and pieces here and there, with diverse, annotated menu. The content includes a broad range of ...

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Ottomanism with a Greek Face: An Interview with Vangelis Kechriotis

[Image via Ottoman History Podcast.]

“Ottomanism with a Greek Face”: Vangelis Kechriotis coined this term in one of his recent articles to describe a particular cultural and political phenomenon of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, namely a vision of a future for Greek Orthodox Christians within the Ottoman Empire embraced by a number of Greek intellectuals and politicians. In defiance of both Greek and Turkish nationalisms, this ideology developed an alternative understanding of Greek identity, one that combined cultural Hellenism with political loyalty to the Ottoman state. Not surprisingly, among chief ideologues of this vision were Karamanlis, Christians from the region of Cappadocia who ...

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Bringing Our Lost Brethren Back Home: Messianic Zionism, Settler-Colonialism, and the Lost Jews of Kaifeng

[Picture of Earth Market Street in Kaifeng in 1910. The Synagogue was off to the right of the stores on the right side. The stele of 1489 mentions that the Kaifeng was at the intersection of Earth Market Street and Fire God temple lane. Pic from Vol. 2, p. 18 of Chinese Jews (1966) by Bishop William Charles White via Wikipedia.]

The Kaifeng Jews of China–numbering at present some five hundred to one thousand in total–are one of the latest communities to garner the interest of right-wing messianic organizations connected to the settler-colonial movement in Israel. Over the last decade, messianic groups have intensified efforts to encourage the community to immigrate (aliyah) to Israel. This endeavor is making some headway. Messianic organizations, including Amichav (My People are Returning), its semi-successor Shavei Yisrael (Returners to Israel) and, in more supportive/facilitating roles, a number of Christian Zionist groups, see the Kaifeng Jews as “Lost Jews” and as such important assets. ...

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Video: Do Black Lives Matter in Israel?

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In this three-minute episode, originally aired on AJ+ Labs, host Dena Takruri explains how thousands of Ethiopian Jews are protesting police brutality and racism in Israel after a video of a police officer beating up an Israeli Ethiopian went viral online.    

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 17 كانون الاول

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 6 حتى 12 كانون الاول) مصر «الطب الشرعي» يكشف السبب وراء وفاة مجدي مكين الطب الشرعي يكشف أن مجدي مكين ضُرب حتى الموت أثناء سجنه في العامرية دراسة: النفوذ السياسي يتحكم في توزيع الأجور الحكومية و"الخدمة المدنية" لم يحل المعضلة ما تزال سياسات الحكومة تؤثر في توزيع الدخل بالرغم من قانون الخدمة المدنية الصادر مؤخراً، بحسب المركز المصري للحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية. تباطؤ التجارة يهبط بأرباح "قناة السويس لتداول الحاويات" 60% خلال 2016 شركة قتاة ...

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Media on Media Roundup (September 20)

This week's Jadaliyya "Media on Media" roundup covers topics ranging from government-sponsored Facebook censorship to the relationship between language and national identity. Facebook’s recent cooperation with the Israeli government to censor content deemed violent has stirred controversy when it was uncovered that Facebook has complied with 95% of the Israeli government's demands for removal of “inciting content,” bringing into question how free speech is affected when private ...

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Caliphate, An Idea Throughout History: An Interview with Hugh Kennedy

What is a caliphate? Who can be caliph? What is the history of the idea? How can we interpret and use it today? These are the themes discussed in Hugh Kennedy’s new book, The Caliphate (Pelican Books), which aims to find the long-term historical context for the idea of caliphate. Tracing the history from the choosing of the first caliph, Abu Bakr, in the immediate aftermath of the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632, through the orthodox (Rashidun) caliphs (632-661), the Umayyads (661-750), the Abbasids ...

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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April 2016): 14–15. It is a follow-up of our first public correspondence, “‘Our Revolution Is Civil’: An Interview with Asef Bayat on Revolt and Change in the Arab World,” that was published in The Hedgehog Review five years ago. Özgür Gökmen ...

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Kamel Daoud: Sexual Demonization and the Secularist Select

In a controversial NYT op-ed, the Algerian journalist and prize-winning author Kamel Daoud weighed in on the infamous events of last New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany. He wrote of the sexual harassment and rape authored by Muslim migrants and refugees as symptoms of a “sick” relationship with sex and women in general, and that this “disease” was now spreading to Western lands. This spectacular episode of sexual violence had managed to turn what had been general sympathy for refugees fleeing terrorism ...

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عن الانتصار العسكري والهزيمة الإيديولوجية

هل تعيد السياسات المسبوقة لضبط المجال الديني فشل التسعينات؟ في يوم الأربعاء 20 مايو 2015 صرح صبري عبادة، وكيل وزارة الأوقاف، إن الوزارة مستعدة للاحتفالات بمولد الحسين ، وحذر السلفيين من أي محاولة للتصدي للممارسات الشيعية أثناء الاحتفالات، قائلًا: " أنتم لستم أصحاب الولاية على الدين، ولا يجب أن تتحدثوا باسمه؛ لأن مصر بها مؤسسة عريقة، وهي الأزهر الشريف". في يوم الخميس 22 أكتوبر 2015 قررت مديرية أوقاف القاهرة إغلاق ضريح الإمام الحسين بحجة من الأباطيل الشيعية التي تحدث يوم عاشوراء ، وما ...

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في نقد ظاهرة النسويّة الإسلامية: الأخوات المسلمات مثالاً

في نقد ظاهرة «النسويّة الإسلاميّة»: «الأخوات المسلمات» مثالاً محددات أولية في اصطلاح "النسوية" و"النسوية الإسلامية" ما زال هناك صعوبة شديدة إلى الآن تواجه الباحثين والباحثات بشأن تحديد دقيق لما يعنيه اصطلاح «النسويّة Feminism»، وبخاصة في البلاد العربية والإسلاميّة. الصعوبة لا تكمن في نقل معاني المصطلح والتأريخ له في بلاد الغرب (1) والكيفية التي انتقل بها إلى بلاد العرب، بمقدار ما تكمن أولاً في تحديد الاستحقاق المعرفي له وما يترتب عليه؛ وثانياً، في إمكانية إدراج هذا الاستحقاق داخل ...

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How Should Rationalists Deal with Dogmatism? The Case of the Birmingham Quran Pages

One of the reasons I do not to write about early Islamic history is that I find it very difficult to manage the constant clash of faith claims and appeals to empirical evidence. When it comes to religion in general, Islam in particular, and the origins of Islam even more specifically, scholars find it difficult to recognize how their non-rational commitments direct their reasoning. Being able to set aside those commitments is even harder. Of course, I am talking about the dogmatic belief found ...

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New Texts Out Now: Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Beth Baron (BB): This book had a modest beginning as a history of orphans and orphan care in Egypt. Orphans have been largely ignored in historical accounts, yet having often lived on the margins, have a great deal to tell us about family and society. For a variety of reasons, Christian missionaries came to have a near ...

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Muslims in Quebec, Belonging to an Intercultural Society: An Interview with Charles Taylor

Hicham Tiflati (HT): In my research on identity formation and the sense of belonging of young Muslims in Quebec, I have been finding that most of my participants deny their Quebecness and insist on being only Canadians. However, some of them cannot be anything else but Québécois because of the visible Quebecness in their character. Moreover, most of them are caught between Quebecness and Canadianness. Whether it is true or not, they believe that multicultural English Canada is more compatible with their ...

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Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion

In the months following the tragic murders at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris, reactions to the attacks predictably gravitated toward two polar positions. Pundits and politicians in Western Europe and North America—almost entirely non-Muslim—deplored not only the murders themselves, but also the ostensible incompatibility between Islam and freedom of speech and expression in general. Although this chorus of condemnation reflected recent geopolitical ...

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Breaking House Rules: Hoodies, Hijabs, and Belonging in the Netherlands

The Incident With panoramic views of both the city and its harbor, the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), proved to be an ideal place for me to take a break from working at either my home or office at Leiden University. I visited the OBA regularly since moving to the Netherlands in 2011, when I accepted a position as an assistant professor of Modern Middle East History. Its gigantic floor to ceiling windows drowned you in the sunshine, and led you to feel as if you were amongst the clouds when it was ...

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