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New Texts Out Now: Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire

Bedross Der Matossian, Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Bedross Der Matossian (BDM): I have ...

ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (March-April 2015)

[Editorial Note: This is not a "Best of," only a roundup of significant pieces. See here for an introduction to this roundup series]  English Articles        ISIS Threatens Twitter ...

[Amsterdam Public Library. Image by Gkamiya via Wikimedia Commons]

Breaking House Rules: Hoodies, Hijabs, and Belonging in the Netherlands

The Incident With panoramic views of both the city and its harbor, the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA), proved to be an ideal place for me to take a break from working at either my home or office at Leiden University. I visited the ...

[لوحة للفنان السوري عبدالله مراد]


عقوباتُ الليلِ للوحيدِ يضمِّدها النهارُ بأوهامٍ شتّى. مُضفياً على العينين الزائغتين من عراكِ الأشباح عُمقَ الحكمةِ الناجية من هاوية، مُقْنِعاً عظامكَ المرتجّةَ بَرداً أنها أعمدةُ بُنيان، لافحاً سمْعَكَ، وقد تَناوَبَ على دكِّه معولانِ ...

Syria Media Roundup (May 2)

[The Deir Ezzor Suspension Bridge, destroyed today. 1 May 2013. From Aiham Van Syria.]

[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 Sheikh Assir Declares Arrival of his Mujahideen in Syria Amal Khalil says the sheikh is openly encouraging his followers to “fill out applications for jihad.” Syrian Refugees Flee to Relative Safety of Gaza In the past two years, around 500 Syrians sought refuge in Gaza The Kurds of Syria and the Opposition ...

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Pierced Memories: The Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi

[Fatima Hammdo in a traditional dress and an army uniform, from the Alkarsiffi family album, 1970s.]

[Text by Ania Dabrowska, photos courtesy of Diab Alkarssifi.] The Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi is a project about a collection of photographs belonging to an ordinary man with a passion and a story. It is also a project about the process of an artist (myself) transforming this collection into an archive within this particular cultural context: two migrants living in London, a Polish artist and a retired Lebanese journalist, an artist’s residency in a homeless people’s hostel. We are not supposed to believe that a treasure might one day unexpectedly land on our doorstep. Yet, this is precisely what happened when Diab Alkarssifi’s collection came into my life in ...

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Technology in the Classroom: The Big Brother E-Book

[The following article was originally published on Tadween Publishing's blog. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, follow Tadween Publishing on Facebook and Twitter.] Students are often faced with pages upon pages of reading as part of the curriculum handed to them by their professors. Traditionally, in order to gauge whether or not students are reading books and articles, professors either turn to asking questions in the classroom or assigning papers and essays on the allocated material. With the use of new classroom technology from CourseSmart, however, it has ...

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قراءة في الحراك السياسي في الجولان المحتل

[الصورة المشوهة للناشطات من مجدل شمس، والتي انتشرت على صفحات الفيسبوك المحلية

 البعد الثقافي-المثالي للثورة: قراءة في الحراك السياسي في الجولان المحتل  مادة اثنوغرافية تمهيدية: "إذا كانت رجولتك مشروطة بغشاء بكارتي فهي حتما معدومة بزواله (الجولان المباع/المحتل 24-8-2012)"، هكذا رفعت الناشطات يافطة في تجمع أسبوعي تضامني في مجدل شمس، لنصرة الثورة السورية. انتشرت الصورة على الفيسبوك وفي مواقع إنترنت محلية وأثارت موجة كبيرة من "القلقلة" في البلدة. وعلى إحدى صفحات الفيسبوك علق مجهول: "...الصورة جعلتني أشعر بأنّ عصر الانحطاط قد جاء وأن هؤلاء الأشخاص عندما تتمعن وتفكر من هم تلاحظ أنهم من نفس الطينة. ها قد وصلنا إلى مرحلة تسمح الرجال للنساء برفع لافتات وقحة فإذا باعوا وطنهم هانت عليهم بناتهم. لقد طفح الكيل لأنهم يعكسون ...

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Cyprus, Divided and Financially Broke: An Interview with Rebecca Bryant

[The Turkish Empire in Europe and Asia with the Kingdom of Greece. Engraved by J. & C. Walker. Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge via.]

The economic crisis in Cyprus has put the eastern Mediterranean island nation in the lime light. Cyprus has been divided for more than four decades between the Turkish north and majority Greek south. While for Greek Cypriots, the history of Cyprus starts with ancient Greece and Hellenistic culture, the Turkish Cypriot community tend to find the Ottoman invasion of 1571 as the defining moment in the history of the island. What is the history of Cyprus and what led to it's recent ecnomic crisis? VOMENA's Khalil Bendib spoke with Dr Rebecca Bryant, a reserch fellow at London School of Economics's European Institue and co-editor of the volume, Cyprus and the Politics of ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 30)

[RQ-1 Predator Drone. Tallil Air Base, Iraq. 2007. Image from Flickr/jamesdale10.]

[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 ‘East of Suez’: Are UK forces returning? Frank Gardner reports on British efforts to establish a permanent military presence in the Gulf, on BBC. UAE and Britain: credibility gulf An editorial warning that Britain’s strategic and military relations with the Gulf state should not ignore ...

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April Culture

[Painter Mansur (active ca. 1589-1626)

Jadaliyya's April culture bouquet arrives with a special focus on the visual arts.  Mehri Khalil contributes the first installment of a series of posts on the reopened galleries for Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, and the Louvre Museum. Rima Chahrour profiles the "Self Portrait" performances of Marya Kazoun. Noura Alsager reviews Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's New York City showing of their "Lebanese Rocket Society" project. Anna Della Subin and Hussein Omar review a recent New York City performance of Ibn Daniyal's 13th century The Shadow Spirit trilogy. Mehri Khalil's From ...

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Among the Thugs

[Image by Taslima Akhter.]

Delhi. “We are mere coolies working at the machines in these terrible times. We are mere dupes and fools to discover the diamond and to make a gift of it to the king, to adorn his crown.” – Nazrul Islam. Sohel Rana is a well-known figure in South Asia. He is the guy who, in my youth, would stand at the street-corner, holding court with a bunch of toughs, and offering his threatening ways as protection or intimidation for payment. As South Asian countries entered the pact of globalisation, the Sohel Ranas of the street-corner opened an office. They put up a signboard that said something like Property Dealer or Import-Export, they lost their cheap clothes for ...

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The Lebanese Rocket Society: A Dream Takes Flight

[Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, The Lebanese Rocket Society: The President's Album (detail), (2011). Image courtesy of CRG Gallery, New York. Photo by Susan Alzner.]

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige The Lebanese Rocket Society--A Tribute to Dreamers (Parts II, III, IV, and V) CRG Gallery, Manhattan February 28 -- April 20, 2013   In April 1961, students from Halgazian University along with instructor Manoug Manougian launched a rocket over Ain Saadeh, northeast of Beirut, Lebanon. They formed the school’s first rocket society and by 1967, they had designed, built, and launched more than ten space rockets and gained both local and international attention. All their rockets were named “Cedar” after the national emblem of Lebanon, and for the twenty-first celebration of the nation’s independence in 1964; Cedar IV was ...

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The Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing/Academia from the Arab 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.] News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world. Gaza’s Academics Face Censorship in Classroom By Asmaa Al-Ghoul (Al-Monitor) "Previously, the Israeli security department used to monitor academic freedoms, while today the Palestinian security apparatus [has taken on this ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 22-28)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya last week. It also includes a list of the most read articles, Editors picks and roundups. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our "Last Week on Jadaliyya" series.  The End of an Era: The Less than Grand Opening of the New Ottoman Archives Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula: Introduction to the Roundtable Derrida and the Crisis of French Zionism الليبرالية الامبريالية والثورة المصرية New Texts Out Now: Chouki El Hamel, Black Morocco: A History of Slavery, Race, and Islam Thinking Citizenship in a Revolutionary Arab World: The ...

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مَن يُحاسِب؟ ومَن يُحاسِب مَن؟

[ 3arabawy تصوير حسام الحملاوي المصدر مدونة]

لأول مرة في تاريخ العالم العربي الحديث نجحت انتفاضات شعبية سلمية في إطلاق مسارات أفضت إلى تنحي أربعة رؤساء دولة عن الحكم. ولأول مرة في التاريخ ذاته، أحيل هؤلاء الرؤساء إلى المحاكمة، وجاهياً أو غيابياً، بتهم تتعلق بالأمر بالقتل والتعذيب والفساد ونهب الأموال العامة.  والآن تلوح مؤشرات إلى أن هذه المكاسب الأولية لعملية التحويل الديموقراطي في تلك البلدان مهددة بالتبديد.اغتيل معمر القذافي، بالطريقة البشعة الهمجية التي اغتيل بها، دون محاكمة أو قطعاً للطريق على محاكمة. وفرّ زين العابدين بن علي إلى العربية السعودية. وبموجب «المبادرة الخليجية»، المرعية أميركياً، أعفي علي عبدالله صالح هو «وأعوانه» من أي مساءلة أو محاسبة على جرائم وسرقات وهدر خلال 33 سنة من الحكم ...

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Libya: Which Fate for Gaddafi’s Henchmen?

On 24 March 2013, about 200 former rebel fighters in Libya besieged the prime minister's office, demanding that he resign in accordance with a political isolation law banning members of the former regime from political life. Ali Zeidan, the current prime minister of Libya, served as a diplomat under Gaddafi. The draft political isolation law being debated applies to anybody who held an official position during the final two decades of Gaddafi’s rule, which includes many who have played a prominent ...

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New Texts Out Now: Charles Tripp, The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East

Charles Tripp, The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Charles Tripp (CT): The origins of the book lay initially in my feeling that a great deal of space had been devoted to the analysis of elites, the resilience of regimes, and the dominance of the state in the Middle East. This is perfectly understandable and has produced some outstanding studies. However, there did ...

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Justice Is Universal: A Panel Discussion on Palestine, Comparative Frameworks, and Solidarity

Though some may find it easy to use terms like “apartheid,” understanding the material relationships that ground the comparison between Palestine and South Africa is a more difficult endeavor. Similarly, the ease with which activists link the struggles of indigenous peoples in the Americas to the Palestinian cause often belies the everyday details that make this relationship so powerful. With that in mind, Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California Los Angeles organized a panel on ...

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Alternative Worlds at the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunis

Last month, I attended my first World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. I study social movements and teach about the WSF and the very different and more established annual scrum of the powerful in Davos: the World Economic Forum. I was eager to attend the 2013 WSF (26-30 March) because of its location, chosen by activists during the February 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar to honor the Tunisian Jasmine revolution that overthrew the Ben Ali regime. The WSF slogan, “Another World is ...

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Not in the Revolution's Name: Egypt's New Judicial Authority Bill

  Amid the recurrent standoffs between the Egyptian opposition on the one hand and President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails on the other, the opposition is often characterized as incompetent, opportunistic and unwilling to accept the outcome of democracy, in reference to the results of the elections that brought Morsi to the presidency and handed the Muslim Brotherhoods' Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) a majority in parliament. But the policies and steps taken ...

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Le Sahara, l’identité et l’africanité dans la littérature francophone du Sud-est: Moha Souag s’exprime

Moha Souag est un écrivain francophone qui a gagné une place prestigieuse dans le paysage littéraire francophone au Maroc grâce à sa persévérance, à l’abondance des ses écrits et à son style d’écriture innovant ; « polygraphe confirmé, il a touché/visité (tâté de) tous les genres littéraires, la poésie, la nouvelle, le roman, le conte. Il a obtenu des prix littéraires tels que le grand prix Atlas, le prix de la nouvelle octroyé par RFI. » Moha n’est pas uniquement une figure de proue de la ...

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From “Islamic Art” to “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia”: Reliving the Distortions of History

This is the exceptional collection in all America, and it is being neglected. I urge you to make the reinstallation of Islam your highest priority. If you were to create an Islamic wing, you’d find that our holdings – splendid bronzes, excellent silver, majestic tiles, gorgeous carpets, intricate woodcarving, masterful pottery, and glorious miniatures – would become as popular as the European paintings. You laugh? [1] These words were recollected by the influential former director of the Metropolitan ...

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The Active Feminine: Performance Art in Lebanon with Reference to Marya Kazoun

In the setting of the current Arab art boom and the political flux ignited by regional uprisings, the difficulty in differentiating between performance art and activism increases, further intertwining the abstract borders that divide them. Nonetheless, while activism pushes its way as a societal form of rejection, performance art conversely sneaks into the social sphere as an accepted method of protest, encouraged by the public as a sign of cultural sophistication.  Within the context of Lebanon, ...

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First as Shadow, Then as Farce: An Evening with Medieval Puppeteer Ibn Daniyal at CUNY in New York

The thirteenth-century occulist Muhammad Ibn Daniyal, said to have occasionally blinded his patients, is remembered both for his tragic optometry and for his comedic shadow puppet plays. A refugee from Mosul, Ibn Daniyal once entertained Sultans and urchins alike in the streets and salons of medieval Cairo. Perhaps he was better at summoning the shadows than the light. His Tayf al-Khayāl trilogy (“The Shadow Spirit”) is known as the only work of Arabic drama to have survived from the pre-modern period in ...

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The Terror of Capitalism

Delhi. On Wednesday, 24 April, a day after Bangladeshi authorities asked the owners to evacuate their garment factory that employed almost three thousand workers, the building collapsed. The building, Rana Plaza, located in the Dhaka suburb of Savar, produced garments for the commodity chain that stretches from the cotton fields of South Asia through Bangladesh’s machines and workers to the retail houses in the Atlantic world. Famous name brands were stitched here, as are clothes that hang on the ...

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قراءة في أحوال الصورة بعد ثورة يناير

فيسبوك وأفلام ومقاطع فيديو: قراءة في أحوال الصورة بعد ثورة يناير لهيلاري كلينتون أن تصف ثورة مصر بأنها "انتفاضة" أو مجرد انتقال من نظام سياسي إلى آخر أكثر ديموقراطية، ولجون كيري أن يسعى للقضاء عليها من خلال دعم فاشية دينية فاسدة، يسهل لأمريكا التحكم فيها. وللاسلاميين أن يعتبروها هدية سقطت عليهم من السماء. ليعتقد من يشاء ما يشاء حول ما حدث في 25 يناير وما بعده، ولنا أن نتصورها كما نشاء.  هي أكبر ثورة في تاريخ مصر. ليس لأنها أطاحت بنظام اعتقل المصريين في قفص من الجهل والفقر واليأس لثلاثة ...

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Sara Roy on Dispossessing Palestine (Video)

The following lecture was recorded on 6 April 2013 at "Justice and Only Justice," the 2013 Friends of Sabeel Conference--Los Angeles/Orange County. In the video, Dr. Sara Roy, who is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University, discusses the ongoing dismemberment of the Palestinian nation and the paradigm shift that must occur to address this issue in "Dispossessing Palestine."   

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