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New Texts Out Now: Ramy Aly, Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity

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Ramy Aly, Becoming Arab in London: Performativity and the Undoing of Identity. London, Pluto Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ramy Aly (RA): My motivations were both personal and political, but at the outset the personal was more compelling. I was born and raised in London to Egyptian immigrant parents. It is a beautifully complex city that I love, but all too often I was made to feel that being brought into this world in Hammersmith Hospital in 1977 was some kind of cosmological mistake that I should spend my life correcting. In 2003 I went to live in Dubai very briefly; it was my first attempt to “return” to an Arab world that I had never ...

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New Texts Out Now: Sherene Seikaly, Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine

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Sherene Seikaly, Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sherene Seikaly (SS): When I started my dissertation research I was interested in looking at Palestinian consumer practices in Israel as a form of truncated citizenship and contained social mobility after 1948. Such a project appeared to entail more focus on Israeli institutions and state structures than Palestinians. To move away from such a focus, I began exploring periodicals from the 1940s, when Palestine was under British rule. The figure of the consumer was ubiquitous, as were the institutions that ...

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New Texts Out Now: Joris Luyendijk, Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers

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Joris Luyendijk, Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers. London: Faber & Faber, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Joris Luyendijk (JL): I wanted to know how bankers can live with themselves. I was a complete outsider to finance when the Guardian approached me in 2011 to do an anthropological investigation into the world of London-based bankers. The idea was to try to open up for our readers a complex field such as finance by asking those Guardian readers working in finance to explain how their world functions. There is a very strictly policed code of silence in the City of London, and yet hundreds of insiders came forward ...

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Academics for Palestine Ireland supports the organisers of the Southampton conference

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Academics for Palestine, a group of Irish academics – from both the Republic of Ireland and the North of Ireland – set up to create awareness and build the academic boycott of Israel campaign in Ireland, expresses its support for the organisers of the International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism conference which was due to take place on 17-19 April 2015, at the University of Southampton, UK. The University blocked the conference citing reasons of ‘health and safety’. In doing so, it has succumbed to pressure from Israel lobby organizations (including the Zionist Federation and the Board of Deputies of British Jews), who were ...

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London Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Reading and Book Signing (February 24)

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In Conversation: Sinan Antoon Winner of 2014 Saif Ghoibash Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer Sinan Antoon will be in conversation with Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. The event will also feature: A reading from the novel, The Corpse Washer, a Q&A, followed by book signing and a reception Special performance by virtuoso oud player Khyam Allami. This is a free event, but please reserve your place by e-mailing: picadilly@waterstones.com Event Time: 6:30-9:00 pm Event Location: Waterstone’s Picadilly (4th Floor), 203/206 Picadilly, London W1J 9HD   For more details click here.

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القواعد البريطانية الجديدة في الخليج

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تفاجأ كثيرون بالإعلان، المصحوب بضجة إعلامية كبيرة، عن توقيع اتفاقية بين البحرين وبريطانيا تتيح لهذه الأخيرة "إقامة قاعدة عسكرية في البحرين لمواجهة التهديدات التي تتعرض لها المنطقة". وأشارت شعارات الاحتجاج التي رفعها المتظاهرون في البحرين إلى إن الاتفاقية هي إيذان بـ "عودة الاستعمار إلى المنطقة"، وانها "جزء من الثمن التي تقبضه بريطانيا نظير دعمها السياسي للنظام البحريني وصمتها تجاه ما يرتكبه من انتهاكات لحقوق الإنسان". وعلى الجهة المقابلة، أوضحت التصريحات الرسمية إن إنشاء القاعدة هو إجراء تؤكد به حكومة البحرين استقلال قرارها وقدرتها على "التعاون مع الدول الأخرى بما يناسب مصالحها". واستندت تحليلات إعلامية إلى أن الاتفاقية تنص على أن ...

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New Texts Out Now: Paul Kelemen, The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce

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Paul Kelemen, The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Paul Kelemen (PK): I am of the generation, coming to adulthood in the late 1960s, which was deeply influenced by the Vietnamese struggle and by national liberation movements in Africa. Yet most of us knew next to nothing of what the clashes between Israel and Palestinian guerrilla fighters along its borders represented. The 1967 war and Israel’s subsequent occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights was a wakeup call. But there had to be several further such calls before we could talk about an ...

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(2) إضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية

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يوميات طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني وإضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية  الحلقة الثانية [اضغط/ي هنا للحلقة الأولى]  تناولت الحلقة الأولى من هذه الدراسة والتي نشرت في العدد الثاني عشر من حوليات القدس (شتاء 2011) أوضاع مدينة القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية استناداً ليوميات المقدسي طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني، وقد عرَّفت باليوميات وصاحبها، وعرضت للأحوال العامّة التي سادت المدينة خلال الحرب، ولانقسام الشارع الفلسطيني تجاه تأييد إحدى القوتين المتحاربتين، كما تناولت علاقة فئة من النخبة الفلسطينية بحكومة الانتداب البريطاني خلال هذه الفترة.  تستكمل هذه الحلقة البحث وتتناول مواقف طاهر الفتياني من ورؤيته لثلاثة من شخصيات حزب ...

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Saloua Raouda Choucair: Reinventing Abstraction

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Saloua Raouda Choucair. Edited by Jessica Morgan. London: Tate Publishing, 2013. One of the many myths of the Western canon is that European modern artists invented abstraction. Despite the known existence of pre-modern non-objective art among a number of non-Western cultures, twentieth-century European forays into pure abstraction are isolated as having developed radically new pictorial stances that changed worldviews across continents. That is not to say that what these artistic innovators formulated and realized was somehow minor; on the contrary, the political and socio-cultural possibilities of what they envisioned were profound, especially in the face of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Selma Dabbagh, Out of It: A Novel

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Selma Dabbagh, Out of It: A Novel. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2012. Selected as a Guardian Book of the Year, 2011-2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Selma Dabbagh (SD): All writers are driven by a sense of compulsion. This compulsion has component elements of arrogance and vanity, as well as an artistic desire to put the messy rush of everyday life into a dignified, meaningful form. Out of It was my first novel, although I had published short stories previously, and the seeds of it came to me as an image and an idea. The image was of a young man leaping up on a roof, under fighter jets, his mood being a combination of recklessness and defiance. ...

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Nabil Goes In: Woolwich Attack Response (Video)

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[The following video was issued by Nabil Abdul Rashid via UpshotTV on 23 May 2013. The video is a response to the recent murder of a British soldier in London.]    

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London Event -- Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? (9 March)

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Algeria, Mali: Another Chapter in the “Global War On Terror”? 9 March 2013, 4:30 p.m.  Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, London As the dreadful hostage crisis at the BP-operated In Amenas gas plant in Algeria came to an end on January 19th, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron claimed, like George Bush Jr and Tony Blair before him, that the country faced an "existential" and "global threat" to "our interests and way of life". Ten years after the devastating war against Iraq and following the NATO onslaught on Libya two years ago; Western troops are again intervening in Mali to  “fight Islamist extremists”. ...

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Monsoon Revolution

Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. [This review was originally published in the most recent issue of Arab Studies Journal. For more information on the issue, or to subscribe to ASJ, click here.] Abdel Razzaq Takriti’s excellent book will quickly be established as the definitive account of the revolutionary Arab nationalist and third worldist armed struggle in Dhufar, waged against the ...

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Filming Revolution: An Interview with Alisa Lebow

[Alisa Lebow, a filmmaker and film scholar who teaches at the University of Sussex, is the Creator/Director/Producer/Writer of Filming Revolution, an interactive data-base documentary archive about independent and documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution, which was launched in October 2015.] Anthony Alessandrini (AA): Could you talk a bit about what made you put together this project: when did you decide to set Filming Revolution in motion, how did the specific form of the project come ...

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'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part 1)

It may be that no modern nation-state has been called “artificial” more times than Iraq. While most scholars are quick to admit that all nation-states are artificial, in the sense that they are created by humans, Iraq, it would seem, is more artificial than most. The story invariably begins with the post-World War I peace settlements, during which the borders of Iraq, along with those of the other Arab Mashriq states, were purportedly created, more or less out of thin air, by Europeans. As David Fromkin ...

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Public Hearing Notice: UK Court to Look Into FCO Secret Document on Bahrain

[The following report was originally published by Bahrain Watch on 9 March 2015.] Judge to Decide on 18-Month Battle to Release Secret British Documents on Bahrain On 10 March, the Information Rights Tribunal in London will consider whether to order the Foreign Office to reveal 40-year-old secret communications between Foreign Office officials. In June 2013, Marc Owen Jones, a Durham University PhD student and member of the NGO, Bahrain Watch made a Freedom of Information Request to the FCO, ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Reading and Book Signing (24 February, London)

In Conversation: Sinan Antoon Winner of 2014 Saif Ghoibash Prize for Arabic literary Translation for The Corpse Washer 6:30-9:00 pm Waterstone’s Picadilly (4th Floor), 203/206 Picadilly, London W1J 9HD Sinan Antoon will be in conversation with Paul Blezard, from the judging panel. The event will also feature: * A reading from the novel, The Corpse Washer, a Q&A, followed by book signing and a reception *  Special performance by virtuoso oud player Khyam Allami. * This is a free event, ...

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London Palestine Film Festival (28 November - 11 December, 2014)

From November 28th to December 11th 2014, the London Palestine Film Festival (LPFF) returns with the finest new docs, dramas, and shorts on and from the region. Festival programme: palestinefilm.org  The two week programme, at the Barbican Cinema and University of London venues, showcases over 40 international titles accompanied by director Q&As, panel discussions, and research presentations. Along with hard-hitting docs and political thrillers, audiences can expect comedies, family-friendly ...

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بغايا بغداد التعيسات

الى بدر شاكر السياب الذي قال "بغداد مبغى كبير" في ليلة حالكة من عام 1938، كانت العاصمة العراقيّة معرّضة للطوفان بسبب ارتفاع منسوب المياه في نهر دجلة. في حالات كهذه، تستعين الشرطة بالمارّة من أجل حثّهم على إنقاذ مدينتهم. إلا أن شوارع المدينة كانت خالية بسبب البرد القارس وتأخر الوقت، فسارع عدنان محيي الدين، معاون الشرطة، إلى التفكير بمنطقة قريبة من النهر ومن "السدة"، مكمن الفيضان، لا تنام بسبب طبيعتها. إنها منطقة "الكلجيّة"، الحاضنة الرئيسة لبيوت الدعارة في جانب الرصافة من ...

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إضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية

يوميات طاهر عبد الحميد الفتياني وإضاءات على الحياة والمجتمع العربي في القدس خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية الحلقة الأولى مقدمة: تمتاز اليوميات الشخصية (1)، وإلى حدّ ما كتب الذكريات، عن الوثائق الرسمية والمنشورات السياسية، سواءً الصادرة منها عن جهات حكومية أو عن جهات وحركات وأحزاب سياسية، في قدرتها على أن تنفذ إلى أعماق الحياة المجتمعية لتصورها بمختلف تجلياتها ومكوناتها التفصيلية، بعيداً عن اللغة الرسمية وضوابطها وقيودها، بحيث يقترب قارئ اليوميات من الإحساس بها، وكأنه يعيش زمانها ويلامس أشياءها ...

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Gezi Resistance, Police Violence, and Turkey’s Accession to the European Union

Many stakeholders inside and outside Turkey are waiting for the 2013 European Union (EU) progress report on the country, which is scheduled to be released on 16 October. According to the news leaks that have started to appear in various media outlets, the report is expected to contain fierce criticisms regarding the government’s handling of the Gezi Park protests, limits on the freedom of expression and freedom of press, and the deceleration of the reform process in the country. For a long time now, the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ayca Cubukcu, The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity

Ayça Çubukçu, “The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity,” Humanitarianism and Responsibility, special issue of Journal of Human Rights 12 (2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Ayça Çubukçu (AÇ): This article originated in a piece I wrote for Jadaliyya during the vitalizing days of the Arab Spring, in the heat of debate about the virtues of an international military intervention in Libya. As Jadaliyya readers would recall, following the February ...

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Open Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron Regarding UAE President's Visit

[The following letter was issued by a group of human rights organizations, including the Alkarama Foundation, on 25 April 2013. UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom today.]  Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to urge you to express the UK government's grave concern in relation to human rights abuses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when you meet the country's president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the course of his forthcoming ...

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Seule la vérité

À l’occasion de sa visite à Alger, David Cameron a souligné la détermination du Royaume-Uni à aider l’Algérie dans sa lutte antiterroriste. « Lorsque le terrorisme se développe dans différentes parties du monde, il atteint nos peuples et nos intérêts non seulement dans ces parties du monde, mais également chez nous, dans notre pays », a-t-il déclaré. Plus de quinze jours après son « coup de gueule » concernant la gestion de l’attaque du site gazier d’Ain Amenas par les militaires ...

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