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Kareem Risan: Archetypes

For more than twenty years, Kareem Risan has depicted his surroundings as richly painted surfaces free of temporal or spatial boundaries. Without references to the hermetic space of the canvas (or paper), Risan employs color as a ...

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March Culture Bouquet

Jadaliyya’s Culture Bouquet returns with a March edition of art and literature. Included in this month’s batch are interviews with artists, monograph essays, and a translation of a short story by Ghassan Kanafani. With this series of ...

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Ghassan Kanafani's The Stolen Shirt

[What follows is a translation of a short story written by Ghassan Kanfani in 1958, entitled “The Stolen Shirt.” Although among his relatively lesser known works, especially as compared to his far-reaching novels Men in The Sun and All ...

[Samia Halaby,

Five Decades of Painting and Innovation: An Interview with Samia Halaby

Last month, Samia Halaby’s retrospective, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation, traveled to Lebanon. Organized by Ayyam Gallery, the retrospective was held at the Beirut Exhibition Center, where it was shown from 2 to 26 February. For ...


Cyprus, Divided and Financially Broke: An Interview with Rebecca Bryant

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The economic crisis in Cyprus has put the eastern Mediterranean island nation in the lime light. Cyprus has been divided for more than four decades between the Turkish north and majority Greek south. While for Greek Cypriots, the history of Cyprus starts with ancient Greece and Hellenistic culture, the Turkish Cypriot community tend to find the Ottoman invasion of 1571 as the defining moment in the history of the island. What is the history of Cyprus and what led to it's recent ecnomic crisis? VOMENA's Khalil Bendib spoke with Dr Rebecca Bryant, a reserch fellow at London School of Economics's European Institue and co-editor of the volume, Cyprus and the Politics of ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 30)

[RQ-1 Predator Drone. Tallil Air Base, Iraq. 2007. Image from Flickr/jamesdale10.]

[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 ‘East of Suez’: Are UK forces returning? Frank Gardner reports on British efforts to establish a permanent military presence in the Gulf, on BBC. UAE and Britain: credibility gulf An editorial warning that Britain’s strategic and military relations with the Gulf state should not ignore ...

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April Culture

[Painter Mansur (active ca. 1589-1626)

Jadaliyya's April culture bouquet arrives with a special focus on the visual arts.  Mehri Khalil contributes the first installment of a series of posts on the reopened galleries for Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, and the Louvre Museum. Rima Chahrour profiles the "Self Portrait" performances of Marya Kazoun. Noura Alsager reviews Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's New York City showing of their "Lebanese Rocket Society" project. Anna Della Subin and Hussein Omar review a recent New York City performance of Ibn Daniyal's 13th century The Shadow Spirit trilogy. Mehri Khalil's From ...

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Among the Thugs

[Image by Taslima Akhter.]

Delhi. “We are mere coolies working at the machines in these terrible times. We are mere dupes and fools to discover the diamond and to make a gift of it to the king, to adorn his crown.” – Nazrul Islam. Sohel Rana is a well-known figure in South Asia. He is the guy who, in my youth, would stand at the street-corner, holding court with a bunch of toughs, and offering his threatening ways as protection or intimidation for payment. As South Asian countries entered the pact of globalisation, the Sohel Ranas of the street-corner opened an office. They put up a signboard that said something like Property Dealer or Import-Export, they lost their cheap clothes for ...

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The Lebanese Rocket Society: A Dream Takes Flight

[Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, The Lebanese Rocket Society: The President's Album (detail), (2011). Image courtesy of CRG Gallery, New York. Photo by Susan Alzner.]

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige The Lebanese Rocket Society--A Tribute to Dreamers (Parts II, III, IV, and V) CRG Gallery, Manhattan February 28 -- April 20, 2013   In April 1961, students from Halgazian University along with instructor Manoug Manougian launched a rocket over Ain Saadeh, northeast of Beirut, Lebanon. They formed the school’s first rocket society and by 1967, they had designed, built, and launched more than ten space rockets and gained both local and international attention. All their rockets were named “Cedar” after the national emblem of Lebanon, and for the twenty-first celebration of the nation’s independence in 1964; Cedar IV was ...

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The Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing/Academia from the Arab World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world. Gaza’s Academics Face Censorship in Classroom By Asmaa Al-Ghoul (Al-Monitor) "Previously, the Israeli security department used to monitor academic freedoms, while today the Palestinian security apparatus [has taken on this ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 22-28)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles, Editors picks and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.  The End of an Era: The Less than Grand Opening of the New Ottoman Archives Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula: Introduction to the Roundtable Derrida and the Crisis of French Zionism الليبرالية الامبريالية والثورة المصرية New Texts Out Now: Chouki El Hamel, Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam Thinking Citizenship in a Revolutionary Arab World: The ...

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مَن يُحاسِب؟ ومَن يُحاسِب مَن؟

[ 3arabawy تصوير حسام الحملاوي المصدر مدونة]

لأول مرة في تاريخ العالم العربي الحديث نجحت انتفاضات شعبية سلمية في إطلاق مسارات أفضت إلى تنحي أربعة رؤساء دولة عن الحكم. ولأول مرة في التاريخ ذاته، أحيل هؤلاء الرؤساء إلى المحاكمة، وجاهياً أو غيابياً، بتهم تتعلق بالأمر بالقتل والتعذيب والفساد ونهب الأموال العامة.  والآن تلوح مؤشرات إلى أن هذه المكاسب الأولية لعملية التحويل الديموقراطي في تلك البلدان مهددة بالتبديد.اغتيل معمر القذافي، بالطريقة البشعة الهمجية التي اغتيل بها، دون محاكمة أو قطعاً للطريق على محاكمة. وفرّ زين العابدين بن علي إلى العربية السعودية. وبموجب «المبادرة الخليجية»، المرعية أميركياً، أعفي علي عبدالله صالح هو «وأعوانه» من أي مساءلة أو محاسبة على جرائم وسرقات وهدر خلال 33 سنة من الحكم ...

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The Pitfalls of Democratic Elections in Palestine

[Image of man voting in 2012 local Palestinian elections. Image by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.]

In the post-colonial era, struggles for democracy have increasingly been seen and presented as necessary to fulfill the aborted promises of national liberation. Particularly since the end of the Cold War, electoral democracy has come to be viewed as the most effective mechanism to confront the usurpation of states, resources, and indeed independence by autocrats and narrow, self-selected elites. In a world where dictatorships of both the individual and party variety have generally approached governance as the challenge of subordinating institutions to their will, excluding the citizen from a meaningful role in decision-making, and keeping foreign sponsors satisfied in ...

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Salman al-Awdah: In the Shadow of Revolutions

[Salman al-Awdah. Image from the Muslim World League.]

There is nothing that prompts us to encourage revolution as it is enshrined in danger...It just comes when profound reform has stumbled.— Salman al-Awdah Like all of us watching the Arab world in the last two years, Saudi Islamists (I refer throughout to the Salafi Islamists) were taken by surprise when the Arab masses marched en masse calling for the downfall of their regimes. Official Saudi religious scholars immediately warned against the chaos of revolutions, banned demonstrations, and called for respect and obedience to rulers. Despite this, they supported the uprisings, perhaps in anticipation of Islamist parties and movements replacing the old regimes in Egypt, ...

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Reports Roundup (April 27)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] A Who's Who of Fighters in Gaza IRIN, a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, studies various armed groups in Gaza in light of recent events that threaten the November 2012 ceasefire.  Trial by Error: Justice in Post-Qadhafi Libya International Crisis Group reports on the status of judicial reform in Libya, a critical step in creating stability.  Bahrain Tells UN Torture Expert to Postpone Visit--Again Bahrain Watch reports on the Bahrain government's request to postpone ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 26)

[Morocco and Mauritania strengthen ties through the signing of accords. Photo from Ma.gov]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Maghreb and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Maghreb Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Algeria denies Ansar Al-Din presence Algeria denies the presence of Ansar al-Din, despite spokesman Sanda Ould Bouamama’s declaration that he entered the country to turn himself in to Algerian authorities, Magharebia reports. Affaires de corruption de Said Bouteflika: Est-il impliqué? Salima Tlemçani draws ...

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Not in the Revolution's Name: Egypt's New Judicial Authority Bill

  Amid the recurrent standoffs between the Egyptian opposition on the one hand and President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails on the other, the opposition is often characterized as incompetent, opportunistic and unwilling to accept the outcome of democracy, in reference to the results of the elections that brought Morsi to the presidency and handed the Muslim Brotherhoods' Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) a majority in parliament. But the policies and steps taken ...

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Le Sahara, l’identité et l’africanité dans la littérature francophone du Sud-est: Moha Souag s’exprime

Moha Souag est un écrivain francophone qui a gagné une place prestigieuse dans le paysage littéraire francophone au Maroc grâce à sa persévérance, à l’abondance des ses écrits et à son style d’écriture innovant ; « polygraphe confirmé, il a touché/visité (tâté de) tous les genres littéraires, la poésie, la nouvelle, le roman, le conte. Il a obtenu des prix littéraires tels que le grand prix Atlas, le prix de la nouvelle octroyé par RFI. » Moha n’est pas uniquement une figure de proue de la ...

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From “Islamic Art” to “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia”: Reliving the Distortions of History

This is the exceptional collection in all America, and it is being neglected. I urge you to make the reinstallation of Islam your highest priority. If you were to create an Islamic wing, you’d find that our holdings – splendid bronzes, excellent silver, majestic tiles, gorgeous carpets, intricate woodcarving, masterful pottery, and glorious miniatures – would become as popular as the European paintings. You laugh? [1] These words were recollected by the influential former director of the Metropolitan ...

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The Active Feminine: Performance Art in Lebanon with Reference to Marya Kazoun

In the setting of the current Arab art boom and the political flux ignited by regional uprisings, the difficulty in differentiating between performance art and activism increases, further intertwining the abstract borders that divide them. Nonetheless, while activism pushes its way as a societal form of rejection, performance art conversely sneaks into the social sphere as an accepted method of protest, encouraged by the public as a sign of cultural sophistication.  Within the context of Lebanon, ...

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First as Shadow, Then as Farce: An Evening with Medieval Puppeteer Ibn Daniyal at CUNY in New York

The thirteenth-century occulist Muhammad Ibn Daniyal, said to have occasionally blinded his patients, is remembered both for his tragic optometry and for his comedic shadow puppet plays. A refugee from Mosul, Ibn Daniyal once entertained Sultans and urchins alike in the streets and salons of medieval Cairo. Perhaps he was better at summoning the shadows than the light. His Tayf al-Khayāl trilogy (“The Shadow Spirit”) is known as the only work of Arabic drama to have survived from the pre-modern period in ...

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The Terror of Capitalism

Delhi. On Wednesday, 24 April, a day after Bangladeshi authorities asked the owners to evacuate their garment factory that employed almost three thousand workers, the building collapsed. The building, Rana Plaza, located in the Dhaka suburb of Savar, produced garments for the commodity chain that stretches from the cotton fields of South Asia through Bangladesh’s machines and workers to the retail houses in the Atlantic world. Famous name brands were stitched here, as are clothes that hang on the ...

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قراءة في أحوال الصورة بعد ثورة يناير

فيسبوك وأفلام ومقاطع فيديو: قراءة في أحوال الصورة بعد ثورة يناير لهيلاري كلينتون أن تصف ثورة مصر بأنها "انتفاضة" أو مجرد انتقال من نظام سياسي إلى آخر أكثر ديموقراطية، ولجون كيري أن يسعى للقضاء عليها من خلال دعم فاشية دينية فاسدة، يسهل لأمريكا التحكم فيها. وللاسلاميين أن يعتبروها هدية سقطت عليهم من السماء. ليعتقد من يشاء ما يشاء حول ما حدث في 25 يناير وما بعده، ولنا أن نتصورها كما نشاء.  هي أكبر ثورة في تاريخ مصر. ليس لأنها أطاحت بنظام اعتقل المصريين في قفص من الجهل والفقر واليأس لثلاثة ...

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Sara Roy on Dispossessing Palestine (Video)

The following lecture was recorded on 6 April 2013 at "Justice and Only Justice," the 2013 Friends of Sabeel Conference--Los Angeles/Orange County. In the video, Dr. Sara Roy, who is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University, discusses the ongoing dismemberment of the Palestinian nation and the paradigm shift that must occur to address this issue in "Dispossessing Palestine."   

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"صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر "الإسلام السياسي البزنسي

صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر "الإسلام السياسي البزنسي" ألقى صادق جلال العظم في 8 آذار/مارس 2012 محاضرة في برلين ضمن ندوة نظمتها مؤسسة ابن رشد تحت عنوان "العلمانية والمسألة الدينية، تركيا نموذجًا" تحدث فيها العظم عن إيجابيات التجربة التركية وعن تفاصيل النهضة الاقتصادية التي تدين بنجاحها لحزب العدالة والتنمية الحاكم في تركيا، وكان في مداخلته وفي معرض إجابته عن أسئلة الحاضرين متفائلاً بهذه التجربة. لكن بيت القصيد ليس هنا. إذ لم يقل العظم كلمة ...

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Press Release from Love in the Time of Apartheid Campaign on Extension of Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law

[The following press release was published by the Love in the Time of Apartheid campaign on 23 April 2013.] The Israeli apartheid regime, which calls itself a “democracy”, has extended the racist Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order) for the thirteenth time in 11 years, disregarding the suffering of tens of thousands of Palestinian families On 14 April 2013 the occupation and apartheid government of the State of Israel extended the racist Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law ...

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Thinking Citizenship in a Revolutionary Arab World: The Intransigence of Difference

The ongoing Arab uprisings that began in Tunisia in late 2010 have demonstrated that citizenship in the Arab Middle East is a subject in need of much critical scholarship and intervention. Many scholars, working from an archive of political philosophy that begins with Rousseau's social contract, have assessed the Arab national project of producing citizens skeptically, as Suad Joseph has demonstrated. Moreover, there is tendency in political theory to view members of authoritarian, corporatist, and ...

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Liberal Illusions

With the deepening of a political stalemate between the government and the opposition in Egypt and the marked deterioration of economic conditions, critics of the January 25 Revolution continue to highlight what they view as the revolution’s failure to bring about a stable political order that can live up to the many political and economic challenges Egypt confronts today. In his always-illustrious column in Al-Masry Al-Youm, Abdel Moneim Saeed eloquently articulated this consensus over successive ...

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