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[Presiden Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi. Source: Official Facebook Page of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi]

Egypt Two Years after the Coup

Today marks two years since the 3 July 2013 coup that paved the way to the rise of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the military-sponsored regime that he leads. On this occasion, Jadaliyya brings its readers a diverse set of ...

[Mahienour Al-Masry protests with the families of those killed on the 25th of January 2011 in front of the court during the trial of the officers responsible. 13 October 2013. Photo by Heba Khamis.]

Mahienour Al-Masry: An Icon of the Revolution in Prison

Text and Photos by Heba Khamis Translated by Eman Hashim Whether as a revolutionary activist chanting at protests or as an attorney advocating on behalf of the underprivileged in the courtroom, Mahienour Al-Masry is a strong voice ...

Meydan Politics: Taksim in Flux after Gezi

Political engagement in contemporary democracies can easily be reduced to private individuals voting separately in anonymity. Yet, politics is a state of constant negotiation, preferably where individuals are in each other’s presence to ...

[Wikileaks logo. Source: wikileaks.org]

The Saudi Leaks and Egypt: A Recap

It was not long after Wikileaks had released the Saudi cables that the dirty laundry it revealed about Egypt’s political elite began circulating in news reports and social media. Although many of the leaks have only confirmed what ...


حديثي مع الشيطان - الجزء الثاني

[غرافيتي في القاهرة. مصدر الصورة موقع قنطرة]

٣٠ يونيو وما بعدها (الحلقة الثانية) فصّل المقال السابق في أزمة النظام الجديد/القديم الذي يرأسه الإخوان، وقدم تحليلاً في عدة إتجاهات مفاده أن النظام الحالي هو عبارة عن تحالف سلطوي هش ومتوتر يواجه مشكلات، متزايدة اقتصادياً واجتماعياً وسياسياً تجعله في مواجهة ذات القوى، التي تحدت نظام مبارك في سنواته الأخيرة، وتسببت في تقويضه في نهاية المطاف. إن المأزق الحقيقي، الذي يبدو أن الإخوان يواجهونه، هو أن مساعيهم للهيمنة على الدولة والمجال السياسي لم تكلل بنجاح يذكر. وأن أحلامهم السلطوية تفوق قدراتهم في ضوء ندرة الموارد المتاحة، وفي ضوء عدم وضوح التحالف الاجتماعي، الذي يتم من أجله إعادة بناء نظام مبارك تحت رعاية الإخوان. باستثناء ذات القوى الاجتماعية المحدودة التي تمكنت من إعادة ...

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DARS Media Roundup (June 26)

[Image by tf-tweeter, via Flickr.]

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.] News & Commentary Five Things To Understand About Turkey’s Protests, by Tom A. Peter Three weeks after mass anti-government protests began sweeping across Turkey, the nation is tensely calm and an enduring resolution remains elusive. The unrest is unlikely to become a “Turkish Spring,” but ...

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الحوار الوطني في البحرين: جهات تتفلّت من التسوية وتعرقلها

[من جلسات الحوار في البحرين المصدر السفير العربي]

 بعد أكثر من أربعة أشهر على بدء جلسات الحوار الوطني، لم يتمكن طرفاه الرئيسيان من الاتفاق على المواضيع التي يرغبان في الحوار حولها. فتم تخصيص الجلسة رقم 22 يوم 12 حزيران / يونيو لمتابعة النقاش حول "الثوابت والمبادئ والقيم" التي ستحكم الحوار. ولا يتوقع أحدٌ أن تؤدي الجلسة ولا ما سيليها إلى حدوث اختراق جدي، مما يفسر تصريح أحد المشاركين من أن "أكبر إنجاز حققته جلسات الحوار الوطني حتى الآن هو استمرارها". لا خيارات أخرى لا يملك الطرفان المتحاوران خيارات جدية أخرى. فبعد سنتيْن ونيف على إعلان حالة الطوارئ، ودخول القوات السعودية إلى البحرين، يجد الطرفان أن أقل الخيارات كلفة هو إعادة الأمور إلى ما كانت عليه قبل بدء انتفاضة دوار اللؤلؤة في منتصف شباط/ ...

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New Texts Out Now: Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat, Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora

[Cover of Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat,

Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat, editors, Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat (EA & ES): Growing up in the wake of our families’ displacement from Iraq, and having lived in multiple geographies as part of complex familial mixing, we see this project as an attempt to connect what otherwise would be perceived as disparate and disjointed worlds. Gathering essays on seemingly unrelated cultural geographies under one “roof” corresponds to the various diasporic worlds we have been familiar with, or ...

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No British Petroleum Gas Project without Our Consent (Video)

[Natural gas flare. Image originally posted to Flicker by Tod Baker]

The Mosireen media collective has completed a new video entitled “Idku: No BP Gas Project Without Our Consent”. It deals with the response of Egyptians from the fishing town of Idku to plans by multinational firm British Petroleum (BP) to build a gas processing plant on their shores. The video features interviews with local residents, who explain that waste dumping in Idku’s waters by oil and gas companies has driven away fish and polluted agricultural lands, threatening the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers alike. The video notes BP’s record of environmental abuse, as well as its support for authoritarian regimes in Azerbaijan, Algeria, Columbia, and of course, ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 25)

[Qatar's new emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. 2011. Image from flickr/Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs]

[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.] Reports and Opinions Persian Gulf states ‘unable to protect themselves’ An article on the reliance of the six Arab Gulf states on Western countries for protection despite their high defense expenditure. What next for the Gulf’s rulers-for-life? Jane Kinninmont examines the implication of the Qatari emir’s possible ...

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Sexual Torture is Systematic: from Mubarak and SCAF to the Muslim Brotherhood (Video)

[Prison cells, Cairo Citadel . Image originally posted to Flicker by Arbella Bet-Shlimon]

This video from the Mosireen media collective is entitled "Sexual Torture is Systematic: from Mubarak and SCAF to the Muslim Brotherhood.” It brings together the testimonies of Egyptians who have survived sexual torture over the past decade, and who refuse to be silenced by their torturers. The video highlights the use of this practice as a deterrent from, or punishment for, political dissent during the era of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, and charts a peak in its use over the last two years, under the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, respectively. This trend is clear from the interviews ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 24)

[Anti-Morsi protest, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted on Flicker by Gigi Ibrahim]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]   “BREAKING: Morsi prison escape referred to Egypt prosecutors” Ismailia court refers to court prison break case in which Mohamed Morsi, Essam El-Arian, Sobhi Saleh and Saad El-Katatni were involved. “June 30 Coordinating Committee announces plans for week-long protests” Marches and demos leading up to June 30 protests to start as early as ...

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في الذكرى المئوية للمؤتمر العربي الأول : تساؤلات حول التاريخ والذاكرة والمستقبل

[شهداء 1916]

يميزالفيلسوف الفرنسي بول ريكور بين ثلاثة أنواع من الأحداث التاريخية : أولاً: حدث ذو معنى في ”حده الأدنى“، أي حدث عادي واضح المعالم ولكن دون أي تأثير على مجرى التاريخ ولا في تشكيل الهوية الجماعية. ثانياً: حدث يندرج ضمن نمطية معينة ويشكل نوعاً من ”الشيما“، مما يفقده طبيعته الأساسية كحدث. أما النوع الثالث: فهو حدث استثنائي وغير مألوف أو حدث بمعناه العلوي، مما يجعله يلعب دوراً هاماً في إعادة تشكيل هوية جماعية جديدة. يعطي ريكور أمثلة معينة لذلك النوع من الأحداث في التاريخ الأوروبي، مثل المحرقة التي تعتبر حدثاً غير عادي مشكلاً لهوية أوروبية جديدة ولكن بشكلها السلبي. بينما تعتبر عملية ”الاستيلاء على الباستيل“، حدثاً استثنائياً ساهم  في تأسيس هوية جديدة ولكن بالمعنى ...

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جسد المرأة الغواية ومحنة الإنسان - الجزء الأول

[رسم حواء وأدم من القرن الخمس عشر إسبانيا]

مقدمة: العولمة وعرش الجسد يتزامن نظام العولمة مع حضور طاغِ لجسد المرأة في الإعلام والإعلان. حضور يشتد يوماً بعد يوم، إن لجهة الكم أم النوع حيث يزداد هذا الجسد، في المرئي والمقروء، عرياً وأوضاعه غواية أو محاولة لها على الأقل. وتساهم تكنولوجيا التصوير وتأثيراته في لعبة الفتنة والترويج حتى ليكاد الإهتمام بالجسد، في الإعلان "الفذ" للألفية الثالثة، يغدو عديل الاهتمام بالفكر والأدب والفنون الذي استحوذ على الصحافة في العقود السابقة. مما يدعونا لتأمل هذا الموضوع الذي لولا أهميته في اللاوعي الجماعي والفردي البعيد منه والجديد، وقابلية استثماره في "اقتصاد السوق" لما تمكن من أن يتصدر المكانة التي "استحقها". في هذه اللعبة يتقاسام المروّج والمنفذ ...

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A New Oppositional Politics: The Campaign Participants in Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election

[Iranian President-elect Hasan Rowhani gestures as he speaks at a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Monday, 17 June 2013. Image by Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo.]

Iranian politics took all of us by surprise again. While the election of Hassan Rowhani as the new president of Iran marks an important turning point in the factional rivalries and elite conflict in Iran, the process of the election also displayed a rather new model of oppositional politics in Iran. This new pragmatist model combines conventional methods of politics such as electoral participation with unconventional tactics such as street demonstrations and popular mobilization: Iranians seeking democratic change voted for Rowhani, whereas they also turned his campaign meetings to occasions for public display of their rather forbidden political demands for the first ...

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War's Yawning Mouth

[Lebanese army differs to militiamen and beats up civilian protesters]

I sat down today to write an article on proposed legal reforms to both the personal status and the electoral system in Lebanon. I have been meaning to write this article for over a month, and have it sketched out on paper, and half written it in my head. Its sentences haunted me while preparing for class and its arguments interrupted my thoughts, demanding to be written down. But it is hard to see the utility of writing on the legal system, or on a feminist approach to both electoral and personal status reform.  Does it matter, when as I write the bullets and the flames and the bombs round up another set of bodies before the day’s end? Is this how researchers and ...

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المسلسلات التركية وفقاعة الاختراق والتأثير في الوطن العربي

جذبت المسلسلات التركية اهتمام الباحثين والصحفيين ورجال الدين في العالم العربي، نظراً لشغف المشاهد العربي بكل ما يخصها من تفاصيل. في آب 2008 تابع حوالي 85 مليون عربي الحلقة الأخيرة من المسلسل التركي "نور" ، الذي عرضته قناة MBC وكانت أول من بدأ بعرض الإنتاج التركي. المسلسلات التركية ما زالت تحتل أوقات الذروة في جدول برامج المحطات العربية، حتى بدأت القنوات بالتنافس الشديد لجذب عدد أكبر من المتابعين من خلال بث المزيد من الدراما التركية. لعل التأثيرات الثقافية والاجتماعية احتلت اهتمام الباحثين ...

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Le Mouvement du droit à la ville et l’été turc

Au moment même où j’écris, Istanbul est assiégé. Toute la puissance des forces de police d’Istanbul - la plus importante police municipale d’Europe - est en train de s’abattre sur les occupants pacifistes du parc Gezi. La protestation a débuté le 27 mai dernier, à l’origine, un projet de construction d’un centre commercial au milieu de la place Taksim. Mais, un mouvement populaire suivi aussi massivement ne naît pas de nulle part. Il est le résultat d’un travail acharné de militants depuis des années, ...

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Don't Tell Them You're Studying Islam

[The following article was published in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University on Tadween Publishing's blog. It was originally published by CCAS here. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] By Steven Gertz I now know what it is like to be profiled. As an American white male of German descent, this is not ...

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New Texts Out Now: Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, Arab and Arab American Feminisms

Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, editors, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, Nadine Naber (RA, EA, NN): It was a year after 11 September 2001, and the three of us were on the same panel at the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans. As we sat at Café du Monde, we noted how Arab American and Arab ...

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Hydropolitics and the Hajj: An Ottoman Pre-History of Saudi Geological Imperialism, With Michael Christopher Low

In Ottoman History Podcast Episode 101, Chris Gratien interviews Michael Christopher Low to discuss his current research on the history of water infrastructure, disease, and the ecological transformations of the Arabian Peninsula over the past two centuries. As Toby Jones argues in Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (2010), Saudi power has always been predicated on the state’s ability to wield technical expertise and master the environment. The two pillars of Saudi ...

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MOOCs Stir Controversy over Shifting Course of Higher Education

While online education has existed for a while, teaching classes online is taking the world of higher education by storm due in part to the rise of MOOCs. MOOCs (massive open online course) are courses based on lecture videos and online interaction that can, seemingly, be taken by anyone with an internet connection. They represent a new form of “open” education that meets virtually, in a non-physical space. The restrictive size and space of a college classroom does not apply in MOOCs, opening the doors ...

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Covering Gezi: Reflecting on Photographing Daily Life during Extraordinary Events

[Text by Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, photos courtesy of Nar Photos.] After a few days, we asked one of our friends to go buy us some gas masks. He called and said there had been a run on them, and prices were up to 350–400 Turkish liras each (approximately $160–$220). We opted for some cheaper construction masks, and made do. But we had to learn how to cover such an event. We are not war photographers. Later in the evening, another member of the Nar Photos Collective chuckled: During one of the ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 17-23)

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. Jadaliyya Launches Turkey Page Erdogan’s Masculinity and the Language of the Gezi Resistance Resisting Tear Gas Together Defining the Terrain of Struggle in Taksim 'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey Will the ...

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Gezi, the Kurds, and Our Kids

Those who wanted to march towards the Democratic Solution Tent were intercepted by gas bombs and water cannons. Yet you didn’t see them, although there were kids present in that march. You didn’t see them, because in fact you have been watching penguins every day for the past thirty years. “Wait a second…We have been watching Diyarbakir from the same media for the past thirty years, have we not?” On one of those days when the police were busy trying to repel the Gezi Park demonstrators with ...

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi, editors. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007 Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers." Oakland: PM Press, 2012  You can bomb a bookstore or ban a book, but it will not die You cannot kill a poem like you can a man. Al-Mutanabbi Street will rise again. (Sam Hamill, To Salah al-Hamdani, November 2008) At the heart of a new anthology is the idea that the written word is invincible. The sentiment may not ...

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Erdogan’s Masculinity and the Language of the Gezi Resistance

Most observers of Turkey have been surprised by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unwillingness to compromise with the Gezi Park protestors, whose resistance for the preservation of an İstanbul park has transformed into a nationwide wave of popular urban protests—despite ongoing efforts at violent suppression—and threatens to become a full-fledged political, and economic, crisis. When Erdoğan hastily left the country for a North Africa trip after the escalation of protests, the moderate comments ...

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Upheavals in the Arab World Two Years On (Video)

The following video features the proceedings of a panel discussion titled “Upheavals in the Arab World Two Years On,” that took place at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Boston on 1 June 2013. Organized and chaired by Lisa Hajjar, the panel assesses the impact of movements advocating social and political change in Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain two years following the outbreak of uprisings throughout the Arab world. Panelists consider how notions of justice and rights have had a galvanizing ...

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