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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 2)

[Undated file picture released on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, by the official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claiming to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Al-Qaida's central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. The announcement sharpens a dispute raging the past year between al-Qaida’s central leadership and the faction known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was created last year by, Al-Baghdadi. He formed the group to expand his operations into neighboring Syria in defiance of direct orders by Ayman al-Zawahri not to do so and to stick to operations within Iraq. (AP Photo/Iraqi Interior Ministry, File)]

This is part two of an interview as conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. You can view Part one here. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and moving on to the more consequential military opposition. He divides the military opposition into four main ...

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Beyond 'Tolerance' and 'Intolerance': Deconstructing the Myth of the Islamic Golden Age

[Qutub Shahi Tombs, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, India. Image by Nagarjun Kandukuru via Flickr]

Like many other concepts that shape our understanding of medieval history, the idea of a “Muslim Golden Age” is a historiographical construct. It promotes the notion that, until at least the early thirteenth century, the Muslim world experienced an era of unprecedented stability, prosperity, and cultural production. More particularly, it emphasizes that the period between roughly the ninth century and the thirteenth century (sometimes extended to the eighteenth century in order to include the Ottomans and Mughals; the Safavids are usually ignored) can be considered to represent the pinnacle of human endeavor in the Muslim world. There are many problems with this ...

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Alevizing Gezi

[Image via Bir+Bir.]

Berkin Elvan’s funeral services, which were held at the Okmeydani Cemevi on 12 March, once again raised the question of why all six youths killed during the Gezi Protests—or, if we are to approach the Gezi process within a broader framework, why seven out of eight youths killed—were Alevîs. Indeed, the question is not a new one; months prior to Berkin’s funeral, Nagehan Alçı, one of the government’s staunchest supporters in the media, had claimed on a television program that the Gezi Protests were essentially an Alevî revolt. According to the logic on which this claim rests, given that all of those killed as well as seventy-eight percent of those taken under custody (as ...

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حوار مع ديبيش شاكرابرتي القانون هو الذي يحمي الأسس الحقيقية للحداثة

[المؤرخ الهندي ديبيش شاكرابرتي]

ديبيش شاكرابرتي Dipesh Chakrabarty من مفكري الحداثة وهو يدعو إلى فهم جديد لها في سياقاتها المختلفة، ويدعو أيضاً إلى "حداثة بديلة" يتحدث عنها باستفاضة في كتابه ”مواطن الحداثة: مقالات في صحوة دراسات التابع“، الذي صدر حديثاً في ترجمة عربية لمجيب الرحمان وصدر عن ”كلمة“. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، هو مؤرخ متخصّص في تاريخ الأديان، ودرس العنف الطائفي الذي عايشه شخصياً في الهند، كما أنه مفكر يعيد النظر في المقولات السائدة ويفكك التمركز الأوربي فاتحاً الحداثة على إعادة التشكل الكوني خارج المركزية الأوربية. ديبيش شاكرابرتي أستاذ التاريخ واللغات والحضارات في شرق آسيا في جامعة شيكاغو، من مؤلفاته كذلك:  ”إعادة التفكير بتاريخ الطبقة العاملة: البنغال: ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 27 كانون الثاني

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 12 إلى 25 كانون الثاني 2014)  . دولة بغداد ترحب بكم يكتب عمر الجفال عن التخبط السياسي في العراق وخطورة تبعات العمليات العسكرية في الأنبار بالإضافة إلى تبعات استحداث محافظات وأقاليم جديدة. . نفط أربيل يدفع بالشرق الأوسط نحو صدام محتمل يناقش أحمد رشيد الخلافات بين أربيل وبغداد حول تصدير الأخيرة للنفط وإخفاق المفاوضات وانعكاسات الخلاف على العلاقات مع تركيا والمنطقة. . تعمل ضمن أجهزة شرطة ومطارات وسجون ومسؤولة عن الآف السجناء السياسيين الفلسطينيين يتناول زهير أندراوس عمل الشركة الإسرائيلية ”جي 4 إس“ في عدد من الدول عربية حيث تقدم خدمات أمنية حساسة من ضمنها اختيار الحراس الشخصين لبعض القادة العرب. وتصل ارباحها ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 14)

[Iran's improved relations with the United States and the European Union are causing shifts in the regional alignments of Arab Gulf states. Image from European External Action Service/flickr. 24 November 2013.]

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Saudi isolation could be a threat to the region Samer Abboud argues that the isolation of Saudi Arabia will be detrimental to reaching a political solution in Syria. Saudis Back Syrian Rebels Despite Risks Robert Worth argues that the Saudis are providing military and financial support ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 19)

[Riyadh Flood, 16 November 2013. Image from Kuwaitiful.com]

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Thaw in US-Iran relations prompts alarm in Gulf states Simeon Kerr analyzes the Gulf states’ anxiety over talks between Washington and Tehran. Two old foes unite against Tehran Uzi Mahnaimi writes on the cooperation of Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies on plans for a possible attack on ...

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Regulating Sex/Religion: Secular Citizenship and the Politics of Diasporic Difference

[Protest in Washington DC. Image by Anosmia, courtesy of Creative Commons

Jadaliyya is partnering with a number of scholars to form a Humanities Studio that will study, produce, and disseminate critical scholarship on sex, religion, secularism, and citizenship. The studio, part of the University of California Humanities Research Institute’s initiative on Religions in Diaspora and Global Affairs, examines how sexuality and religion come together in the management of diasporic minorities in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. Rather than take for granted the conventional secular narrative of the privatization of sexual and religious life, we analyze how secular power, and the concomitant structures of secular citizenship, is actually ...

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New Texts Out Now: Eliane Raheb, Sleepless Nights

[Poster for the film

Eliane Raheb, director. Sleepless Nights [Layali Bala Noom]. Itar Productions, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you create this film? Eliane Raheb (ER): The idea of executing the Sleepless Nights documentary came gradually. I first read the apology and the confessions of Assaad Shaftari back in 2002, when a local newspaper published them in a three-part series. He answered several questions I had after the end of the civil war. I read his testimony, but I wanted to know more about him and his experience through the Lebanese civil war, how a normal human being turns to a fighter, a war planner…and then, as soon as peace is announced, he returns to the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 5)

[Former President George W. Bush meets with former Saudi Arabian Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas, in 2007. Image from Wikimedia.com]

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to smooth ties A news report on the US Secretary of State’s trip to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to ease tensions with the kingdom. Kerry hails disgruntled Saudi Arabia as important U.S. ally Lesley Wroughton and Angus McDowall report on the visit of the US ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut

[Cover of

Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lara Deeb (LD) and Mona Harb (MH): Leisurely Islam began as a series of conversations about how Dahiya—the area situated to the south of municipal Beirut, where we had each conducted our previous research—and the Shi‘i Islamic milieu centered there were changing in the early years of this century. We had both written a great deal about the political, institutional, urban, and religious changes that had occurred in Dahiya, and were interested in expanding our foci to ...

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Discourse Polarization and the Liberal Triumph in Egypt

[Thousands of mostly Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members shout slogans during a protest in front of the the Supreme Judicial Council in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 19, 2013. Arabic reads,

I cannot profess to be more than a close observer of Egyptian politics and history. I hope my Egypt interlocutors allow me to make some observations about what might end up concerning all of us who care about, or teach about, the region. I will focus my observations on the reasons behind the polarized discourse on Egypt, both inside and outside the country, and conclude with commentary about the advent of a new liberalism. These observations are based on more than six weeks of monitoring closely Egyptian media of all varieties, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiyya, and a coterie of European and American media outlets and publications, including the usual suspects (Washington Post, ...

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Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated)

[The following monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued.]  April 2014 Following Feb breakdown of Geneva II negotiations seeking political resolution to conflict, regime intensified push to secure control over areas bordering Lebanon, part of long-running Qalamoun offensive: with backing of Lebanese Hizbollah seized city of Yabroud ...

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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 1)

This interview was conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 18)

 [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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Saudi listing of Brotherhood as terrorist group complicates Gulf ties Yara Bayoumy and Sylvia Westall examine ...

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ارفُض، شعبك يحميك

لقد رأت المؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية منذ النكبة واحتلال فلسطين إلى يومنا هذا، الضرورة  القصوى في الربط بين العسكري والسياسي. ففي آب 1948، عمّم رئيس أركان الجيش، يعكوف دوري، أمراً يعلم فيه أقسام الجيش عن قيام وحدة ”الأقليّات“. قبل أن يشغل دوري ذلك المنصب، كان ولسنوات رئيس فرق ”الهاجانا“ الصهيونية. وأشار دوري في الأمر الذي عمّمه إلى أن قائد وحدة ”الأقليات“ يعيّن بالتنسيق مع القسم السياسي لوزارة الخارجية وينسق معها في كل مهمة ذات أوجه سياسية مناطة به. وجرى تمرير قانون التجنيد الإلزامي عام 1949 ...

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An Introduction to Kareem Risan's "The Book of Sectarianism"

The Euphrates is a long procession Cities pat its shoulders as palm trees weep —Sinan Antoon [1] In these ashen years following the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, Kareem Risan has produced over two dozen art books. Created as one-of-a-kind artifacts, some are bound and can be unfolded, expanded, and positioned upright to be viewed in the round, while others are comprised of separate panels amassed in a portfolio or box. During this long period of charting Iraq’s most recent phase of ...

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Violence Against Copts in Egypt

The Egyptian Orthodox Christian community—the Copts—has been the target of violence and discrimination since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state has done little to remedy the situation and has at times enabled the conflict between Muslims and Christians. Achieving religious freedom and equality depends on building state institutions that can guarantee all citizens’ constitutional rights. The Conflict Regime-church relations deteriorated in ...

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The Civilian Administration of the Insurgency in Aleppo

While the human and financial means were limited, civilian institutions have nevertheless emerged in a few months in the zones conquered by the insurrection movement in Northern Syria. This experience of reconstructing an administrative system through the bottom-up has enabled to restart the public service system and constitutes the basis for an alternative to the Damascus regime. The management of Eastern Aleppo by the armed opposition thus constitutes both a strategic and a political challenge. The ...

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Les villes petites et moyennes dans les revoltes arabes: un etat des lieux

Les villes petites et moyennes dans les révoltes arabes: un état des lieux. Compte rendu de: Karine Benafla (dir.), Dossier « Villes arabes: conflits et protestations », Confluences Méditerranée, 85 (2013), 9-164. Une des dimensions singulières des révoltes arabes est leur territorialité, qui a d'emblée constitué une clé de leur interprétation. Or, cette territorialité est plurielle et se décline en plusieurs moments. Aux révoltes des petites et moyennes villes tunisiennes (Sidi Bouzid, ...

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The Iraq That Is Not There: An Interview with Ahmed Habib

“Why would I teach my son Arabic, Ali? Iraq is gone, finished.” This is what a friend from Iraq now living in the United States told me a while ago, and I really did not know what to say. Although the specifics of contact with Iraq may differ—it might be about visiting Iraq, talking about it, or about “the region” as a whole—this is not an uncommon sentiment in the Iraqi Diaspora. In the context of this widespread feeling of despair, what is shakomako.net, “an independent digital magazine about ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 1)

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations  UAE Brokers US Visa Deal for Syrian Minister Nasser Charara reports on the mediating role the United Arab ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 17)

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations  Saudi goes public over tensions with US Elizabeth Dickinson examines US-Saudi relations in light of developments ...

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A Siren Song For Lebanon

On Thursday my friend invited us over for a home cooked meal and a card game (tarnib), combining two of our favorite recreational activities. In preparation, she had gone to one of our favorite dessert stores known for their almond ice cream. Two hours later, a car laden with over sixty kilograms of TNT exploded on the street that she drove home on. There are countless stories like these. They embody a macabre spin on “missed connections.” After all, the car bomb had a target: the men, women and ...

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