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والاقتصاد في مصر January 25 at Five “This Land is their Land”: Egypt’s Military and the Economy New Texts Out Now ella sohat Egypt Media Roundup
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أوراق من الشعر الليبي: ملف خاص

أوراق من الشعر الليبي: ملف خاص لا تأتي الكثير من الأخبار السارة من العالم العربي فسيل الدم طغى على سيل الحبر. ومع ذلك، فإن المحكومين بالأمل يستمرون بصنع الحياة والدفاع عنها عبر إبداعهم. تسعى جدلية إلى فسح المجال أمام الأصوات والتجارب ...

[Screenshot from the series Awled Moufida. Image provided by author]

Awled Amreeka?

It is Ramadan 2015 in Tunisia, and it is a tough one. Falling in July, seemingly endless scorching days are filled with children who long for something—anything—to do, and parents with no energy to entertain them. The saving grace is that ...

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الحرب على ذاكرة الحداثة: داعش مثالاً

              17 اُذْكُرْ مَا فَعَلهُ بِكَ عَمَالِيقُ فِي الطَّرِيقِ عِنْدَ خُرُوجِكَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. 18 كَيْفَ لاقَاكَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ وَقَطَعَ مِنْ مُؤَخَّرِكَ كُل المُسْتَضْعِفِينَ وَرَاءَكَ ...

An Egyptian child with a police costume in Tahrir square. January 25, 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Rashad)

Empty Tahrir

Five years ago, thousands of Egyptians called for protests on the 25th of January to demand "bread, freedom and social justice" and challenge the security apparatus' vast human rights violations. The protesters managed to topple ...


Jadaliyya Launches a New Page: VOX POPULI صوت الشعب

[Image from el-Seed, Morocco. It is also the page banner for Vox Populi, acquired by permission.]

Jadaliyya is proud to announce the launch of a new page, Vox Populi [صوت الشعب/Sawt al-Sha‘b or Voice of the People]. Featuring popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East, Vox Populi seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which includes street art, graffiti, popular non-commercial songs, hip hop, DIY YouTube series, etc.—the page aims to capture new and changing forms, spaces, and avenues of political socialization and ...

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معازف

  تعرف معازف عن نفسها بأنها ”مجلة إلكترونيّة متخصصة بالمقالات والدراسات والأبحاث والمراجعات التي تعنى بالموسيقى العالميّة والعربية بشكل خاص. أسسها ويحرّرها معن أبو طالب وأحمد الزعتري.” تعكس المواد المنشورة الجهود الجبارة التي تقف وراء هذا المشروع الغني. تحاور ”جدلية“ أسرة ”معازف“ للتعرف على عوالمها. جدلية: في البداية، لماذا اخترتم "معازف" كاسم لمجلتكم الالكترونية؟  معازف: يطرح اختيار اسم "معازف" إشكاليّة الموسيقى اليوم في العالم العربي. أوّلاً: هي الكلمة التي نسبت إلى الرسول عندما حرّم الموسيقى: "ليكوننّ من أمّتي أقوام يستحلّون الحرّ والحرير والخمر والمعازف". من هذه الإشارة إلى الموسيقى كإثم، نحاول النظر إلى جدليّة لغويّة ...

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Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa)

[Still from Step by Step, directed by Usama Mohammad. Image from Berlinale.]

Title: Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa) Filmmaker: Ousamma Mohammad Date: 1979 Country: Syria Duration: 22 min Other recommended films: Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) and Sacrifices (2002)  When the food is ready just call me Stretched out in my hut Greater than me O Hafez (x2) Bless your father and his dad (x2) Greater than me O Hafez (x2) Three roses for a fine lad You’re the master, I’m your slave x2 Here’s my handkerchief and a wave God willing we are one people One single Arab nation  (Translated by Multiversity) Shot in the muddy, mountainous Syrian coastal village of Rama in 1976-77, Step by Step tells the story of a tobacco-producing ...

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On Nostalgia and Material Culture in the Hijaz: An Interview with Sarah Al Abdali

[Refugee 2011]

Born in Jeddah, Sarah Mohanna Al Abdali hails from a family with a rich Hijazi history and has grown up with a deep appreciation of the land, architecture, and heritage of the coastal region of Saudi Arabia, which is a recurring theme in her work. With the ever-changing physical landscape, Al Abdali feels alienated from the contemporary Hijazi city and seeks to share her imagined vision of a place that no longer exists, largely through public art. In this interview, Al Abdali contextualizes her artistic and political commitments and interventions in a fledgling popular art scene in Saudi Arabia. Rosie Bsheer (RB): Can you tell us about your background and how you ...

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Laughing Through the Tears: Satirical Theatre From the Peninsula

[Screenshot from Bye Bye London (1981), taken from Youtube.]

There is a genre of satirical theatre from the Arab world that is correctly presumed dead. Famous among millions, Egyptian plays like Madrasat al-Mushaghibeen [The School of Criminals], Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga [A Witness Who Saw Nothing], and Al ‘Eyal Kebret [The Kids Have Grown Up] retain iconic, if “vintage” status in popular culture throughout the Arabic-speaking world. Their witticisms still grace daily conversations decades after they were first performed. And while the popularity of their jibes and cutting reversals can easily rest on the comedic—almost poetic—genius of their performers’ rendition, it was the seething political critique that surged out of their ...

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Palestinians Torn Over the Syrian Crisis

[Image of the Amaari Palestinian refugee camp. Image from Labour Palestine/Flickr.]

In February 2012 Ismael Haniyeh, Prime Minister of Hamas in the Gaza strip, delivered a speech at Cairo’s Al-Azhar mosque.  In this speech he broke with the logic promoting reconciliation between the Syrian regime and its opposition that had been initially adopted by his movement over the course of several months[i].  A gradual change in Hamas’ position can be linked to the military radicalization of the Syrian conflict that had occurred: the clash between the regular army and the combatants of the Free Syrian Army in Homs have seemed, in effect, to augur a major turning point in the conflict and, thus, Hamas finds itself caught in a system of ...

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باية محي الدين: الرسم على إيقاع الطفولة

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باية محي الدين (أو فاطمة حداد) هي فنانة تشكيلة جزائرية من أصول قبائلية. ولدت سنة 1931 في بلدة برج الكيفان، وفقدت والديها حين كانت في الخامسة من عمرها فتولت جدتها رعايتها، ولم تقصد المدرسة قط في حياتها. عملت باية فيما بعد في منزل فنانة فرنسية اسمها مارجريت كامينا، حيث تنبهت هذه الفنانة إلى أشكال الحيوانات التي برعت باية في صنعها من الطين، فشجعتها على الرسم وتطوير موهبتها، وعرّفتها على الألوان وعدة الرسم، فأقامت أول معرض لها وهي في السادسة عشرة من عمرها في باريس. أثناء مكوثها في فرنسا تعرّفتْ باية على عالم الرسم التشكيلي الأوربي، واحتكّتْ بعدد من الفنانين الكبار، أمثال بيكاسو وماتيس، عملت مع بيكاسو لعدة أشهر سنة 1948 (والذي قام لاحقاً برسم مجموعة لوحاته "نساء ...

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Morsi Trial Protest in Photos

[Standing in front of riot police during a protest outside the Police Academy in Cairo, a supporter of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi doing the “Rabea” gesture, in reference to Rabea sit-in, which security forces cleared up violently last August. 4 November 2013. Photo by Jonathan Rashad]

On 4 November 2013, supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Morsi protested outside the Police Academy in Cairo as they awaited his trial. Due to chants by the defendants, including Morsi and fourteen other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the trial was adjourned until 8 January 2014. Morsi, along with the other defendants, are accused of inciting murder against opposition during his year as president.              

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

[339 Lafayette St. in New York, August 2013]

“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 everything Iraqi,” to do? What role can its emphasis on resilience play in a mainstream media landscape that speaks a very different language? And where exactly does this dominant ...

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Dissent and Citizens' Rights in Kuwait (Part One): The Limits of Electoral Democracy

[Kuwaitis at the Palace of Justice demonstrating their solidarity with arrested opposition activists. 26 November 2011. Image from Ra'ed Qutena/flickr]

Egypt and Syria are absorbing attention in Kuwait and elsewhere in the Gulf, but not so much that the treatment of domestic dissidents has slipped off the agenda. When it comes to civil liberties, Kuwait was an outlier among its Gulf peers. Its constitution enumerates a list of citizen rights and liberties, while its elected parliament, unlike other “representative” bodies in the region, actually has some legislative power. Civil liberties protections depend on both. When the parliament was illegally suspended from 1976 to 1981 and again from 1986 to 1992, civil liberties disappeared as well. Freedom of speech and press, the right to assemble peacefully in public, and ...

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Filling Every Gap: Real Estate Development in Beirut

[Left: the old render for AYA-tower (accessed December 13, 2011), showing no preservation. Right: the new render with preserved façade. © HAR Properties]

Beirut usually conjures up images of conflict, tension, and warfare. While it is certainly not immune to these dynamics, media reports tend to overemphasize these aspects, just as their obsession with the city’s famous nightlife and glitzy shopping districts pays disproportionate attention to the lifestyles of rich tourists and the elite. This threatens to obscure a day-to-day process that has, in my opinion, a far greater impact on people’s lives and the livability of the city: the continuing large-scale construction boom affecting area after area, tearing down building after building, and replacing them with high-rise structures affordable only to upper middle-class ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (October 28- November 3)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.     Saudi Cleric Confirms That Being a Woman in Saudi Arabia Sucks, Big Time عن الجيش وإمبراطوريته الاقتصادية في مصر Rethinking US-Egyptian Bilateral Relations: A Rights-Based Approach For A Sputtering Arab-American Institution, A Labor Strike Is Its Best Hope Public Spaces and Spatial Practices: Claims from Beirut Egypt’s Roadmap to Crisis Livestream October 30th 7pm EST: ...

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New Texts Out Now: Eliane Raheb, Sleepless Nights

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 ...

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Yaser El Manawhly - The Monetary Fund

With witty political commentary and folk-ish oud melodies, Egyptian musician Yasser El Manawahly channels the spirit of Sheikh Imam into the contemporary political and social issues of Egypt. In this song, Yasser takes on the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Talk of an IMF loan has been widespread among Egyptian policymakers since the January 25 uprising unseated Hosni Mubarak. Even though this song was released in October 2012, it is particularly relevant to current political circumstances given ...

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Mediums of Outrage: Curzio’s Political Cartoons on Morocco

There is a widely held perception that the Moroccan king Mohammed VI is beyond the reach of criticism. That view was quickly shattered in light of the “Daniel Gate” scandal following the king’s pardon of a convicted Spanish pedophile, Daniel Galván Viña, in the midst of serving a thirty-year prison sentence for sexually abusing eleven children. The initial response on social media spread rapidly through the use of the #DanielGate hashtag, which remains active to an extent. Reacting in a united ...

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Aesthetic Explorations of the Mundane: An Interview with Salwa Aleryani

While urban sociality seems at times to be ruled by the constancy of everyday practices, at others that reliability is revealed as artifice by the capricious instability of our economic and political structures. The routine intimacies of our lives are punctured by the dysfunction of the material foundations that make them possible. In urban spaces in the global South, such as Sanaa, those ruptures may become so familiar as to be ritualized, serving as the basis for new forms of cultural expression and ...

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In the Shadow of Malala: The West’s Unsaved Others

Malala Yousafzai has made a number of headlines in the past few weeks: Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, addressing the UN on the occasion of “Malala Day” dedicated to youth education, meeting with the Obamas in the Oval Office, chatting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, speaking at the World Bank’s “International Day of the Girl,” and receiving the honorary Canadian citizenship. In case you missed it, even The Daily Show’s Jon ...

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Infographic: Palestinian Refugee Children in Syria

Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria, the situation of the estimated six million displaced by conflict has gained only sporadic reportage. Meanwhile, the second large scale displacement of the longstanding Palestinian refugee population in Syria has been little mentioned. By September 2013, close to sixty percent of this 500,000-strong community had been displaced. It is increasingly difficult for them to leave Syria, but of the bordering countries—including ...

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كروم الجزائر في العهد الاستعماري: أهو تاريخ نبيذ فرنسيّ أم جزائري؟

يعكس تاريخ إنتاج النبيذ في الجزائر أثناء الحكم الاستعماري الفرنسي دور الطعام والشراب في تعزيز وبناء وتغاير الهويات الوطنية، ويسلط الضوء على علاقة القوة التي تربط المُسْتَعْمَر بالمُسْتَعْمِر. ويجسّد النبيذ الجزائريّ بالذات مثالاً مهما للهوة بين الدور الذي أراد المُسْتَعْمِر للنبيذ أن يلعبه والنتائج الغامضة لإنتاج النبيذ في الجزائر أثناء الاستعمار الفرنسي ويقدّم النبيذ أيضاً توضيحاً ذكياً للإدراك المتعدد الأوجه لإنتاج النبيذ بين النخب المحلية والفلاحين الجزائريين ولعلاقتهم به. أحكمت فرنسا من 1830 إلى ...

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Education in the Arab World

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] With a series of articles that range in focus from universities in the Gulf to Hezbollah’s private schooling, the Financial Times released a special report on 20 October 2013 highlighting education in the Arab world. ...

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Dissent and Citizens' Rights in Kuwait (Part Two): Ghost Parliaments and the "Abyss of Autocracy"

[Click here for Part One: The Limits of Electoral Democracy] The first part of this article examined the parallel constriction of citizens’ rights and parliamentary authority in the decades leading up to the 2011 confrontation between Kuwait’s rulers and its citizens and their representatives. While coinciding with and overshadowed by the media’s concentration on the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, this struggle emerged from a historically particular set of conditions in Kuwait that ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 5)

[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 ...

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UN Should Mandate Unhindered Humanitarian Access To and Within Syria

[The following report was issued by theInternational Crisis Group (ICG) on 1 November 2013.] UN Should Mandate Unhindered Humanitarian Access To and Within Syria Overview The U.S.-Russian agreement to remove Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has led many observers to hope for a political breakthrough.  A more immediate and realistic objective,  as well as a more reliable yardstick by which to measure various parties’ good-will, should be on the humanitarian front, where the situation is ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 5)

[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 turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Breaking Taboos in the Turkish Parliament Murat Yetkin emphasizes that the Turkish Parliament broke one of its biggest taboos on 31 October, by welcoming four women wearing ...

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