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[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part four of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic ...

[Left to right: Brian Edwards and Bassam Haddad.]

Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The ...

New Texts Out Now: Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jens Hanssen (JH): The ...

[Sabry in his engineering job, 2013. Photo by Mounir, Sabry’s brother.]

Two Years Without Trial in Max Security: Will the Scorpion Release Sabry on 16 April?

In August 2016, Sabry’s brother sprayed an image of Sabry’s face and bandaged limbs, clasped between the claws of an ominous scorpion, onto a wall in downtown Cairo. Next to it was a piece of text that began: “It is the third Eid that ...


Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack

[Tally of UN Vote on July 22, 2014 to investigate violations of international law in West Bank and Gaza. Image by Ken Roth, Human Rights Watch.]

The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel, providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military assaults – such as the one on Gaza. Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and ISNU work ...

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The Prime Minister as President?

[Left to right: presidential candidates Selahattin Demirtaş, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu. Images via Wikimedia Commons.]

On 26 July, Turkish citizens began voting in the first round of the first direct presidential elections in the history of the Turkish Republic. Voting began at Turkish embassies and at the forty-two polling stations set up at Turkish land crossings, harbors, and airports; it will continue until 10 August, when Turkish citizens residing in Turkey will cast their ballots. Following a 2007 referendum, direct presidential elections replaced the existing system, in accordance with which the president was elected by the Turkish parliament. Under the new electoral system, a candidate must secure an absolute majority of the popular vote (fifty percent plus one) to claim first ...

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مدن بلا أهل: عن خراب الموصل وبغداد وحواضر أخرى

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تذكرني مقولات من قبيل "إن هذه الجماعة غريبة على الموصل وستؤدي أفعالها إلى استثارة أهل الموصل ضدها"، بمقولات سبقتها زمنياً من قبيل "إن السوريين ليسوا كالعراقيين ولن يدخلوا حرباً طائفية"، وقبلها "إن المجتمع العراقي ليس كاللبناني والطائفية غريبة عليه" ، وهلم جرا... هذه المقولات تفترض أن للمجتمعات ملامح ثابتة ومحددة لا تتغير، وأن الجماعة هي " كيان" أزلي يمتلك "جوهراً" نفسياً ثابتاً، وهي تصورات بالاضافة إلى لا علميتها وتبسيطيتها، تمثل وعاء للكثير من المواقف العنصرية والتمييزية، وتلك التي تعتاش على الأساطير الدينية. ولنتذكر أنه قبل الحربين الأهليتين في ليبيا وسوريا كان هنالك من يروج لمقولة أن العراقيين هم قوم عنيفون بشكل ...

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The End of Impunity

[Image from Amir Farshad Ebrahimi via Flickr]

By the time you read this who knows how many people will have been killed in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza. As I write more than 1200 - mostly civilian - Palestinians have been killed, hundreds of them children. Also 59 Israelis have been killed, 3 of them civilians.   Benyamin Netanyahu complains that the media show pictures of “telegenically dead” Palestinians. It’s true; my timeline looks like a perverse beauty contest for dead babies and traumatised kids. There are the “before” shots: Essam Ammar, 4, from Gaza City, wears a yellow check shirt and holds a somewhat bedraggled flower, Hind Shadi Abu Harbeid, 10, from Beit Hanoun has clearly been playing ...

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Anis Sayigh: A Profile from the Archives

[Source: Al-Zaytouna Center Website]

[”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 culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Anis Last Name: Sayigh Date of Birth: 1931 Date of Death: 2009 Nationality: Lebanese Place of Birth: Tiberias, Palestine Wife’s Name: Hilda Sha'ban Category: Writer Profession: Writer and researcher   [Source: Al-Awda Magazine website] Anis Sayigh Palestinian national of ...

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Disarmament in Gaza?: CNN Anderson Cooper 360° Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

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CNN Anderson Cooper 360° hosted Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani for an interview on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The two primarily discussed the Israeli bombing of Al-Aqsa TV and the feasbility of a complete disarmament in Gaza. 

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Boom: A Photo Essay

[All photos courtesy of Hisham Ghuzlan]

When I visited Shatila last week two topics dominated conversation: the carnage in Gaza and the deleterious effects of the construction boom underway in the camp. I’ll take them in turn, though Shatilans usually don’t; for them, each topic seems the underbelly of the other. Building in Shatila has long been described by residents as a kind of cancer, its growth both irregular and hazardous. The waves of Syrians and Palestinians fleeing Syria since 2011 have caused it to metastasize. Two years ago its population was estimated at 21,000, around 9000 of them Palestinian. Friends tell me the influx of refugees, alongside the steady flow of Lebanese and labor migrants ...

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Watching the Occupation at a Close Distance

On May 15, 2014, Nakba Day—a day on which Palestinians commemorate the mass dispossession caused by the formation of the state of Israel—Israeli army snipers shot and killed teenagers Nadeem Siam Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher during a protest outside of the Ofer prison, where Palestinian political prisoners are held near Ramallah. A few days after their deaths, Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI) issued a video, “Unlawful Killing of Two Palestinians Outside Ofer,” featuring surveillance camera footage of the shootings from a nearby business, as well as an interview with the business owner.   In measured Arabic, the business owner ...

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A Teenager Contemplates Life and War in the Gaza Strip

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Who I Am I am Noor Omar Shaban Ismail, a sixteen year-old teenager who lives and grew up in one of the most dangerous areas in the world, the Gaza Strip. I have only one brother who is studying civil engineering in France. I really hope to follow in his footsteps and become successful to achieve my dreams and goals. My Story The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It has absolutely no kind of infrastructure and one of the highest rates of people living below the poverty line. Every year there are 20,000 new college graduates who have the enthusiasm to work and achieve success for their country. Sixty per cent of the people are ...

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Seam Zones, Security Zones, Death Zones, and Walls

[Time in the Shadows investigates the two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day: Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror.]

I wrote Time in the Shadows in order to puzzle out why the counterinsurgency practices of enormously powerful state militaries—the US and Israel at the time I was writing the book—so often invoked law and humanitarianism, rather than naked force. And why so much of their war-fighting pivoted around the mass confinement not only of combatants but civilians. I was also struck by the similarities in the practices of confinement not only between Israel and the US but with historical accounts of colonial confinement effected by Britain and France. For me, what was striking, insidious, devastating, was the less flashy, less visible, practices that were ...

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Zionism, BDS, and American Muslim Leadership

[Image from a demonstration in support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. Image by Mike Glifford/Flickr.]

American Muslims are among the most diverse and heterogeneous national populations of Muslims in the world, made up of many different communities with different histories and priorities, yet American Muslim community leaders regularly refer to American Muslims as a singular community with a shared political agenda. Given the sociological fact of their diversity, consensus among American Muslims, particularly on controversial and divisive religious and political questions, is not a tenable goal. American Muslims do not need to achieve perfect consensus in order to effectively organize around particular political issues of shared concern and speak in a collective ...

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Racism is the Foundation of Israel's Operation Protective Edge

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On 30 June Ayelet Shaked, chairwoman of the Knesset faction of the ultra-right wing ha-Bayit ha-Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party, a key member of the coalition government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, posted on her Facebook page a previously unpublished article written by the late Uri Elitzur. Elitzur, a pro-settler journalist and former chief-of-staff to Netanyahu, wrote: Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism… They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now, this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They must ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 4)

[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.] Regional and International Relations: Where is Palestine in Egypt? Lina Attalah and Shady Zalat analyze the causes of the decreased signs of Egyptian solidarity with Palestinians in ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 28-August 3)

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. Zionism, BDS, and American Muslim Leadership The FBI’s War on Fake Terrorism Can Palestinian Men be Victims? Gendering Israel's War on Gaza No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied ...

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تفنيد خمس نقاط إسرائيلية مثيرة للجدل حول غزة

تزعم إسرائيل أنها تقوم بممارسة حق الدفاع عن النفس فقط، وأن غزة لم تعد محتلة من قبلها. إليكم ما تحتاجون إلى معرفته حول هذه النقاط المثيرة للجدل وما هو أكثر من ذلك. قتلتْ إسرائيل ٨٠٠ فلسطيني تقريباً في الأيام الواحدة والعشرين الماضية في قطاع غزة وحده، وما يزال عدوانها متواصلاً. وقدّرتْ الأمم المتحدة أن أكثر من ٧٤٪ من الذين قُتلوا مدنيون. وهذا ما يجب توقعه من عدد سكان يبلغ ١،٨ مليون نسمة، فيما يبلغ عدد أعضاء حماس ١٥،٠٠٠ تقريباً. لا تنكر إسرائيل أنها قتلت أولئك الفلسطينيين مستخدمة تكنولوجيا جوية حديثة ...

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Looking Glass Against the Wall, Who is the Freest of Us All?

As I grope for understanding in these dark times, for reasons not entirely clear to me, I find myself assailed by the Brothers Grimm tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I do not aim to pursue a flat analogy that renders Israel the scheming Wicked Queen and the Palestinians, the fair and gentle Snow White. But in a state where facts and fables are rather interlaced (for instance, “Jewish and democratic”), fables can at times illuminate facts. Israel’s chronic onslaught on Gaza hearkens back to ...

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Palestine as Archive

A man and his young son sit on two cement blocks, surrounded by piles of rubble that were once their home, on the edges of what was once their street. Their postures mirror one another. With thin arms dangling over knobby knees, fingers clasped, and eyes downcast, they survey the losses. They ponder the next step. It was 16 July, eight days after the Israeli military commenced its onslaught on the Gaza Strip. This image, like many, would circulate through multiple venues around the world. It expressed ...

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Video: Behind the Lying Eyes of Mark Regev

Using a prototype Truth Rectification Processor, the words of Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev have been filtered through a complex algorithm that strips away lies. This experiment, led by @alexnunns, is inspired by earlier, remarkable research carried out by gabbriana2008, which used alternative "mind-reading technology". Those results can be viewed here.  Some of the raw data that was fed into the Truth Rectification Processor can be viewed here, and some of its design ...

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Hany Rashed: Toys

Hany Rashed: Toys April - May 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   For his ninth solo exhibition, Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed experiments with plastic as a material, building on his interest in painting, street photography, and pop culture. Rashed creates a world where everything around him—from cars and people to buildings and pictures of daily life—is transformed into plastic objects, reminiscent of children's toys. The artist uses a particular technique that involves heating, stretching, and ...

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"A Slaughter of Innocents": Democracy Now! Interview with American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman

 Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually ...

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The Other Israelis

Following Operation Protective Edge, many cities around the world have witnessed demonstrations sympathizing with the people of Gaza. Tel Aviv had a few as well. Haggai Matar, a leftist activist, participated in one on July 12: The right-wingers announced in advance that they would be coming to physically assault us in the protest. However, police paid no heed to the warnings, nor to the threats made on the scene when the protest began, nor to our requests that the very few police officers ...

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The Economic Challenges of the Gaza War: Relief and Reconstruction but No Palestinian Development

As both on-the-ground pressure in the Gaza Strip and diplomacy inexorably move towards a ceasefire, the eyes of the world have been fixed upon the mounting casualty toll suffered by the territory’s 1.8 million inhabitants. The scale and intensity of the Israeli offensive, now in its fourth week, and the professionalism and resilience of Palestinian fighting forces also have dominated headlines.  The terrible human and economic costs continue to mount by the hour and will be felt by the Palestinian ...

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Iranian Intellectuals, Artists and Social Activists' Statement on the Recent Conflict in Palestine

[The following statement was issued by the below signatories on 29 July 2014.] “Remaining silent while Palestinian people are slaughtered is a sin which nothing could absolve.” We condemn the barbaric and frequent assaults that have been committed by the Israeli state against the people of Palestine. We also support Palestinians’ fight to win freedom and defend their homes and their country. These struggles have always inspired people to oppose tyranny all over the world. The pretext for beginning this ...

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Arab Studies Journal Call for Papers: "Wayn al-Dawleh?" In Search of the Lebanese State

One of the most common expressions of popular rhetoric in Lebanon is the question, “Wayn al-dawleh?” Where is the state? The idea that the Lebanese state does not exist imbues the daily perceptions and attitudes of Lebanese of all backgrounds in the wake of failing public services, institutional deadlock, civil strife, and political stalemate. Even incumbent politicians have blamed the state’s “nonexistence” on the inability to provide goods and services, along with opponents’ efforts to create “states ...

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