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An Interview with Egyptian Novelist Sonallah Ibrahim

Renowned Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim first spoke to Jadaliyya in spring 2011, just a few months after the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution, and discussed the Egyptian people’s dreams of change after their ouster of former ...

[Cover of Najat Rahman,

New Texts Out Now: Najat Rahman, In the Wake of the Poetic: Palestinian Artists after Darwish

Najat Rahman, In the Wake of the Poetic: Palestinian Artists after Darwish. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Najat Rahman (NR): This book was conceived as a tribute to Mahmoud ...

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مدن الحداثة

كان أدب الحداثة التجريبي، الذي ظهر في السنوات الأخيرة من القرن التاسع عشر، وتطور في القرن العشرين، فنَّ مدنٍ. كان فنَّ المدن ذات اللغات المتعددة، التي تميّزت بنشاط مكثّف، وحظيتْ بشهرة عالمية كمراكز للتبادل الفكري والثقافي، لأسباب تاريخية ...

Quick Thoughts on Sanctions and Elite Factionalization in Syria: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Samer Abboud

In this Quick Thoughts conversation for Status/الوضع, Samer Abboud outlines the impact of sanctions on the rise of social actors in Syria who facilitate transactions as intermediaries and assist in providing access to ...

Questioning Social Inequality and Difference in the Arab Region
Selected Presentations from ACSS Conference
Sandy Tolan on Music under Occupation
Interviewed by Malihe Razazan

Rebels Beware of the Bears that Hug Your Generals

[1 June 2012, graffiti during the presidential elections showing Shafiq and Morsi as poppets controlled by a general (the joker). Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim]

The young people of Egypt led the January 25 revolution, and the army inherited it first, then the army jointly with the Muslim Brothers. And now under the rubric of Tamarod (Rebel), they have spearheaded again the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, which they could only — or opted to — do through the army and with the blessing of religious political forces and symbols that did not get along with the Muslim Brothers. The Brotherhood squandered the fortunes it had achieved at the ballot box, and helped itself in its ouster from power. The army did not pay a like price because there is no countervailing power to make it pay; it remains a wild card. Will the ...

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Brand Turkey and the Gezi Protests: Authoritarianism, Law, and Neoliberalism (Part Two)

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[Part one of this article can be found here.] Brand Turkey: Modeling Democracy and Neoliberalism When commentators for CNN International, the new bête noir of AKP supporters for its Gezi coverage, criticized the government reaction against the protesters, they claimed that Turkey had previously been held up as a model of democracy in the Middle East, but that the present situation showed that Turkey was a model for nobody. Others in the media debated whether the Gezi Park protests could be compared to the so-called “Arab Spring,” or other protests against neoliberalism, such as the 15M movements in Spain, the anti-government protests in Greece, the “occupy” protests ...

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ثورة؟ انقلاب؟... الأكيد: كسّرنا الصندوقراطية


صاحب محل عصير القصب، الذي تعرفت عليه في الفقرة الأخيرة من مقالي «عصير الصندوقراطية»، لم يتظاهر يوم 30 يونيو، ورغم أن رده على الشاب الإخواني الذي طالبه بـ«التنظم وخوض الانتخابات» كان «ثانية واحدة هاروح أتنظم وأجي لك». إلا أنه لم «يتنظم» ولكنه «تحرّك». صباح يوم 30 يونيو وضع أمام المحل علم مصر، ولصق ورقة صغيرة كتب عليها «ارحل»، واستمر في عصر القصب، وبيع زجاجات المياه لمن مروا عليه في طريقهم إلى ميدان التحرير. «أنا كنت كأني شايف صورة ثابتة يا أستاذ. ناس عمالة تعدي في اتجاه التحرير شايلين أعلام وبيقولوا: ارحل. اللهم صل على النبي، وآخر الليل نفس المنظر بس في الاتجاه الثاني». بالتأكيد صاحب محل عصير آخر بالقرب من ميدان رابعة العدوية لديه رواية مشابهة عن الجموع التي ذهبت ...

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Rising Up Against Sexual Violence: An Interview with Yasmin El-Rifae of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment

[Activists organized a protest in front of the Egyptian Press Synidcate, to protest the mass sexual assaults against women during Eid in downtown Cairo. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, taken on 9 November 2006, via Flickr]

According to HarassMap, since 30 June, there have been 173 cases of mob sexual assaults reported at protests in Tahrir Square and in front of the Presidential Palace. The esclation of sexual assaults against women has led to a number of campaigns working to raise awareness and combating what they describe as an epidemic of violence against women protesters. Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault is one of these organizations, which has tried to rescue women who are exposed to such attacks. So what is a typical night like for these activists who try to extract women from such dangerous situations? What challenges are these activists facing in combating ...

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Is The Egyptian Revolution Aborted? Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

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[I conducted this interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy despite a bad internet connection! Please find both the video and the edited English transcription below.] Hossam El-Hamalawy starts by rejecting the "coup vs. revolution" debate, and addresses briefly the short and long history of the military's involvement in politics in relation to the 30 June events. He then moves on to discuss in more detail the developments of the past two years, revealing that we cannot assume that "what we had was an "Ikhwani" [Brotherhood] regime; it was still the Mubarak regime, but they gave a share of the cake to the Islamists." The army assumed they can use ...

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Al-Manial’s Tragedy in Photos

[Residents of al-Manial march from Salahuddien Mosque with the coffins of people killed in the clashes. 6 July 2013. Photo by Jonathan Rashad]

Hundreds of people, including supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and residents of Cairo's al-Manial district, clashed for hours on al-Gamaa bridge on the night of 5 July 2013, using rocks, sticks, and guns. The chaotic scene started around 10 p.m., as Morsi's supporters were returning from a march nearby Tahrir Square. The violence dragged on for hours, as victims were being carried away to the hospital every few minutes, and as the terrifying sound of gunfire echoed through the streets. Twelve of al-Manial’s residents died in the clashes. Their anger and agony was still visible the next day, when I went back to cover the funerals of al-Manial ...

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سعادت حسن منتو: افتحي

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‫[سعادت حسن مَنتو واحد من أشهر كتاب القصة القصيرة بالأردو وأكثرهم إثارة للجدل. ولد منتو في أيار سنة ١٩١٢ قرب مدينة لودِيانا في أقليم بنجاب (في الجزء الذي أصبح لاحقاً في الهند) وتوفي في كانون الثاني سنة ١٩٥٥ في مدينة لاهور في باكستان. نشر إثنين وعشرين مجموعة قصصية ورواية واحدة بالإضافة إلى سيناريوهات عديدة للسينما والإذاعة. وعمل في الأربعينيات في صناعة الأفلام الهندية في مدينة بومباي (مومباي حالياً) ككاتب سيناريو. لا يوجد له نظير في معالجة جنون التقسيم الذي تعرضت له شبه القارة الهندية أثناء التحرر من الحكم البريطاني سنة ١٩٤٨. فضح نفاق المجتمع أثناء المذابح الطائفية وقت التقسيم عبر تناوله لأكثر فئات المجتمع تهميشاً كالمومسات والقوادين وأكثر المواضيع حساسية كسفاح المحارم ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: حسن البنا

[حسن البنا . المصدر فليكر]

[”ملف من الأرشيف“ هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.] الإسم: حسن الشهرة: البنا اسم الأب: أحمد عبد الرحمن تاريخ الولادة: 1906 تاريخ الوفاة: 1949 الجنسية: مصري الفئة: سياسي المهنة: مؤسس جماعة الإخوان المسلمين   [حسن البنا.]

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Selective Memories

[25 January 2012, the road to the Interior Ministry is block by this security checkpoint making impossible for protesters to continue their march. Image originally posted to Flickr by Sarah Carr]

I am neither a supporter of Mohammed Morsi nor of the Egyptian military. To place oneself in either camp is to assert an allegiance to hierarchy, patriarchy, capitalism, secrecy and violence. The military and the Brotherhood are not two poles that encompass Egyptian society; they are two elitist organizations with vast domestic networks, international connections, opaque business interests and legions of foot soldiers. And yet, in the international press, readers are being repeatedly presented with this false binary.  A vast swath of the Egyptian populace has recently succumbed to national amnesia, cheering the APCs that crushed protestors at Maspero just twenty ...

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Midwife for a Pregnant Egypt

[Anti-Morsi protest in downtown Cairo on 31 August 2012. Image by Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

On the face of it, 30 June was a "coup": the army intervened to remove an elected president, annul the constitution, and oversee an interim government to undertake new elections for president and parliament, and draft a new constitution. But what if this is what the majority of people in a country want? Is any military intervention of this sort necessarily illegitimate? How do we then read the supporting role of the army in Egypt’s 25 January Revolution or the military’s part in the Portuguese Carnation Revolution in 1974 that entailed a democratic order? A coup happens when one segment of the ruling elite (such as the military) forcefully takes over power ...

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The New European Union and Mauritania Fisheries Agreement: Between Sustainability and Vested Interests

[European Union officials meet with their Mauritanian counterparts to discuss the renewal of a fishing pact. Image by Bakari Gueye/Magharebia.]

On 29 May, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted to reject a new European Union-Mauritania fishing agreement, negotiated in July 2012. The grounds for rejection were that the new clauses regarding licensing for European fleets to fish in Mauritanian waters would be neither profitable nor to the benefit of either party.  The waters off the coast of Mauritania are some of the richest and most biologically diverse in the world. As a result, they are of great importance to European fishing fleets, which have increasingly been forced to fish beyond their own shores due to a catastrophic depletion of fish in Europe.  Historically, the European ...

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The June Rebellion in Egypt

[28 June 2013, anti-Morsi protester holding a sign in Arabic that reads:

Despite two and a half years of revolutionary experience, the rebels of June had no plan for the day after Morsi, just as they had no plan after Mubarak. One activist eloquently conveyed to me a typical attitude: he joined the 30 June protests because he believed in harakat al-shari’, the dynamism of the street, which would somehow produce the desired outcome. It was the same underlying logic of January 2011: too much planning makes the revolution heavy and immobile. Revolutions now require lightness and dynamism, and any plan may (or may not) emerge later. If not, the crisis induced by harakat al-shari’ will in some way compel influential actors to figure out a ...

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Occupy Gezi: Die Grenzen des neoliberalen Erfolgs der Türkei

[This article was originally written by Cihan Tugal, and published by Jadaliyya in English here. It was translated/published in German by Infobrief Türkei.] Die neoliberale AKP räumt alles aus dem Weg, das sich einer Vermarktlichung in den Weg stellt. Ideologische und soziale Spaltungslinien zwischen den Akteuren des Protests und Widerstands gegen diese Politik bedingten lange Zeit eine Fragmentierung und gegenseitige Isolation. Die Gezi-Proteste bergen das Potential zur Überwindung der ...

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Egypt's Media Blunders

The unfolding political tumult in Egypt over the past ten days has not only captured headlines worldwide, it has taken its toll on journalism and reporting as well. While much of the international media turned their attention away from the country over the past year and assumed democracy was marching along, trouble was brewing in the Arab World's most populous nation.  Starting in November 2012, when President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood released a draconian, dictatorial ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (July 12)

[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 by Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria Abdelkader Bensalah dément être un marocain naturalisé algérien. Baki 7our Mansour reports that Abdelkader Bensalah discussed his Moroccan origins in ...

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مبعوث العناية الأممية في مهمة بلا مضمون: مهارة البيروقراطي الأممي وفشله السياسي

لا يتوقف جمال بنعمر، مبعوث الأمم المتحدة إلى اليمن، عن الترويج لليمن كحالة نموذجية ضمن دول الثورات العربية رغم إنه يخالف واقع الحال كلياً. فلا يختلف تقريره في منتصف شهر حزيران / يونيو عن تقاريره السابقة من سرد تناقضات تتحدث عن هشاشة العملية الانتقالية دون الإفصاح أو التوقف طويلاً أمام اسباب هذه الهشاشة، مقابل الإسهاب في الحديث عن نجاحات غير مسبوقة رغم إنها في الغالب ليست كذلك.  لم يتغير أداء بنعمر في اليمن والذي لا يتجاوز إبرام الصفقات والتسويات بين الشخصيات القوية في اليمن ضمن إجراءات نقل السلطة ...

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Brand Turkey and the Gezi Protests: Authoritarianism, Law, and Neoliberalism (Part One)

Neoliberalism, Illegality, and State of Exception in Turkey The Gezi Park protests, and the state response to them, have crystallized larger dynamics in Turkey. These include recent legal changes and their contribution to the institutionalization of neoliberalism, centralization of powers, allegations of cronyism, authoritarianism, and encroachment on professional independence and labor rights. Overall, these protests offer a valuable opportunity to consider how high-security, neoliberal nation states ...

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Open Letter to Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Please Be a Messenger of Freedom for Iranian and Palestinian People

[The following open letter is being circulated to publicize and opposed Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's participation in the Jerusalem Film Festival and his acceptance of  an achievement award from the fesitval. The Persian and Arabic versions of the open letter follow the list of signatories.]  Open Letter to Mr. Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Please Be a Messenger of Freedom for Iranian and Palestinian People We, the undersigned, are a group of Iranian scholars, artists, journalists and activists ...

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الجموع: تحولات عالمية وميلاد من نوع آخر

 يرى الكثيرون أن المجتمعات في عصر العولمة تصبح أقلّ هرميةً وهيراركية، وأكثر أفقية. وقد تبدو هذه المقولة بعيدةً للبعض عن مواضيع مثل المقاومة والتغيير، ودور الأحزاب ومستقبلها في عالمنا العربي، وخاصةً في مصر. إلا أنها مقولة تعطي مدلولاً واسعاً حول الأنساق التنظيمية الجديدة، وكيفية تشكّلها وأنماط تفاعلها. مما يعني أن تلك المقولة تأخذنا مباشرة إلى صلب الأحزاب السياسية من ناحية البنية والوظائف. ويمكن أن تقودنا هذه المقولة لنقرأ مستقبل الأحزاب، وإلى رسم ملامح التحولات، التي ستعيد مسار إنتاجها بشكل مغاير ...

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Is the Egyptian Revolution Dead?

The short answer is “No.” A longer answer follows. What happened in Egypt between 30 June and 3 July was not a coup against an elected government. It was another attempt by the generals to co-opt Egypt’s January 25 Revolution. The situation’s complexity and its globally and ideologically charged nature makes it hard to see the forest for the trees, here is my view on why the revolution is far from over: In the space of a few days, Mohamed Morsi went from being a ruler who implemented laws and alienated ...

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Where the Nile Flows into the Rubicon

Never in recent history have officials, commentators, and even political activists spent so much time parsing the meaning of a handful of words—notably, “coup”, “revolution”, and “democratic legitimacy.” The quality of magical thinking inherent in much of the discussion is striking. It is most striking when Western commentators—with clear and longstanding disdain for the now-deposed regime of Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood—make equally dismissive assertions that by deposing their president ...

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On the Margins Roundup (July)

[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]  Somalia Donor Unfazed Despite UN Compound Attack Contrary to what Al-Shabab may have hoped, the United Kingdom and the European Union are ...

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Syria Media Roundup (July 11)

 [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 Pound’s Woes Lift Syrian Bourse Hadeel al Sayegh’s economic update reveals an increasingly precarious situation Value of the Syrian Pound ...

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Feminism(s), Secularism, and Religions: Encounter Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi and Other Scholars/Activsts

The following episode of Encounter (hosted by David Rutlege) features interviews with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi, as well as Leila Ahmed, Ellen Armour, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Lisa Isherwood, and Ratna Osman--all of whom are feminist professors and/or activists. In "Beyond the Boundaries," they critically discuss the relationships between feminism(s) and Islam and feminism(s) and Christianity, in addition to discussing events such as the Egyptian and US presidential elections, their ...

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