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Antisemitism and Salaita ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري Derrida and the Crisis of French Zionism Anthony Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics An Excerpt from Sinan Antoon's
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New Texts Out Now: Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erin Runions (ER): Living in New York City in 2001 and ...

[الكاتب محمد شكري]

ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري

["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 ...

[Ahmed Samir, thirty-three, a businessman, became a Salafi and has had a beard since 2001. After the dispersing of pro-Morsi protesters from around the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque, Samir decided to shave off his beard since he had heard of friends being harassed in the streets. Photo by Mohamed Ali eddin.]

Beard Phobia

[Photos and text by Mohamed Ali eddin.] During the 25 January 2011 revolution, Egyptians thought they were united against President Mubarak’s regime. They believed in the power of Tahrir Square, in how the square gathered Islamists, ...

[Photo from Mada Masr]

An Open Letter

At 4 p.m. today, I celebrated with my colleagues my last meal in prison.  I have decided—when I saw my father fighting against death locked in a body that was no longer subject to his will—to start an open hunger strike until I ...


Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 11)

[Protestors at the Doha Climate Change Summit. 5 December 2012. Photo by ideasforacoolerworld]

[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 Gulf states must quash unrest – Saudi official A news report on the comments made by the Saudi deputy foreign minister urging the Gulf governments to put down any protests inspired by the Arab uprisings, on Gulf News. UAE authorities ‘detain 18-year-old blogger’ A news report on the arrest of Mohammed ...

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الضحك في الزمن المظلم: مقابلة مع ممدوح حمادة

[مسلسل ضيعة ضايعة ٢ (٢٠١٠) اخراج الليث حجو سيناريو ممدوح حمادة الممثلون (النجوم): نضال سيجري باسم ياخور ]

[ ممدوح حمادة أحد أبرز كتاب السيناريو والحوار التلفزيوني في سوريا. قدم بالتعاون مع المخرج الليث حجو بعضاً من أفضل الأعمال الكوميدية، خاصة مسلسلات "بقعة ضوء" ابتداء منذ عام 2000  و"أمل - ما في" عام 2004. وقد أثمر تعاونه مع ذات المخرج في المسلسل الشهير "ضيعة ضايعة" في عامي 2008 و 2010، و أخيراً مسلسل " الخربة" عام 2011. يعيش الكاتب ممدوح حمادة في روسيا البيضاء.] ليزا ودين: من هم ممثلو الكوميديا الذين كان لهم تأثير على أعمالك الكوميدية المختلفة؟ ممدوح حمادة: لا يوجد أي ممثل محدد يمكن القول إن له تأثير مباشر على اعمالي الكوميدية، ولكن في الوقت نفسه يمكنني القول إن جميع الذين شاهدتهم لهم تأثير بهذا الشكل أو ذاك على ...

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The People Want Reform… In Qatar, Too.

[Image from Flickr/Doha Sam]

[Perspectives Editors’ note: Over the last two years of revolt in the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab Gulf has often been portrayed in the regional and international media as an exception, standing in relative stability outside an “arc of history” struggling towards freedom and democracy. Within this discourse, whatever its merits, Qatar has come to occupy a place even further along the axis of exceptionalism, all the more so as nearly all of its neighbors – Kuwait, Eastern Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman – are now experiencing repeated, public signs of deep discontentment, social unrest, and various forms of state and popular-led violence. Although these ...

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Art, Politics, and Critical Citizenry in Morocco: An Interview with Driss Ksikes

[Reporter Driss Ksikes outside the courthouse, 15 January 2007 in Casablanca. The court handed down three-year suspended sentences to Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane, and to journalist Sanaa al-Aji, for insulting the Islamic religion, court officials said. Both were barred from any journalistic activity for two months and the independent Arabic-language magazine was suspended for two months. They were fined 80,000 dirhams (US $ 9,280) each. Image by Jalil Bounhar/AP Photo.]

Driss Ksikes’ presence in Morocco is not one that is easily captured by static titles. He is at once an artist, an academic, a journalist, and an activist. However, it is his ability to transcend the rigidity of any one of these roles that has allowed him to evade stereotypes. Both his artistic and political activities have also played a hand in inspiring him as director of the Centre d’Etudes Sociales, Economiques et Managériales (CESEM). Perhaps his best descriptor is the one he has used to describe himself: a “critical citizen.”  Ksikes began his career as a playwright, publishing his first play in 1998, Pas de memoire...memoire de pas. He then published Le ...

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A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 1)

Our enemies did not cross our borders They crept through our weakness like ants.   -- Nizar Qabbani, “Footnotes to the Book of Setback”                                                        (Hawamesh ‘ala Daftar al-Naksah), 1967.  I. Refugees.  News comes from a team sent by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to Homs, Syria. They returned to Damascus in late November, reporting that ...

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برهان شاوي: وهم الحرية

غلاف كتاب

[“كتب” هي سلسلة تستضيف “جدلية” فيها المؤلفين والمؤلفات في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة ونرفقه بفصل من الكتاب.] ”وهم الحرية: مقاربات حول مفهوم حرية الفكر والإرادة“ المؤلف بُرهان شاوي، عن الدار العربية  للعلوم ناشرون 2012  جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب، وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟  بُرهان شاوي: أنا لم أفكر في تأليف كتاب حول هذا الموضوع، أقصد هنا سؤال الحرية والإرادة، وإنما تشكل الموضوع بشكل عفوي في البداية. فقد كنت أفكر في كتابة روايتيّ (متاهة آدم) و(مشرحة بغداد)، وهما خطوة جديدة في تجربتي مع السرد الروائي، فبعد سنوات طوال من كتابة روايتي الأولى (الجحيم المقدس)، حيث كنت قد كتبتها في العام 1987، بألمانيا، بدأت كتابة روايتي (متاهة آدم) في صيف العام 2011، ...

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Reports Roundup (December 8)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Israeli Supreme Court Hearing on Petition Against Anti-Boycott Law Set for 5 December The Who Profits? project condemns as unconstitutional Israel's anti-boycott law, passed in 2011, and draws attention to the Supreme Court hearing against the law that began on 5 December.  Letter from Maryam Alkhawaja to Kim Kardashian Acting President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights Maryan Alkhawaja addresses celebrity Kim Kardashian, imploring her to use her visit to Bahrain to draw international attention to current human ...

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“Beirut Photographer”: An Ode to Memory

[A boy in Martyrs Square, Beirut at the end of the wars, sells photos of the square as it appeared before the wars. Photo by George Azar.]

What does it mean to bear witness to events? What responsibility does the act of witnessing carry? These are the central questions evoked by George Azar and Mariam Shahin’s documentary film “Beirut Photographer.” Released on Al Jazeera English in part to remember the thirtieth anniversary of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon–and more particularly of Beirut–the film is a multi-layered and fascinating portrayal of the often contradictory aspects of battles that would become subsumed under the label of the “Lebanese civil war,” as well as of the process, and cost, of documenting conflict. The film initially centers on photographer and filmmaker George Azar. He ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2012)

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[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to post@jadaliyya.com [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] A Tale of Two Interviews, Habib ...

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Violent Clashes at Cairo’s Roxy Square and Beyond, Up Close in Photo and Video

[Screenshot of the video on clashes at Roxy Square]

When I set out to the Itihadiyya Presidential Palace in Heliopolis, Cairo, I wanted to capture some footage of the Muslim Brotherhood's pro-Mohamed Morsi sit-in and the clashes that were reported earlier in the evening, with five deaths and more than three hundred injuries confirmed. At that time, I was uncomfortably speaking at an American University in Cairo panel on the Middle East and Knowledge Production. I got some of that "knowledge" produced right in my face first hand in the Itihadiyya quarter, Korba Street, and Roxy Square shortly after. It was a little after 11 pm. I returned around 4 am, as the raging clashes began to subside. Below is a quick ...

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تَعَقُّبُ محمود درويش

[الشاعر الفلسطيني محمود درويش]

نبذة سلك محمود درويش (1942- 2008) في البداية بين خطين سياسيين رسما إيديولوجيا قصيدته بوضوح: المسألة الفلسطينية، وكانت وقوداً خاصاً لقطاره الشعري، والفكر اليساري، وكان ظاهرياً كجسم غلّف قلب ذلك القطار. كان ذلك في الستينات. لكن درويش سرعان ما أطلق لغة شعرية من نافذة مختلفة، أكثر اتساعاً من أي ظرف إيديولوجي. وأتت محاولته للانزياح عن "نظام" قصيدة التفعيلة الخطابية سياسياً آنذاك والمنبرية بطبيعة الحال، عبر ديوانه "أحبك أو لا أحبك' (1972) من خلال النص التجريبي "مزامير". درويش أفلح آنذاك في قراءة الشعر خارج المعطى السياسي الجاهز. لم يرد للقصيدة أن تنصاع لإغراء الفكر النضالي والانفعال والصراع، برغم رواج هذه الخيارات في تلك المرحلة (بين حربي 1967 و1973). ...

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من أجل مدنية الحكم في موريتانيا

[صورة من مسيرة المعارضة المطالبة برحيل العسكر ووقف الوصاية الفرنسية. المصدر مدونة أحمد ولد جدو]

بعد الإطاحة بالطاغية معاوية ولد سيد احمد الطايع في انقلاب 2005، بدأ الأمل يتسلل إلى قلوب الكثيرين في مورتانيا حيث ظنوا أن البلاد دخلت في مرحلة جديدة تطبعها الديمقراطية ودولة المؤسسات والقانون. وازدادت قناعتهم أن الديكتاتورية قد أفل نجمها وسحق جدارها مع وعد المجلس العسكري، الذي تأسس بعد الانقلاب، بتسليم السلطة للمدنيين في انتخابات نزيهة تحت إشرافه. لكن سرعان ما اكتشف الموريتانيون أن الحرية لا توهب، بل تنتزع وأنه من المستحيل أن تمطر السماء ديمقراطية. فقد قام ذالك المجلس بجلب رجل غير معروف في المشهد السياسي الموريتاني، يسمى سيدي ولد الشيخ عبد الله، ووضع أفراده كل ثقلهم خلفه وسخروا موارد الدولة له، حتى نجح في انتخابات شهد العالم بنزاهتها واعتبرت تجربة رائدة في العالم ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: الشيخ إمام

 [”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: إمام محمد الشهرة: عيسى إسم الأب: أحمد تاريخ الولادة: 1918 تاريخ الوفاة: 1995 الجنسية: مصري مكان الولادة: ابو النمرس الفئة:  فنان المهنة: ملحن - مغني    [الشيخ إمام وأحمد فؤاد نجم] الشيخ إمام  مصري. إسمه ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Dec 3- 9)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles.  Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series. The Muslim Brotherhood's Militias in Action: A Firsthand Account Morsi Past the Point of No Return On the Insignificance of Stevie Wonder No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (December 10)

[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.]   “Why This Was Not A Real Compromise” Bassem Sabry says that the new constitutional declaration is not a concession from the president since he already managed to protect the ...

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In Honor of Titans

In hindsight, the popular uprising that erupted in the occupied Palestinian territories on 9 December 1987 and continued for six grueling yet heroic years makes perfect sense. Scholars, analysts, and activists have demonstrated how a variety of factors came together to ripen conditions for the eruption of mass protest and its development into a sustained and organized rebellion.  These conditions included accelerated colonial expansion throughout the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Longlisted for Arabic Booker Prize

Sinan Antoon’s third novel, Ya Maryam (Ave Maria) (Beirut/ Baghdad: Dar al-Jamal, 2012), was longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, otherwise known as the “Arabic Booker.” The novel, Antoon’s third, explores the conflicting views of two generations of an Iraqi Christian family. The sixteen books on the longlist were selected by a panel of five judges, whose names will be announced in Tunis on Wednesday 9 January 2013, at the same time as the 2013 ...

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Morsi Past the Point of No Return

The events of 5 December 2012 mark an important shift in Egyptian politics in light of the violence that pitted Muslim Brotherhood members and partisans of President Mohamed Morsi against protesters opposed to the president’s recent moves to centralize power and allow the Brotherhood to dictate the terms of Egypt’s new political order. Dominant narratives in international media have implicitly or explicitly embraced the view that the clashes are the manifestation of an unfortunate cycle of conflict ...

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Maghreb Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (November 2012)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Maghreb. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Maghreb-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form ...

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Signs of New Feminism? Promises of Morocco's February 20

The absence of established figures from feminist organizations is one of the most striking features of the 20 February movement in Morocco. Nevertheless, the movement shows modes of engagement with feminism, such as the call for gender equality and a practice of parity, which suggest that feminist discourse has not only penetrated the social imaginary of younger generations of activists, but also informed their practices. Signs of new gender arrangements were already visible in the first calls for ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (December 6)

[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: Islamists Lose Ground in Algeria Local Elections FLN-RND governing coalition won majorities in most communes in the 29 November elections. Turnout is ...

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Syria Media Roundup (December 6)

[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   Hurricane Sandy Hits Little Syria: Worrying about Buildings and Brothers Todd Fine tells the story of the residents of this New York ...

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A Tale of Two Interviews

“In order to solve the world’s problems, we must continue to have serious debates,” a CNN correspondent says emphatically during a glitzy promotional spot, aired endlessly on the network. But when it comes to Israel’s wars, CNN has also proven that its correspondents and editors reserve the right to reduce or withhold serious discussion and questions of accountability from the interviews it broadcasts.   This was particularly clear during the latest violence in Gaza, when, on the last day of ...

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Batal: Fighting for Truth, Justice and the Armenian Way

When I first moved to Beirut to start my doctoral research, I would spend hours at the apartment of my mother’s family in the neighborhood of Zarif. Sometimes I would bring work with me and sit on the chair reading as clouds of smoke from my aunts’ cigarettes and nargila varied in intensity around me. My attention would drift between conversing with my cousins and their mothers, and the reading at hand. I visited them almost daily. I did this, even though I had not grown up with them. I was not one of ...

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