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[In the northern West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Al-Bazz.]

Snapshot: Palestinian Spring

As a Palestinian photojournalist living in the West Bank my daily work is very far from the quiet and fabulous nature that is seen in these pictures. Every week I spend hours covering protests, clashes, and the military operations of the ...

[photo by Collin Anderson via Flikr Creative Commons]

Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

Yemen has grabbed the world's attention as the country’s political crisis appears to have been deepened with the Saudi-led military intervention. According to The Guardian and other news organizations, the U.S. is providing “logistical and ...

[Cover of Don Karl and Basma Hamdy,

New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, editors, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution. Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Don Karl and Basma Hamdy (DK & BH): Our main goal ...

[Image from ruins of the Palestinian village of Damoun, featuring a plaque by the Zochrot Truth Comission. Image by the author.]

Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the Decolonizing Temporality of Return: A Note on Adi Ophir’s Remarks on BDS

And so it is not I who make a meaning for myself, but it is the meaning that was already there, pre-existing, waiting for me. – Frantz Fanon[1] It is fair to say that the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign ...

World Social Forum Highlights Shock Doctrine in Tunisia

[Banner from the World Social Forum in Tunisia. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

An estimated fifty thousand people from five thousand organizations in 127 countries spanning five continents participated in the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunisia over the past week. By choosing to come together in Tunis, this year’s Forum evoked the sprit of the 2011 revolt that inspired uprisings around the world. The WSF also focused attention on the complicated status of that revolt, which in Tunisia has not brought the political or economic changes many hoped for. Conversations with local activists often focused on the recent assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaïd and government dealings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Many in the ...

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تودّد، أو الثورة التي لا تؤنَّث لا يعوّل عليها: الجزء الرابع: تفحيل الألوهة وحصار الذات


[هذه المقالة هي الرابعة في سلسلة مقالات. يمكن قراءة الأجزاء السابقة هنا.]   "أما تعليم النساء القراءة والكتابة فأعوذ بالله، إذ لا أرى شيئاً أضر منه بهن، فإنهن لما كن مجبولاتٍ على الغدر كان حصولهن على هذه الملكة من أعظم وسائل الشر والفساد، وأما الكتابة فأول ما تقدر به المرأة على تأليف الكلام بها، فإنه سيكون رسالة إلى زيد ورقعة إلى عمرو، وبيتاً من الشعر إلى غرب وشيئاً آخر إلى رجل آخر، فمثل النساء والكتب والكتابة كمثل شرير سفيه تهدي إليه سيفاً، أو سكير تعطيه زجاجة خمر ، فاللبيب من الرجال من ترك زوجته في حالة من الجهل والعمى فهو أصلح لهن وأنفع".  خير الدين نعمان بن أبي الثناء، "الإصابة في منع النساء من الكتابة."   ولأن وجود المدلول ...

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Two Saints and a Sinner

[Two Saints Church in Alexandria following the 2011 New Years bombing. Photo from]

The name Ahmad Lutfi Ibrahim does not, for most people, evoke any particular memories. It would hardly surprise me if a few friends thought I had meant to type Ahmad Lutfi Al-Sayyid, the renowned and sometimes reviled leader of the Egyptian Constitutional party of nearly eighty years ago. And yet there he was, Ahmad Lutfi Ibrahim, on 25 January 2011 staring somberly out from the front page of the daily Al-Masry al-Youm.  He was, the paper reported, accused of being the leader of a group of about twenty members of the Palestinian based Islamic Army (IA) who had set off a bomb that took the lives of twenty-four people at the Qiddisayn (or Two Saints) ...

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تمام سلام رئيساً للحكومة اللبنانية: شركة غير تنافسية

[من اليمين: تمام سلام وسعد الحريري وغازي العريضي في مسيرة ١٤ آذار. مايو ٢٠٠٩. تصوير بلال حسين المصدر ا.ب ]

أن تعود رئاسة مجلس الوزراء إلى بيروت ليس بالأمر المستغرب. أما أن تعود إلى "دار المصيطبة"، دار آل سلام، التي كانت محوراً للسياسة اللبنانية منذ ما قبل الاستقلال العام ١٩٤٣، فهذا ما يطرح العديد من الأبعاد التي ربما تكون فقدت معانيها التقليدية ويساهم في المقابل بتقديم تفسيرات جديدة حول واقع السياسة اللبنانية وما آلت اليه في سنوات ما بعد الحرب، خصوصاً أبعاد تحولات الزعامة السنية. وهنا، حين نقول الزعامة السنية لا نفترض أن تمثيل الطائفة السنية، أو أي طائفة أخرى، ينحصر بمرجعية واحدة فقط. لا بل نشير إلى عملية تعزيز التمثيل السياسي واحتكاره من قبل طرف معين بحجة الدفاع عن مصالح الطائفة. وعملية "التبلّر الطائفي” (١) هذه لا تستمد شرعيتها من منطلق طائفي، لا بل من ...

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The Kurdish Question and Turkish-Israeli Relations: An Interview with Professor Cihan Tugal

[Turkish Flag. Taken by Tulga

In his Nowruz message on 21 March, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, declared a ceasefire and called on armed militants to withdraw from Turkish territory. He said, “Today we are waking up to a new Middle East, a new Turkey, and a new future” and added, “The Middle East and Central Asia are looking for a new order. A new model is a necessity, like bread and water. It’s inevitable that Anatolia and Mesopotamia will be pioneers in building this model.” Öcalan’s message was warmly welcomed by the million-strong crowd gathered for Nowruz celebrations in the city of Diyarbakir. The next day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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Arabian Peninsula Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2013)

[Wired Freedom. 25 November 2005. Image from flickr/cofano]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Arabian Peninsula. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Arabian Peninsula-related topics. These pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely those of the authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post with your bio and a release form to Click "Submissions" on the main page for more information.] Trial Observation Report: The United Arab Emirates 94 A report ...

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Palestinian Museum’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for 11 April 2013

[English logo of the Palestinian museum. Image from]

[The following press release was issued by the Palestinian Museum on 3 April 2013.] Palestinian Museum’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for 11 April The Welfare Association, celebrates on Thursday, 11 April, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Palestinian Museum in the town of Birzeit. The museum, which will open its doors in Fall 2014, will be dedicated to the exploration and understanding of the culture, history, and society of Palestine and its people and will be a space that brings together an innovative mix of exhibitions, research, and education programs, acting as an agent of empowerment and integration and a place for inspiration, dialogue, and reflection. The ...

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أحمد الواصل عن "الخروج من المعبد" أو الهدم طريق الغناء العربي

["كتب" هي سلسلة تستضيف "جدلية" فيها الكتاب في حوار حول أعمالهم الجديدة، نرفقه بمقاطع من الكتاب.] أحمد الواصل عن "الخروج من المعبد" أو الهدم طريق الغناء العربي: محاولة لقراءة الهوية والذاكرة العربية والمسكوت عنه  مشروع قادم ... أن يكون الغناء العربي بمدارسه ومراكزه، واتجاهاته وروزه التلحينية والشعرية والغنائية ظواهر اجتماعية تعيد القراءة وضع شهادة على الذاكرة والهوية والثقافة. هذا ما يحاول أن يقدمه الناقد أحمد الواصل في كتابه الجديد "الخروج من المعبد: توليفات في أنثروبولوجيا الغناء العربي"(دار العين للنشر، 2013). في هذا الحوار يتحدث عن ظواهر مهمشة ومن عداد المسكوت عنه في تاريخ الغناء العربي، وهو يكرس في هذا الكتاب ...

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Morocco's Justice and Charity Party and the Left: A Critical Reflection

[Members of the February 20 Movement march in Casablanca on 25 September 2011, when the movement was still comprised of groups from the left and Al Adl Wal Ihsane. Image by Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP Photo.]

There has recently been controversy regarding the Democratic Path Party’s position concerning Islamist movements, particularly the Justice and Charity Party (Al Adl Wal Ihsane) following an article that appeared in Lakome. In reality, it appears that the position was not meant to be a call for an explicit alliance with Al Adl Wal Ihsane. It was rather recognition that the crux of the conflict is not between “modernists” and “dogmatists” and that there is necessity for a large opposition to counter an immediate and principal entity, the makhzen (ruling elite).  El Harrif, secretary general of the Democratic Path Party, raises the issue of how to position the party in ...

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'What Good Are Free Elections When A Country Is Destroyed?'

[A Syrian-Kurdish boy during Nowruz celebrations. 19 March 2013. From Lens of a Kurdish Young.]

[More than two years into the uprising in Syria, important questions remain about a number of a dynamics concerning the present situation and future prospects in Syria. Below, Muhammad Dibu interviews Baderkhan Ali on the trajectory of the Syrian uprising, the aspirations of Syria's Kurdish community, and the prospects for the post-uprising period in Syria. The interview was first published on on 27 March 2013.] Muhammad Dibu (MD): There is a lot of talk about demands made by Syria’s Kurds and what it is they really want. What do you think these might be? Baderkhann Ali (BA): Before the Syrian revolution, the demands of the Syrian ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2013)

[A burned school near Tahrir clashes. Image originally posted to Flickr by Mohamed Azazy.]

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 [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. The Impact of World Bank Policy and Programmes on the Built Environment in Egypt A report by Egyptian ...

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NEWTON in Focus: Thinking Through Gender and Sex

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This week we highlight various NEWTON texts relevant to the study of gender and sexuality. The authors of these texts write from a wide range of perspectives, approaching questions relevant to the MENA region from a variety of cultural and political contexts and (inter)disciplinary approaches. We encourage you to integrate these texts into your curricula in the coming semesters. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON—on any topic relevant to the region—please email us at To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and instructors in the field, be sure to sign up for Jadaliyya’s ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 1-7)

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.  Settler Colonialism and Alliance: Comparative Challenges to Pinkwashing and Homonationalism Remembering A Baghdad Elsewhere: An Emotional Cartography The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt Women Under Seige: ...

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بدرخان علي: "الانتخابات الحرّة" ليست شيئاً عظيماً، بعد خراب البلد

‫يأخذنا الباحث الكردي السوري بدرخان علي في هذه المقابلة في جولة نقدية حول الثورة السورية ودروبها المتشعبة، خصوصاً في المناطق ذات الأغلبية الكردية، التي تقع تحت سيطرة أحزاب كردية متعددة، تتضارب في المصالح والأهداف. ويتطرق إلى طبيعة العلاقة التي تربط حزب الإتحاد الديمقراطي PYD بالنظام السوري وبحزب العمال الكردستاني PKK في تركيا، وكذلك عن علاقة بقية الأحزاب الكردية بالسيد مسعود البرزاني رئيس إقليم كردستان العراق. وهو إذ يصف نفسه هنا بـ "أكثر المتشائمين"، لا يرسم بطبيعة الحال، صورة وردية عن ...

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The Necessity of Revolutionary Violence in Egypt

“All politics is a struggle for power; the ultimate kind of power is violence.” - C. Wright Mills Violence is related to notions of justice. In Egypt there are two forms of justice that we have been fighting for since 25 January 2011: social and retributive. Their absence has been compounded by the ongoing application of structural forms of violence against us: primarily economic and judicial. As a result, Egyptians increasingly see the state as having lost its monopoly over what Weber calls the ...

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Reports Roundup (April 6)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Trial Observation Report: The United Arab Emirates 94 A coalition of human rights organizations monitor and report on the trial of ninety-four intellectuals, activists, and human rights defenders charged with founding, organising and administering an organization aimed at overthrowing the government.  Media Mea Culpas and the Iraq War: Co-Editor ...

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Wafa Ben Hassine on Social Media in Post-Ben Ali Tunisia

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Wafa Ben Hassine (WBH): The intellectual exchange of information. The most unique aspect of Twitter is the ability to form little niches about very particularized topics. You want to talk classical Arabic literature? ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 5)

[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 by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria                         Le ...

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ماذا عن ربيع فلسطين؟

 لو ألقينا نظرة فاحصة على كل موجات الاحتجاج الشعبي التي نشبت في فلسطين بعد الربيع العربي، فسنجد أنّ كلمة السر التي تصلح لها جميعًا هي الاحتواء. سواء كانت موجهة ضد إسرائيل والمفاوضات، أو سياسيات سلام فيّاض الاقتصاديّة، أو واقع الانقسام الذي يقترب من التجذّر، كلّ المحاولات لإلقاء حجر في الماء الراكد انتهى بها المطاف إلى أن ضمرت وتجوّفت وذهبت أدراج الرياح. أثبتت المعادلات الأمنيّة التي أرستها اسرائيل سواء بطريقة مباشرة (الضفّة) أم غير مباشرة (غزّة) فعاليّتها وقدرتها على كبح جماح الشارع وقت الضرورة. ...

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François Hollande au Maroc : plutôt les affaires que les droits de l'homme

C'est un Président français sévèrement diminué politiquement qui s'apprête à se rendre en visite d'Etat au Maroc, les 3 et 4 avril. Battant des records d'impopularité, François Hollande n'a cessé, depuis le début de son mandat, de chuter dans les sondages, où il a encore perdu cinq points, cette semaine, pour s'établir à trente six pour cent d'opinions favorables. Sa dernière prestation sur la deuxième chaîne française, n'y a rien changé. Peu ou prou de ses compatriotes ont été convaincus de sa capacité ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 4)

[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   Rape and Sham Marriages: The Fears of Syria’s Women Refugees A France 24 report on the convenience marriages bringing ...

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Settler Colonialism and Alliance: Comparative Challenges to Pinkwashing and Homonationalism

Critics of Israeli pinkwashing in the United States and Canada have increasingly engaged in comparative critiques of settler colonialism. Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto has invoked this critique for many years. Pinkwatchers across Canada also draw ties between Palestinian and Indigenous solidarity that are heightened by the recent emergence in Canada of the Indigenous people’s movement Idle No More. Today, scholars and activists ask how homonationalism and pinkwashing perform settler ...

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Women Under Seige: Stateless in Lebanon

Lebanon, and its capital Beirut, are often represented by the media as islands of freedom in the Middle East. The well-heeled neighborhoods of Achrafieh and Downtown are reminiscent of a Parisian boutique; while nightlife in Gemmayze and Hamra could compete with the scene in Berlin. But, behind the glossy images of ultra-futuristic skyscrapers and flawless female bodies, Lebanon is a country where women are not allowed to pass citizenship on to their children, or to their non-Lebanese husbands. The ...

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Battle for the .book Domain

Amazon has come under critical fire recently in the publishing world for its attempt to take control of generic top-level domains (gTLD) that end in .book, .author, and .read. The Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers, and Amazon rival Barnes & Noble have all taken issue with Amazon’s pursuit of the domain names. By allowing Amazon to have the monopoly on such domain names would give them greater and unchecked authority over the presence of the publishing world on the internet. ...

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