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New Texts Out Now: Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire

Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Bedross Der Matossian (BDM): I have ...

ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (March-April 2015)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "Best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. See here for an introduction to this roundup series]  English Articles        ISIS Threatens Twitter ...

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Breaking House Rules: Hoodies, Hijabs, and Belonging in the Netherlands

The Incident With panoramic views of both the city and its harbor, the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), proved to be an ideal place for me to take a break from working at either my home or office at Leiden University. I visited the ...

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عقوباتُ الليلِ للوحيدِ يضمِّدها النهارُ بأوهامٍ شتّى. مُضفياً على العينين الزائغتين من عراكِ الأشباح عُمقَ الحكمةِ الناجية من هاوية، مُقْنِعاً عظامكَ المرتجّةَ بَرداً أنها أعمدةُ بُنيان، لافحاً سمْعَكَ، وقد تَناوَبَ على دكِّه معولانِ ...


The Arab Studies Journal's Twentieth Anniversary Issue

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[Jadaliyya will be posting excerpts from the Arab Studies Journal's Twentieth Anniversary issue. What follows is the Editor's Note and Table of Contents from that issue.] Editor’s Note We can scarcely believe that two decades have passed since the publication of the first issue of the Arab Studies Journal. We are proud and humbled to have published groundbreaking work by scholars at the onset of their careers as well as at the pinnacle. During the last twenty years, the Journal has taken part in extraordinary changes in the field of Middle Eastern studies: paradigm shifts (and, on occasion, returns), the growth of once-nascent fields (like gender and sexuality ...

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DARS Media Roundup (May 14)

Graffiti on Mohamad Mahmoud Street, Cairo. Image by Amnesty Deutschland 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 Boycotting Israel, by Al Jazeera The world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has become the latest high-profile figure to support an academic boycott of Israel, pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres. Hawking's decision marks another victory for ...

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The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South

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Vijay Prashad. The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. Forward by Boutros Boutros-Ghali. London and New York: Verso, 2012. Correct ideas are never sufficient; they are not believed or enacted simply because they are right. They become the ideas of the time only when they are wielded by those who have a united belief in their own power, using it in ideological and institutional struggles that, in turn, consolidate their social authority. - Vijay Prashad, The Poorer Nations On 15 November 1975, the leaders of the newly formed G7 met at Chateau de Rambouillet, the French President’s summer residence located thirty miles southwest of Paris. The G7 had ...

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The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring Annexation, Isolation, and Disintegration

[Separation barrier in Jerusalem. Image by Trocaire via Flickr]

[The following report was issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on 9 May 2013.] The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring Annexation, Isolation, and Disintegration Executive Summary   With the onset of occupation in 1967, Israeli  authorities began to pursue a policy of physical, political, and economic segregation of East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which continues apace today. Segregation strategies gained momentum during the last decade through measures that have altered the physical and demographic realities of the city and its predominantly Palestinian ...

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The Process in Turkey

[Map showing areas of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and other states with significant local Kurdish populations. Image from aig.com]

In early 2013, a critical process is unfolding regarding the solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey. The success of this process—that is, the protection of Kurdish people's collective rights through the making of constitutional and legal amendments—is fundamental to ending the war which has been waged for thirty years in Turkey. These developments in Turkey are not independent from developments taking place in the rest of the Middle East. A historic process is unfolding regarding the Kurdish problem, which has been left unresolved for the last two hundred years in the Middle East. The Kurdish people, whose geography has been torn into four pieces, and who have been ...

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The Facade of Political Crises in Morocco

[King Mohammed VI receives the Istiqlal Party's leader, Hamid Chabat, following his election as the head of the party. Image from Lakome.]

This weekend, the conservative nationalist Istiqlal Party announced it will be withdrawing from the government coalition, led by the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), and will take its place in parliament's opposition. Its reason, according to the party's press release, was to "avoid being complicit in the scheme against the Moroccan people." Additionally, the party will maintain its cabinet positions until further notice, and the party has written a formal letter to King Mohammed VI detailing its reasons for withdrawing from the coalition and to "guarantee" the execution of its withdrawal. This move will undoubtedly place further ...

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Glenn Owns Bill: A Lesson in Challenging Islamophobia and Taking Responsibility (Video)

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[The following video is from the 10 May 2013 episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. The clip shows an exchange between Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald following a discussion about the White House and State Department's immediate response to the 11 September 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. In this clip, Maher claims that theocracy and violence are inherent to Muslims and/or Muslim culture, and that US citizens and policy-makers are void of any responsibility for the status quo of forces in the Middle East (or Muslim world, it is not really clear). Greenwald, in turn, proceeds to give viewers a lesson in how to take down Bill Maher and own up to his ...

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الثــأر والثــورة .. لماذا يثور الشمال ولا يفعلها الجنوب؟

"بعد بني سويف مفيش رجالة" عبارة كتبت على القطار المتوجه من القاهرة إلى الصعيد في الأيام الأولى من ثورة 25 يناير للمزايدة على رجولة أبناء صعيد مصر (الوجه القبلي) الذين لا يزالون يُتهمون بأنهم لم يشاركوا في الثورة كما فعل أهل الوجه البحري. وهو أمر متكرر على لسان بعض الثوار والنشطاء، وبالأخص الذين يداومون على تفسير التوجهات التصويتية لصعيد مصر بقلة مستوى التعليم، وقوة الروابط التقليدية كالعائلات والقبائل، فضلاً عن التعميمات المطلقة بخصوص الاستغلال السياسي للعمل الخيري من قبل الإسلاميين، وذلك لحاجة أهل الصعيد وارتفاع معدلات الفقر بين أغلبهم. فهل فعلاً لم يشارك الصعيد في الثورة؟   متلازمة المركزية والتهميش   والحقيقة أن الحكم على الشيء جزء من ...

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إطلال المشتاق أو غريب على الخليج

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1 يتسلل التاريخ إلى الجغرافيا المنبسطة على الشاشة الصغيرة أمامي على متن الطائرة التي أسرَتْ بي من برلين إلى أبو ظبي. أو لعلي أنا الذي أبلّل الخارطة الضوئية بأرقي وكوابيسي، فيستيقظ التاريخ ويهتف بالأحمر القاني، مذكّراً بجبروته. فهذه الأسماء، ذات الرنين الموسيقيّ، مثل «ماردين»، التي تقع اليوم في تركيا، تحيلني إلى حكايات سمعتها عن هجرة أجداد جيراننا منها إلى الموصل في بدايات القرن الماضي. ثم انتقالهم بعدها، بعقود، إلى بغداد. والآن صار للأحفاد حكاياتهم أيضاً. يستعيدون فيها هجرتهم بعيداً عن سماء العراق وأرضه إلى كندا. تاريخ يلعب بالبشر ويبعثرهم كأنه يلقي بالنرد على الخرائط. أغفو لدقائق ثم أستيقظ بالقرب من تلعفر التي تردد اسمها كثيراً في الأخبار في السنين الأخيرة، هي ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (May 9)

[Feb. 9, 2012. A Syrian woman stands among the rubble of her house, destroyed by a Syrian Army mortar, in al-Qsair. Image by Freeedom House.]

[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 Obama Hints at US Military Action at Syria as Administration Readies Lethal Aid Options, Associated Press Barack Obama has indicated his administration will consider US military action in Syria should substantial evidence suggesting the Assad regime has used chemical weapons emerge. Gazan Killed After Israeli Is ...

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Expanding the Legal Paradigm for Palestine: An International Law Conference at Birzeit University

[A view of the separation wall in the West Bank, Palestine. Image by Wall in Palestine (Flickr)]

The settlement project in the West Bank is not just a collection of rickety caravans installed on Palestinian farmland that can be dismantled upon the signing of a peace agreement.  Costing seventeen billion USD and populated by more than half a million Israelis, this enterprise has become a huge colonialist and real estate enterprise. It sprawls across twelve million square meters of roads, homes, and factories on some of the most important Palestinian geographic and agricultural land. This construction includes 32,000 apartments, 23,000 private homes, and an additional 868 public facilities to satiate the Israeli settlers’ social and economic needs. A simple look ...

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New Texts Out Now: Wendy Pearlman, Emigration and the Resilience of Politics in Lebanon

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Wendy Pearlman, “Emigration and the Resilience of Politics in Lebanon.” Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXI No. 1 (Spring 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Wendy Pearlman (WP): Five years ago I began to read widely about Lebanon in preparation for a trip there. While there are so many fascinating things about the country, I was most intrigued by its one hundred and fifty-year history with international emigration. There is hardly a corner of the globe in which Lebanese have not settled, and the worldwide diaspora of Lebanese origin outnumbers those living within Lebanon’s borders. Today, an estimated ten to twenty-five percent of Lebanese nationals ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 14)

[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 FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot – only to discover he was cooking RICE Martin Jay ...

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The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza

Eyal Weizman, The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza. New York: Verso, 2011. [This review was originally published in the most recent issue of Arab Studies Journal. For more information on the issue, or to subscribe to ASJ, click here.] In that historical moment after the September 11 terrorist attacks, American politicians and pundits launched a debate about whether torture should be employed to combat terror. Those who endorsed the use of torture, and even some ...

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Amidst a Violent Conflict, Syria’s Students Struggle for an Education

[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 a rare public appearance, Bashar Asad visited Damascus University on 4 May to dedicate a statue to the martyrs from Syrian universities who have been killed in the country’s two-year ongoing violence. While Asad’s ...

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Why There Is No Military Solution to the Syrian Conflict

Today, as violence intensifies in Syria, external powers, including the United States, are openly debating direct intervention. Such intervention is justified as serving multiple goals at once: it is a means of securing chemical weapons caches; a mechanism to protect the civilian population; and a necessary measure to ensure that the successors to the Asad regime are adequately beholden to the United States and its regional allies. However, whether the intentions are humanitarian or strategic, policies ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 6-12)

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. Glenn Owns Bill: A Lesson in Challenging Islamophobia and Taking Responsibility (Video)  Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-Revolution, Orientalism, and "Authenticity" Expanding the Legal Paradigm for Palestine: ...

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إشكاليّات الدّيمقراطيّة الانتخابيّة في فلسطين

في مرحلة ما بعد الاستعمار، اعتبر الكفاح من أجل الديمقراطية أمراً مهماً لتحقيق الوعد بالتحرر الوطني. ومع نهاية الحرب الباردة تحديداً أصبحت الديمقراطية الانتخابية تعتبر الآلية الأكثر فاعلية لمواجهة الاستيلاء على الدول ومواردها، وحتى استقلالها على يد النخب الاستبدادية ذات الأفق الضيق التي نصّبت نفسها على هذه الدول.  في عالم تقوم فيه الدكتاتوريات، سواء الفردية أو الحزبية، بالتعامل مع الحكم باعتباره تحدياً تقوم من خلاله بإخضاع المؤسسات لإرادتها، واستثناء المواطن من أي دور ذي مغزى في صنع القرار، والإبقاء ...

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Reports Roundup (May 11)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated) International Crisis Group issues a monthly "Crisis Watch" report on Syria. These briefs are compiled here, showing the progression of the Syrian conflict. Gulf Center for Human Rights Condemns Assassination of Jalal Thyab Al-Jawhar The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the April 27th ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (May 10)

 [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 New law on associations used to stifle civil society Amnesty International condemns conviction of Abdelkader Kherba, an activist distributing ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 9)

[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   Saudi Arabia Takes Over From Qatar to Solve Syria’s Crisis Hassan Hassan on a surprising two-day meeting held in Riyadh that ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (April 2013)

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 8)

[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 Saudi minister: US to remain energy dependent A news report on the oil minister’s dismissal of talk of US energy ...

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New Texts Out Now: Simon Jackson, Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations

Simon Jackson, “Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations.” Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXI No. 1 (Spring 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Simon Jackson (SJ): The article draws on my current book project, provisionally titled Mandatory Development: The Global Politics of Economic Development in the Colonial Middle East. The book is about the socioeconomic development regime in French Mandate Syria-Lebanon between the world wars, ...

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