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Last Week on Jadaliyya (September 8-14)

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 ...

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بدايات، فصلية ثقافية فكرية: لكل فصول التغيير

صدر العدد الثامن/ تاسع من مجلة ”بدايات“، وهي مجلة ثقافية فصلية أُطلقتْ استجابة للتحولات التاريخية التي نتجت عن الثورات العربية. كتب فوّاز طرابلسي، رئيس تحرير المجلة، افتتاحية العدد تحت عنوان ”حروب الردة أو أغتيال المستقبل” وركزت ...

[Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani]

Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and ...

[Protesters in Bahrain stand on the ground they were evicted from just three days before. Image from Flickr.]

Behind the Bahraini Revolution: An Interview with Maryam Al-Khawaja

[This interview was originally published in December 2012, a month before Maryam Al-Khawaja was last able to enter Bahrain. She attempted to go back to Bahrain later in August 2013, but was prevented from boarding her flight due to a ...


Sons of Beaches: How Alexandria's Ideological Battles Shape Egypt

[Revolutionary protestors clashing with security forces on the coast of Alexandria on 21 December 2012; Islamist activists protesting, with youth graffiti in the forefront. Design by Amro Ali]

A Salafist Muslim intellectual, overlooking an Alexandrian beach last summer, tells me over coffee: “The cosmopolitanism of our city [Alexandria] may look like it has died, but the skeletal structure of cosmopolitanism is still there. It is this structure that underpins the spread and acceptance of ideas, including Salafist ones, that makes this city a formidable force.” This “force” also makes Alexandria the vanguard city of Egypt's socio-political developments. A glimpse of it was caught in the fogginess of the sheer ferocity that unfolded in the in the two Fridays’ immediately preceding the December constitutional referendum that has set off alarm bells as to where ...

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Reports Roundup (December 29)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Ongoing Pattern of Arrests of Turkish Academics Researching Kurdish Issues The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association addresses Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan with concerns over the recent arrests and detentions of academics focusing on Kurdish issues. Bahrain13 Prisoner Group Meets with Delegation from OHCHR The Bahrain Center for Human Rights reports on a meeting between a delegation from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and a group of political ...

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أربع قصائد

[اللوحة للفنان العراقي صدام الجميلي]

              ثلاث زنابق ثلاث زنابق، أم ثلاث أمّهات؟ . . . ثلاث زنابق: الأولى تفتّحت كأن بتلاتها البيضاء تتضرّعُ تسألُ إلهاً ما عن أولادها الثانية انحنتْ يكاد ظهرها ينكسرُ Keep Reading »

قطر والفلسطينيون

[أمير قطر الشيخ حامد بن خليفة ال ثاني ورئيس حكومة حماس إسماعيل هنية. غزة، اكتوبر 2012. تصوير علي علي المصدر ا.ب]

سواء من حيث التوقيت أو من حيث الجوهر، فإنه من الصعب تفسير زيارة أمير قطر الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني إلى غزة في تشرين أول/أكتوبر 2012 بشكل مبسط. وكما هو الحال عادة عندما يتعلق الأمر بالسياسة في فلسطين، فقد تبلورت بشكل سريع العديد من التفسيرات والتأويلات. وبالتالي، فإما أن قطر كانت تسعى لضمان دعم قادة حماس لإعادة انتخاب خالد مشعل لقيادة المكتب السياسي للحركة الإسلامية، وذلك عن طريق استخدام نفوذها الكبير على الإخوان المسلمين للمساعدة في تحويل رفح إلى معبر حدودي اعتيادي ومنتظم بين مصر وفلسطين؛ متذرعة بذلك للمطالبة بحصتها من غاز البحر الأبيض المتوسط، بالاعتماد على التفاهمات غير الرسمية بين حماس وإسرائيل؛ ومروجة لتطوير قطاع غزة المعدم بـ 400 مليون دولار لكي تزيد، وبشكل كبير، ...

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عن الفن الإسلامي

[جانب من المعروضات ٢٠١٠]

قبل عامين، نظم معهد العالم العربي في باريس، معرض الفن الاسلامي، كسابقة احتضنت لأول مرة في العاصمة الفرنسية، من قبل إدراة المعهد التي ترى بوجوب تعريف الناس على هذا الفن، الذي اشتهر كإرث قائم بحد ذاته، وليس كحركات مستقلة أو متتابعة. 471 عملا بأحجام، وتكاوين وتشكيلات مختلفة تراوحت بين الخزف والزجاج والرسم والتصاوير والنحت والنجارة والنسيج والسجاد والخط العربي والأسلحة كالسيوف والخناجر، والمجوهرات وأدوات الزينة المختلفة، وحتى صناعة الحيوانات المعدنية.  ربما لا يعرف العالم "الغربي" الكثير عن الفن الاسلامي، لكن السؤال يبقى، هل يعرف العالم العربي بهذا الفن. المسؤولة عن هذا المعرض، السيدة أوريلي رويز، قالت في معرض سؤالنا: "بعد جمعنا القطع المعروضة كلها من ...

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Honoring Solidarity During Contentious Debates. . . A Letter to DAM From Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi

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Dear Tamer, Suhel, and Mahmood,  If We Could Go Back in Time… we would have made even clearer that our reaction came from our deep admiration for you and our appreciation of your political and social influence.  We are, as we said, fans. Lila has sent your songs to countless people around the world and has made statements about the importance of your art publicly. As the daughter of an exile from Jaffa who lived and worked for Palestine his whole life, she is particularly thrilled with you as a strong and highly visible voice of a new generation of ’48 Palestinians.   If We Could Go Back in Time….we would have crafted our words more ...

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Of Wife and the Domestic Servant in the Arab World

[Image from author.]

My goal in this short essay is to capture for the reader the gains and losses associated with Islamic-based family rules in the context of an economy that has a generous supply of cheap domestic workers and a sparing one of female public employment. I do so from the perspective of the housewife who is able to hire a domestic servant. I specifically argue that a spill-over effect of family law rules occurs in a household that employs domestic servants, triangulating the relationship between husband, wife, and servant. On the one hand, rules of the family are as formative of the domestic servant’s life as rules of labor, while at the same time, the presence of ...

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NEWTON 2012 in Review

We have had the opportunity to highlight an extraordinary series of books and articles on New Texts Out Now this year. Before we make our way into the new year, here are all of the NEWTONs that we published in 2012. Enjoy, and see you in 2013.  Myriam Ababsa, Badouin Dupret, and Eric Denis, Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey  Lila Abu-Lughod and Anupama Rao, Women’s Rights, Muslim Family Law, and the Politics of Consent  Gilbert Achcar, “Eichmann in Cairo: The Eichmann Affair in Nasser’s Egypt”  Ali Ahmida, “Libya, Social Origins of Dictatorship, and the Challenge ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 25)

[Image from Flickr/Al Jazeera English]

[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 Britain could deploy more troops to Gulf, says David Cameron Emma Graham-Harrison examines military relations between the United Kingdom and the Gulf countries, in The Guardian. David Cameron visits Oman as BAE announces £2.5bn defence deal – video A media report on Cameron’s visit to ...

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Why Chuck Hagel Is Irrelevant

[Senator Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington D.C, 9 May 2012. Photo by Glenn Fawcett/Flickr.]

The latest non-scandal scandalizing the American commentariat is whether Barack Obama will be able to nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense. The narrative is that the Zionist lobby is eager to scuttle Hagel’s nomination because he has uttered one too many words “critical” of Israel, and displayed too many sentiments suspected of being contrary to the agenda of the lobby: namely, destroying Iran. The narrative is true enough. That the lobby does not want Hagel is clear, and his nomination would be a defeat for the lobby’s right wing. Still, it is barely a scandal, except in the sense that it is scandalous how narrow the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 24)

[The march to the federal palace to reject the constitutional referendum. Image originally posted to Flickr by Moud Barthez.]

[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.]   “Full unofficial results of Egypt's constitutional referendum: A visual breakdown” The new constitution passes with sixty-four percent of the vote. “Referendum voting lowest turnout since revolution” Thirty-two percent of Egyptians have cast their vote in the two rounds of the constitutional referendum. “Morsi's Pyrrhic Victory” Nervana ...

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صندوق الألم: جولان حاجي

[الشاعر السوري جولان حاجي]

صندوق الألم (مقطع) لم تكنْ هناك، هذا الفجر، حين أطلَّ المرضى والركابُ والجنود برؤوسٍ صلعاء وحليقة مثل أكواخٍ معتمة في نوافذ بعيدة. ضبابٌ خفيف لم يمكثْ  طويلاً عبَرهُ الصبيُّ أمام بوّابةِ المستشفى حيث وجدَ مسدساً ملقى على العشب. لم تكن هناك. الآن، أنت قصةٌ تُروى في مكانٍ لستَ فيه. حلقك، صندوقُ الألم، مليءٌ بالعظامِ والريش. في بياضِ  عينك بقعةُ دمٍ صغيرةٌ وصدئة Keep Reading »

Calls to Boycott Qatar and the UAE for Labor Violations

[The following is a Migrant Rights post on calls to boycott the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and (possibly) the UAE, if chosen for the 2024 Olympics.] The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will organize a boycott of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar unless the nation improves migrant worker conditions. The group also plans to boycott the UAE (if selected for the 2024 Olympics) if genuine labor reform is not realized. As both nations will implement intensive labor projects in preparation for these ...

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Egypt’s Anti-Freedom Constitution: The Borhami Video

“This constitution imposes complete restrictions that have never before been imposed by any Egyptian constitution” and it “places restrictions on freedom of thought, expression, and creativity.” These are the words of Sheikh Yasser Borhami, a leading member of the Constituent Assembly. He was explaining Article 10 of Egypt’s draft constitution during a conference with religious experts and Salafist preachers on 22 November 2012. On this same day, President Mohamed Morsi granted himself sweeping powers, ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 27)

[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 Wednesday night of every week.] Algeria Algeria Prepares For ‘Guerrilla’ Warfare Walid Ramzi reports on Algeria's current military training. Can Algeria and France forget the past? Nabila Ramadani ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 27)

[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.]   International and Regional Perspectives   Will Brahimi Get a Breakthrough? Keep Reading »

اقتصاد مصر بين المُفْلِسين والمُفَلِّسين

هذه المرة تجيء نذر إفلاس مصر من كل صوب وحدب. بدأ الأمر بتصريحات من وزير الصناعة والتجارة عن صعود متوقع فى عجز الموازنة ربما يؤدي «إلى عدم القدرة على سداد الرواتب إذا لم يتم التعامل معه». ثم يقول الأمين العام لجبهة الإنقاذ المعارضة محمد البرادعي بالنص وهو يدعو الرئيس لوقف الاستفتاء على الدستور وإعادة تشكيل الجمعية التأسيسية: «البلد على وشك الإفلاس. اذا اكملنا ٣ أشهر فلن نكمل ٤ أشهر». ويخبرنا الكاتب والسياسي محمد حسنين هيكل في نفس الليلة بفحوى لقاء بين محافظ المركزى فاروق العقدة والرئيس مرسي حذره فيه من أن ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 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 videos.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. UC Berkeley's New Chancellor Endorses the Falsehood: Criticizing Israel is Anti-Semitic بانتظار علياء "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح:فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس The Politics of Killing Women in Colonized Contexts ...

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DAM Responds: On Tradition and the Anti-Politics of the Machine

We were happy to find on the pages of Jadaliyya supporters and friends who understand our work and respect what we have been doing as artists and members of our community for many years.  We also feel an urgency to respond to the analysis that Lila Abu-Lughod and Maya Mikdashi offered of our work. We take the issue and the critique seriously. Normally we don’t feel the urge to reply to a review but we felt that this specific review crossed a few lines, especially with its title! Tradition and the ...

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Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum Results

Based on numbers reported by Egyptian media outlets, below is a summary of the constitutional referendum vote results broken down by governorate. What do these numbers tell us? In two stages of voting, average turnout across governorates was 30%, with Egyptians abroad participation being the most notable outlier with a 41% turnout rate. The only three governorates where the majority of voters elected to reject the draft constitution are Cairo, Gharbiyya, and Menofia.   What do these ...

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Will Brahimi Get a Breakthrough?

The killing has changed the city’s shape - This rock Is bone This smoke people breathing, Adonis, “The Desert,” 1982-83. On 20 December, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ independent commission of inquiry on Syria released its periodic update. The short report makes for frightful reading. The numbers of dead and affected have reached mythical proportions – more than forty thousand corpses, more than five hundred thousand refugees, and more than four million people in dire straits as ...

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Censored 2013: Project Censored List of Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012

[The following list was compiled and released by Project Censored: Media Democracy in Action and features the top twenty-five censored stories of 2013.] 1. Signs of an Emerging Police State 2. Oceans in Peril 3. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Worse than Anticipated 4. FBI Agents Responsible for Majority of Terrorist Plots in the United States 5. First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions Loaned to Major Banks 6. Small Network of Corporations Run the Global Economy Keep Reading »

ملف من الأرشيف: أحمد فؤاد نجم

[”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات ستكون لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]       الإسم: أحمد فؤاد الشهرة: نجم إسم الأب: محمد عزت إسم الأم: هانم مرسي تاريخ الولادة: 1929 مكان الولادة: كفور نجم الجنسية: مصر الأولاد: نوارة/ زينب /عفاف اللقب: الفاهوم الفئة: مؤلف المهنة: شاعر 

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Rampage School Shootings: Reframing the Discourse

The most recent rampage school shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary (SHE) in Newtown, Connecticut, that claimed the lives of twenty kindergarteners and six school staffers at the hands of another young white male, took the US and the world by a storm. As messages of sympathy poured down from world leaders and interfaith vigils were held in solidarity with the victims and their families, people in their shock and disbelief tried hard to make sense of this unthinkable act of violence against these innocent ...

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