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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 ...

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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 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East

Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East. Foreword by Stephen Kinzer. London and New York: Verso, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mike de Seve (MdS): Well, ...

[Image of the headquarters of the UGTT in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Democracy International/Flickr]

The Impeccable Narrative Around Tunisian Workers' Syndicate

[The below piece was written before the current wave of protests in Kasserine in the marginalized southern region of Tunisia. The protests, which soon expanded to the whole country, started after a young unemployed man climbed an electric ...


Egypt Between "Simulacra" and "Secular Criticism:" An Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Adel Iskandar on France24

[Adel Iskandar. Image from screenshot of interview]

As Mohammed Morsi prepares to stand trial, Jadaliyya co-editor Adel Iskandar speaks to France24's The Interview on the former president’s short stint in office. He discusses why Morsi’s failure was inevitable and why his deep entrenchment with the Muslim Brotherhood prevented him from being a president for all Egyptians. He also discusses how it was necessary for the military to subsume the revolution after the toppling of Mubarak. In his new book Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution, Adel Iskandar chronicles nearly three tumultuous years, looking at the revolution in Egypt from a vast range of perspectives, from the football pitch to the International ...

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The Square: So Close Yet So Far

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The Square. Directed by Jehane Noujaim. Egypt/USA, 2013. The Egyptian revolution has been hiccupping from crackdown to revolt. Meanwhile, it has collapsed from a climate of feverish utopia into violent party altercations often waged according to foreign interests. In a new documentary, The Square, Egyptian-American director Jehane Noujaim films the revolutionary struggle alongside her friends, representing it through the prism of Tahrir Square. The film starts with the beginning of the revolution in January 2011 and ends a few months before the present, days after Morsi's toppling. It shows the euphoric moments of unity of Tahrir in the early days of 2011, and follows ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: كاتب ياسين

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["ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم "جدلية" بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]      الاسم: كاتب الشهرة: ياسين تاريخ الولادة: 1929 تاريخ الوفاة: 1989 الجنسية: جزائري مسقط الرأس: سمندو - قسنطينة اسم الزوجة: زبيدة شرغي الفئة: كاتب المهنة: كاتب مسرحي وروائي وشاعر    كاتب ياسين  • جزائري. &b

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Tadween Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from 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.] News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world. Publishing is Another Victim of Syria’s Civil War  By M. Lynx Qualey (Publishing Perspectives)  Syria’s protracted civil conflict is tearing apart the country’s publishing industry. Danger to print shops, price increases, and the overall increase in violence has ...

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الآخر في عيون الجبرتي مؤرخ الحملة الفرنسية

الملخص* عبد الرحمن الجبرتي (1) (ولد في القاهرة عام 1756 - وتوفي فيها عام 1825). وهو مؤرخ مصري عاصر الحملة الفرنسية على مصر ووصف تلك الفترة بالتفصيل في كتابه ”عجائب الآثار في التراجم والأخبار“(2) والمعروف اختصاراً بـ«تاريخ الجبرتي» والذي يُعَدُّ مرجعاً أساسياً لتلك الفترة الهامة من الحملة الفرنسية. وتتلخص هذه الورقة التي قدمت كمحاضرة في رصد انطباعاته عن الفرنسيين في مصر من خلال كتابيه عجائب الآثار ومظهر التقديس، وهي محاولة للإجابة على عدة أسئلة كيف صور مؤرخ مصري ينتمي إلى طبقة علماء الأزهر الحملة الفرنسية على مصر؟ وماهي الأسئلة التي أثارتها هذه الحملة في ذهن المؤرخ؟، وكيف استجاب للتحديات الفكرية في تلك الفترة؟ هل تقبّل الثقافة الغربية كما هي؟ هل استطاع أن ينظر ...

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الرماديون والبحر

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كلما يممتُ صوب البحر بللني المطر ورجعت أبكي للرمال... يحدثُ أن يولد المرء رمادياً في عالم الوسط، لا يطال البياض ولا يطأ السواد، يترنح بينهما على برزخ الرفض ومحاولات الانصهار. يُدرك كلماتي جيداً كل من يحمل تاريخ 1948 فوق خيمته... الخيمة التي تطورت مع تطور تعايشنا لتغدو طوابق، ترتفع شاهرة نفسها صرخة في وجه الوجود، فيهزأ بها! علم الأمم المتحدة غمدٌ من خيوط العنكبوت. يوماً ما، أغمضنا عيوننا عن نكبتنا وأدرنا ظهورنا المقوسة عنها ومضينا صوب متاعب الحياة اليومية بكل ما أوتينا من تماه لبناء حياة تتناسب وهجين انتمائنا في رحمٍ صناعي على شكل وطن له اسم (المخيم)، فارتدنا المدارس والمقاهي، الملاعب والمتاحف، المساجد والحانات والبيوت والشوارع والمسارح والجامعات والأسواق ... وبثثنا ...

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DARS Media Roundup (October 30)

[We Can Do It! We Can Drive! Image by Emilia Rossi, 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 Saudi Women Break Drive Ban, Defying Warnings, by Reuters A few women filmed themselves driving in Saudi cities on October 26th, defying government warnings of arrest and prosecution to take part in a campaign against men-only road rules, activists said. Police put up ...

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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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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 29)

[US Secretary of State John Kerry is met by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal on a recent visit to the kingdom. Relations between the two governments have soured over US policy in Syria and Iran. 25 June 2013. USDOS/flickr/Public Domain]

[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 US-Saudi relationship status: It’s complicated Mark LeVine examines Saudi grievances over the US policy on Syria and Iran. Saudi to reassess relations with US: report Bandar bin Sultan, head of the Saudi intelligence agency, asserts that there will be a “major shift” in the US-Saudi ...

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For A Sputtering Arab-American Institution, A Labor Strike Is Its Best Hope

As individuals dedicated to empowering the Arab-American community, we are alarmed by the decline of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). Arab America needs a proactive and inclusive civil society organization. ADC must reform to meet its mandate as the flagship Arab-American civil rights organization. As former members, chapter presidents, donors, interns or supporters of the organization, we are concerned that ADC finds itself at its lowest point after three decades of existence.  All of the current female staff members at the national office have been on strike for a week.  This follows publicly made sexual harassment claims by several ...

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Ten Days of Revolt In Sudan: An interview with Khalid Medani

[ protest in Sudan: Courtesy of Girifna media]

In the ten days following September 23rd, Sudan has witnessed the largest anti-government protests since the military coup that brought its president Omar Al-Bashir to power in 1989. Thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets chanting "freedom" and renewing calls for their autocratic ruler to stand down. The unrest, sparked off by fuel price hikes, began in the city of Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, but quickly spread to at least nine districts in Khartoum and seven cities across the country. To add to the insult, only three days before the lifting of fuel subsidies, Mr. Bashir and his finance minister boasted that Sudanese people were introduced to ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (October 21-27)

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.  عن الجيش وإمبراطوريته الاقتصادية في مصر أليس لها من دون اقتحام الداخلية كاشفة؟ إدانة مطران Saudi Cleric Confirms That Being a Woman in Saudi Arabia Sucks, Big Time Public Spaces and Spatial Practices: Claims from Beirut Turkey Media Roundup (October 22) What Is a Democratization Package Good For? Out with the Old and In with the Old: Morocco’s New Cabine

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الجزائر: تعاقُب أجيال وتغييرات سياسية

تعيش الجزائر تراجعا يتطابق مع إيقاع الوضع الصحي لرئيس صامت وعاجز عن ترؤس مجلس الوزراء طيلة أشهر عدة. وقد هدف اجتماع الحكومة في 29 أيلول/سبتمبر الماضي إلى وضع حدّ للشائعات حول تدهور صحة عبد العزيز بوتفليقة. وهذه إدارة إعلامية لمسألة صحة الرئيس، وأما البلاد فلم تعد في الواقع محكومة حقاً. فالأمور اليومية تصرَّف تباعاً من خلال صورة رئيس وزراء يسنده كليا «جهاز الاستخبارات والأمن» فائق النفوذ، الذي يحكمه منذ 23 عاماً «توفيق»، الجنرال الصامد في موقعه، توفيق مدين. وبدوره، فإنّ رئيس الوزراء عبد المالك سلال ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 1)

[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.]  Maghreb Global Gender Gap Report The World Economic Forum releases it Global Gender Gap report, with disturbing conclusions on backwards trends in North ...

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كاتب ياسين: نجمة

[تعمل "جدلية" على نشر مقاطع من أعمال ومقالات أدباء وشخصيات نتناول سيرتها في "ملف من الأرشيف". نأتي في مطلع هذا الشهر المصادف لذكرى إنطلاقة الثورة الجزائرية في العام 1952، بمقتطفات من الرواية الأهم التي وثقت تاريخ وتجربة الجزائريين في ظل الاستعمار الفرنسي؛ هي رواية "نجمة" لكاتب ياسين ابن قسنطينة حيث تدور أحداثها. وإذ كانت الرواية قد كُتبت بالأصل بلغة الاستعمار، إلا أنها أتت كفعل مقاوم له تحديداً عبر كشف عوالم الجزائريين الذين تقصد الاستعمار تغييبهم إنسانياً وسياسياً، مقدماً ...

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Anything But Politics: The State of Syria's Political Opposition

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 17 October 2013] Anything But Politics: The State of Syria's Political Opposition Executive Summary Often derided for its infighting or dismissed as irrelevant, Syria’s political opposition reflects the contradictions, misunderstandings and conflicting geopolitical interests upon which it was founded. That its main political bodies have failed to overcome their inherent weaknesses and play a proactive role is regrettable. ...

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Egypt’s Roadmap to Crisis

The significance of the transitional roadmap lies in whether it is capable of ushering Egypt out of the current crisis. The transitional government presented it as such, but the question that remains unanswered is whether it will indeed save the day or deepen the political rift. First, it is necessary to recognize that this transitional roadmap was produced in a rush, in the midst of the heightened confusion following the unprecedented mass mobilization on 30 June 2013 in response to the Tamarod ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (30 October)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.]  News Iran Amid Signs of Detente with Iran, Netanyahu Warns Against Sanctions Letup, Tom Curry Curry reports for NBC News on US tensions with ...

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NEWTON in Focus: Palestine-Israel

This week we highlight various NEWTON texts relevant to the study of Palestine-Israel. The authors of these texts write from a wide range of perspectives, disciplinary approaches, and political frameworks. We encourage you to integrate these texts into your curricula in the coming semesters. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON—whether on Palestine-Israel or on any other topics relevant to the region—please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com. To stay up to ...

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Livestream October 30th 7pm EST: Palestine and the Public Intellectual, a Conversation Between Judith Butler and Cornel West

On October 30th, 2013 at Seven PM EST, renowned scholars Judith Butler and Cornel West will discuss what it means to be a public intellectual and Edward Said's impact on the academic discourse of Palestine. The Entire event will be streamed live on the website of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/palestine/programs/featuredevent.html - livestream Introduction Lila Abu Lughod, Director of the Middle East Institute and Professor of Anthropology ...

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Rethinking US-Egyptian Bilateral Relations: A Rights-Based Approach

Debates in recent months over the continuation of US aid to the Egyptian military, in light of the deteriorating human rights situation, miss the forest for the trees. This includes the announcement that the US government plans to reduce its military aid to Egypt in response to the harsh crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood that followed the 30 June popular mobilization. The narrow focus on recent events precludes a more comprehensive understanding of the US’ structural embroilment in Egyptian politics, ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (October 29)

[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 can send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English The AKP’s “New Turkey” This Is the New Turkey Examining the AKP’s democratization attempts since 2002, Bülent Keneş writes, “After the many ordeals we suffered and the long, ...

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We Are All Complicit

An Enemy Of The People, written by Henrik Ibsen, dramaturgy/scenography and directed by Nora Amin. Lamusica Independent Theatre Group, Egypt, 2013. I don’t move my chair while watching a play. I don’t tend to wrestle with feelings of guilt watching a performance unfold. But I did both while watching An Enemy of the People at the American University in Cairo’s Oriental Hall on 12 October. Henrik Ibsen's five-act play has been transformed by director Nora Amin and LaMusica Independent Theatre Group into ...

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Interview: Sarah Kendzior on Open Access in Academia

[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.] Tadween Publishing interviewed Sarah Kendzior, a researcher and op-ed columnist for Al Jazeera English, about the growth of the open access movement in academia and the rise of MOOCs (massive open online courses). You can follow ...

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