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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some ...

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The Moroccan Non-Exception: 'Much Loved' and Realism, Colonialism, and Pornography in Moroccan Cinema

'Much Loved' and Realism, Colonialism, and Pornography in Moroccan Cinema

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Israel’s Defeat on the Iran Deal

Since the Iran nuclear agreement was signed on 14 July, Israel has consistently defined it as an existential threat. Demonstrating once again that Israel simply lacks the military capability to eliminate this alleged peril, the Netanyahu ...

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The Moroccan Non-Exception: Roundtable Introduction

Since protests shook the region in December 2010, pundits have rushed to make sense of what is happening in Morocco. In the process, a normative framework has emerged under the guise of "Moroccan exceptionalism," effectively ...

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.] Unintentional Knowledge: What we find when we’re not looking By Julio Alves (The Chronicle of Higher Education) Adapting to the age of information and the accessibility of the Internet has affected the quality and originality of student research papers, says Julio Alves. Google searches and article databases are taking away from the use of books and ...

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Ist uberall Taksim? Offentlicher Raum und mogliche Offentlichkeiten

[Table and signs at Gezi Park, Taksim Square, on 9 June 2013. Image by Carole Woodall.]

[This article was originally written by Timur Hammond and Elizabeth Angell, and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated/published in German Infobrief Türkei.] In einer Rede am 1. Juni, in der er der türkeiweit angestoßenen Protestwelle antwortete, erklärte Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: „Das Thema sind nicht die fünf bis zehn zu fällenden Bäume.” Es ging ihm darum, die Protestierenden zu diskreditieren, indem er sie als „ideologisch“ diffamierte und nahelegte, sie seien bloß Kader der Opposition oder opportunistische Randalierer, die die Debatte um die Gestaltung von Istanbuls Gezi Park ausnutzten, um Unruhe gegen seine Regierung zu stiften. ...

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Gezi hareketinin ortak paydalari ve yeni orgutluluk bicimleri

[Photo by Mehmet Kaçmaz/Nar Photos.]

Gezi hareketinin ortak paydaları ve yeni örgütlülük biçimleri Gezi Direnişi’nin gündemi her gün değişiyor ve hareket her gün yeniden tanımlanıyor. Bu, bir taraftan, hareketin gücünü teşkil ediyor. Diğer taraftan da, orta vadede dağılma, fazla bir iz bırakmadan sönümlenme riskini arttırıyor. O halde, hareketin her dönemeçte yeni bir renk kazanma niteliğini olumsuzlamadan, genel bir çerçeve önermek, bir zihin berraklığına vesile olabilir. Gezi hareketini yaratan ve sürdüren iki “olumsuz” birleştiren, ağaç yıkımı ve polis şiddeti. Gezi hareketi, bunlara karşı olma durumu üzerinden, ortak alanlara sahip çıkmayı ve demokrasi arzusunu da dile getirmiş oldu. Ancak, hareketin ...

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المصريّون والإخوان

لم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر تتجه نحو ثورتها الثانية. كل يوم مرّ بها منذ انحسار المنافسة الإنتخابية بثنائية محمد مرسي وأحمد شفيق أكّد على ذلك. ولم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر التي يعطي شعبها عادةً الفرص، كانت تنتظر اكتمال المصيبة كي لا يناقشها برفضها مجادلٌ، فتمتلك كافة البراهين على فساد حكمٍ ستخرج لإسقاطه، خاصةً وأنه حكمٌ متسلّح بإيديولوجيا "تعزّ" لأسباب كثيرة على المصريين، وهي الدين الإسلامي. ولم يكن هناك شكّ بأن "الإخوان المسلمين" الذين بلغوا الحكم بعد طول انتظارٍ وعطش، سيتمسكون به إلى أقصى حدّ، حدّ الصراخ الهيستيري، حدّ هدر الدم، حدّ اللا-عودة. وقد خطّوا يومياتٍ ستخرجهم تماماً من مصر، ليس كفصيلٍ سياسي فحسب، وإنما كفكرةٍ تحيا بين الناس، لها وجوهٌ وعبوس، لها ...

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Bulgarian Translation of Jadaliyya's 'The Army and the Economy in Egypt'

[Members of Egypt’s armed forces display canned tomatoes, roasted onions, and other foods that the military factories manufacture. Image by David Degner.]

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in Bulgarian by Itidar.] Армията и икономиката на Египет  Трябва ли проблемите с макарони (една от основните храни на египтяните, бел. пр.) „Куин”, минерална вода „Сафи”, бутилки пропан-бутан и бензиностанциите „Уатания” да се считат военни тайни, чийто разискване се равнява на държавна измяна? По този начин мислят лидерите на египетските армия. Икономическата дейност на военното учреждение се счита за едно от табутата в египетската политика. Армията продължава да го пази в пълна тайна и от масите, и от ...

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Head of Constitutional Court Announced Interim Egypt President by Army

[Protesters cheering the helicopters (not shown in photo) flying over the crowds on 28 June 2013, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Lilian Wagdy]

Five hours after its set deadline, Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation with a roadmap for Egypt’s political future, placing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court as head of the state until early presidential elections take place. News had emerged earlier of a travel ban on leading Muslim Brotherhood members and rumors circulated of President Mohamed Morsi being placed under house arrest. The new roadmap temporarily suspends the current Constitution, passed in a divisive referendum last December, and grants Adly Mansour, head of the SCC, the power to issue a constitutional declaration. A committee will be formed to propose amendments on ...

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Three Days of History: Making It and Waiting For It

[Opponents of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protesters shout slogans in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. With a military deadline for intervention ticking down, protesters seeking the ouster of Egypt's president sought Tuesday to push the embattled leader further toward the edge with another massive display of people power. Photo by Amr Nabil via Associated Press]

With the level of anticipation so intense before 30 June, the day of mass protests planned against Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi, it seemed inevitable that expectations were to be dashed. But that day an estimated fourteen million Egyptians kept their date with their fellow citizens, and reminded many of the heady early days of the 25 January spark. The following day jolted Egyptians from joy to deep tension. A totally different echo of 2011 was in the air. Egypt’s armed forces issued a statement. They claimed to endorse popular demands, and gave all political forces forty-eight hours to come to a solution. The day ended with provisional celebrations, but also with a ...

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May/June Culture

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Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with the first of two summer editions.  Mona Kareem translates a poem by the late Syrian poet Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain. Elisabeth Jaquette translates a short story by Youssef Idris. Maymanah Farhat considers Kamal Boullata's monograph on painter Hani Zurob in a brief post that marks the beginning of a new series of short reviews on the culture page. Maymanah also interviews artist and art magazine publisher Amir H. Fallah as he debuts new portraits and still-lifes at The Third Line gallery in Dubai. Elliott Colla contributes an excerpt from his recent translation of Raba'i al-Madhoun's novel The Lady from Tel Aviv. ...

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March, 2013

[Video still of Kevork Mourad's

After hearing so many horrible stories about what is happening in my country of birth, from the news and from friends, I decided to create an artistic representation of the cycle of loss and hope that is playing out. I took on the role of a young Syrian going through all the chaos in the country. He is born into an ordinary life but then is caught up in the turmoil. In the video, as you follow his path, you realize that things are melting away from him, like in a nightmare. The diversity of the city’s architecture, representative of its cultural wealth, is slowly destroyed. But when the upturn happens--when you think that the city might find itself again--the man ...

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Returning to Khan Yunis

[Raba'i al-Madhoun. Image copyright Telegram Books.]

The English translation of Rabai al-Madhoun’s acclaimed novel, The Lady from Tel Aviv has just been published by Telegram Books. It tells the story of a novelist returning home to the Gaza Strip for the first time in decades. Like Ghassan Kanafani in Returning to Haifa, Madhoun explores the difficulties of Palestinian return and the collisions between memory and experience. The following is an excerpt.  Returning to Khan Yunis I spent my morning wandering around town, trying to get a feel for what it has become. The Khan Yunis I knew no longer exists. I had searched out the khanyunisian essence of the place everywhere, but never found it, for the remnants of ...

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"A Glance" by Youssef Idris

[Youssef Idris (1927-1991). Image from Wikipedia.]

A Glance By Youssef Idris It was strange for a small girl like her, in simplicity and innocence, to ask a grown man like me, someone she didn’t know, to adjust what she was carrying. What she carried was truly complicated: on her head settled a tray of roasted potatoes, and balanced on top of that rested a wide pan covered in pastries. The pan had slipped despite her careful grip, which clung tight to the load as it threatened to fall. My surprise didn’t last long as I stared at the small, bewildered child, and I rushed to save what she was carrying. I fumbled several times: when I straightened the tray the pan would tip, and when I adjusted the pan the tray would ...

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New Texts Out Now: Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora

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Neha Vora, Impossible Citizens: Dubai's Indian Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Neha Vora (NV): I have always had an interest in South Asian diasporas, particularly in the forms of identification, cultural production, and belonging that occur as people move from “homeland” to new locales—how they imagine home and how they imagine themselves and their communities in relation to others. When I entered my PhD program in anthropology in 2002, I was searching for a non-Western field site in which to study South Asian migration and diaspora, because I felt the literature was too centered on experiences of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 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 Syria Negotiations: Surprising Hope After G-8 Summit? Steve Heydemann says Russia seems to have shifted its stance toward Syria. Why ...

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The Gezi Resistance as Surplus Value

Was it a few trees, was it the Turkish Spring, or was it a nationalist reflex? Attempts to label and appropriate the surplus value created at Gezi Park in Istanbul demonstrate that it will indeed be very difficult to subsume the mass of energy generated there under existing perceptional categories. The reason why I prefer using the term “surplus value” is not to come up with a new categorization; on the contrary, I am only trying to suggest a few reasons why the Gezi resistance, perceived as an ...

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فلسطين في عدسة الدويري

” الفنان ليس له علاقة بالسياسة أتركوا الفنانين يقوموا بعملهم!“ بهذه الكلمات علق المخرج اللبناني زياد الدويري على سؤال من الجمهور حول الانتقادات الموجهة له من عدة جهات، من ضمنها حملة المقاطعة العالمية للإحتلال الإسرائيلي (BDS)، على تصوير فيلمه الأخير في تل أبيب، وحول منع الفيلم من العرض في الصالات اللبنانية. الإفتتاحية الأمريكية لعرض الفيلم كانت في الحادي والعشرين من حزيران الماضي بـحضور المخرج في قاعة ”الأنجيليكا“ في مانهاتن/نيويورك. وتخصص دار العرض يومياً للفيلم أربعة عروض. كما سيعرض الفيلم ضمن المهرجان ...

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L’armee et l’economie en Egypte

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in French by Globalism and  Égypte-Solidarité .]   Des entreprises appartenant à l’armée produisent pâtes, eau minérale, bonbonnes de gaz, ou encore gèrent des stations-service, des complexes touristiques…Toute information à ce sujet devrait-elle être classée "secret défense" ? Et débattre en public des entreprises ...

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Interview with Cairo-Based Journalist, Ahmad Shokr, about the Political Dynamics in Egypt

One year after his inauguration, Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Morsi is now being referred to as Egypt’s former president. A petition campaign called Tamarrod was instr

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Can the 'Spirit of Gezi' Transform Progressive Politics in Turkey?

One of the humorous slogans invented by the Gezi Park protesters was: “We are Mustafa Keser’s soldiers!” The namesake of this insider joke is a folk singer who has nothing to do with politics except the accidental similarity between his name and that of the founder of the republic, Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk). The slogan was minted in response to the Kemalist protesters, who identified themselves as “Mustafa Kemal’s soldiers.” Despite this joke and many other reasons for division, the Kemalists and ...

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Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong

Western media coverage of the massive waves of protests in Egypt over the past two days is revealing of a number of problems that plague knowledge production about the Arab world. As crowds across the country were just warming up for the historic protests, around midday on 30 June, reports from Cairo appearing on Western broadcast and online news outlets focused on projecting an image of “polarization.” Rallies opposing the Muslim Brotherhood were represented as being balanced out, and in some cases ...

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Revolution Bookshelf: Revolution is My Name

Mona Prince, Revolution is My Name. Cairo: n.p., 2012. Reading, ’Riting, Revolution Reading Egyptian literature this week might seem odd. What does literature—even literature about revolution—have to tell us about this particular moment? After all, revolutions are not stories. They are not poems. Revolutions are not texts nor are they primarily textual in nature. Revolutions are events. They are projects and processes, made and sustained by people insisting on living lives of dignity. ...

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In Conversation with Amir H. Fallah

Portraiture in American art dates back to the time of the colonies. From the late eighteenth century onward, beginning with the work of such artists as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, and Charles Peale, issues surrounding representations of race, class, and gender have inevitably crept into the milieu of figurative painting, primarily when American society has reached critical junctures in its political history. Painting—although the medium is periodically proclaimed to be dead by critics—has been ...

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Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob

Kamal Boullata, Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob. London: Black Dog, 2012  Hani Zurob’s early paintings are dominated by enigmatic figures of various shapes and sizes. Some resemble human subjects and are scaled to occupy the foregrounds of compositions—as though walking in a procession—while others are colossal and misshapen, overpowering everything in their path. Indications of their environment are equally nondescript. Vertical lines further divide the picture plane where small ...

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Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain: O Stones, Listen to the Music

[Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain (1954-1982) was born in the Syrian city of Dara’a on March 1954 to a poor family. Growing up as a deaf-mute, he struggled with his education and decided to quit school. He worked as a journalist from 1976 until his death in Damascus in 1982. He published three poetry collections and this poem is from his third collection “Simple as Water, Clear as a Bullet.” (Basitun kal-Ma’, Wadihun Katalqat al-Musaddas)] O stones, Listen to the Music Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain Translated by ...

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New Texts Out Now: Andrew Gardner and Autumn Watts, Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System

Andrew Gardner and Autumn Watts, editors, Constructing Qatar: Migrant Narratives from the Margins of the Global System. Smashwords, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Andrew Gardner (AG): Migrants in the Gulf states have been a central focal point in my research for more than a decade now. Over that decade, I definitely noticed that the portions of my research and my presentations that truly resonated with my audience were oftentimes not the scholarly and theoretical acrobatics ...

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