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[لوحة للفنان محمود شبر]

شعراء ما بعد الطوفان

توطئة كان التغيير نفقا مجهولا ننتظر الضوء في آخره، وكنا نياما في المركب لا نعلم بأمر الطوفان، الطوفان في نهاية النفق. خرج لنا جيل ما بعد التغيير بصورة لامعة ومتفردة، مزج ألم الماضي بأمل المستقبل واضعين جسرا من التساؤلات بينهما. فتحت ...

Status Audio Journal is Live! Listen Away and Contribute

We are very excited to share the launching of Status Audio Journal, with regional and national partners.*  Status، الوضع,  is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio ...

[Cover of Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer,

New Texts Out Now: Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication

Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London: Hurst UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 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 ...


Exhibiting the War in Syria: Interview with Khaled Malas

[Khaled Malas is a Syrian architect who curated a series of events on the production of the landscape in Syria from before the First World War until today, entitled “excavating the sky” (12-14 August, 2014), at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale (7 June to 23 November 2014). In this interview, he talks with Mona Harb about his trajectory, the project’s threads, processes and goals, building wells as resistance, the support of colleagues and friends, next stages and future plans, and the role of architecture in the face of war, power and conflict.]  Mona Harb (MH): Khaled Malas, you are a Syrian architect who conceived and organized a research ...

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New Texts Out Now: Elisabeth Longuenesse et Cyril Roussel, Developper en Syrie. Retour sur une experience historique

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Élisabeth Longuenesse et Cyril Roussel (dir.), Développer en Syrie. Retour sur une expérience historique. Beyrouth : Presses de l’Ifpo, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait publier ce livre? Elisabeth Longuenesse (EL) et Cyril Roussel (CR): Ce livre est issu du programme Tanmia, le développement: La fabrique de l’action publique qui a associé, entre 2007 et 2010, une trentaine de chercheurs et doctorants, et trois institutions, l’Institut français du Proche-Orient (basé à Damas et Beyrouth), l’Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (basé à Tunis), l’Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement de Genève, et le ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 11)

[Ali Abdullah Saleh, the deposed president of Yemen, has regained political prominence following the ascendancy of the Houthi movement, with which he is reputedly allied. Image from whitehouse.gov]

[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 The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait discuss the possibility of an alliance to fight “fanatics” in Libya and Yemen. Qatari fund bids for Canary Wharf owner Songbird Julia Kollewe analyzes the ...

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Gulf Women's Writing: On Slavery, Migrant Labor, and Statelessness

[Announcement for Mona Kareem's talk at Binghamton University. Image from ArabLit.]

On 10 November, Mona Kareem will give a talk at Binghamton University (1:00pm in room LT 1506) on how Gulf women writers adopt—or challenge—nationalist narratives. How, Kareem asks, do women writers deal with racialized minorities, migrants, and stateless individuals? What kinds of feminist positions are taken within their discussions of racism? Can citizen-women offer an alternative history or new narratives on issues of slavery, migrant labor, and statelessness? Kareem is herself stateless, a poet and writer who has brought out two collections of Arabic poetry, and is currently a PhD candidate in the comparative literature program at Binghamton ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 3-9)

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. Tunisia: The Victory of Secularism over Islamism? The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS Banning Halloween and Other Narrative Diversions in Jordan ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (September-October 2014) Qui sera l’Etat ? : Le soulèvement du Rif reconsidéré (1958-59) How Not To Understand ISIS New Texts Out Now: ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 10)

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[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.] Inside Syria  Why did Jund Al-Aqsa join Nusra Front in taking out 'moderate' rebels in Idlib? Tam Hussein on Jund Al-Aqsa’s indicative position on the practices of the Syrian Rebel Front and U.S. intervention.   Syrian Muslim Brotherhood to elect new supreme leader The Syrian Brotherhood has taken initiative in order to select their ...

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The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS

Recent weeks and months have witnessed a frustrated sense of déjà vu on the part of many Islamic Studies scholars in North America and  Western Europe. In the wake of 11 September 2001, scholars of Islam were frequently called upon to explain the marginality of al-Qa'ida’s bellicose interpretation of the sources of the tradition and to argue against the substitution of this marginal vision for the whole of Islam. In his influential book Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, anthropologist and historian Mahmood Mamdani articulated a comprehensive critique of “culture talk” about Islam, which seeks to account for Muslim politics on the basis of some ahistorical “cultural” essence. ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (October 2014)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of October 2014. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.  How Not To Understand ISIS Statement: Over 250 Anthropologists Join Call for a Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions ISIS: The Explosion of Narratives - The Land of the Revolution Between Political and Metaphysical Eternities Suphi Nejat Agirnasli’nin Anisina رحلتي إلى الراب والسياسة والسجن In Memory of Suphi Nejat Agirnasli On the BDS Blacklist ...

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Hadtha Jam

December 2013 Cairo   Hadtha is an improvisational music project by Hashem L Kelesh (Dijit), Aly Talibab, Mohamed Adel and Abdallah Miniawy. Medrar.TV attended one of the first jamming sessions by the four musicians in Hashem L Kelesh's studio in Cairo.

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (October 2014)

[27 January 2012, march from Giza to Tahrir Sqaure. Photo by Gigi Ibrahim via Flickr]

 [This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-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 post@jadaliyya.com [click “Submissions” on the main page for more information]. 14منظمة حقوقية مستقلة تنتقد توسيع اختصاصات القضاء العسكري  Jadaliyya’s Reports Page ...

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New Texts Out Now: Shampa Biswas, Nuclear Desire: Power and the Postcolonial Nuclear Order

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Shampa Biswas, Nuclear Desire: Power and the Postcolonial Nuclear Order. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Shampa Biswas (SB): I am a nuclear abolitionist, and would like to see a world completely rid of nuclear weapons. There are countless other nuclear abolitionists, many of whom have advanced very concrete suggestions for how to move toward a nuclear-free world. In fact, there is a massive, complex, multi-billion dollar nuclear nonproliferation regime invested in reducing and/or eliminating nuclear weapons from the world. Yet we are nowhere near ridding the world of nuclear weapons, and despite all the ...

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Film Screening and Director Discussion: Eliane Raheb's Layali Bala Noom (10 November, George Mason University)

Middle East Studies Program, Arab Studies Institute, and Middle East Etc. Film Club Present: Layali Bala Noom (Sleepless Nights) With Film Director Eliane Raheb  Monday, November 10 JC Cinema @ 7PM George Mason University Pizza and Refreshments Provided  More Information: mes.gmu.edu  Film Synopsis: Through the stories of Assaad Shaftari, a former high ranking intelligence officer in a Christian right wing militia, responsible for many casualties in the protracted civil war in Lebanon and Maryam Saiidi, the mother of Maher, a missing young communist fighter who disappeared in 1982, the film digs in the Lebanese civil war wounds ...

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Yirca'da Acele Kamulastirma, Hukuksuzluk ve Direnis: Olcay Bingol ve Deniz Bayram ile Roportaj

Yırca'da Acele Kamulaştırma, Hukuksuzluk ve Direniş: Olcay Bingöl ve Deniz Bayram ile Röportaj [Boğaziçi Üniversitesi öğrencileri Çiğdem Artık ve Mustafa Kaba'nın Yırca'da zeytinliklerinin bölgeye termik santral yapımı için kamulaştırılmasına karşı direnen köylülerin yanında gönüllü olan ekoloji aktivisti Olcay Bingöl ve Greenpeace Akdeniz avukatı Deniz Bayram ile Yırca’da devam eden direniş ve acele kamulaştırma süreci hakkında Boğaziçi Mensupları Tüketim Kooperatifi için yaptıkları röportajı burada ...

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Laughing in the Kingdom: On Saudi YouTube Comedy

“No woman, no drive. Said I remember, when you used to sit in the family car, but backseat. Ova-ovaries all safe and well. So you can make lots and lots of babies.”  These are the opening lyrics of a satirical song parodying Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” and poking fun at a Saudi cleric’s statement in which he asserted that women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and pelvises, ultimately birthing children with “clinical problems.” Performed and produced by Saudi comedians Hisham Fageeh ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 11)

[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 Kobane / ISIS Blame Washington for Continuing Crisis in Syria Merve Şebnem Oruç claims that American ambivalence in the Syrian war is preventing Turkey from achieving a ...

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Next to Here

Young Photographers from North Africa and the Middle East  September - November 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo This exhibition presents 18 photographic works by young documentary photographers from North Africa and the Middle East. The works originated in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. They were produced through 10 photography workshops in MENA organized by the Goethe-Institut and its local partners in ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 10)

[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.]  Regional and International Relations Egypt, Gulf Arab Allies Eye Anti-Militant Alliance Hamza Hidawy writes on the regional dynamics that led Saudi Arabia, the United Arab ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 8)

[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 Algérie : 1er novembre 1954, retour sur la « Toussaint rouge » de l’indépendance Algeria celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of its ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (7 November)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Israel-Palestine "Let the Police Mow the Lawn": Israeli Right-Wing Demands Stronger Crackdown as Netanyahu Increases Attacks on ...

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نون إنسان

-1- تنحني هذه الرسوم والكلمات لحرف النون، فالنون وعاء كلمة إنسان (ا ن س ا ن). والإنسان تحتويه نونان، لذا كان الإنسان مثنى مذ كان. فكلمة إنسان تضمر المثنى وتعلن المفرد، لأنها تدلّ على الذكر والأنثى. فيها نستعيد المثنى الذي كان علامة سيد الشعراء وملك الغرباء. فأمروء القيس لم يقف ويستوقف ويخاطب المثنى في بداية معلقته، إلا ليعلن أن المثنى هو الأصل، وأن الإنسان مزدوج حتى حين يكون وحيداً. المثنى وعاء الروح وامتداده، لذا حار المجددون أمام ظاهرة المثنى وصعوباتها، فحاولوا إلغاءها، لكنهم فشلوا، إذ كيف يبدأ شعر ...

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لغز وادي الهول

[هذا هو الفصل الثالث من كتابي الجديد: اللغز والمفتاح في النقوش السينائية المبكرة ورقم دير علا. وهو يغامر بتقديم قراءة مختلفة جدا لنقشي وادي الهول في مصر، اللذين هما من أقدم نموذج من الأبجدية السامية الأولى، أم أبجديات المنطقة والعالم. النقشان يعودان إلى حوالي القرن التاسع عشر قبل الميلاد، وقد عثرعليهما في الصحراء الغربية في مصر، وكتبهما في ما يفترض عمال أو جنود ساميون في الجيش المصري. أعلن عن اكتشاف النقسين عام 1999. لكنهما اكتشفا في الواقع عام 1994. ومنذ اكتشافهما تحولا إلى أشهر نقشين من نقوش هذه ...

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Banning Halloween and Other Narrative Diversions in Jordan

We were just dusting off our annual “please observe Halloween responsibly” email message to students when bars and clubs began announcing via social media that they were cancelling their Halloween parties at the request of the government. Shortly thereafter, the Ministry of Interior confirmed this. It cited security concerns, such as some highly-publicized mob assaults on similar parties in recent years (invariably blamed on Islamists hurling accusations of “Satanism” and “homosexuality”). The ministry ...

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Promoting a Rare Breed: Private Nonprofit Housing Developers in the GCC

While working as a Project Manager at the Fenway Community Development Corporation (CDC) in Boston and as a Consultant to Phipps Houses in New York City, I experienced firsthand how nonprofit developers can contribute to preserving housing affordability in central locations. Fenway CDC builds and preserves housing and champions local projects that engage the entire Fenway community in protecting the neighborhood’s economic and racial diversity. It has operated since 1973 and has developed nearly six ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (October 2014)

[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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