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The Perils of American Muslim Politics الهَدم والبناء الاستعماري في الجولان حقوق المثليين والمثليات محكّ لحقوق الإنسان بين المدرسة والمسجد نص للأديب
[Mass iftar held to protest destruction in the İçkale valley.All photographs by the author.]

Destruction and Construction, Resistance and Solidarity: Diyarbakir/Surici Observations Part II

[To read the previous article in this series, “Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi,” click here.] Things won’t calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood ...

[اللوحة للفنان العراقي قيس السندي]

الاغتيال والاختطاف في العراق: حقل التحريض المتسع

 لا توجد إحصائية دقيقة للاغتيالات والاختطاف في العراق. فالسلطات الرسمية لا تكترث كثيراً بأرشفة الاخبار السيئة التي تحدث يومياً، أما الصحافة فلا تعير أهمية أيضاً لمثل هذه الحوادث، وغالباً تتعامل معها إذا ما هزّ اغتيال او اختطاف الرأي ...

[Tanks in the streets of Tehran in 1953. Image via Wilipedia]

Musaddiq’s Spectre: On the Recent Declassification of US Documents

Following the 1989 release of the first Iran-related volume of the State Department’s Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, a plethora of books and articles have been written detailing the MI6-CIA coup d’état in Iran on 19 ...

[La décharge de Borj Hammoud vue du port de pêche avant les récents travaux de démantèlement - Photo Eric Verdeil - CC-ND-NC]

Des déchets aux remblais: imaginaire aménageur, corruption et dérèglements métaboliques à Beyrouth

Les scandales à répétition qui éclatent à propos de la gestion des déchets au Liban et plus particulièrement dans l'agglomération de Beyrouth mettent en évidence les montants énormes des contrats en question et leur opacité, et donc plus ...


Excavating the Sky

[Damascus Sky, 1925. Image courtesy of Khaled Malas.]

[Between 12-14 August 2014 at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale, architects, filmmakers, and activists from Syria and the Arab World, gathered for a series of events focused on Syria and the production of its landscape from before the First World War until today. Using the multidisciplinary and live context of Monditalia—curated by the Biennale’s director Rem Koolhaas and architect Ippolito Pestellini—Syrian architect Khaled Malas organized the project “Excavating the Sky.” Jadaliyya features below Malas’ project description as well as selected images from the Biennale’s booklet entitled Excavating the Sky.] This project seeks to explore the ...

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Propaganda, Politics, and Profiteering: Islamic Law in the Contemporary United States

[Image of a billboard by the United American Committee. Image from Matt57/Wikimedia Commons.]

The recent announcement of the establishment of a “caliphate” by the “Islamic State”—also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—has put Islamic law back in the headlines. In the ensuing, polarizing debates, images of violence and extremism are countered with defensive posturing about the “true” nature of Islamic law. This endless tug-of-war between delegitimizing and legitimizing “Islamic law” confuses and obfuscates, rather than educates or clarifies, because it is focused on a false premise: the content or meaning of Islamic law is not the issue, but the prejudicial politicization of Islamic law ...

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Tadween Spotlight: Gaza

This summer, Gaza dominated the headlines. A rising death toll at the expense of Israel’s weeks-long Operation Protective Edge, a death toll that currently stands at over 2,000 killed, once again brought attention to the politics surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the devastation of the Gaza Strip. As Gaza fades from the headlines, Tadween Publishing would like to spotlight its two Gaza-focused publications to reignite the discussion and attention to the situation in Palestine. Gaza Revisited By Noura Erakat Paperback: $7.99 E-version: $5.49 Combo: $9.99 In November 2012, Israel began an aerial bombing campaign against the Gaza Strip that ...

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (August-September 2014)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "Best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. The Introduction is written by Bassam Haddad and the Roundup's main editor is Basileus Zeno] Everyone has something to say about the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). But only now. When ISIS or its predecessor was taking over towns in Syria last year, and when it grew out of Iraq’s chaos and calamity after the US invasion of 2003, it was just another news item, if that. But when more and more interests were threatened, when the identity of the victims began to change, and when ISIS rolled into cities in Iraq, it became a problem. Followers of the news in/from Syria and Iraq ...

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Emergency Humanitarian Appeals and Gaza’s On-going Destruction: The Case of Failed Accountability and Sustainability

[Palestinians receive their monthly food aid at a UNRWA distribution center in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. Image: Abed Rahim/ Flash 90]

The destruction in Gaza as a result of the most recent Israeli assault has been massive. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the bombing of water networks has reduced potable water by fifty percent. The destruction of housing and productive resources has been equally severe. Approximately 23,000 people were being housed in UNRWA shelters and an additional seven hundred displaced families have sought refuge with distant relatives. At least thirty-six fishing boats were destroyed, leaving 3,600 fishermen incapacitated from their key means of livelihood. The assault’s destruction of agricultural land has affected an estimated two ...

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Ghassan Salhab: Making of 'The Valley'

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November 2013 Al Beqaa, Lebanon In November, Lebanese director Ghassan Salhab was busy with his crew, filming 'The Valley', the second film in his triptych inspired by long suffering in Lebanon's modern history, which he compares to feelings of an eminent apocalypse. The film was shot on a vine farm in Al Beqaa region on the border with Syria. In this video interview, Salhab talks of his conceptual approaches to filmmaking in general and in relation to 'The Valley' which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014. Ghassan Salhab was born in Dakar, Senegal, and teaches film at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. Along with several ...

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New Texts Out Now: Laurie A. Brand, Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria

[Cover of Laurie A. Brand,

Laurie A. Brand, Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Laurie Brand (LB): Although I am a political scientist by training, I have a long-standing interest in language study and in the use and misuse of language. While I was working on my previous book on the relationship between sending states and their expatriates (Citizens Abroad: States and their Expatriates in the Middle East and North Africa, published in 2006), I was struck by how differently emigrants from Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Lebanon were referred to in official documents. In some ...

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The Growing Phenomenon of Pro-Israeli Advocacy in Chinese Academia

[Image of a graphic that demonstrates the SIGNAL backed ISP zones in China. Image from Sino-Israel.org]

Over the last decade, a network of loosely affiliated pro-Israeli organizations—embracing a number of think tanks, universities, lobbyist groups, foundations, activist-scholars as well as donors—have successfully established a foothold in Chinese academia. The aim of these groups in China has been to provide a platform for espousing hasbara—a Hebrew term for “explanation” denoting the utilization of diplomatic, media, and political mediums to clarify and defend Israel’s positions and actions—that would serve to re-shape Chinese academic perceptions of the Jewish state. The logic underlying this advocacy is that it would eventually influence—given prevailing assumptions ...

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Yemen: The Peace and National Partnership Agreement

[Jamal Benomar. Image from Wikipedia.]

[What follows is the text—taken from the announcement by Jamal Benomar—of the Peace and National Partnership Agreement signed by representatives of Ansarallah, the umbrella organization of the Houthi movement, and the leadership of major political factions in Yemen, including the sitting government. It was signed late on 21 September 2014 after Ansarallah militarily seized control of Sanaa. It has been “welcomed” by the Gulf Cooperation Council and the General-Secretary of the United Nations.] The Peace and National Partnership Agreement 21 September 2014 Preamble: Pursuant to the outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference, which have been agreed upon ...

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Breaking: Yemeni Political Alliances Shift as Houthis Capture Sanaa

On 21 September 2014, the Houthi movement militarily won control of the Yemeni state. This was quickly followed by a Peace and National Partnership Agreement, signed by most significant political players, which will have serious implications for the structure of national politics going forward. I interviewed John Warner, Co-Editor of Jadaliyya's Arabian Peninsula Page. He analyses the local and regional dynamics that led to these important political developments and their future implications. This interview is part of the Arab Studies Institute and its partners' upcoming Audio Journal Project, in progress.

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On Dead and Living Characters

[Image: Artwork by Mohammed al-Shammarey]

Maha George is a young Iraqi Christian woman from Baghdad in her early twenties. I came to know Maha and her family quite well three and a half years ago. She was studying medicine in Baghdad at the time, but had no plans for staying in Iraq. She, like so many, no longer believed that Iraq was her country and planned on immigrating as soon as she finished her studies. The recent events in Mosul and the catastrophic fate of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis (Christians, Yazidis, Shabak, and others) have confirmed all of Maha’s fears about the fate of her co-religionists in Iraq. She and her family had already experienced similar dynamics in Baghdad in the past decade: ...

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Mehdi Haddab

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April 2014 Falaki Theater, Cairo Mehdi Haddab is an Algerian French musician, and a pioneer of the electric oud (lute). Over the years, he’s played a major role in developing and adapting the instrument to different music genres. Haddab is known in the West as “Jimi Hendrix of the electric oud” for his masterful performances. He founded several band including Ikova, DuOud and Speed Caravan and has collaborated with prominent musicians, including Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In April, Haddab visited Cairo and performed with a group of Egyptian musicians, including Ahmed Saleh, Abdullah Miniawy and Mohamed Sami as part of the “Free Voices” concerts in D-CAF ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 29)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Egypt’s Foreign Policy of Isolation Ahmed Naje examines Egypt’s foreign policies that are leading to its regional and global ...

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Turkey after Gezi: An Interview with Simten Cosar

As developments in Turkey continue to take shape in the aftermath of Gezi and Erdoğan’s Presidential election, Gülden Ozcan interviews Simten Coşar (co-editor with Gamze Yücesan-Özdemir of Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamic Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey (Red Quill Books, 2012) about these turbulent times. Interest in the AKP and its integration of neoliberal and Islamic politics into continued electoral success has garnered increasing scrutiny both domestically and internationally. Silent ...

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Evden Emlaga Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekulasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Donusum

Evden Emlağa Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekülasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Dönüşüm  Bir şehir antropoloğunun saha notları Saha çalışmasına başladığım 2013 yılının Mart ayında Fikirtepe bölgesi, kentsel dönüşüm macerasında iki yılı çoktan geride bırakmıştı. Çalışmalara başladığım sırada altmış yapı adasından oluşan bölgede üç ada tamamıyla yıkılmış, bazı adalarda da başta kiracılar olmak üzere bir çok insan evlerini boşaltıp gitmeye, sokaklar yavaş da olsa ıssızlaşmaya başlamıştı. O zamanki notlarıma dönüp ...

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Syria Media Roundup (September 26)

[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.] Inside Syria How to Get Away With Almost Anything "Deaths in Syria's civil war long ago passed the 100,000 mark, with hundreds more every day, but there is almost no ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (September 25)

[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 Algeria ready to host Libya dialogue Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra called for warring Libya militias to meet for a national dialogue ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (24 September)

[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.] Islamic State  President Obama's Full Speech on ISIS, Lisa Crivelli MSNBC presents the full text of US President Obama's outlining systemic ...

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Another Letter to Mr. Elie Wiesel

[The following letter was written as response to Elie Wiesel and his decision to author and publish an advertisement in August 2014 which ran in the New York Times and other major medial outlets. The ad claimed that “Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,000 years ago. Now it’s Hamas’ turn.”] Let me begin by saying that we have met, although you may not remember. In 1980, I was a young actor in a theatrical adaptation of your novel Dawn, produced by the Cambridge Ensemble of Cambridge, Mass., which opened ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 23)

[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 Q&A: What's behind MB leaders leaving Qatar? Ismaeel Naar argues that a shift in Qatar’s foreign policy, in order to end ...

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اليمن: نص اتفاق السلم والشراكة الوطنية

[نص الاتفاق من إعلام جمال بنعمر] اتفاق السلم والشراكة الوطنية 21 أيلول (سبتمبر) 2014 مقدمة
: بناء على مخرجات مؤتمر الحوار الوطني الشامل، التي توافقت عليها جميع المكونات اليمنية والتي أرست أسس بناء دولة يمنية اتحادية ديموقراطية جديدة مبنية على مبادىء سيادة القانون والمواطنة المتساوية واحترام حقوق الإنسان والحكم الرشيد، والتزاماً بوحدة اليمن وسيادته واستقلاله وسلامة أراضيه، واستجابة لمطالب الشعب في التغيير السلمي وإجراء إصلاحات اقتصادية ومالية وإدارية وتحقيق الرفاه الاقتصادي، وخدمة للمصلحة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 22)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Russia, Egypt Seal Preliminary Arms Deal Worth $3.5 Billion: Agency Reuters reports on the recent news of a preliminary Russian-Egyptian arms ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (September 15-21)

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. Inhabiting a Grudge Defending Palestine Solidarity Activists: An Interview with Dima Khalidi Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions Syria Media Roundup (September ...

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Court Suspends Mahienour El-Massry's Sentence, Orders Release

An Alexandria court suspended the sentence handed down to leftist activist Mahienour El-Massry on Sunday, ordering her release. A request for the suspension was filed at the Misdemeanors Court on Thursday, which scheduled a review for Sunday. Massry was jailed last May after an appeals court affirmed a two-year sentence against her and eight others for breaking the Protest Law by demonstrating outside a court that was trying two policemen accused of killing Khaled Saeed. Last July however, ...

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