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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in ...

Jeremy Corbyn Hasn’t Got an “Anti-Semitism Problem,” His Opponents Do

Labour has a “Jewish problem.” Or so it has been widely alleged. Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that the party, in whose last-but-one leadership election both front-runners were Jewish, has become infested with ...

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أفكار سريعة: ماريا فانتابيه حول أكراد سورية

[يلعب أكراد سورية دوراً يزداد بروزاً في الصراع الذي تشهده البلاد؛ وفي السنوات الأخيرة بسطت قوات حزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي PYD سيطرتها الفعلية على معظم الأراضي الواقعة في شمال سورية التي يشكل الأكراد جزءاً كبيراً من سكانها. في آذار/مارس 2016، ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf

Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, editors, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones (AS & MOJ): ...


الجزائر إعادة تخيّل الحقبة الجميلة

[. أوائل السبعينات، سواحل خالية وفيلا دون جدار]

 إعادة تخيّل "الحقبة الجميلة": تذكّر بناء الأمة في الجزائر الجزائر، صيف 1972. عَقْدٌ بعد الاستقلال، والصحف تزدهر. الجزائر هي أول دولة في المنطقة أمّمتْ نفطها واحتياطها من الغاز بنجاح؛ المواطنون يتمتعون بالتعليم الشامل المجانيّ للمرة الأولى؛ الإنتاج يبدأ في مصنع الفولاذ الجديد العملاق في الحجار؛ يُنجز العمل في قرى السكن الاشتراكي الألف الأولى قرب تلمسان، يحظى العمال الزراعيّون بملكية الأرض في ظل الثورة الزراعية؛ عمليات البناء قائمة في فندق الأوراسي الفخم، وكذلك الملعب الأولمبي الذي صمّمهُ المهندس المعماري أوسكار نييمير، ومدينة باب الزوار الجامعية في الجزائر؛ تبدأ برامج الإدارة الذاتية للعمال في الشركات التي تملكها الدولة؛ تنتقل العائلات الأولى إلى آلاف ...

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NEWTONs You May Have Missed

With the fall semester coming to an end, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind you of some of the amazing NEWTON posts that you might have missed the first time around—especially those of you starting to think about your spring syllabi. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in NEWTON, please email us at reviews@jadaliyya.com. To stay up to date with ongoing discussions by scholars and instructors in the field, sign up for Jadaliyya’s Pedagogy Section.

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Classified Memories: Trying To Try Terror Suspects Who Were Tortured by the CIA

Two high-profile cases being prosecuted in the military commissions at Guatanamo raise exceptionally challenging problems for the US government as well as the civilian and military lawyers defending the suspects. One case involves five people, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who are accused of responsibility for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The second case is against Abdul Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of participating in the bombing of the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000. All six men were held for years in CIA black sites and subjected to the harshest interrogation tactics authorized by the Bush administration. One of the most confounding issues in these ...

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Media On the Margins: An Interview With Rania Abouzeid About Reporting on Syria

[Lebanese Town Opens its Doors to Newly Arrived Syrian Refugees: UNHCR/ M. Hofer/ November 2013. Flickr: Creative Commons]

Jadaliyya's "Media on the Margins" is a monthly show dedicated to the stories behind the news, on the fault-lines of journalism, and the fringes of public discourse. In each episode, Malihe Razazan speaks to reporters, editors, citizen journalists, and photographers to unpack their craft, interrogate their work, and uncover how the news comes to represent the world. The show shines a spotlight on stories missed, ignored, and omitted as well as the people who tell them. "Media on the Margins" is where "journalism grapples with journalism." As the Syrian tragedy drags on, it is becoming more dangerous for journalists to cover the war-ravaged ...

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George Mason University Event: Mediating the Arab Uprisings (26 November 2013)

The Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University Presents: Mediating the Arab Uprisings Featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editors Adel Iskandar and Bassam Haddad Co-Sponsored by The Global Islamic Studies Center at GMU and the Arab Studies Institute. 4:30pm on Tuesday 26 Novemeber  Plaentary Hall, Room 129 George Mason University Fairfax, VA From “Facebook revolutions” to “Al-Jazeera uprisings,” the outburst of popular activism across the Arab world has either been attributed to the media, drawn up by the media, observed through the media, or decontextualized by the media. Bloggers become icons, self-proclaimed experts become interpreters of unfolding events, ...

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Q&A: edX President Anant Agarwal on MOOCs in the Arab World

[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.] EdX and the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development recently announced the creation of the Arabic-language online education portal Edraak. Anant Agarwal, edX’s president, answers a few of Tadween’s questions about the collaboration that will bring MOOCs (massive open online courses) to the Arab world.  Tadween (T): How do you think MOOCs will benefit the Arab ...

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India's Iran Policy: Between US Primacy and Regionalism

[World map showing Iran and India in green and orange, respectively. Image by Bazonka via Wikimedia Commons]

Abstract Standing at a press conference with Turkmenistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov on January 22, 2013, India’s President Pranab Mukherjee committed India once more to a natural gas pipeline to run from Central Asia to South Asia. “India is deficient in energy resources,” said the President, “whereas Turkmenistan is rich in hydrocarbons.” The economic complementari­ties are obvious, but not so clear are the political ramifications. The President said that the pipeline is “important for bringing peace and development to our common region,” signaling that such projects are as much about regional stability as they are about resource exchanges. Talk of ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 24)

[A child makes tea in Ghouta, Damascus. 24 November 2013. From Lens of a Young Homsi.]

[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 Syrie. La Coalition nationale réaffirme les bases de sa participation aux pourparlers de Genève 2 Ignace Leverrier on the conditions set by the National Coalition for its participation in Geneva II Syrie. Le cavalier seul du PYD fait l’unité contre lui et ferme à son président les portes de Genève Ignace ...

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Lo sivano, ‘kine em?’—Ey sivan, biz kimiz?

[Image via BBC Türkçe: http://www.bbc.co.uk/turkce/haberler/2013/11/131115_sivanperwer.shtml]

Lo şivano, 'kîne em?'—Ey şivan, biz kimiz? Şivan Perwer, Irak’ta Saddam’ın, Türkiye’de ise 12 Eylül cuntasının Kürtleri topyekûn bertaraf etme politikası güttüğü 1980’li yıllarda bir soru sorarak öne çıkmıştı: “Kîne em?” (Biz kimiz?) Marksist Kürt şair Cegerxwin’in 1973’te yayımladığı aynı adlı şiirini, bir siyasî lider değil, sıradan bir “şivan” (çoban) olarak dillendirdiği için de her kesimden Kürtlerin ilgisini çekmeye başlamıştı. Sesi o kadar büyüleyiciydi ki, tıpkı Patrick Süskind’in “Koku” romanının kahramanı Jean-Baptiste Grenouille’in idam sehpasına çıkarken kalabalığın üstüne serptiği parfümün yarattığı etki gibi, Kürtleri kendinden geçiriyordu. Rivayet mi ...

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Nothing to Declare: A Review

[Former train station in Lebanon. Image by Dictaphone Group]

Dictaphone Group, Nothing to Declare, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 16-21 August 2013. The term “metaphor,” as an intellectual transfer between discursive planes, shares an etymological connection with “transport,” or the physical displacement of a body across space. Inherent to the two notions is an implicit expectation of transformation. To move is to be moved. To travel is, potentially, to change. Hence, the apparent banality of transportation infrastructure masks the myriad ways our lives are shaped and entangled by our ability to move. The disappearance of a train route, then, is always about more than just logistics. It is a metaphor of a changing “social contract” ...

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Photography Media Roundup (November 21)

[Camera icon by Martz90.]

[This is a bi-weekly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Josef Koudelka: Formed by the World, New York Times, Lens Blog An interview with the Magnum Photos photographer Koudelka about his new book Wall: Israeli and Palestinian Landscapes, and the group project of which it is a part, “This Place: Making Images, Breaking Images — Israel and the West Bank.” Reflections in a Pashtun Cinema, Time, Lightbox Photographer Omar Mullick photographs a ...

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Rami Abadir Performing at Cairo's El Genaina Theater

[Rami Abadir performing in Cairo. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Zaat Rami Abadir 12 October 2013 El Genaina Theater, Cairo   Rami Abadir is an Egyptian musician, composer, producer and synthesist whose work consists of experimental and ambient electronic music. The mixture of analog and digital synthesizers, drum beats, sampling, repetitive patterns, phasing techniques, in addition to the inclusion of visual sequences, creates unique musical dynamics with a focus on sound textures and timbres. This video excerpt is from a recent performance at El Genaina Theater in Cairo. 

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بغداد: نعمة النفايات وفوضاها

في العام 1921، نشرت صحيفة "العراق" إعلاناً عن رفع دعوى قضائية ضد مواطن قام برمي النفايات في الشارع، وحذّر الإعلان نفسه السكّان من رمي "الأزبال" في غير الأماكن المخصصة، و"بخلافه سيتم تغريمهم"، فيما بعد أصدرت المحكمة قراراً بادانة المدّعى عليه وحكمت عليه بتغريمه "5 روبيات". بين تاريخ الإعلان ويومنا الحالي ثمّة فاصل زمني يزيد على تسعة عقود، عاشت فيها بغداد فصولاً من الحروب والديكتاتورية وعسكرة المجتمع، لكن النظافة صارت مشكلة متفاقمة رغم اختلاف الانظمة المتعاقبة، ...

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DARS Media Roundup (November 27)

  [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  UN Declares 2014 Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, by IMEMC The ...

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Teaching Thanksgiving

On Thursday millions of families and friends and colleagues will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Universities will be closed, and classes will be cancelled. Every year, this holiday weekend poses challenges to professors and students who are critical, and critically aware, of the fact that Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures in the United States. As a newly-minted professor who mainly teaches ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 26)

[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 Diyarbakır Meeting Erdoğan Should Not Forget This Semih İdiz writes that “history will tell if the ‘historic day,’ as it is being called, in Diyarbakır this weekend was ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 25)

[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.]  Egypt's Government Defends Protest Law, Political Groups Lash Out  Political groups react to protest law. English Preview of Egypt's New Protest Law Ahram Online provides ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 18-25)

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.   The Khsara Club, Arab Women Who Don't Get Married in Time: An Interview with Suha Araj On Why Struggles over Urban Space Matter: An Interview with David Harvey مصر بين فاشية مجهضة وأخرى محتم Bodies and Borders: An ...

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Roznama II

Roznama II 26 October - 16 November 2013 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo   Roznama is an exhibition of works by upcoming Egyptian artists. Medrar curated the first edition in 2006, when it invited artists to reflect through video art and photography on social and political events in the country. This theme, which also guides Roznama II, is inspired by the exhibition title. In Urdu, Roznama refers to daily occurrences: a collection of days, weeks, and months of human life. In the second ...

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Protectors of the 'Failed State': 'Captain Phillips' and the Intrigue of Somali Pirates

Captain Phillips. Directed by Paul Greenglass. USA, 2013. Appearing in US theaters in mid-October, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greenglass, has been a smash at box offices, grossing nearly one hundred million dollars in its first several weeks. Greengrass’ cinematic style is perhaps best known from his direction of The Bourne Trilogy, as well as United 93, a film depicting the airline that crashed in Stoneycreek Township, Pennsylvania on 9/11. Tackling the subject of Somali ...

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The New Draft Egyptian Constitution: General Principles and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

The fifty-member committee tasked with writing the constitution released on Friday a draft of its amendments of the 2012 constitution, dated 21 November. Mada Masr embarked on a process of reading the draft and comparing it to the 2012 Constitution. Below are some observations on each article in the two first chapters pertaining to the general principles of the state and the general principles of society, which include social, economic and cultural principles. Committee Spokesperson Mohamed Salmawy ...

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Ten Must-Watch Videos to Understand Egypt’s Urban Challenges

Right to Housing is an initiative that aims to link contemporary urban challenges with the notion of the “right to housing,” which, if that right is constitutionally protected and guaranteed, urban activists argue, could lead to the drafting of policies that will respond to the many negative aspects of urban and rural life in Egypt. Yahia Shawkat, author of the Shadow Ministry of Housing urban blog initiated the project. A foundational aspect of the initiative is to document and make the main challenges ...

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On the Margins Roundup (November)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Somalia’s Watergate Scandal President’s Chief of Staff outmaneuvered in his bid to steal over 100 million dollar. Al-Shabaab's ...

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جدار الفصل العنصري: خنق في الهوة وخلق للهوية

 لا شك في أن جدار الفصل العنصري، الذي بدأ العمل عليه منذ العام 2002 على الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، كان ضمن مشروع ممنهج لخلق واقع جديد، عبر اختراقه أراضي المحافظات الفلسطينية، عازلاً لبعضها، ومحاصراً للبعض الآخر، وفي النتيجة ملتهماً آلاف الدونمات، ومفسحاً المجال لسياسات وعمليات تهويدية جديدة، على رأسها ضم الكتل الاستيطانية الموجودة على أراضي الضفة الغربية لإسرائيل، عبر اتّباع سياسة الأمر الواقع.  لقد بدأ الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، وعلى الرغم من قرارات مجلس الأمن الدولي، وقرارات الجمعية العامة التابعة ...

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