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والاقتصاد في مصر January 25 at Five “This Land is their Land”: Egypt’s Military and the Economy New Texts Out Now ella sohat Egypt Media Roundup
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أوراق من الشعر الليبي: ملف خاص

أوراق من الشعر الليبي: ملف خاص لا تأتي الكثير من الأخبار السارة من العالم العربي فسيل الدم طغى على سيل الحبر. ومع ذلك، فإن المحكومين بالأمل يستمرون بصنع الحياة والدفاع عنها عبر إبداعهم. تسعى جدلية إلى فسح المجال أمام الأصوات والتجارب ...

[Screenshot from the series Awled Moufida. Image provided by author]

Awled Amreeka?

It is Ramadan 2015 in Tunisia, and it is a tough one. Falling in July, seemingly endless scorching days are filled with children who long for something—anything—to do, and parents with no energy to entertain them. The saving grace is that ...

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الحرب على ذاكرة الحداثة: داعش مثالاً

              17 اُذْكُرْ مَا فَعَلهُ بِكَ عَمَالِيقُ فِي الطَّرِيقِ عِنْدَ خُرُوجِكَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. 18 كَيْفَ لاقَاكَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ وَقَطَعَ مِنْ مُؤَخَّرِكَ كُل المُسْتَضْعِفِينَ وَرَاءَكَ ...

An Egyptian child with a police costume in Tahrir square. January 25, 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Rashad)

Empty Tahrir

Five years ago, thousands of Egyptians called for protests on the 25th of January to demand "bread, freedom and social justice" and challenge the security apparatus' vast human rights violations. The protesters managed to topple ...


Is Algeria an Anti-Imperialist State?

[Principle leaders of the FLN (left to right: Mohamed Khider, Mostefa Lacheraf, Hocine Aït Ahmed, Mohamed Boudiaf, and Ahmed Ben Bella). Taken after their 22 October 1956 arrest by the French Army following the interception of their (Moroccan civilian) flight between Rabat and Tunis headed for Cairo. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

In the last two years, several articles and analyses have attempted to decrypt Algeria’s ambiguous position toward Western imperialist interventions in Libya and Mali. In contrast to its assertive and resolute diplomacy of the 1960s and 1970s, the Algerian regime confused more than one observer, as it was not easy to tell whether it supported or opposed these recent wars. On the one hand, reductionist views failed to analyze the situation objectively and resorted to the easy explanation: that Algeria is being pragmatic and that the seeming contradictions in its decisions and actions are only a reflection of its realist approach. On the other hand, those who adhere to a ...

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Syria Media Roundup (October 5)

[Homs, 1 October 2013. Via Lens Young Silly.]

[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.] Regional and International Perspectives  Threat of Failure Micah Zenko assesses the efficiency of coercive diplomacy. The Fugitive Harald Doorbos and Jenan Moussa profile Abu Omar, once jailed in Abu Ghraib and now fighting with the ISIS in Syria. CIA Ramping up Covert Training Program for Moderate Syrian Rebels Lost in the Pipeline: Tracking ...

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أرق: عَليكَ أَن تَجِد الجْسد فِي فِكرةٍ أُخرَى

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   [قِراءةٌ أوّليّة في عَملٍ فَنيٍّ بِعنوان "أَرَق" قُدّمَ مِن ضمنِ عِدّةِ أعمالٍ فَنّيةٍ في حَيّ الألمانيّة في مَدينةِ حَيفا- فلسطين المُحتلّة]  أَجسادُنا كَيَاناتٍ ماديةٍ ومَعنويةٍ، تَتفاعل وَتُهندَس بِوُجُودِها ضِمنَ فَضاءَاتٍ مُحدَدةٍ وَ مُتَقاطعةٍ وَ مُنبنيةٍ مِن عناصرٍ ثَلاثْ: المَعنى (الدَلالة) /المُحيط المَادي/ الخِطاب (شبكةُ العَلاقاتِ بينَ الدَلالات). فَالإِنسانُ هُوَ الكَائنُ الثَدّيِي الوَحيد اَلذي اِستطَاعَ تَصميمَ وبِناءَ وَهَندسةَ أَشياءٍ OBJECTS أَمكنةٍ أو مَوادَّ لِتُحققَ لَهُ الرَاحةَ الكَافيةَ لبِنيَّتيِه المَعنويةِ والمَاديةِ. فَلننظُر مَثلاً إِلى "شَيئِين" إِثنينِ: المَفرُوشات/الأَثاث المَنزِلي، وَتَحدِيدًا ...

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Arise and Bear Witness: In Memory of Mohammed al-Deeb

[Mohammed al-Deeb. Photo from Mohammed al-Deeb's Facebook Page]

Friday was the arbaeen (forty-day death anniversary) of Mohammed al-Deeb: director, activist, martyr, witness, supporter and critic of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian, Islamist, terrorist, revolutionary. He died on Sunday 18 August, 2013/the eleventh of Shawwal 1434, gassed to death inside a detainee transport vehicle in the courtyard of Abu Zaabal prison, in the company of thrity-six other detainees. He was twenty-seven years old. Friends and family who received his body—as well as the photographs of the corpse circulating in memoriam Facebook posts and YouTube tributes—testify to the presence, alongside signs of suffocation, of the familiar, even expected, ...

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حين يسقط الاستبداد وتبقى دولة الفساد

 [صورة من رسم للفنان التونسي محمد عكاشة]

اختُزل الفساد الذي عرفته تونس طوال حكم بن علي في سطوة العائلات المتنفّذة المحيطة بالرئيس، واعتقد كثيرون أنّ دولة الفساد ستنتهي بنهاية تلك الطغمة الحاكمة. كان لهذا الاختزال دور هام في شخصنة الظاهرة، وفي انتشار نظرة تبسيطية تحصر تناول الفساد في إطار مقاربة أخلاقية وقانونية تؤدّي بالضرورة إلى تجاهل ارتباطه الوثيق بالاقتصاد السياسي للسلطة، وآليات عمل الدولة التي أعادت إنتاجه خلال الفترة الانتقالية.  الدولة تَنْهب وتُنْهب  يُعرّف الفساد على أنّه سوء استغلال السُلطة لتحقيق مكاسب شخصيّة. تبرز من خلال هذا التعريف الآلية الأساسية للفساد، وهي تداخُل العام بالخاص، التي تُفهم بالعودة للإطار التاريخي لعلاقة الحاكم بالمحكوم. ثمّة عبارة يستعملها التونسيون للدلالة على سطوة ...

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The Pursuit of Heroes in Palestinian Cinema: An Interview with Annemarie Jacir

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["When I Saw You" is being screened at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival this week. The next showing is Thursday 3 October 2013 at 8:30 PM at the Goethe Institute.] Where do young Palestinians today look for real heroes—individuals who are brave and noble and inspire others to be brave and noble? This is a recurring theme in current Palestinian art, particularly in two of the past year’s most decorated Palestinian films, one a documentary and one a narrative feature. Annemarie Jacir’s narrative When I Saw You [Lamma Shoftak] and Mahdi Fleil’s A World Not Ours [Alam Laysa Lana] have overlapped and shared the awards stage on the international film ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (October 1)

[Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Abdullah Gul at the United Nations Headquarters, 23 September. Image via Al-Monitor.]

[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 turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Democracy Package Examining previous democracy packages in Turkish history, Doğu Ergil points out the necessity of citizens' involvement in the process for a full-fledged democracy. Turkey Has Gone Through Significant Change “Despite its ups and downs, Turkey has been moving in the right direction: toward attaining functioning democratic ...

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A Scenography Workshop by Hussein Baydoun

[Participants in Hussein Baydoun's workshop designed a set from discarded objects. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

A Scenography workshop by Hussein Baydoun 8-16 September 2013 Falaki Theater, Cairo, Egypt   Hussein Baydoun is a Lebanese artist, architect, and scenographer who is known for his unique approach to set design. Baydoun frequently participates in the creation and development of performances from their early stages with the view that scenography is an essential component to the creation of theatrical work, one no less important than the script. His designs are often inspired by the performance spaces in which he works, where he creates fascinating sets from whatever is available as he challenges conventional notions about theater production, such as in his most ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 30)

[Graffiti in Abdel Salam Aref Street, Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic reads:

[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.]  “BREAKING: Court bans Muslim Brotherhood” The ban applies to any organization derived from the Brotherhood. “Ministry of Social Solidarity to forestall Muslim Brotherhood ban until final judgment” The social ministry says it will not execute the ban until the court pronounces its final ruling on the status of the Muslim ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Cities Page

[Illustration by Nidal Al Khairy]

Jadaliyya announces the launch of its new Cities Page. Cities are important economic, social, political, and cultural centers. They are the home of more than half of the globe’s population, and urban centers continue to grow rapidly in different parts of the world. Despite the central role of cities in a our global era, various debates and studies referring to urban space still use it as a backdrop to economic, social, political and cultural action. The Cities Page seeks to promote critical understandings and investigations of urban life and space, beyond the dominant formal and physical narration on cities. The Cities Page focuses on a critical understanding of the ...

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Who is ‘Ain al-Hilweh?

[Masterplan of Saida by Michel Ecochard and his team. Amin al-Bizri Archives, courtesy of Fadi Kotob.]

Who is ‘Ain al-Hilweh? I ask not because I am interested in the answer, if we were to believe it exists, but for the reason that demanding one is enough to set a process of research in action. The title is a play on words highlighting the uneasiness that accompanies attempts at defining what places are. It combines the question of “what is ‘Ain al-Hilweh?” as a material, administrative, and social entity with “who produces ‘Ain al-Hilweh?” as a social space. Geographically, ‘Ain al-Hilweh is the area southeast of the port city of Saida, which historically was the site of a Phoenician necropolis in ancient times and a French Military camp during the French mandate of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut

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Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lara Deeb (LD) and Mona Harb (MH): Leisurely Islam began as a series of conversations about how Dahiya—the area situated to the south of municipal Beirut, where we had each conducted our previous research—and the Shi‘i Islamic milieu centered there were changing in the early years of this century. We had both written a great deal about the political, institutional, urban, and religious changes that had occurred in Dahiya, and were interested in expanding our foci to ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (October 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 maghreb@jadaliyya.com by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Vers une profonde restructuration du DRS Riyad Hamadi explains the origins and causes of the restructuring of Algeria’s security apparatus, tracing ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (September 2013)

[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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Un-hired Ed: The Growing Adjunct Crisis

The numbers of supply and demand are out of balance in higher education, and with a surplus in doctorates and a shortage in tenure track jobs adjunct positions are becoming the go to option for PhD holders in academia. An infographic by John Kelle explores the unfortunate reality of adjuncts. According to Kelle's research, despite an average of 8.2 years of studying and preparation only one out of ten PhD's are able to obtain their dream job in academia. Such a statistic is also related to a shortage ...

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Arab Studies Journal Call for Submissions

Arab Studies Journal Call for Submissions Spring 2015 Themed Issue Deadline: April 1st 2014 Archival Uprisings In recent decades there has been a significant shift in scholarly approaches to and understandings of the “archive,” from the archive as a privileged source to be mined and excavated, to a subject of study in and of itself. This “archival turn” has seen researchers strive to read both against and along the grain of the archive’s holdings. Such a turn has ...

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DARS Media Roundup (October 2)

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.]  News & Commentary The Arab Spring and The Internet: Research Group, by John Wihbey Claims about the Internet’s impact ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (October 1)

[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  UAE Brokers US Visa Deal for Syrian Minister Nasser Charara reports on the mediating role the United Arab ...

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Cairo Contemporary Dance Center Student Performance

Cairo Contemporary Dance Center Student Performance 17 April 2013 Hal Badeel Arts Festival Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt   In 2012, Egyptian choreographer and dancer Karima Mansour began a professional training program at the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, where she designed a three-year, semi-academic curriculum to help develop the skills of contemporary dancers while raising local interest in the art form. The program focuses on developing student's physical and conceptual ...

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Tadween Roundup: News and Analysis in Publishing and Academia from the Arab World

News and stories with a focus on the publishing industry, education, and technology from across the Arab world. A Dark Future for Syria’s Children  By Anna Therese Day (The Daily Beast)  Amid a stagnant conflict, education in Syria has been put on hold for many. UNICEF claims that at least one in five schools in Syria have been destroyed, damaged, or converted into shelters.  Over 50 Percent of UNRWA Schools in Syria Closed Due to Conflict  (ReliefWeb)  The United ...

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An Activist's Reflections on the Syrian Uprising: Interview with Abdul-Qader Al-Dhoun

This was not meant to happen in this manner. But it did. A twist of circumstances brought Abdul-Qader to my attention a few months ago as I was planning on interviewing Syrians with differing viewpoints. In the end, the other interviewee bailed. What remained is an account by a Syrian activist who is not a typical character. Though Abdul-Qader and I do not see eye to eye, his approach and attitude were unique, especially considering his past and the torture he endured. As you will learn if you watch ...

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Urbanists Can Never Afford to be Apolitical: An Interview with Nezar AlSayyad on Urbanization in the Middle East

In what ways is the study of cities important to the broader field of Middle East studies, and what are the broader trajectories of such forms of analysis? For insight into the issues that underpin such a question, the following interview was conducted on 30 August 2013 with Nezar AlSayyad, who is Professor of Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, and Urban History at the University of California Berkeley, and current editor of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. In the interview, ...

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The Geography of Public Lighting in Arab Cities

Recent research shows that lighting in cities has become a salient public policy issue. I will argue here that this is also the case in numerous cities in the Arab world, using some original field observations and raising several research issues—namely the inequalities of service provision in urban areas, citizens’ claims for lighting and how this issue is put on municipal agendas, and who pays service costs, at a time of increasing energy needs, and pressure for electricity savings. Beirut Under the ...

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Symposium Report: 'Gulf Cities: Space, Society, Culture'

From 22-24 March 2013 the Center for Gulf Studies (CGS) at the American University of Kuwait held a three-day Gulf Studies Symposium on the theme "Gulf Cities: Space, Society, Culture."  The symposium brought together forty regional and international scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to share their research on the cities of the extended Gulf (including Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and the Red Sea region of Saudi Arabia). Though the rapidly developing Arab Gulf cities have become hot ...

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