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Daoud’s Camus Fanfiction Is More of the Same

Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation. Translated by John Cullen. New York: Other Press 2015. Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud’s debut novel The Meursault Investigation, recently translated into English, retells the story of Albert ...


تدمر، واحة للظلام

تعرضت تدمر منذ مدة لغزوة بربرية في وقت قياسي، وتردد صدى الخبر في أنحاء سوريا والعالم لأن تدمر تتمتع بشهرة خاصة كونها رمزاً ثقافياً وحضارياً، ونظراً لموقعها الجغرافي الذي جعل منها في الأزمنة القديمة محطة لطرق القوافل بين سوريا وبلاد ما بين ...

[The Israeli Knesset in session.]

Quick Thoughts: John Reynolds on Recent Amendments to the Israeli Penal Code

[On 20 July 2015 Israel’s parliament adopted legislation pursuant to which individuals convicted of throwing stones at moving vehicles can be sentence for up to twenty years in prison. To be applied to Israel’s Palestinian citizens and the ...

Last Week on Jadaliyya (July 20-26)

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 ...

Don't Tell Them You're Studying Islam

[The following article was published in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University on Tadween Publishing's blog. It was originally published by CCAS here. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] By Steven Gertz I now know what it is like to be profiled. As an American white male of German descent, this is not something to which I am accustomed. For years, I have flown internationally with very little problem going through passport control (though Israel has been wary of my travels ...

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New Texts Out Now: Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, Arab and Arab American Feminisms

[Cover of Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber,

Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, editors, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, Nadine Naber (RA, EA, NN): It was a year after 11 September 2001, and the three of us were on the same panel at the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans. As we sat at Café du Monde, we noted how Arab American and Arab American feminist perspectives were virtually absent from the academic conferences in which we participate (for example,. the American Studies Association, Middle East Studies ...

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Hydropolitics and the Hajj: An Ottoman Pre-History of Saudi Geological Imperialism, With Michael Christopher Low

[Water Distillation Machine Installed in Jidda in 1911. Source: Kasım İzzeddin, Hicaz'da teşkilât ve ıslahat-ı sıhhiye (1330).]

In Ottoman History Podcast Episode 101, Chris Gratien interviews Michael Christopher Low to discuss his current research on the history of water infrastructure, disease, and the ecological transformations of the Arabian Peninsula over the past two centuries. As Toby Jones argues in Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (2010), Saudi power has always been predicated on the state’s ability to wield technical expertise and master the environment. The two pillars of Saudi geological imperialism have been oil and water. Yet, there is a tendency to forget that despite the initial discovery of oil in 1933, oil revenues did not begin to radically alter ...

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MOOCs Stir Controversy over Shifting Course of Higher Education

While online education has existed for a while, teaching classes online is taking the world of higher education by storm due in part to the rise of MOOCs. MOOCs (massive open online course) are courses based on lecture videos and online interaction that can, seemingly, be taken by anyone with an internet connection. They represent a new form of “open” education that meets virtually, in a non-physical space. The restrictive size and space of a college classroom does not apply in MOOCs, opening the doors for thousands to enroll in the course. Courses include quizzes, homework, exercises, and exams. Colleges and universities across the United States are investing in MOOCs, ...

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Covering Gezi: Reflecting on Photographing Daily Life during Extraordinary Events

[28 May 2013. Police use tear gas to disperse a group who are standing guard in Istanbul's Gezi Park in an attempt to prevent the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality from demolishing the last remaining green public space in the center of the city. Photo by Tolga Sezgin/Nar Photos.]

[Text by Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, photos courtesy of Nar Photos.] After a few days, we asked one of our friends to go buy us some gas masks. He called and said there had been a run on them, and prices were up to 350–400 Turkish liras each (approximately $160–$220). We opted for some cheaper construction masks, and made do. But we had to learn how to cover such an event. We are not war photographers. Later in the evening, another member of the Nar Photos Collective chuckled: During one of the major stand-offs, we positioned ourselves at the very front of the protestors—a mere ten meters from the police. Not ten minutes in, we both got shot with rubber bullets ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 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 on Jadaliyya" series. Jadaliyya Launches Turkey Page Erdogan’s Masculinity and the Language of the Gezi Resistance Resisting Tear Gas Together Defining the Terrain of Struggle in Taksim 'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey Will the Presidential Elections “Cure the Pain” of the Iranian People? حديثي مع الشيطان It Is About the Park: A Struggle for Turkey’s Cities The Agony and the Irony of ...

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Gezi, the Kurds, and Our Kids

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Those who wanted to march towards the Democratic Solution Tent were intercepted by gas bombs and water cannons. Yet you didn’t see them, although there were kids present in that march. You didn’t see them, because in fact you have been watching penguins every day for the past thirty years. “Wait a second…We have been watching Diyarbakir from the same media for the past thirty years, have we not?” On one of those days when the police were busy trying to repel the Gezi Park demonstrators with water cannons and gas bombs, Tuna Kiremitçi asked this very question in his column. It was not like this was the first time Taksim was confronted with police brutality. Yet ...

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

[Cropped image of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here cover.]

Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi, editors. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007 Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers." Oakland: PM Press, 2012  You can bomb a bookstore or ban a book, but it will not die You cannot kill a poem like you can a man. Al-Mutanabbi Street will rise again. (Sam Hamill, To Salah al-Hamdani, November 2008) At the heart of a new anthology is the idea that the written word is invincible. The sentiment may not be altogether new, but that does not mean it has been exhausted. Far from it, as shown in the new collection, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to ...

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Erdogan’s Masculinity and the Language of the Gezi Resistance

[Billboard of Erdoğan with graffiti reading

Most observers of Turkey have been surprised by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unwillingness to compromise with the Gezi Park protestors, whose resistance for the preservation of an İstanbul park has transformed into a nationwide wave of popular urban protests—despite ongoing efforts at violent suppression—and threatens to become a full-fledged political, and economic, crisis. When Erdoğan hastily left the country for a North Africa trip after the escalation of protests, the moderate comments offered by his deputy Bülent Arınç and President Abdullah Gül created a public expectation for reconciliation. Instead, Erdoğan continued to play the same provocative tune ...

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Upheavals in the Arab World Two Years On (Video)

[Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted on Wikimedia Commons]

The following video features the proceedings of a panel discussion titled “Upheavals in the Arab World Two Years On,” that took place at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Boston on 1 June 2013. Organized and chaired by Lisa Hajjar, the panel assesses the impact of movements advocating social and political change in Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain two years following the outbreak of uprisings throughout the Arab world. Panelists consider how notions of justice and rights have had a galvanizing effect on getting people into the streets, how the various regimes (and regional allies) have responded to their demands, and if there has been a reapportionment of power ...

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HRW Report on Tainted Trials and Statements Obtained by Torture in Morocco

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[The following report was released by Human Rights Watch on 21 June 2013.] Morocco’s courts are convicting defendants based on confessions they claim were obtained through torture or falsified by police, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The country’s judicial reform agenda needs to include stronger safeguards to ensure that courts discard as evidence any statement made to the police under torture or ill-treatment. The one hundred-page report, “‘Just Sign Here’: Unfair Trials Based on Confessions to the Police in Morocco,” examined five trials between 2009 and 2013 of a total of seventy-seven people – including protesters seeking ...

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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 analysis from the publishing and academic worlds that relate to pedagogy and knowledge production. Crowdfunding Academic Research By Lauren Ingeno (Insider Higher Ed) With decreased federal and university research funding, academics are having an increasingly difficult time finding adequate funding for ...

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New Texts Out Now: Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat, Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora

Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat, editors, Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat (EA & ES): Growing up in the wake of our families’ displacement from Iraq, and having lived in multiple geographies as part of complex familial mixing, we see this project as an attempt to connect what otherwise would be perceived as disparate and ...

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No British Petroleum Gas Project without Our Consent (Video)

The Mosireen media collective has completed a new video entitled “Idku: No BP Gas Project Without Our Consent”. It deals with the response of Egyptians from the fishing town of Idku to plans by multinational firm British Petroleum (BP) to build a gas processing plant on their shores. The video features interviews with local residents, who explain that waste dumping in Idku’s waters by oil and gas companies has driven away fish and polluted agricultural lands, threatening the livelihoods of fishermen and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 25)

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Reports and Opinions Persian Gulf states ‘unable to protect themselves’ An article on the reliance of the six Arab Gulf states on Western countries for ...

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Sexual Torture is Systematic: from Mubarak and SCAF to the Muslim Brotherhood (Video)

This video from the Mosireen media collective is entitled "Sexual Torture is Systematic: from Mubarak and SCAF to the Muslim Brotherhood.” It brings together the testimonies of Egyptians who have survived sexual torture over the past decade, and who refuse to be silenced by their torturers. The video highlights the use of this practice as a deterrent from, or punishment for, political dissent during the era of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, and charts a peak in its use over the last two years, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 24)

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]   “BREAKING: Morsi prison escape referred to Egypt prosecutors” Ismailia court refers to court prison break case in which Mohamed Morsi, Essam El-Arian, Sobhi Saleh and Saad ...

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في الذكرى المئوية للمؤتمر العربي الأول : تساؤلات حول التاريخ والذاكرة والمستقبل

يميزالفيلسوف الفرنسي بول ريكور بين ثلاثة أنواع من الأحداث التاريخية : أولاً: حدث ذو معنى في ”حده الأدنى“، أي حدث عادي واضح المعالم ولكن دون أي تأثير على مجرى التاريخ ولا في تشكيل الهوية الجماعية. ثانياً: حدث يندرج ضمن نمطية معينة ويشكل نوعاً من ”الشيما“، مما يفقده طبيعته الأساسية كحدث. أما النوع الثالث: فهو حدث استثنائي وغير مألوف أو حدث بمعناه العلوي، مما يجعله يلعب دوراً هاماً في إعادة تشكيل هوية جماعية جديدة. يعطي ريكور أمثلة معينة لذلك النوع من الأحداث في التاريخ الأوروبي، مثل المحرقة التي تعتبر ...

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جسد المرأة الغواية ومحنة الإنسان - الجزء الأول

مقدمة: العولمة وعرش الجسد يتزامن نظام العولمة مع حضور طاغِ لجسد المرأة في الإعلام والإعلان. حضور يشتد يوماً بعد يوم، إن لجهة الكم أم النوع حيث يزداد هذا الجسد، في المرئي والمقروء، عرياً وأوضاعه غواية أو محاولة لها على الأقل. وتساهم تكنولوجيا التصوير وتأثيراته في لعبة الفتنة والترويج حتى ليكاد الإهتمام بالجسد، في الإعلان "الفذ" للألفية الثالثة، يغدو عديل الاهتمام بالفكر والأدب والفنون الذي استحوذ على الصحافة في العقود السابقة. مما يدعونا لتأمل هذا الموضوع الذي لولا أهميته في اللاوعي الجماعي ...

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A New Oppositional Politics: The Campaign Participants in Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election

Iranian politics took all of us by surprise again. While the election of Hassan Rowhani as the new president of Iran marks an important turning point in the factional rivalries and elite conflict in Iran, the process of the election also displayed a rather new model of oppositional politics in Iran. This new pragmatist model combines conventional methods of politics such as electoral participation with unconventional tactics such as street demonstrations and popular mobilization: Iranians seeking ...

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War's Yawning Mouth

I sat down today to write an article on proposed legal reforms to both the personal status and the electoral system in Lebanon. I have been meaning to write this article for over a month, and have it sketched out on paper, and half written it in my head. Its sentences haunted me while preparing for class and its arguments interrupted my thoughts, demanding to be written down. But it is hard to see the utility of writing on the legal system, or on a feminist approach to both electoral and personal status ...

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لا جسد لا سياسة

أن تسير في شوارع القاهرة، وفي فضاءها المديني العام، وعلى إحدى شوارعها الأخطبوطية المرتفعة، فيصدمك سترٌ وحجبٌ صوري، لجزء من جسد مؤنث في فوضى المدينة الدعائية الضوئية، فذلك وإن بدا جديداً في فظاظته؛ إلا أن المراقب لسيرورة الجسد في المجتمع المصري على مدى العقود الماضية يمكنه التنبؤ بذلك، وإن فاجأ البعض. وهذا الستر لكتف المغنية ونجمة الاستعراض المشهورة على جسر السادس من أكتوبرالقاهري، لابد له أن يذكرنا ببعض المجتمعات التي تأسست بهوسٍ جنسي مقدس، تمظهر حجباً وستراً، وكلها تنويعات على النفي، وصل حدود أن يقاس ...

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Syria Media Roundup (June 20)

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Perspectives Bahraini Salafists in Spotlight Hussain Marhoon says the spotless image of the Bahraini Salafist movement is transformed by some members’ decision ...

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كل الأشياء

  “Except that the dog is here and now, while its concept is everywhere and nowhere, always and never.”  ألكسندر كوجيف حَرّ. ناس يتكلمون لغة غريبة ويعجّون شوارع أغرب. شوارع غير تلك التي اعتدت شكلها. يدي تقبض عليها يد أكبر. يد كانت مصدر كل الطمأنينة في العالم، حتى في تلك الشوراع الغريبة. بدأ حوار مع شخص مبتسم شكله غريب أيضاً. استمر الحوار لبعض الوقت، ثم نزلت اليدُ الأخرى من الجهة البعيدة عني وأعطتني شيئاً. كان ملمس الشيء خشناً وكان وزنه خفيفاً. لم يكن حاراً ولا بارداً، وكان يجب علي أن أمسكه ...

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