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Syria Media Roundup (and Beyond) Specters of Palestine: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon The ‘Arab Spring’ Never Happened (in English) اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد
[Husayn with his wife, Fatima, 1980. With thanks to Ghassan Nasser]

Remembering Husayn Muruwwah, the ‘Red Mujtahid’

On 17 February 1987, during one of the bloodiest periods of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the prominent journalist, literary critic, intellectual, and activist Husayn Muruwwah (or Hussein Mroué[i]) was assassinated at his home in ...

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

[1945 map of Beirut]

Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and ...

[لوحة ليوسف عبدلكي]

اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد

«الراديكاليّة الحقّيقيّة هي أن تجعل الأمل ممكناً، لا أن تجعل اليأس مُقْنِعاً.»  ريموند وليامز  تحل هذه الأيّام الذكرى السابعة لانطلاق الثورات العربيّة، والتي تسمّى أحياناً «الربيع العربي». ومهما اختلفنا حول كونها «ثورات» أو ...

Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (16 June)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Saturday night of every week.] Art and Science Muslim group's concerns about 'Tyrant' addressed, FX and producers say A new television show is drawing concern from some American Muslims, and producers have responded by consulting with American Muslim groups. Muslim Minorities and Minority Muslims Visitors Say That the 9/11 Museum’s Depiction of Islam ...

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Saadi Yousef: At Kerak Citadel

[Saadi Yousef: Image from Wikimedia]

 At Kerak Citadel   Always, at sunset, the castle walls begin to breathe. The war is over—it has been two or twenty centuries now. But then suddenly when night falls, the war comes back. Soldiers in their towers light their candle, far from the gusting wind And alone, they cry to themselves. The Messenger will come. Most definitely he will come, carrying his head on the tip of a spear. Perhaps he was exhausted and, in his long wait, forgot that spears blossom in the morning. Do you think he will wake up? The soldiers in the tower, The candle slowly fading, the morning that has not come, And the he-will-arrive Messenger, his head fixed on a pike, He ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 17)

[Ahmet Davutoğlu with John Kerry and Moaz al-Khatib, Istanbul, 20 April 2013. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey 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.] English Fall of Mosul and Turkey’s Hostage Crisis Sunni Radicals Seize Turkey's Mosul Consulate Turkey’s Mosul consulate has been seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and all its personnel have been kidnapped, Tülin Daloğlu reports. Turkey Ignored Direct Warnings of ISIS Attack on Mosul The AKP government faces another political crisis ...

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Communication to 38th World Heritage Committee on the Nomination of Battir as a World Heritage Site in Danger

[Village of Battir. Image by Idobi via Wikimedia Commons.]

Introduction Battir is a Palestinian village located on the border which separates the West Bank from Israel since 1948; its human historic landscape, characterized by dry-stone terraces and ancient irrigation systems dating back to pre-roman times, yet in use according to traditional agricultural practices, is menaced by the construction of the Separation Barrier, which, if built, will irreversibly damage the site and disrupt the way of living of its inhabitants. “This is a landscape produced by centuries of hard work; it could be destroyed in days by ill-considered actions” (Prof. P. Fowler, UK). The people of Battir, supported jointly by Palestinian and Israeli ...

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Sub-Saharan Migrants’ Quest for Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

[Collective meal in an Ivorian ghetto (overcrowded and derelict collective housing arrangement for migrants) nicknamed

[This article is the fourth in a Jadaliyya series that addresses the present sociopolitical landscape of migration in Morocco. Read the previous installments in the series by Sébastien Bachelet: "Cynical and Macabre 'Politics of Migration' at Morocco’s Borders;" by Anna Jacobs: "Creation and Cooptation: The Story of Morocco’s Migration Reform;" and by Allison L. McManus: "Subaltern Is Not Voiceless – They Sing: Learning from Migrants’ Cultural Production."]   "I have seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, hurled down Tangier buildings, pushed over Nador’s cliffs, crushed under rocks and ...

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On Recent Events in Mosul and Other Cities in Iraq

[ISIS fighters in Iraq. Image from Creative Commons/Google.]

Mosul and other cities in Iraq are experiencing dramatic, dangerous, and fateful changes. The media, especially that which is allied with the Iraqi government and western states, has been focusing on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria (ISIS) and its control over several Iraqi cities, provoking its audiences against the militant group. Indeed, ISIS terrorist groupings do exist among armed groups there and its influence in the recent events is clear. However, it is also true that Iraqis generally reject ISIS, whether in the central or southern regions of Iraq or in parts of the country that are no longer under government control: the so-called ...

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Hassan Al-Banna: A Profile from the Archives

[Hassan Al-Banna. Source: Flickr]

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic  and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.]  Name: Hassan Last Name: Al-Banna Father’s Name: Ahmed Abdul Al-Rahman Mother’s Name: Fawzieh Amin Baik Date of Birth: 1906 Date of Death: 1949 Nationality: Egyptian Category: Politician Profession: Founder of the Muslim Brotherhood [Hassan Al-Banna with his ...

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حول الأحداث الأخيرة في الموصل ومدن أخرى في العراق

]علم الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام‎. مصدر الصورة

تمر الموصل ومدن أخرى في العراق بتحولات عاصفة وخطيرة ومصيرية. يتناول الإعلام، وبخاصة الموالي للحكومة العراقية وللغرب، أنباء سيطرة الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام (داعش) على عدة مدن في البلاد، ويستثير الجمهور ضدها. إن مجاميع داعش الإرهابية موجودة بين المسلحين، وبصمتها واضحة في الأحداث. هذا صحيح. والجمهور عموماً يرفضها، سواء في وسط  البلاد وجنوبها، أو في المناطق التي أصبحت خارج سيطرة الحكومة، أو ما يعرف بالمدن السنية، او المثلث السني، وهو المصطلح الذي اطلقته المؤسسات المخابراتية وبخاصة الأمريكية، وقد كان بحق هندسة للطائفية في العراق. في الوقت نفسه، فإن سياسة المالكي وحكومته المبنية على أساس طائفي مذهبي، هي مرفوضة في عموم العراق، ولكن الأمر يتخذ طابعاً أكثر حدة في ...

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Representing Hamas (Part 2)

[Cover of Shlomi Eldar, Lehakir et Hamas (“To Know Hamas

Shlomi Eldar, Lehakir et Hamas [“To Know Hamas”]. Jerusalem: Keter, 2012.  [Part one of this review can be found here.] The Military Complex  Eldar structures his narrative around character profiles of Palestinian activists, mainly Hamas leaders, their assassination by Israel, and the broader Israeli military operations. In order to recount the killing of Ahmed Yassin, the founder and leader of the movement, for example, Eldar has researched the decision-making process leading up to it and the real-time execution of the attack. Through this narrative, we learn that as the Israeli leadership was deciding to assassinate Yassin, it worried that it would set off ...

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Still in Bed

[US Soldiers, Iraq, December 2008. Image from Department of Defense via Wikimedia]

Now that ISIS is rattling across Iraq's provinces, we can expect the cheerleaders of US military intervention to return to the podium. Some will say that military actions need to be backed up with political pressure. Some will say this is what we get for not 'finishing the job'. Others will suggest, in a hushed and wise tone, that limited continued US military presence would have helped (and might still help). Others will repeat an absurd claim, floated by the likes of John McCain and others back in January, that we must intervene, lest we dishonor the soldiers who died years ago while fighting in Iraq. Hopefully, these voices will be ignored, but one never ...

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The End of Rent Control in Lebanon: Another Boost to the “Growth Machine?”

[The Gemmayzeh neighborhood. Image by author]

It is an open secret that, given the political instability of the past three years, the Lebanese real-estate sector has suffered a sharp decrease in demand for upmarket property. In spite of this, giant construction cranes, and glass-and-steel towers continue to dominate the Beirut skyline—something that is unlikely to change anytime soon. In this context of decreased demand and continued supply, the Lebanese Parliament opened a Pandora’s Box on the first of April 2014, when it voted for a new law liberalizing “old rents” contracts, thus terminating the fierce battle that has raged between landlords and tenants for decades. Nevertheless, the issue of rent control has yet ...

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On Revolutions and Defeated Revolutionary Movements: A Reply to Brecht De Smet

[6 May 2011, graffiti in Mohammed Mahmoud Street, Cairo, Egypt. Image originally post to Flickr by Hossam el-Hamalawy.]

I thank Becht De Smet for replying to my critique of his “Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt.”  Theoretical debates seeking to evaluate the applicability of general social science concepts to Middle East studies are all too rare.  Engaging in them de-exceptionalizes the region and may help make it legible to a broad intellectual audience beyond the ranks of specialists.  For that reason it is important to clarify that De Smet and I do not disagree at all about the potential relevance of Gramsci’s theoretical insights to understanding the historical processes unfolding in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa since the uprisings ...

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East

Linda Herrera, editor (with Rehab Sakr), Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Linda Herrera (LH): The idea for this book began during the workshop, “Youth and Citizenship in a Digital Era” of the Thirteenth Mediterranean Research Meeting of the Robert Schumann Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. During three days of lively and often impassioned ...

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Zeid Hamdan

Zeid Hamdan 2010-2013 Beirut, Lebanon   In this video, Medrar.TV takes you on a trip through the inspiring practice of Lebanese musician and producer Zeid Hamdan, who is credited as the main force behind developing electro Arab pop music. Since the mid nineties, Hamdan (b.1976) has either founded or produced music for some of the most successful underground bands in the region, including the Arabic trip hop band Soap Kills, The New Government (Pop rock), Katibe5 (Arabic hip-hop), ShiftZ (Arabic ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 17)

[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.] Regional and International Relations Jihadistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (June 16)

[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.] Sisiphus Andrea Teti, Vivienne Matthies-Boon, and Gennaro Gervasio argue that al-Sisi will not bring stability to Egypt because of the “fundamental social and economic problems.” Mob ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (June 9-15)

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. Job Announcement: Various Positions with the Arab Council for Social Science (ACSS) Still in Bed Muslims and the Path of Intellectual Slavery: An Interview with Wael Hallaq (Part Two) Embedded Poetry: Iraq; Through a Soldier's ...

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Watching ISIS on TV

I spent the last few afternoons and evenings with my wife's cousins---dynamic, generous, and patient people from Baghdad who only recently---after eight years of one war, ten years of sanctions, and ten years of violent occupation---decided to permanently resettle in Amman. Besides eating and drinking tea, and talking about the beauty of Ali's sermons, for the most part, we wandered through a labyrinth of Iraqi satellite television. Like most Iraqi households these days, the television is never turned ...

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Experimenting and Exploring: Student Photography from Cairo

Photographs by German University in Cairo 2013 Photography Students, text by Yasser Alwan. After a semester-long introduction to photography, first-year Applied Arts students at the German University in Cairo had three weeks to formulate, carry out, and edit a photography project of their choice. Some of the successful projects explored personal and social issues, the local environment, and the role photography plays in how we perceive the people and the world around us. Students experimented with ...

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Press Release: Librarians and Archivists with Palestine Launches New Website and Solidarity Network

[The following press release was issued by Librarians and Archivists with Palestine on 5 June 2014.] On the 47th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and after 66 years of dispossession of the Palestinian people, a group of librarians and archivists is launching a network of information workers in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. In summer 2013, information workers from the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago, and Palestine ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (13 June)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-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 ...

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International Arts Censorship by the Turkish Embassy: The Case of 'Here Together Now' in Madrid

Last year, a case of censorship occurred in the course of Here Together Now, an exhibition held at Matadero Madrid, Spain from January to March 2013. The event was curated by Manuela Villa, and realized with the support of the Turkish Embassy in Madrid, Turkish Airlines, and ARCOmadrid. In the exhibition booklet, the explanatory notes to artist İz Öztat’s work, “A Selection from the Utopie Folder (Zişan, 1917-1919),” was censored at the request of the Turkish Embassy in Madrid; the expressions “Armenian ...

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Abd El Fattah, Shura Council Defendants Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Absentia

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced activist Alaa Abd El Fattah and twenty-four others to fifteen years jail in absentia, a 100,000 Egyptian pound fine and five years' surveillance on Wednesday, in a trial known as the Shura Council case, raising severe concerns among lawyers and family members. Abd El Fattah and fellow defendants Mohamed Noubi and Wael Metwally were also arrested outside the Police Academy at Tora prison in Cairo this morning as they were waiting for the judge to give them ...

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We Shall Continue

Mahienour al-Massry, imprisoned on charges based on the Protest Law, writes from her prison cell: Khaled Said's anniversary has passed without reviving his memory, while at the same time one of Mubarak's men has been inaugurated to rule the state, a man who says he will deliver the martyrs' rights. Nonetheless, he is imprisoned thousands of oppressed individuals in prisons, and until we are delivered the rights of the martyrs the revolution will continue. As I said in my first letter, even if the court ...

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