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إدواردو غاليانو: عدوّ النسيان

”حين أموت ستبقى الريح، ستواصل بقاءها“ إدواردو غاليانو - من كتاب المعانقات خطف الموت إدواردو غاليانو، الذي وصفه الروائي جون بيرغر بأنه "عدوّ الكذب واللامبالاة، وقبل كل شيء عدوّ النسيان، والذي بفضله ستتذكر البشرية جرائم ...

[The Joint List at the consultations process at President Reuven Rivlin's official resident, after the 2015 elections. Image by Mark Nayman

The Joint List: The Fetishism of Representation and the Illusion of Influence

In the recent Israeli elections, the parties representing the Palestinian citizens united in one list: the Joint List. It has attracted more external enthusiasm than internal. Authors like Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury praised the list, ...

[The Dwekh Nawsha militia on the road to the front line in the Nineveh plain, north of Mosul, Iraq. It is the armed wing of the Assyrian Patriotic Party formed to protect Christian villages. It fights alongside Peshmerga forces against ISIS. As of November 2014, the militia had forty fighters, with about two hundred volunteers waiting to join. Photo by Andy Spyra.]

Dwekh Nawsha: A Christian-Iraqi Militia

[Text by Sinan Antoon, photos by Andy Spyra from November 2014 and March 2015.] The fall of Mosul and other towns on the Nineveh plain in northern Iraq to ISIS this past summer was a monumental tragedy. It forced hundreds of thousands of ...

عن ما بعد الثورة وقبلها: مقابلة للوضع بين سنان أنطون وبلال فضل

في هذه المقابلة يلقي الكاتب المعارض والمشهور بلال فضل الضوء على الطريقة التي أسهم بها المفكرون والمنشقون في الخطاب الثوري والخطاب المضاد للثورة.تتضمن المقابلة أدناه خمسة أجزاء تستطيعون أن تنقروا على كل منها بشكل ...


Thinking Citizenship in a Revolutionary Arab World: The Intransigence of Difference

[The Perfect Arab Citizen. Illustration by Khalid Albaih]

The ongoing Arab uprisings that began in Tunisia in late 2010 have demonstrated that citizenship in the Arab Middle East is a subject in need of much critical scholarship and intervention. Many scholars, working from an archive of political philosophy that begins with Rousseau's social contract, have assessed the Arab national project of producing citizens skeptically, as Suad Joseph has demonstrated. Moreover, there is tendency in political theory to view members of authoritarian, corporatist, and brutal states as “subjects” rather than “citizens.” As Lisa Wedeen, Mahmoud Mamdani, Rogers Brubacker, and others have argued, in such studies, citizenship appears as a ...

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Liberal Illusions

[A passerby in East Alexandria gives money to a beggar under the sign of freedom. Photo by Amro Ali]

With the deepening of a political stalemate between the government and the opposition in Egypt and the marked deterioration of economic conditions, critics of the January 25 Revolution continue to highlight what they view as the revolution’s failure to bring about a stable political order that can live up to the many political and economic challenges Egypt confronts today. In his always-illustrious column in Al-Masry Al-Youm, Abdel Moneim Saeed eloquently articulated this consensus over successive pieces in the course of the past month. He reflects on the inability of the “new” political elite that emerged in the wake of the revolution to move beyond the opportunism ...

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Reflections of the 21st Annual Cairo Papers Symposium, “The Political Economy of the New Egyptian Republic”

[Second panel of symposium. From left to right: Zeinab Abulmagd, Reem Saad (chair), Hans Christian Nielsen, and Mona Abaza. Image from Cairo Papers]

Cairo has long been a tremendously self-aware city—engaging both Egyptian and international scholars in dialogues about events even as they are unfolding. This year’s twenty-first Annual Cairo Papers Symposium is an example of such self-conscious scholarship and dialogue. Taking place on 6 April 2013, as protests around the city commemorated the fifth anniversary of the April 6th workers’ movement, this symposium on the Egyptian political economy was certainly timely and relevant. The Cairo Papers in Social Science (CPSS) hosted the Cairo Papers Annual Symposium. The CPSS was established in 1977 by the social science departments of the American University in Cairo (AUC) ...

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Beyond the PDF 2 Conference: Revolutionizing Academic Publishing

[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.] New technology has created a multitude of avenues through which academics, scholars, publishers, librarians, and other related fields can communicate. The challenge, however, is using such technology to communicate effectively and change old habits that no longer seem to be working. This is a challenge that the participants of the Beyond the PDF 2 conference have sought to tackle. ...

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DARS Media Roundup (April 25)

Solidarity Vigil for Palestinian Hunger Strikers, Dublin. Image by Fatin Al Tamimi 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 Who Speaks for Muslim Women, by Al Jazeera Femen, the self-identified "sextremist" women's movement, says it wants to fight for Muslim girls everywhere, but plenty of Muslim women say they neither want, nor need their help. After Femen launched its “International ...

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Contested Citizenship in Egypt

[Panelists at conference titled “Citizenship and Minorities Under the Rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Clashes over the Khusus killings in Egypt are the most recent of a long list of tragic sectarian episodes since 2011. Paul Sedra is right that “the impulse to lay the blame for this sectarianism at the feet of the Muslim Brotherhood is strong and…not without justification.” It is small wonder that the Brotherhood’s hyper-politicization of religion and religious difference at this juncture in Egyptian history would enable the radical escalation of conflict between individuals during what might under other circumstances be rudimentary or even banal interactions. In Sedra’s estimation, the tendency to look upon Coptic Christians in Egypt as members of a unitary and ...

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The End of an Era: The Less than Grand Opening of the New Ottoman Archives

[Main gate of the old Ottoman Archive, 11 March 2013. Photo by Michael Christopher Low.]

[The following status update on the new Ottoman Archive Center in Kağıthane was written by Patrick Adamiak, Jeffery Dyer, and Michael Christopher Low.] For generations, historians of the Ottoman Empire and its former territories in the Balkans and the Arab Middle East participated in a rite of passage linking them to the Ottoman bureaucrats they studied. Going to work at the Ottoman Archives (Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi) entailed the humbling experience of passing through the famous gates at Bab-ı Ali, or as it came to be known in the West, the Sublime Porte. During Ottoman times, Bab-ı Ali housed the offices of the Grand Vizier and the heart of the Ottoman bureaucracy. ...

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Tadween Roundup: News and Analysis from the Publishing/Academic World

[The following is a roundup of the latest news and analysis from the publishing world that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. It was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more updates, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] Tadween Publishing brings you the latest news and analyses from the publishing and academic worlds that relates to pedagogy and knowledge production. Book experts weigh in on the publishing industry’s revolution (The Washington Post) With the publishing industry changing day by day, the Washington Post produced a special to examine how such changes ...

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New Texts Out Now: Chouki El Hamel, Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam

[Cover of Chouki El Hamel,

Chouki El Hamel, Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Questions by Brahim El Guabli Brahim El Guabli (BEG): Why Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam? Chouki El Hamel (CEH): Written history about Morocco is generally silent regarding slavery and racial attitudes, discrimination, and marginalization, and paints a picture of Morocco as free from such social problems. Such problems are usually associated more with slavery and its historical aftermath in the United States. Slavery and racial questions are issues that were previously taboo in academic work on Morocco. The objective ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 23)

[Catherine Ashton with President Mohmaed Morsi on April 7th. Image originally posted to Flickr by

[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.]  President discusses controversial law with Supreme Judicial Council Presidency in contact with Supreme Judicial Council and the Judges Club to end the controversy over the Judicial Authority Law. Sources: Morsy decided on Cabinet reshuffle without consulting advisers President decided to reshuffle the Cabinet and replace some of the governors ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 23)

[2013 Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead despite mass protests. 20 April 2013. Image from flickr/Steven Tee/LAT Photographic.]

[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 Qataris officially biggest spending tourists outside the EU Simon Neville writes on Qataris’ spending patterns in the United Kingdom, in The Guardian. Saudi Control of Lebanon: A Little Tourism and Sympathy Ghassan Saoud examines the Lebanese-Saudi relations and describes Saudi Arabia ...

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ابناء تاتشر في الإخوان وفي الإنقاذ

[مصدر الصورة موقع

الزومبى (الميت الحي كما نراه فى مئات أفلام الرعب الهوليودية) هو جثة متحركة أحيتها أعمال السحرة. فوفقاً لمعتقدات الفودو في غرب إفريقيا فإن الشخص الميت يمكن إبقاؤه حياً عن طريق بوكو (ساحر)، ويصبح تحت سيطرة البوكو لدرجة أنه لا تصبح له إرادة مستقلة. ●●● ماتت تاتشر لكن المشروع السياسي الاجتماعي الاقتصادي الذي يحمل اسمها بفعل قيادتها الأسطورية الدموية لفرضه في بريطانيا، مازال معنا كالميت الحي. وفي مصر، تزاوجت ذروة التاتشرية مع مشروع توريث الحكم من حسني مبارك لابنه فغيرت العشر سنوات الأخيرة من حكمه طبيعة التحالف الحاكم ونمط المصالح الذي يمثله الحكم لصالح نخبة جديدة من رجال الأعمال والحزب زاحمت قاعدة التأييد السياسية في البيروقراطية والجيش، التي طالما استند عليها ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 26)

[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 Algeria denies Ansar Al-Din presence Algeria denies the presence of Ansar al-Din, despite spokesman Sanda Ould Bouamama’s declaration that he entered ...

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أسئلة العدالة الانتقالية في مصر ورومانسيتها: الجزء الثاني

  أسئلة العدالة الانتقالية في مصر ورومانسيتها (2- 2) الوقت لمُقاربة مختلفة لدمج الفلول وتجاوز الماضي  الحديث الذي قدمته في الجزء الأول من هذا المقال عن الموجات المتقلبة من التضارب والتقارب بين أجندات الإخوان الخاصة، ومصالح العسكر، كشركاء في الحكم، ومؤسسي المسار السياسي الذي تتخبط في غياهبه مصر الآن، كان في مجمله مكرراً، لكن ما أظن أن الناس تعزف عن مناقشته هي مسألة الفلول ومقاربة شجاعة لنزع فتيلها، إذ حان الوقت في رأيي لإعادة النظر جذرياً في مسألة الفلول وفي مصالحة وطنية أشمل وأوسع تبنى على ...

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The Arab Studies Journal Celebrates Twenty Years: An Interview with Bassam Haddad, Sherene Seikaly, and Nadya Sbaiti

On 19 April 2013, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University hosted a reception celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Arab Studies Journal (ASJ). As the journal’s managing editor since September 2011, I used this milestone as an occasion to interview the founding editor Bassam Haddad and co-editors Sherene Seikaly and Nadya Sbaiti about the history of the journal, how it has developed, and where the editors see it going. Lizette Baghdadi (LB): How did the Arab ...

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خان الجزّار

خان الجزّار  حيثما أطلَّ رأس الظاهر إلى الميناء حيثما أراح القوافلَ من العطش سيطلُّ بعد قليلٍ رأس الحارس الذي يأكل كُتب التاريخ وقرونها المملَّحة  وذكريات العم جورج وصنارته الماهرة لا أحد ينتظر الآن ظمأها في خان الجزّار المملوك سقط عن سوره Keep Reading »

أسئلة العدالة الانتقالية في مصر ورومانسيتها: الجزء الأول

أسئلة العدالة الانتقالية في مصر ورومانسيتها (الجزء الأول): بين أجندة الإخوان ويمين السيسي الكاذب..  أقسمَ السيسي - وزير الدفاع وشريك الحُكم - كذباً أن الجيش لم يقتل ولم يأمر بقتل، ولم يغدر ولم يأمر بغدر... وربما أصدقه في الثانية، فكثير من الحكام الذين قتلوا وعذبوا وسرقوا – كمبارك نفسه وشليلته- لم يعتبروا أنفسهم آنذاك غادرين أو خائنين وإنما استباحوا السهل الحرام كأولاد باشاوات وأصهار سلالة الإقطاعيين "الكاكي"، على اعتبار أن تلك طريقة معيشة وأسلوب حياة شعوب المشرق. لكنّ السيسي في ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 25)

[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   Translation of a speech by Moaz Khatib directed to Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah “The alleged claim of the defence of Shia towns ...

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من يكتب أدب الثورة؟

لكل ثورة أدباؤها ولكل حدث بديع في تاريخ الإنسانية من يشتغلون على تدوينه، بشتى الوسائل المتاحة، حتى يخلد ويبقى إرثاً لا تطاله أيادي التقادم. ولأن رسالة الأدب، في المحصلة، تتجاوز الحيز الجغرافي الذي يُولَدُ فيه، ليعانق الانشغالات الإنسانية بمعزل عن المكان الذي احتضنه واللغة التي أُنتج بها والثقافة التي آوته بما يشكله من تعبير عن المشترك الإنساني في قوالب إبداعية تمنحه الخلود. فالأدب ينقل التجربة الإنسانية من مستوى الحدث العادي إلى المتخيل، والمسافة الفاصلة بين الواقع والخيال هي بالضبط التي تمنح لهذه ...

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March Madness: Theirs and Ours

 March Madness: Theirs and Ours [The following Month in Review on Washington's Wars and Occupations was written by Michael Reagan and published on 31 March 2013 in War Times.] It's March and despite what you read on the sports pages, the real madness in the country isn't on the basketball court. It's on the streets of New York, where police murder another Black teenager. It's in Steubenville, Ohio, where a teenage girl is raped by high school athletes and a culture of misogyny ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (April 24)

[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 "Hebron Clashes Follow Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh Funeral," BBC News Following the funeral of a Palestinian detainee who died in Israeli ...

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الليبرالية الامبريالية والثورة المصرية

في هذه السطور بعض الخواطر العامة حول ما أسميه تيار الليبراليين الامبرياليين وكيفية تعاطيهم مع الثورة المصرية. وأقصد بهذا مجموعة من الأكاديميين والمحللين الغربيين في أوروبا والولايات المتحدة وكندا وخصوصا ًفي الولايات المتحدة. يمثّل هؤلاء إلى حد كبير الخطاب السائد في الأكاديميا والإعلام الغربي حول الثورة المصرية. لكن بعض ممثلي هذا التيار في عالمنا العربي أيضاً. ولذلك ليس المقصود هنا على الاطلاق أن هذا المفهوم ينطبق فقط على الغربيين. ولكن بعض المصريين والعرب في الحقيقة يتبنون هذه الافكار. وهذه الخواطر تعتمد ...

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Land Day and the Politics of Representation

On 30 March 1976, after the Israeli government published a plan to expropriate Palestinian lands for state use, along with an order to impose a curfew on several Palestinian villages, the Palestinian community in Israel called for a general strike and protests throughout the country. Israeli police and military killed six protestors, injured hundreds, and arrested hundreds more. Palestinians now commemorate March 30th as Land Day. Many claim that the protests in 1976 reaffirmed the Palestinians in ...

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Derrida and the Crisis of French Zionism

The life’s work of Jacques Derrida, often referred to by the name “deconstruction,” advanced a new way of reading. Emphasizing the deferral of meaning and the production of irreducible differences within the major concepts of European thought, Derrida’s thought was enormously controversial, particularly for its political implications. The complexity of deconstruction resists biographical interpretation, while Derrida’s life experiences undoubtedly affected its insights. He occasionally spoke of his ...

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