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مدخل حينما تنتهي مباراة في كرة القدم بين أحد فرق القمة وأحد فرق القاع في الدوري المصري بالتعادل غالباً ما يصف المعلق النتيجة بأنها تعادل بطعم الهزيمة لفريق القمة وبطعم الفوز لفريق القاع. ذلك أن المنافسة/المعركة لا تدور في الفراغ بل في ...

[Image by Ayşegül Ersoy.]

Expropriation, Lawlessness, and Resistance in Yirca's Olive Groves: An Interview with Olcay Bingol and Deniz Bayram

[This interview regarding the ongoing resistance and expropriation processes in Yırca (Soma) was conducted by Boğaziçi University students Çiğdem Artık and Mustafa Kaba. The interviewees are Olcay Bingöl, who is an ecological activist ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 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 roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week ...

[Qarm Qart in conversation with Margot Badran on 2 November at Mashrabia gallery. Image courtesy of the author.]

Moving in the Maze with Cairene Artist Qarm Qart

Qaram Qart Restart  until 13 November 2014   Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo    People in Cairo, especially intensely in wust al-balad (central Cairo), are living in a maze imposed by the state.  Along with the ...


Romancing the Throne: The New York Times and The Endorsement of Authoritarianism in Jordan

[A Jordanian pedestrian passes by a Jordanian parliamentary campaign poster, in Amman, Jordan, on Thursday 3 January 2013. The Arabic writing on the poster reads,

On 23 January 2013, elections were held for the seventeenth parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. During the past several months, the monarchy and its allies hailed the 2013 parliamentary elections in Jordan as both the symbol and litmus test of the regime's commitment to "reform" in the country. Alternatively, the Islamic Action Front (IAF)—the political wing of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the leading political opposition group since at least the early 1990s—called on Jordanians to boycott the elections in protest of what they described as an unrepresentative political system. These two opposing views represent a conflict over the definition ...

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Reports Roundup (February 2)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Letter Concerning Incidents at the Marmara University Faculty of Communications The Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association expresses its concern over the actions of Yusuf Devran, the government-appointed dean of the Faculty of Communications at Marmara University in Turkey. Under Dean Devran, specific students and faculty have been subjected to surveillance, verbal and physical abuse, and disciplinary proceedings accusing them of PKK affiliation.  Syria's Kurds: A Struggle Within a ...

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Mohamed Majd

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The great Moroccan actor Mohamed Majd passed away last Thursday, at the age of seventy-three, at a clinic in Casablanca. He was admitted the week before for respiratory problems, following a short stay in Dubai to promote Noureddine Lakhmari’s latest feature Zero (2012). Majd plays one of the lead roles in this film about police corruption, social exclusion, and an anti-hero's redemption through love found in the film-noirish streets of downtown Casablanca. The renowned actor was laid to rest in Casablanca, where he was born in 1940. His death follows the recent loss of many figures of Moroccan cinema's first generation of directors (Ahmed Bouanani), actors (Hassan ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (January 2013)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of January 2013. It also includes the most recent videos, roundups and the most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series, and we now have a page dedicated to all roundups.    Orientalist Feminism Rears its Head in India The Naked Bodies of Alia Who Failed Rizana Nafeek? The Meaning of Revolution: On Samira Ibrahim The

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Slaying Saints and Torching Texts

[In this Oct. 19, 2012 photo, men pray beside the tombs of locally venerated Islamic saints, whose mausoleums were destroyed by Islamist group Ansar Dine, in Timbuktu, Mali. (AP Photo)]

When I first journeyed to Bamako to research Sufism in Mali in 2006, my American students generally asked two questions: Where is Mali and what is Sufism? Today, the answer to both of these questions is found daily in the headline news. Cultural heritage in Mali is under attack. But just as the armed conflict there is not simply a battle between Islamic extremists and a weak Malian army supported by the French, the destruction of Sufi shrines and Islamic manuscripts not merely the result of an iconoclastic and intolerant religious fanaticism. While these violent attacks on Mali’s Islamic heritage are indeed tragic, they are sadly not isolated or unique. Sufi shrines ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 31)

[Shelling during a attempt to rescue survivors from under the rubble. Douma. 29 December 2013. Via Lens Sam.]

[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 Syria and the US: The Complicity of Silence Al Jazeera’s Empire program discussing the US’ role in Syria, with guests Bassam Haddad, David Pollock, Juan Cole and Stephen Starr. The US and Syria: Six Lessons from the Past Marwan Bishara’s take on the role of Washington in the Syrian crisis. Syrie: Ou ...

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Setting New Precedents: Israel Boycotts Human Rights Session

[Damaged and destroyed buildings in Gaza, January 2009. Image by Al-Jazeera Creative Commons Repository. From Wikimedia Commons.]

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism that intends to review the behavior of states without distinction. The UN General Assembly established it in 2006 as part of the functions of the Human Rights Council. It is a state-driven process to comprehensively assess a state's compliance with human rights law. The Human Rights Council is to hold three two-week sessions each year during which time they review the files of sixteen member states. Accordingly each state will undergo the review every three years. As of 2011, all 193 UN member states had undergone a review. The Human Rights Council conducted Israel's UPR in 2009.  In response to the ...

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An Update from the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project

[Screenshot of the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project website.]

[The following is a statement released by director of the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project, Dr. Shamil Jeppie, from the Institute for Humanities in Africa University (HUMA) of Cape Town. It was released on 30 January 2013.]  Since the start of this week there are reports about the destruction of library buildings and book collections in Timbuktu. It sounds as if the written heritage of the town went up in flames. According to our information this is not the case at all. The custodians of the libraries worked quietly throughout the rebel occupation of Timbuktu to ensure the safety of their materials. A limited number of items have been damaged or ...

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لا أسف ولا ندم

 [.جيرارد لونجوي بإشارة غير لائقة لوزير المحاربين القدامى الجزائري شريف عباس. المصدر فيديو صفحة السينات]

 لا أسف ولا ندم: الحنين الاستعماري في أوساط اليمين الفرنسي المتطرف في السابع عشر من أكتوبر 1961، تظاهر مئات الآلاف من الجزائريين سلمياً في باريس للاحتجاج على الانتهاكات التي تحدث لحرياتهم المدنية.  في خضم حرب الاستقلال (1954-1962)، انخرطت جبهة التحرير الوطني في نضال عنيف ضد فرنسا اعتمد على الحشد داخل المدن الكبرى إضافة إلى القتال في الجزائر. وكنتيجة لجهود جبهة التحرير الوطني، فقد فرضت الشرطة الفرنسية حظر تجوال على ما يقرب من خمسة عشر ألف جزائري يعيشون في باريس في ذلك الوقت (والعديد منهم كانوا يعتبرون فرنسيين). إن تفاصيل ما حدث في تلك الليلة لا تزال مثيرة للجدل، ولكن المؤكد هو أن العشرات، إن لم يكن المئات، من الجزائريين غير المسلحين قتلوا وألقيت بالعديد من ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 30)

[Tahrir Square on the second anniversary of the January 25th revolution. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

[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.]  “The end game for Port Said: Football case reveals new breadth of politics” A detailed report from Port Said which reveals what goes beyond a football tragedy court case. “Egypt: More violent, less political” Sherine Tadros shares her perception of the volatile situation in Egypt after reporting from Suez. “Arrests continue in Cairo” More than ...

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Syria and the United States: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Al-Jazeera's "Empire"

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The Al-Jazeera English show Empire looks at the history of the US relationship with Syria and the current state of the armed uprising. The host, Marwan Bishara, explores what is - or should be - the Obama policy towards Syria, with guests: Bassam Haddad, the director of the Middle East studies programme at George Mason University, who is also editor of the online magazine Jadaliyya, and author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience; David Pollock, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Juan Cole, a professor of Middle East history at the University of Michigan, and author of several ...

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New Texts Out Now: January 2013 Back to School Edition

As we kick off the spring 2013 semester, Jadaliyya would like to remind you of some of the most creative and groundbreaking works in Middle East studies that we have featured in our New Texts Out Now (NEWTON) page. Since we launched this page in 2011, we have had the opportunity to share with you unique interviews by authors and excerpts from their new and forthcoming publications. Here you will find a list divided by topic of some of these texts that you may find particularly useful pedagogically. We encourage you to integrate these into your curricula during this semester and beyond. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and instructors in the field, ...

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Regarding the Torture of Others in "Zero Dark Thirty"

Much of the hype and controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty centers on the issue of torture. The acting director of the CIA as well as three US senators have criticized the film for exaggerating the role of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the search for Osama bin Laden, while commentators have criticized the film for advocating torture, some going so far as to call the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow, an “apologist for evil.” Cinematographically, the film has received rave reviews, garnering ...

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الحائِرُ بِحَياتِهِ

اليوم تذكّرتُ الحياةَ. تذكّرتُ أني حين ركضتُ خلفَ الحياة تركتُ الحياة خلفي. شعرتُ بِرُهاب كبير. أخفيه ولكنه يتسرّبُ من جوارحي. رأيتُ أحدهم  يضحكُ فعجبت. رأيته يشعر بالبهجة فغبطته.  لم أغبطه. كأنه عندي كان يفتعل السعادة. تساءلتُ كيف يشعر من يكون على ما يرام. كان يحاول أن يجذبني إلى حديثه ولكن كان يذعرني الحديث إليه. كنت أخشى أن يحدّق فيّ. كانت هواجسي تتشاجرُ. كنت أحاذرُ أن يسمعني. كنت أخاف أن أقترب منه أو يقترب مني. إرتعبت وتلمست جسدي كأنني كنت أخشى أن تفزعه ثآليلي.  هكذا كنت ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 25 and February 1)

 [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 Ya Ali Ya Ali L'Algerie est redevenue francaise Amar Cheballah laments the forgotten spirit of the Algerian revolution. Algerian hostage ...

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UK Professors Push Back against Government Plans for Open Access

[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.] In the aftermath of Aaron Swartz’s death, which propelled the argument over open access into the headlines, a collection of university professors in the United Kingdom are pushing back against a new government policy that is ...

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عن الدين والطائفية في الرواية

١ المجتمع العراقي متنوع دينياً وإثنياً ولغوياً وبالتالي فالكتابة عن حقيقته وواقعه لا يمكن أن تقفز فوق كل هذه الاختلافات والتناقضات، أو تمحو الهامشي، إذا أرادت أن تنفذ إلى صميم هذا المجتمع وحيواته وأفراده، وإلا خسرت الكثير. لكن الكاتب يكون في كثير من الأحيان تحت وطأة أيديولوجية ما تتحكم بالكتابة فتصور مجتمعاً نمطياً مؤمثلاً يمحو ما يجب محوه لكي “تستقيم” الصورة. وتراوغ وتحاذر كي لا تتعامل مع هذا التنوع الذي قد يكون إشكالياً، خصوصاً عندما تترجمه الخطابات السياسية والصراعات إلى عملة رابحة أو خاسرة. والرقابة ...

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"انتصارالـ "ميتا – خطاب" على سوريا وعدم ارتباطه بها: "رحنا ضحيّة

لا تحاول تبسيط ما يجري في سوريا لأنك ستفشل. ولكننا لا نستطيع أن نذعن للتعقيد كذلك.  إن العديد من النقاشات حول سوريا – وخصوصاً تلك التي تجري خارج سوريا– هي وبكل بساطة منفصلة عن واقع المأساة في هذا البلد، وقد تكون كتاباتي من بينها. فمثلاً، ولأول مرة بعد خمس عشرة عاماً من البحوث المعمقة عن السياسة والمجتمع السوري، بما تطلبه ذلك من زيارات متعددة ومطولة في كل سنة، أمضيت العامين المنصرمين وأنا أكتب (وأتعذب) حول سوريا دون أن تتاح لي الفرصة للزيارة، وذلك يعود بشكل رئيسي لأنه قيل لي بأني غير مرحب بي ...

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ثورية الوسيلة وسلطوية الغاية

فض الأمن اليمني اعتصاماً سلمياً بالقوة يوم 25 ديسمبر الماضي عندما اتجهت مجموعة من الشباب نحو دار الرئاسة مطالبين بقرارت صريحة لعزل أحمد علي عبدالله صالح وعلي محسن من الجيش، وغالب القمش مدير جهاز الأمن السياسي. هذا الخبركان سيبدو مفهوماً قبل أكثر من عام، لكن بعد تنحي الرئيس الذي ثارت ضده الجماهير فأن الخبر يدعو للاستنكار.  فهؤلاء الشباب جاؤوا لإحياء الذكرى الأولى لمسيرة الحياة الراجلة من مدينة تعز لصنعاء بمسافة 280 كم على طريق جبلي وعر وكانت مسيرة شعبية ضخمة انضم لها الآلاف من قرى ومدن اليمن التي ...

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Despite New Program Promising Open Access, JSTOR Prices Remain a Concern

[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.]    After years of restricted access, JSTOR announced on January 9 that it will make the archives of more than 1,200 journals available to the public for free, giving those who sign up for an account with JSTOR ...

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الشباب والثورة: فقدان الوجهة

كان عام 2005 هو العام الذي تصاعدت فيه مطالب التغيير، وشهدت فيه مصر في عهد نظام مبارك حركة غير مسبوقة في الشارع من أجل إصلاح النظام السياسي ومنعه من ارتكاب خطيئة التوريث، وشهدت البلاد مواجهة بين النظام والمعارضة التي حركت ركودها حركات اجتماعية مثل كفاية وغيرها، كان موضوع هذه المواجهة تعديل المادة 76، ثم الانتخابات الرئاسية والبرلمانية والصراع من أجل استقلال القضاء، كان هذا العام هو اول أعوامي في دراسة العلوم السياسية في جامعة القاهرة، وقد مسني الحماس الذي خلقته كل هذه الأحداث التي أثبتت قدرة النظام ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (30 January)

[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 "UN Expert Investigates US Drone Attacks, Targeted Killings that Involve Civilian Casualties," Associated Press The AP reports on the ...

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The Meaning of Yair Lapid

The 2013 Israeli elections produced a dramatic nothing. Yair Lapid, television anchor, writer of clichés, son of loudmouth celebrity and one-time politician Tommy Lapid, and famed for his hairstyle, entered the political scene to form a party of handpicked personalities which won nineteen seats in the Knesset, and became the second largest party in Israel. Lapid is now the kingmaker, positioned to determine the shape of the coalition that will form Binyamin Netanyahu’s next government. What does Yair ...

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New Texts Out Now: John M. Willis, Unmaking North and South: Cartographies of the Yemeni Past, 1857-1934

John M. Willis, Unmaking North and South: Cartographies of the Yemeni Past, 1857-1934. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? John Willis (JW): The book began as a dissertation written in the departments of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University. While I had been interested in the production and mastery of space as a particular technic of power for some time, what drove me to frame the dissertation and then the book ...

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