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Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion

In the months following the tragic murders at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris, reactions to the attacks predictably gravitated toward two polar positions. Pundits and politicians in Western ...

Letter of Support by Colleagues and Personal Friends of Emad Shahin

[The following letter was issued on 26 May 2015 in support of Emad Shahin, a professor at the American University of Cairo (AUC) whose was charged, tried, and recently sentenced to death (in absentia) as part of a broader set of cases ...

[Cover of Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina,

New Texts Out Now: Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique

Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, dir., Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique. Tunis: Arabesques / International Alert, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait éditer ce livre? Olfa Lamloum ...

[Cover of Ronald Grigor Suny, “'They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else': A History of the Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Knowledge

Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. In this centennial year since the Armenian Genocide, countless conferences, ...


Global Geopolitics of the Western Sahara: Beyond Dominant Narratives on the Western Sahara Roundtable

[Gathering of Saharawi troops, near Tifariti (Western Sahara), celebrating the 32nd anniversary ot the Polisario Front. Image by Saharauiak/Flickr.]

[This is one of seven pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the Western Sahara. Moderated by Samia Errazzouki and Allison L. McManus, it features contributions from John P. Entelis, Stephen Zunes, Aboubakr Jamaï, Ali Anouzla, Allison L. McManus, Samia Errazzouki, and Andrew McConnell.] Immediate steps shall be taken, in Trust and Non-Self-Governing Territories or all other territories which have not yet attained independence, to transfer all powers to the peoples of those territories, without any conditions or reservations, in accordance with their freely expressed will and desire, without any distinction as to race, ...

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US Policy Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Beyond Dominant Narratives on the Western Sahara Roundtable

[Image of Moroccan tanks on display at the Sahrawi Museum of War near the Tindouf Camps in Algeria. Image from Saharauiak/Flickr.]

[This is one of seven pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the Western Sahara. Moderated by Samia Errazzouki and Allison L. McManus, it features contributions from John P. Entelis, Stephen Zunes, Aboubakr Jamaï, Ali Anouzla, Allison L. McManus, Samia Errazzouki, and Andrew McConnell.] The official narrative on the origins of the Western Sahara conflict is often presented as a case of an Algerian-supported African decolonization effort in which a national liberation movement (Polisario Front) representing an incipient Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is seeking independence in the formerly Spanish-occupied ...

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مقابلة مع القيادي في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي خالد البطش

يرى القيادي البارز في حركة الجهاد الإسلامي خالد البطش، في حوار طويل مع "مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية"، أن التحولات في العالم العربي ستكون في نهاية المطاف لمصلحة القضية الفلسطينية، لأن الكيان الصهيوني خسر في معظم البلاد العربية مَن كان مسانداً له وحامياً طوال 60 عاماً، ولأن المجتمعات العربية عندما تكون حرة وصاحبة سيادة فهذه مقدمات للتحول نحو فلسطين. وفي هذا السياق أبدى البطش تفاؤله بأن مصر ما بعد "ثورة يناير" 2011 أخذت تستعيد دورها العربي الفاعل، مستدركاً أنه يجب إعطاء القيادة المصرية الوقت الكافي لترتيب أوراقها الداخلية، لافتاً إلى كون التحول المصري من أهم التحولات العربية باعتبار مصر أكبر دولة عربية ودولة محورية في المنطقة لا يمكن من دونها تحرير فلسطين ...

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Al-Mutanabbi Street: Locating Contemporary Iraqi Culture

[Audience members attending the exhibition. Image by Amin Alsaden]

The last installment of the three-part exhibition titled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here opened on Monday 13 May at the Cambridge Arts Council. The exhibition features artists' responses to an explosion that took place in Iraq on 5 March 2007, at al-Mutanabbi Street, an important artery in historic Baghdad and home to an abundant number of bookstores and street book vendors. The anonymous attack killed and injured dozens of innocent people who frequented or worked on the street, and it destroyed the Shahbandar coffeehouse, a historic meeting place for Iraqi artists and writers. Originating from twenty-four countries, the 260 international artists participating in the ...

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The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer

[A protestor and police in Gezi Park. 31 May 2013. From Yücel Tunca via Nar Photos.]

As I write this, Istanbul is under siege. The might of Istanbul's entire police force—the largest city police force in Europe—is violently cracking down on peaceful occupiers in Gezi Park. The protest, which began on 27 May, is ostensibly over a planned shopping center to be built over a park in Istanbul's central Taksim Square. Nevertheless, massive popular movements like this do not emerge out of nowhere. Typically, they are the result of the tireless groundwork of activists over the course of an extended period. And then, something happens: a spark sets off the lighter fluid accumulating unnoticed at everyone's feet. The protests began with approximately seventy ...

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Mustafa al-Hallaj: Master of the Print and Master of Ceremonies

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Deep in thought while in transit at Amman’s international airport in 1979, I missed my flight to Beirut. Fortunately a competing airline had a plane thirty minutes later. My waiting friends met me in frenzy; it was revolutionary Beirut and although they had cause to worry their anxiety soon turned to glee when they informed me that our car was entering the liberated zone. Fresh from the laziness and loneliness of the Midwestern United States, in Lebanon’s capital I found a people flying high with activity, and a venturesome, optimistic, and selfless sense of commitment. Every activist was glittering and the variety of their personalities made the individualists of ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (May 31)

[Residents of Zouérate in Mauritania hold protests on the anniversary of similar uprisings in 1968. Photo courtesy of Mauriweb.info.]

[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 Les hackers dans la cité arabe: En Algérie, très bas débit et girl power Blogeurs describes the situation for webzines and digital entrepreneurs in Algeria. Services secrets en Algérie: la manœuvre Zerhouni définitivement enterrée. Baki 7our Mansour describes the failed political maneuverings of the former ...

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سبع كلمات عن الأمل العراقي

[لوحة للفنان العراقي محمد الشمري]

«1» أملي في رقّاص الساعة المزدوج، حينما يقذف بعضه يميناً، فإن بعضه الآخر ينقذف يساراً، هؤلاء يؤمنون بالخراب، الدمار عندهم «فعل» متوقع لنشر الظلم والجور من أجل «رد فعل» منتظر ومتفق عليه؛ هو بسط عدل طائفة واحدة!، دوافعهم للتخلص من الإرهاب كبيرة وملحوظة، لا أشكُّ في هذا، لكنها دوافع دينية، ستنتصر أو تُهزم بالفيزياء أيضاً، وهو قانوننا لا قانونهم!، دوافع ستفرُغ بعد ذلك لانتاج دوافع جديدة لقتل نفسها ونفوسنا. أنا وأنت الرقّاص المعاكس، الذي: يؤمن بامكانية السعادة الدنيوية والنهايات المسالمة ؛ ولايريد أن يطبق خارطة حرب العوالم الموعودة، وهذا وحده دافعٌ ممتاز لتحسس «الأمل». «2» إذا كنّا نظنّ بأنه يتاجر في «الدين»، لايُستحسن أن نتاجر في «ضد الدين»، لايحقّ لنا أن «نتاجر» ...

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Summer Readings from NEWTON

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The New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) page has greatly expanded over the past year, in large part thanks to the recommendations and contributions from many of Jadaliyya’s readers. We would like to provide you with ample summer reading material by reminding you of several new texts that we have featured in recent months. This compilation of works spans a wide range of topics and disciplines by prominent authors in the field of Middle East studies. We hope this list will be pedagogically useful for readers preparing syllabi for the fall semester, as well as those hoping to learn about new and unique perspectives on the region. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by ...

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The Islamophobia Industry and Iran's First Virtual Presidential Candidate

[ Zahra for President campaign via vote4zahra.org]

The director of United for Iran, a human rights organization, and co-author of  the best-selling graphic novel, Zahra’s Paradise, have launched a virtual presidential campaign to draw attention to the lack of democratic processes and viable candidates in  this year’s carefully engineered  elections in Iran. The presidential nominee, Zahra is the heroine of the graphic novel, Zahra’s Paradise. Her nineteen-year-old son, Mehdi, disappeared after participating in demonstrations against Iran’s 2009 election results. Zahra is a fictional character but her platform is real as she is calls for a fair and open election, abolishment of the death penalty, gender, ...

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Open Letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys Regarding the Boycott of Israel

[Alice Walker in Ramallah on 16 April 2011. Photo by TEDxRamallah via Flickr]

[The following letter from author, poet, and activist Alice Walker to singer-songwriter and actress Alicia Keys was originally published by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) on 29 May 2013.] Dear Alicia Keys, I have learned today that you are due to perform in Israel very soon. We have never met, though I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work. It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists. You were not born when we, your elders who love you, boycotted institutions in the US South ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ayca Cubukcu, The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity

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Ayça Çubukçu, “The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity,” Humanitarianism and Responsibility, special issue of Journal of Human Rights 12 (2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Ayça Çubukçu (AÇ): This article originated in a piece I wrote for Jadaliyya during the vitalizing days of the Arab Spring, in the heat of debate about the virtues of an international military intervention in Libya. As Jadaliyya readers would recall, following the February 2011 uprising against Colonel Qaddafi in eastern Libya, there were calls for the international community to intervene, if necessary with violence, into Libyan affairs. A ...

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The Cost of Authoritarianism: Beyond Dominant Narratives on the Western Sahara Roundtable

[This is one of seven pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the Western Sahara. Moderated by Samia Errazzouki and Allison L. McManus, it features contributions from John P. Entelis, Stephen Zunes, Aboubakr Jamaï, Ali Anouzla, Allison L. McManus, Samia Errazzouki, and Andrew McConnell.] The Moroccan regime's reaction and that of its supporters’ to the United States' attempt to extend the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) ...

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The Last Colony: Beyond Dominant Narratives on the Western Sahara Roundtable

[This is one of seven pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the Western Sahara. Moderated by Samia Errazzouki and Allison L. McManus, it features contributions from John P. Entelis, Stephen Zunes, Aboubakr Jamaï, Ali Anouzla, Allison L. McManus, Samia Errazzouki, and Andrew McConnell.] Western Sahara is a sparsely-populated territory about the size of Italy, located on the Atlantic coast in northwestern Africa, just south of Morocco. Traditionally ...

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The Myth of the "Yemen Model"

Shortly following the internationally-funded uncontested election in Yemen, a high-ranking western diplomat berated me for not voting. When I asked him, "would people in your country be happy with a one-person election?" He responded: "people in my country are not trying to kill each other!" While not all diplomats think this way, unfortunately, that simplistic and ignorant statement is what drives much of western policy on Yemen -- if there is a policy -- and it is also why it is ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (May 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of May 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups, editors picks and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.   Open Letter from Alice Walker to Alicia Keys Regarding the Boycott of Israel Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-Revolution, Orientalism, and "Authenticity" Just Another Open Letter in ...

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Everywhere is Taksim, Resistance Everywhere

Taking a page out of the playbook of dictators from Damascus to Algiers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has thus far refused any serious engagement with the thousands protesting the destruction of Gezi Park in Istanbul. His supporters have attempted to paint the protests—currently in their fifth day, and gathering momentum—as the work of fringe anarchists, atheists, foreign instigators, and government detractors. They have cited ‘ulterior motives’ and alluded to secularist conspirators ...

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آخِر الســاميين

  [حجبت إدارة موقع الجزيرة بالانجليزية مقالة جوزيف مسعد "آخر الساميين" بعد أن كانت قد نشرتها في الذكرى الخامسة والستين للنكبة، وذلك إثر ضغوطات سياسية من جهات صهيونية. إلا أن الجزيرة عاودت نشر المقالة عقّب النقد الشديد الذي لاقته واتهامها بالانصياع لأجندات سياسية مناوءة للقضية الفلسطينية.]   منذ بواكير الصهيونية، أدرك معارضوها اليهود بأن الحركة الصهيونية لا تشاطر اللاسامية تعاليمها بتشخيص ما أسماه المسيحيون الأوروبيون "المسألة اليهودية" فحسب، بل إنها، وهو ما أثار حفيظة ...

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المجتمع المدني الافتراضي والتحول في مفهوم السيادة

عند مقارنة سرعة وسهولة الحصول على المعلومة في ما يتعلق بالثورة المعلوماتية بما كان يحدث في هذا الشأن  قبل عشر سنوات سنجد هناك إختلافاً كبيراً، ليس فقط في وجود شبكة الإنترنت في حد ذاتها، وإنما في التطور الذي حدث في الأدوات والمواقع  التي أنشئت عليها وقدرتها على خلق واقع إفتراضي غير مألوف للبشر من قبل. جعلت الملايين منهم يبلورون نطاقاً آخر للتفاعل يمكن تسميته مجازاً "المجتمع المدني الافتراضي" بخلاف النطاق الإجتماعي التقليدي كاسرين في ذلك حاجز الزمان والمكان بنقل المعلومة أو الرسالة في ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 30)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Syria and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Syria Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to syria@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]   Regional and International Perspectives    Child Marriages Rise among Syrian Refugee Girls Sulome Anderson on sexual violence in times of crisis.  

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The Journey of Protests in the Mediterranean and Beyond: A Discussion About and For Social Movements

There has been significant interest in the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia among Italian authors, but the majority of works on the topic follow a very traditional scheme: a narrative of the events in the context of mainstream discourses on liberalism and democracy, usually imbued with implicit normative claims. The only exception to this trend is represented by two books that Agenzia X, a Milan-based activist publishing house, published in 2012: Lorenzo Fe and Mohamed Hossny’s In Every Street: Voices of ...

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Just Another Open Letter in The Wall: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters' Letter to Alicia Keys

[The following letter from Pink Floyd's co-lead vocalist and basist Roger Waters was published on 29 May 2013 by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). It was written as a follow-up and in support of Alice Walker's letter to Alicia Keys emploring her to boycott Israel and cancel her upcoming performance there.] "Just Another Open Letter in The Wall" Dear Alicia Keys I read today Alice Walker's eloquent and moving entreaty to you in her open ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mark Fathi Massoud, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan

Mark Fathi Massoud, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mark Fathi Massoud (MFM): I wrote this book to investigate the nature of the law and how law is used both to develop and to disrupt authority. I also wrote the book to understand Sudan. Sudan was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve colonial independence from the British. Its ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 29)

[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 Saudi reportedly executes Yemeni gang members A news report on the beheading of five Yemenis and the public display of ...

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