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Antisemitism and Salaita ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري Derrida and the Crisis of French Zionism Anthony Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics An Excerpt from Sinan Antoon's
[Cover of Erin Runions,

New Texts Out Now: Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erin Runions (ER): Living in New York City in 2001 and ...

[الكاتب محمد شكري]

ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري

["ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم "جدلية" بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم ...

[Ahmed Samir, thirty-three, a businessman, became a Salafi and has had a beard since 2001. After the dispersing of pro-Morsi protesters from around the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque, Samir decided to shave off his beard since he had heard of friends being harassed in the streets. Photo by Mohamed Ali eddin.]

Beard Phobia

[Photos and text by Mohamed Ali eddin.] During the 25 January 2011 revolution, Egyptians thought they were united against President Mubarak’s regime. They believed in the power of Tahrir Square, in how the square gathered Islamists, ...

[Photo from Mada Masr]

An Open Letter

At 4 p.m. today, I celebrated with my colleagues my last meal in prison.  I have decided—when I saw my father fighting against death locked in a body that was no longer subject to his will—to start an open hunger strike until I ...


Copts and the Power over Personal Status

[Pope Kirollos VI and President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Photo from author's personal archive.]

When President Mubarak introduced amendments to the 1971 Constitution in the year 2007, the always contested issue of the status of sharia in Egyptian law reemerged in public discourse. Among the most unexpected contributions to the debate that ensued was that made by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, the late Pope Shenouda III. In stark contrast to positions he had adopted in the 1970s, at the height of his struggle with President Anwar Sadat over the ‘Islamization’ of Egyptian society, the position that Shenouda adopted in 2007 was strikingly conciliatory towards Islamists. Indeed, the Pope ventured so far as to repudiate a statement made by one of his bishops, to the ...

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Palestine at the United Nations?

[The UN General Assembly. Image by Ragnhild H. Simenstad via Flickr]

The significance of the United Nations General Assembly vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state has been exaggerated by opponents and proponents alike. It has no consequences for the status of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, nor does it undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees living in exile, the occupied territories, or indeed Israel as codified in international law and particularly UNGA Resolution 194 of 1948. By the same token, and as demonstrated by Israel’s subsequent decision to build several thousand new settlement units, it does not make the West Bank (including ...

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حول العرب وصحوة الفن: تحذيرات من الشعوب المخدَّرة

[ لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني سليمان منصور بعنوان

في خضم التعليقات حول امبريالية المحسوبية الأميركية، والمفهوم الأنثوي للأمن، والحركة الديمقراطية في المكسيك يظهر مقال "الفن والصحوة العربية"، لنعمة خليل في Foreign Policy Focus  في الثاني من آب، 2012 كوصف مضيء وممتع للانتاج الفني الذي بدأ يستحوذ على الاهتمام العالمي خلال "الصحوة العربية." لقد شهدنا الكثير من الاحتفاء بالفن العربي منذ 2001[i]، ولكن وضع مقال خليل في منتدى أميركي- للناطقين بالانجليزية عن السياسة الخارجية يثير أسئلة عن العلاقات الدولية التي تُمارس عن طريق الانتاج الثقافي1) [ii] لماذا "الفن"؟ 2) لماذا "الصحوة"؟ 3) لماذا السياسة الخارجية؟ لماذا تشكل هذه المصطلحات أبجديات النقاش؟ أريد أن أقول هنا إن هذه ...

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Israeli Supreme Court Hearing on Petition Against Anti-Boycott Law Set for 5 December

[BDS logo. Image from BDS Movement]

[The following statement was issued by the Who Profits? project and was first published on the BDS Movement website on 1 December 2012.]  On Wednesday, 5 December 2012, the Israeli Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the petition filed by the Coalition of Women for Peace against the anti-boycott law, which was passed by the Knesset in July 2011. This anti-democratic law is a blunt violation of political and civil liberties and is clearly a political attempt to violently crush civil protest and legitimate criticism against Israel’s policy in the occupied territories. The petition was filed alongside with Adalah, the Association ...

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November Culture

[Art by Saddam Aljumaily (Iraq)]

Jadaliyya's November culture bouquet arrived on the last day of November. Culture Page co-editor Maymanah Farhat reviews a recent exhibit by the Lebanese-American artist Etel Adnan. Mai Serhan reviews Tahani Rached's latest documentary. Ghad Mourad translates poems by the Lebanese poet Wadih Saadeh. Sinan Antoon and Peter Money translate three poems by the Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef: * Maymanah Farhat, "Etel Adnan at the Base of the Mountain." * Ghada Mourad, "Wadih Saadeh: Because of a Cloud, Most Likely." * Sinan Antoon and Peter Money, "Three Poems by Saadi Youssef." * Mai Serhan, "Rules of Engagement: Documentary Filmmaking ...

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Qatar and the Palestinians

The Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Gaza's Hamas Prime minister Ismail Haniyeh in Bait Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Oct. 23, 2012. Image by Ali Ali, Pool/AP Photo.

Whether in terms of timing or substance, the October 2012 visit of Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to the Gaza Strip defies simple explanation. As so often where Palestinian politics is concerned, a cottage industry of explanations and interpretations rapidly materialized. Thus Qatar was either seeking to ensure the support of Hamas’s Gaza leaders for the re-election of Khalid Mashaal to the leadership of the Islamist movement’s Politbureau; using its considerable influence with the Muslim Brotherhood to help transform Rafah into a normalized and regularized border crossing between Egypt and Palestine; staking a claim to Mediterranean gas reserves on the ...

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Wadih Saadeh: Because of a Cloud, Most Likely

[Wadih Saadeh. Image from Author]

  Because of a Cloud, Most likely Wadih Saadeh Translated by Ghada Mourad   Shadows They moved toward the water descending from their mountains like soft shadows so that as not to awaken the grass. When their shadows passed the fields some parted company and slept there Others clung to rocks, stretched out and returned them to the rocks. They moved until they reached the water exhausted Above them the sun was looking for a needle to reconnect them with the shadows. A Gaze They leave their eyes and they walk reclining on old gazes A silence lying on their bodies dead breezes lying spirits of annihilated places if a cloud passes through ...

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Hurricane Sandy Hits Little Syria: Worrying about Buildings and Brothers

[An image of Little Syria post-Sandy. Image taken by Todd Fine.]

The cliché always reasserts itself as a truth: “as long as you are safe, that is all that matters.” In the wake of a disaster, material things – buildings, possessions, money – fade away in importance, and we first worry about the safety of our friends and loved ones. Yet, as Hurricane Sandy approached New York City, my initial, frenzied concern was for things material, yet valued in symbolic abstraction: the last historic structures of Washington Street in Lower Manhattan, chiefly St. George’s Melkite Catholic Church (operating as an Irish pub for the last 30 years), a 1926 settlement house for immigrants, and an old 1885 tenement with still-occupied apartments. For ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 29)

['Wedding Series (Mahder)' by Najla Shawket Fitouri. Piece from Noon Arts London Art Show: http://noon-arts.co.uk/artist/najla-shawket-fitouri]

[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 Pouvoirologie: Saïd Bouteflika au premier rang. @7our discusses the obscurity of the Algerian government's inner workings. Grève des barreaux d'Algérie : Les avocats décideront ce samedi Lawyers discuss plans to boycott the beginning of the judicial year to protest against a draft law that would strengthen the power of ...

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More Quick Thoughts on Palestine at the United Nations

[President Barack Obama listens as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responds to a question during a joint meeting with the press in the Oval Office Thursday, May 28, 2009. Image by Pete Souza. From Wikimedia Commons.]

The outcome of a United Nations General Assembly vote on enhanced membership status for Palestine has never been in question. The Palestinians will win, probably handily, because the international community overwhelmingly supports the Palestinian right to self-determination and opposes Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. Those openly opposing this vote can easily be counted on the fingers of an amputated hand: Israel; the United States, which is more pro-Israel than Israel itself; Canada, which is more pro-Israel than even the United States; and perhaps one or two Pacific islands casting one of their final UN votes since they will be rewarded for their ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 29)

[An old man and old woman who cut wood for use in heating and cooking in Homs city. Boustan al-Dewan. 27 November 2012. Via Lens Young Homsi.]

[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 As battle raged in Syria, Russia sent tons of cash to Damascus, flight records show A report by Dafna Linzer, Michael Grabell and Jeff Larson.

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الحياة الحزبية في مصر بعد الثورة ... بين الإنطلاق والتعثر

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أخرجت ثورة 25 من يناير 2011 الحياة السياسية في مصر من حالة الإنسداد والجفاف، التي ألمّت بها طيلة العقود الماضية، وفتحت أبواب المشاركة السياسية أمام ملايين المصريين، لتدخل مصر مرحلة التحول الديمقراطي، التي تنتقل بموجبها من النظام السلطوي اللاديمقراطي، إلى النظام التعددي الديمقراطي، القائم على المشاركة، والمنافسة الديمقراطية، والتداول السلمي للسلطة، عبر الإنتخابات الحرة النزيهة. وتُعد عملية تأسيس الأحزاب السياسية، التي تعبر عن المرحلة الجديدة من أهم سمات هذه المرحلة، فما هي أهم ملامح التجربة الحزبية الجديدة؟ وما هو مستقبلها؟ لمحة تاريخية يعود ميلاد التجربة الحزبية بمصر إلى مطلع القرن العشرين، عندما تمخضّت الحركة الوطنية المصرية، في مواجهة الإحتلال البريطاني عن ...

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جدلية: لماذا وكيف؟ حوار مع بسام حداد

[نشرت هذه المقابلة مؤخراً في العدد الأول من مجلة "البوابة التاسعة" وكان قد أجراها نات مولر وعمر خليف قبل أشهر لكن نشرها تأخر لحين صدور العدد الأول.  وهنا تعيد جدلية نشرها] الإطلاق التجريبي الذي جرى في أيلول (سبتمبر) الماضي للمجلة الإلكترونية الإنكليزيّة – العربيّة، "جدليّة"، وهي المبادرة غير الربحيّة التي أطلقها معهد الدراسات العربيّة (ASi) في واشنطن، لم يقدّر له استشراف الموقع الذي تحتلّه المجلّة اليوم. فالانتفاضات العربيّة، البالغة زخمها بعد أشهر قليلة من ذاك الإطلاق، دفعت ...

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Citizenship and the New “State of Palestine”

In his second attempt to obtain United Nations recognition of Palestine as a state, on 29 November 2012 Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas requested the General Assembly to accept the bid for non-member observer state status. An overwhelming majority of countries—138 of them—voted yes. The vote’s implications are largely symbolic for the time being, but it does mean that “Palestine” signifies the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1967.  Now, rather than “Palestine” ...

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A Constitution That Divides?

The current events unfolding in Egypt test the limits of healthy transition to democracy. The process of drafting the new constitution has come out as the outcome of dire political struggle, rather than the outcome of national consensus that would propel the country through transitioning to rule of law and economic and social development. On 22 November 2012, President Mohamed Morsi issued a self-described “Constitutional Declaration” giving the president very broad and unchecked powers. Among other ...

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The Draft Constitution: Some Controversial Stipulations

  After long hours of article-by-article voting on the Egyptian constitution by the Constituent Assembly, the draft was passed on early Friday. The current draft has been submitted to President Mohamed Morsy, who in turn will put it up for a referendum, the conditions of which remain unknown in the wake of a recent crisis between the president and the judiciary. However, the draft follows a tumultuous and unresolved writing process, with many non-Islamist members of the assembly quitting in ...

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Reports Roundup (December 1)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Joint Statement by Twenty-Two Egyptian Rights Organizations on Morsi Declaration Egyptian rights organizations came together to reject Morsi's constitutional declaration as an attack on the judiciary and rule of law.  America's Native Prisoners of War Aaron Huey's TEDx presentation traces the history of settlers and occupiers that led to the founding of ...

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Three Poems by Saadi Youssef

  Three Poems Saadi Youssef Translated from the Arabic by Sinan Antoon & Peter Money   The Glance   Our loss is not the earth for the earth will stay, it stayed before us, it will stay after us, earth of the singers, and of silent ones, earth of those who stay and transients; it is the earth of those who became earth’s body . . . What we have lost is not the earth. The loss is that glance we no longer exchange, between one child and another as they share a loaf of ...

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The Strong Egypt Party, the Constitutional Decree, and Gaza: An Interview with Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was a leading candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election held last May, garnering approximately seventeen percent of votes cast in the first round (compared to approximately twenty-four percent and twenty-three percent for the two eventual run-off candidates—Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, respectively). He is a physician by training, and has been the president of the Arab Medical Association since 2004. Abul Futuh is a former member and leader of the Muslim ...

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Etel Adnan at the Base of the Mountain

Etel Adnan 12 September – 28 October 2012 Callicoon Fine Arts, Manhattan   Roughly fifteen miles north of San Francisco, across the city’s iconic burnt-orange Art Deco masterpiece, is Mount Tamalpais, another Bay Area icon. In the surrounding areas of this unassuming mountain lived the Coastal Miwok Indians—a now landless people—who (as popular legend would have it) once claimed that an evil witch lived atop its peak in order to deter early European settlers from scaling its heights. It is also ...

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Morsi and his Adversaries

  With November nearly at an end, it seems like an eternity ago that Israel and Gaza were engaged in intense, if unequal fighting. Yet it was only two weeks ago that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi spent intense hours on the telephone with US President Barak Obama to craft a truce. Not long after the two men hung up their phones, Egypt’s current crisis began and many Egyptians today are, for the first time in centuries, afraid of civil war. Street fighting has broken out in several provincial ...

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Quick Thoughts on the Significance of the November 2012 Palestine UN Bid

The Palestinian UN bid for non-member observer status will certainly pass today as the majority of UN member states have expressed their support for the initiative. The positive vote will do little to alter the course of Israel's ongoing settler-colonial expansion in the West Bank, or its racially motivated policies aimed at the forced population transfer of non-Jewish Palestinians throughout Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Still, the significance of Palestine's bolstered status is ...

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Beirut Photographer: Interview with George Azar

In 1981, George Azar traveled from UC Berkeley to Beirut, Lebanon to see the Arab-Israeli conflict first hand. He got a job as a stringer, photographing the Lebanese civil war for the Associated Press and United Press International. He was captured by the Israelis during the 1982 invasion and taken to Israel, where he was released in Jerusalem. He returned to Lebanon and continued photographing the war until 1984. As the thirtieth anniversary of the Sabra and Shatilla massacre approached this year, Azar ...

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Rules of Engagement: Documentary Filmmaking According to Tahani Rached

Tahani Rached’s latest documentary film, Nafass Tawil (Deep, Long Breath), premiered in September at the American University in Cairo as part of the International Summer Academy’s Aesthetics and Politics: Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World, a research program organized by the Center for Translation Studies and the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.   

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