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خلافـــــة الرئيـــس

كلمّا تقدّم الزمن تُطرح مسألة خلافة الرئيس محمود عباس بقوة أكبر، لأن الرئيس تجاوز الثمانين من عمره وانتهت الفترة القانونية لولايته منذ حوالي سبع سنوات من دون إجراء الانتخابات التي لا يعرف أحد متى ستعقد وكيف، مع تأكيد الرئيس المستمر بأنه لن ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq

Ali Issa, Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2015. [Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq is co-published with the War Resisters League.]   Jadaliyya (J): What made ...

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جنازات الخريف

[ تندرج هذه القصائد ضمن ملف "الموجة الجديدة في الشعر السوري (أثر الحرب)" الذي ستقوم جدلية بنشره على مدار الأسبوعين القادمين ]             وصول الجثمان  لا شيء يحصل في ريفٍ في ...

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Attacks against Solidarity with Kobane: The Suruç Massacre of Young Revolutionaries

A suicide attack killed at least thirty young revolutionaries in Suruç in Urfa, the Turkish city near the Syrian border, on 20 July 2015. The attack on the Amara Culture Center, where at least three hundred young people affiliated with the ...


Bulgarian Translation of Jadaliyya's 'The Army and the Economy in Egypt'

[Members of Egypt’s armed forces display canned tomatoes, roasted onions, and other foods that the military factories manufacture. Image by David Degner.]

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in Bulgarian by Itidar.] Армията и икономиката на Египет  Трябва ли проблемите с макарони (една от основните храни на египтяните, бел. пр.) „Куин”, минерална вода „Сафи”, бутилки пропан-бутан и бензиностанциите „Уатания” да се считат военни тайни, чийто разискване се равнява на държавна измяна? По този начин мислят лидерите на египетските армия. Икономическата дейност на военното учреждение се счита за едно от табутата в египетската политика. Армията продължава да го пази в пълна тайна и от масите, и от ...

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Head of Constitutional Court Announced Interim Egypt President by Army

[Protesters cheering the helicopters (not shown in photo) flying over the crowds on 28 June 2013, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Lilian Wagdy]

Five hours after its set deadline, Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation with a roadmap for Egypt’s political future, placing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court as head of the state until early presidential elections take place. News had emerged earlier of a travel ban on leading Muslim Brotherhood members and rumors circulated of President Mohamed Morsi being placed under house arrest. The new roadmap temporarily suspends the current Constitution, passed in a divisive referendum last December, and grants Adly Mansour, head of the SCC, the power to issue a constitutional declaration. A committee will be formed to propose amendments on ...

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Three Days of History: Making It and Waiting For It

[Opponents of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protesters shout slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. With a military deadline for intervention ticking down, protesters seeking the ouster of Egypt's president sought Tuesday to push the embattled leader further toward the edge with another massive display of people power. Photo by Amr Nabil via Associated Press]

With the level of anticipation so intense before 30 June, the day of mass protests planned against Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi, it seemed inevitable that expectations were to be dashed. But that day an estimated fourteen million Egyptians kept their date with their fellow citizens, and reminded many of the heady early days of the 25 January spark. The following day jolted Egyptians from joy to deep tension. A totally different echo of 2011 was in the air. Egypt’s armed forces issued a statement. They claimed to endorse popular demands, and gave all political forces forty-eight hours to come to a solution. The day ended with provisional celebrations, but also with a ...

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May/June Culture

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Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with the first of two summer editions.  Mona Kareem translates a poem by the late Syrian poet Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain. Elisabeth Jaquette translates a short story by Youssef Idris. Maymanah Farhat considers Kamal Boullata's monograph on painter Hani Zurob in a brief post that marks the beginning of a new series of short reviews on the culture page. Maymanah also interviews artist and art magazine publisher Amir H. Fallah as he debuts new portraits and still-lifes at The Third Line gallery in Dubai. Elliott Colla contributes an excerpt from his recent translation of Raba'i al-Madhoun's novel The Lady from Tel Aviv. ...

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March, 2013

[Video still of Kevork Mourad's

After hearing so many horrible stories about what is happening in my country of birth, from the news and from friends, I decided to create an artistic representation of the cycle of loss and hope that is playing out. I took on the role of a young Syrian going through all the chaos in the country. He is born into an ordinary life but then is caught up in the turmoil. In the video, as you follow his path, you realize that things are melting away from him, like in a nightmare. The diversity of the city’s architecture, representative of its cultural wealth, is slowly destroyed. But when the upturn happens--when you think that the city might find itself again--the man ...

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Returning to Khan Yunis

[Raba'i al-Madhoun. Image copyright Telegram Books.]

The English translation of Rabai al-Madhoun’s acclaimed novel, The Lady from Tel Aviv has just been published by Telegram Books. It tells the story of a novelist returning home to the Gaza Strip for the first time in decades. Like Ghassan Kanafani in Returning to Haifa, Madhoun explores the difficulties of Palestinian return and the collisions between memory and experience. The following is an excerpt.  Returning to Khan Yunis I spent my morning wandering around town, trying to get a feel for what it has become. The Khan Yunis I knew no longer exists. I had searched out the khanyunisian essence of the place everywhere, but never found it, for the remnants of ...

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"A Glance" by Youssef Idris

[Youssef Idris (1927-1991). Image from Wikipedia.]

A Glance By Youssef Idris It was strange for a small girl like her, in simplicity and innocence, to ask a grown man like me, someone she didn’t know, to adjust what she was carrying. What she carried was truly complicated: on her head settled a tray of roasted potatoes, and balanced on top of that rested a wide pan covered in pastries. The pan had slipped despite her careful grip, which clung tight to the load as it threatened to fall. My surprise didn’t last long as I stared at the small, bewildered child, and I rushed to save what she was carrying. I fumbled several times: when I straightened the tray the pan would tip, and when I adjusted the pan the tray would ...

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New Texts Out Now: Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora

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Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Neha Vora (NV): I have always had an interest in South Asian diasporas, particularly in the forms of identification, cultural production, and belonging that occur as people move from “homeland” to new locales—how they imagine home and how they imagine themselves and their communities in relation to others. When I entered my PhD program in anthropology in 2002, I was searching for a non-Western field site in which to study South Asian migration and diaspora, because I felt the literature was too centered on experiences of ...

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A Reflection on Violence and Democracy

[Buses burn following clashes between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood from 23 March 2013. Photo by Khalil Hamra/AP]

On the morning of 30 June, BBC reporter Aleem Maqbool reports from Cairo, “what is today going to be remembered for? What is the 30th June going to be remembered for? Is it going to be the turning point in Egyptian politics or is it going to be remembered for violence?” But what if violence constitutes an integral, even inevitable, component of a democratic struggle? Considering the radical political transformations of the Arab world in the past two years, we cannot help but notice that, from the outset, they were attended by varying degrees of violence. In the case of Egypt, for instance, where non-violence was figuratively symbolic of the 2011 revolution, such a ...

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كيف تصنع أسطورة بالعرض الحي والمباشر

[المصدر موقع العربية]

خلال الأسابيع الماضية، شهدنا بأم أعيننا كيف تخلّقت أسطورة. كيف ولدت، وكيف نمت وترسخت، وصارت أسطورة. شهدنا هذا بالعرض الحي والمباشر. بالطبع، لا يخفى عليكم أننا نتحدث عن أسطورة محمد عساف. الآن محمد عساف أسطورة وليس شخصاً. ونحن نتحدث عن الأسطورة: - أسطورة الشخص الذي لم ينتبه له أحد، إلا بعد أن انتبه له الآخرون. الحجر الذي رفضه البناؤون في بلده، ثم صار حجر الزاوية، حين امسك به أحد من الخارج. - أسطورة الإصرار: (نط عالحيط يمه). أسطورة الأم التي تدفع ابنها للقفز فوق الحائط. مثل أم عصافير الدوري التي تدفع أبناءها للقفز من العش، كي يختبروا أجنحتهم.  قفزة حائط هي التي تصنع أبطال الأساطير. يكون كل شيء مغلقاً، وفجأة يقفز البطل عن الحائط، فينفتح بستان الدنيا أمامه. قفزة ...

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Sex, Love, and Worship in Classical Ottoman Texts: An Interview with Selim Kuru

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The history of sexuality in the Islamic world is a topic of growing interest for students and scholars today, and one of the major areas of inquiry has been the development of contemporary notions such as homosexuality in Islamic societies and the context within which they are formed or introduced. This literature itself usually embraces a critique of present-day categories that reinforce heteronormativity or rigid understandings of sexual orientation that seek to objectively define sexuality, which scholars see as a fluid category to be studied within constantly changing cultural and historical contexts. A more challenging task, however, has been properly understanding ...

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Sectarianism and Counter-Revolution in Egypt: Not a Family Affair

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One week before 30 June, the day of mass protest against president Mohamed Morsi, a new convulsion of violence targeted one of Egypt’s most marginal groups, and left many in shock. On 23 June, a mob of Sunni Egyptians, incited by the Salafist imam of their local mosque, lynched four Shi‘i Egyptians in the Giza village of Zawiyat Abu Musallam. Scores more Shi‘i residents fled their homes in terror. Analyses since have rightly pointed to the disturbing rise in such sectarian incidents in Egypt, but have been careful to highlight domestic dynamics, to the exclusion of regional and international context. A closer look reveals that the responsible parties are not just the ...

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Interview with Cairo-Based Journalist, Ahmad Shokr, about the Political Dynamics in Egypt

One year after his inauguration, Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Morsi is now being referred to as Egypt’s former president. A petition campaign called Tamarrod was instr

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Can the 'Spirit of Gezi' Transform Progressive Politics in Turkey?

One of the humorous slogans invented by the Gezi Park protesters was: “We are Mustafa Keser’s soldiers!” The namesake of this insider joke is a folk singer who has nothing to do with politics except the accidental similarity between his name and that of the founder of the republic, Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk). The slogan was minted in response to the Kemalist protesters, who identified themselves as “Mustafa Kemal’s soldiers.” Despite this joke and many other reasons for division, the Kemalists and ...

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Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong

Western media coverage of the massive waves of protests in Egypt over the past two days is revealing of a number of problems that plague knowledge production about the Arab world. As crowds across the country were just warming up for the historic protests, around midday on 30 June, reports from Cairo appearing on Western broadcast and online news outlets focused on projecting an image of “polarization.” Rallies opposing the Muslim Brotherhood were represented as being balanced out, and in some cases ...

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Revolution Bookshelf: Revolution is My Name

Mona Prince, Revolution is My Name. Cairo: n.p., 2012. Reading, ’Riting, Revolution Reading Egyptian literature this week might seem odd. What does literature—even literature about revolution—have to tell us about this particular moment? After all, revolutions are not stories. They are not poems. Revolutions are not texts nor are they primarily textual in nature. Revolutions are events. They are projects and processes, made and sustained by people insisting on living lives of dignity. ...

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In Conversation with Amir H. Fallah

Portraiture in American art dates back to the time of the colonies. From the late eighteenth century onward, beginning with the work of such artists as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, and Charles Peale, issues surrounding representations of race, class, and gender have inevitably crept into the milieu of figurative painting, primarily when American society has reached critical junctures in its political history. Painting—although the medium is periodically proclaimed to be dead by critics—has been ...

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Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob

Kamal Boullata, Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob. London: Black Dog, 2012  Hani Zurob’s early paintings are dominated by enigmatic figures of various shapes and sizes. Some resemble human subjects and are scaled to occupy the foregrounds of compositions—as though walking in a procession—while others are colossal and misshapen, overpowering everything in their path. Indications of their environment are equally nondescript. Vertical lines further divide the picture plane where small ...

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Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain: O Stones, Listen to the Music

[Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain (1954-1982) was born in the Syrian city of Dara’a on March 1954 to a poor family. Growing up as a deaf-mute, he struggled with his education and decided to quit school. He worked as a journalist from 1976 until his death in Damascus in 1982. He published three poetry collections and this poem is from his third collection “Simple as Water, Clear as a Bullet.” (Basitun kal-Ma’, Wadihun Katalqat al-Musaddas)] O stones, Listen to the Music Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain Translated by ...

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New Texts Out Now: Andrew Gardner and Autumn Watts, Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System

Andrew Gardner and Autumn Watts, editors, Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System. Smashwords, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Andrew Gardner (AG): Migrants in the Gulf states have been a central focal point in my research for more than a decade now. Over that decade, I definitely noticed that the portions of my research and my presentations that truly resonated with my audience were oftentimes not the scholarly and theoretical acrobatics ...

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حاميها حراميها

قامت ثورة 25 يناير حسب علمي يوم عيد الشرطة، قامت لإسقاط "نظام يوليو" بعقليته الأمنية وهواجسه العسكرية بعد خمس وخمسين سنة من حكم الطوارئ. قامت ضد إعلام كاذب ينقل فيه تليفزيون الدولة الرسمي غير ما يحدث على أرض الواقع. قامت ضد محليات فاسدة، ومحافظ ورئيس حي وعمدة لا يختارهم أهل المكان، تلقي بهم السلطة المركزية في القاهرة على رؤوس الأقاليم. قامت للحق والعدل ضد نائب عام "أجرة" يعمل لرئيس جمهورية مبارك الفاسد المفسد، قامت ولم تقعد حتى الآن. كان الأمل بعد الثورة إصلاحاً جاداً لكل ما سبق، ...

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Down with Military Rule…Again?

Millions of Egyptians are continuing to take to the streets. They are calling on President Mohamed Morsi to resign and to hold early presidential elections. At the same time many express concern about the army’s 1 July statement and the potential for a return to military rule at the hands of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF). The statement said that SCAF would impose its own “roadmap” to exit the current impasse if no solutions surface in the next forty-eight hours: The Armed Forces repeats its ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 2)

[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 Al-Qaradawi returns to Egypt from Qatar A news report on the return of the Egyptian sheikh to Egypt amid rumors that the ...

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That a Revolution, As Yet Undefeated, May Succeed

The political alliance that currently rules Egypt, that is, the Muslim Brotherhood, old regime remnants, and some businessmen, agrees with the opposing members of the dissolved NDP on one fundamental matter: June 30 is a counter-revolution. It is directed against the January 25 Revolution. The former view the affair as a coup since its opponents overlap with those of the January revolution. The latter, on the other hand, wish to propagate the idea that yesterday's revolt of popular rage is a grassroots ...

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