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New Texts Out Now: Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism

Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toby Matthiesen (TM): I became interested in the issue of ...

[Image of zajal performance in Byblos from The Times of Malta]

Zajal on Arak

I remember when electricity came to my village. I must have been about seven or eight.  The government installed a transformer in the village center. The thing was housed in a metal locker. The villagers called it ‘The Clock.’  ...

ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (November-December 2014)

[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 the Islmaili ...

[Image of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra from al-Quds al-Arabi]

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: Ramparts

Beneath the walls, walls. And beneath them, walls. Ur, Jericho, Ninevah, Nimrud— On the debris where the sighs of lovers went to die Where chattered then vanished the teeth of captives, stripped bare There, now are hills that bloom ...

Highly Unorthodox: The Week Lebanon Went Secular (And Ended Up More Sectarian Than Ever…)

[Mock Lebanese license plate, as part of 2005 anti-sectarian ad campaign. Image from]

When some future historian writes a chronicle of twenty-first-century Lebanon, she will likely devote a bemused footnote to the odd events of February 2013, when the country’s leaders saw fit to tear down a pillar of the confessional regime one week, only to erect another one a week later. On 11 February, the Justice Ministry ruled that the recent civil marriage of Khouloud Sukkarieh and Nidal Darwish was legal, thereby establishing a momentous precedent that will likely have serious repercussions on the hold of religious authorities over personal status issues in Lebanon. As I suggested in a piece for Jadaliyya last month: The ...

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اعتقال، تعذيب، اختفاء، الظلم مستمر

[ أحد آباء المعتقلين. الصورة من الفلم]

 [الشريط من إعداد حركة "مصرّين" يتضمن شهادات من أقرباء المعتقلين والمختفين"]

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New Texts Out Now: Jeannie Sowers, Environmental Politics in Egypt: Activists, Experts, and the State

[Cover of Jeannie Sowers,

Jeannie Sowers, Environmental Politics in Egypt: Activists, Experts, and the State. London and New York: Routledge, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jeannie Sowers (JS): In Egypt, as elsewhere, environmental issues are often viewed as secondary to issues of “high politics,” such as national elections and debates among political elites. Yet so many of the core concerns of politics—power, resources, justice—are most clearly seen in who has access to land, health, water, and other essential services and goods. “Environmental” concerns, broadly conceived, are thus central to political debates and substantive outcomes concerning representation, ...

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أزمة معرض الكتاب العربي، بيروت، عابرة أم مؤشر انهيار؟

[شعار معرض بيروت الدولي العربي للكتاب]

الأزمة التي رافقت معرض بيروت للكتاب العربي (ديسمبر 2012) والتي ضج بها الإعلام وفند أسبابها ومظاهرها وضاقت بها دور النشر- كما الكتّاب. هذه الأزمة لم تأتِ دفعة واحدة. فالمعرض، الذي أرسى، خلال عقود طويلة، مساحة صلبة من التبادل الثقافي في الداخل ومع الخارج، أخذ منذ سنوات في التراجع. ضعف إقبال الجمهور عليه كما على الأنشطة الثقافية التي تقام بمناسبته. ولولا "الصفة الاجتماعية" لهذا الإقبال لغدا المعرض شديد الوهن. أقصد بالصفة الاجتماعية، حفلات توقيع الكتب التي إلى جانب القراء العاديين يقبل عليها أصدقاء الكاتب وأقاربه. على أنه من غير المؤكد أن المردود القرائي الثقافي لهذه المناسبات يوازي النسخ الموقعة فيها. وخروج عدد كبير من زائري الأجنحة الأخرى بأيدِ فارغة مثال على ...

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تنظيم المخلّ بالنظام؟ الباعة المتجولون والدولة التنمويّة

[ بائع أقنعة واقية. ميدان التحرير، ٢٣، ١١، ٢٠١١. الصورة من جيجي إبراهيم ]

 عندما أصدر الرئيس مرسي في العشرين من تشرين الثاني (من العام الماضي) مرسومه المثير للجدل والذي يقع خارج صلاحياته الدستورية، والذي قام لاحقاً بإلغائه جزئياً جرّاء ضغط شعبي هائل، وعد باستعمال صلاحياته التشريعية الإستثنائية الممنوحة له فقط في حدود مقلصة للغاية. وعندما قام فعلياً بممارسة هذه الصلاحيات، قام بذلك سريعاً من أجل سنّ قانون رقم 105/2012 وذلك في خضم ما بات يوصف –دون مغالاة- باللحظات الأكثر حسماً في تاريخ مصر الحديث. حتى المحلل السياسي الأكثر تمرّساً يمكن أن يغفر له إذا ما افترض من باب السذاجة أن هذا القانون يتعلق بالاستفتاء الوشيك على مسودّة الدستور التي أدت الى استقطاب حاد البلاد، أو أنه يتعلق بدور الجيش في الاقتصاد. إلا أن ما يثير الاهتمام هو أن قانون ...

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La Langue Amazighe : Parcours et Entraves de Son Enseignement au Maroc

[Amazigh demonstration in Morocco. Photo from the Facebook of Photoshop Amazigh.]

Ce papier étudie les revendications du Mouvement culturel amazigh marocain et quelques uns des obstacles qui empêchent la réussite de l’intégration de la langue amazighe dans le système éducatif marocain. Bien que la Charte nationale de l’Éducation et de la Formation, élaborée en 1999 par la Commission spéciale sur l’Éducation et la Formation (COSEF), recommande son enseignement et que l’Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe (IRCAM) et le Ministère de l’Éducation nationale (MEN) aient entamé sa généralisation progressive dans les écoles primaires marocaines depuis 2003, la situation de l’Amazighe à l’école n’est pas rassurante pour l’ensemble des acteurs ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (Feb 11- 17)

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. Mohamed Morsi Mubarak: The Myth of Egypt's Democratic Transition Spring 2013 Internships at ASI . . . Now Available! Clashing with the Ultras: A Firsthand Account Ben Affleck's "Argo": A Movie about a Movie عقوبات الغرب على إيران Tires over Tyre: US Ambassador Ruins Ruins Dear Bahrain... With Love The Maspero Massacre: Adding Injustice to Insult and Injury Two Years ...

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Remembering Bloody Thursday

[A sign at Pearl Roundabout reads, “Attention: On this spot a child was weeping, a woman was wailing, an old man was bleeding. This spot was enriched with the blood of the wounded, where the martyrs’ souls ascended. This was Bloody Thursday. How can we forget them?” Image from Saeed Saif, 20 February, 2011]

Today marks the two-year anniversary of “Bloody Thursday,” as 17 February 2011 is now known in Bahrain. The previous day, two days after the uprising began, and two martyrs later, the King allowed protesters to assemble at the Pearl Roundabout. People felt safe and were eager to embrace this freedom, unaware of the fate that awaited them. At about 3 a.m. the next day, roughly one thousand police suddenly stormed the roundabout, firing shotguns, tear gas, rubber bullets, flashbang grenades, and wielding knives and clubs. According to witnesses, police used knives to slice through tents, beating and firing birdshot at the occupants, some of whom were still ...

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Media On Media Roundup (February 17)

[An Egyptian Court instructed authorities to impose a one-month ban on YouTube for hosting

[The "Media On Media Roundup" is an initiative to survey published material in the news and broadcast media that deals with journalism, coverage, or mass communication practices about the region. The items collected here do not reflect the views of the Media Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Friday night of every week.] February 13 is World Radio Day UNESCO has declared February 13 as World Radio Day and Daoud Kuttab writes about the ways in which radio is changing in the Arab world. Attacks on the Press: CPJ's Risk List (Video) The Committee to ...

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Maghreb Monthly Roundup (January)

[Timbuktuan manuscript image from Robert Goldwater Library.]

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Maghreb. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Maghreb-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 with your bio and a release form to (click “Submissions” on the main page for more information)]. An Update from the Timbuktu Manuscripts Project A statement released by director of ...

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بورتسودان: تلك المدينة الزهرة

[بطاقة بريدية، بورتسودان، ١٩٤٠]

[مدن، زاوية جديدة على "جدلية" يكتب فيها الكتاب والكاتبات عن مدنهم المفضلة. يفتتح السلسلة الكاتب السوداني أمير تاج السرّ] بالرغم من أنني ولدت في قرية صغيرة شمال السودان، إلا أنني ارتبطت كثيراً بمدينة بورتسودان، الميناء الذي أنشأه الاستعمار الإنجليزي، بديلاً عن ميناء مدينة سواكن المجاورة، التي غدت بعد ذلك ولزمن طويل، مجرد تاريخ مهجور تحفه الفوضى والأساطير الغامضة، بعد أن سرقت بورتسودان رونقها وعمالها، وسفن الرحيل المتعددة التي كانت تغشاها زماناً، قبل أن تنتعش من جديد مؤخراً، وتستخدم كميناء آخر، لتجارة أقل شأناً. لقد نشأت في مدينة بورتسودان، بحكم عمل والدي موظفاً في جمارك الميناء جزءاً كبيراً من حياته. خبرت شوارعها وبيوتها، وظمأها وارتواءها، وفرحها وحزنها. درست ...

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Bahrain As I Remember It

[An image from a protest in Bahrain on 14 February 2013. Image provided by author.]

On that day, 14 February 2011, there was a sense that things would change. The energy of the crowd was electric and contagious. The frustration that had built up for years unfolded in the form of peaceful protests in Pearl Square—the revolutionary space that had housed hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis for months, and had been subsequently destroyed by authorities. On that day, 14 February 2011, history repeated itself in Bahrain, as the sources of power repressed the majority through the forceful dispersion of protests, extrajudicial killings, the use of imported tear gas, arbitrary arrests, and systematic torture. Despite the hollow gestures of "reform" ...

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Inspiring Education: How Technology Can Reinvent the Classroom for Students

[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.] As individuals increasingly incorporate technology into their daily lives, it was only a matter of time before educators took to using technology in the classroom. A growing number of schools and teachers of primary and secondary ...

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"تودّد" أو "الثورة التي لا تؤنّث لا يعوّل عليها"

على امتداد أربعٍ وثمانين ليلة من ليلة وألف ليلة، في ظلال الحكي الشهرزادي (الأنثوي) في أبهة الحضور الذكوري لشهريارالثقافة/السلطة/الذكر (وكما سيتضح تباعاً الذكر/اللغة)، في حضور السطوة "المسرورة" للسيف المذكر أيضاً، وعلى ركام إناثٍ/حكيٍ سابقٍ على شهرزاد، ظلت تلك القّاصّة، تسرد على مسامع الأمير قصة الجارية "تودد" ، متخذة من إنتصاراتها السردية، حماية لها من بطش السيف الأميري الـ"مسرور"، مراكمة الليالي سردية فوق سردية ، مؤسسة لتأنيث السرد الحكائي ألفاً من اليالي وليلة، لا قبلاً ...

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Civil Marriage Fatwas, the Lebanese State, and Renegade Bacteria

For some philosophers, the condition of being contemporary is to actually be anachronistic to and critical of the present, to see its darkness, and to avoid being absorbed by the vortex of neo-liberal capitalism, not to mention by the devastating logics of Lebanese political discourse. When the Sunni Mufti of Lebanon, Mohammad Rashid Qabbani–not a philosopher except in the colloquial sense–declared a fatwa on 28 January 2013 against those who support or endorse civil marriage in Lebanon, stating in clear ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 19)

[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 Comment: UAE and Pakistan: harassing the ‘heretics’ Mohammad Taqi writes on the harassment of Shia Pakistanis in the ...

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تظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة

[تم إصدار هذ البيان من مجموعة من الناشطين والباحثين الدوليين في ١٥ شباط، ٢٠١٣] نداء ١٥ شباط لتظاهرات عالمية من أجل الديمقراطية والتضامن والعدالة منذ عشر سنوات، قال ملايين الناس حول العالم "لا" للحرب في 15 شباط من عام 2003. والآن، فإننا نقول "نعم" للسلام؛ "نعم" لنزع الأسلحة وللحياة الكريمة، بما في ذلك الحياة الاقتصادية التي تحددها المبادئ الديمقراطية. بدأ احتلال العراق بالرغم من احتجاجات عام 2003، ولكن العنف الذي أحدثه بوش كان أضيق من العنف الذي وجهته الحكومة الأمريكية ...

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The Show Trial of Port Said

The second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, and the first under Muslim Brotherhood rule, was never going to pass peacefully. Nationwide, pro-democracy demonstrations were planned in protest at undemocratic decrees and increased police brutality under the current government, and the general lack of progress made in meeting the demands of the revolution raised two years earlier. In the Canal Zone cities of Suez, Ismailiyya and Port Said, it was marked by protests and battles between civilians and ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 18)

 [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.]  “Egyptian police publicly beat to death man suspected of killing officer” Police officers beat to death a man who they suspected was involved in the murder of a captain in ...

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Exposing Sexual Violence in Morocco: An Interview with Nadir Bouhmouch

[This article features an interview with Moroccan filmmaker and activist Nadir Bouhmouch. See Bouhmouch’s first film My Makzhen and Me here: My Makhzen and Me and a clip for his upcoming film, 475, here:] “The state-backed raping of poor women undermined the class solidarity that had been achieved in the anti-feudal struggle. Not surprisingly, the authorities viewed the disturbances caused by such policy…as a small price to pay in the lessening of social tensions, obsessed ...

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Positioning Gender Fluidity in Francophone Maghrebi Literature

The journey of self-discovery is a recurring theme in Francophone Maghrebi literature and film. Authors and directors place characters in a struggle against forces in both French and Maghrebi society, evoking various themes through which characters define themselves. While these characters embark on different paths in terms of their search for self-discovery, they prove that identities are not rigid. A multitude of factors contribute to the formation of these identities, illustrating a fluidity that ...

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Reports Roundup (February 16)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Film-Portrait of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashimi, Human Rights Defender, Saudi Arabia Alkarama Foundation highlights the humanitarian work of Dr. Saud Mukhtar Al-Hashimi, co-laureate of the 2012 Alkarama Award. Dr. Al-Hashimi was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment by the Riyadh Special Criminal Court in November 2011. Judith Butler's Remarks to Brooklyn ...

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Clashing with the Ultras: A Firsthand Account

A march, scheduled earlier today, demanded that members of the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF) be brought to justice for past crimes and abuse against revolutionary activists and Ultras protesters. The march started at El Fath mosque and was supposed to reach the area surrounding the Ministry of Defense. The call for the march, which was endorsed by prominent activists, was initiated by an Ultras Ahlawy member and activist in an attempt to unify the efforts of revolutionary activists and ...

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إغتيال عيد العرب

تونس ليست لبنان. قلتها فانهالت علي الشتائم والتهم. لكني أعيدها، تونس ليست لبنان من حيث الإغتيالات السياسية. فقد عانى لبنان في الستين سنةً التي تلت استقلاله عشرات الإغتيالات المدبرة، حصدت أرواح رؤساء وزعماء أحزاب ووزراء ورجال دين وغيرهم من القيادات. أما تونس ما بعد الإستقلال فقد شهدت جريمةً واحدةً من هذا الحجم، تلك التي استهدفت صالح بن يوسف، منافس الحبيب بورقيبة رئيس الدولة آنذاك، سنة 1961. وتمت العملية في ألمانيا. أصبح الإغتيال السياسي منذ ذلك الوقت يعني، بالنسبة للمواطن التونسي، سجناً مؤقتاً وأحياناً ...

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