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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 ...

 [poco a poco/صورة من الأرشيف لمجمع التحرير رمز البيروقراطية المصرية في سبتمبر 2011. مصدر الصورة: ويكيميديا]

انتصار البيروقراطية: عقد من إجهاض التغيير السياسي والاجتماعي في مصر

بالإمكان القول أن النظام السياسي الآخذ في التشكل في مصر برئاسة المشير عبد الفتاح السيسي وبدعم من القوات المسلحة وأجهزة الدولة هو انتصار للبيروقراطية المصرية بمكوناتها العسكرية والأمنية والمدنية على ثلاث عمليات سياسية هدفت خلال العقد الماضي ...

[A protest for Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 29 March 2012. Image by author.]

Palestinian Authority Security Cooperation and the Internationalization of Occupation: The Case of Ahmad Sa’adat

“Security coordination is sacred.” Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas made that statement in Ramallah in May 2014 to an Israeli audience. He was referring to the policy of high-level intelligence and security cooperation ...

[Beirut Downtown by Abdsayady92 via WikiCommons]

Cities Media Roundup (January 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the ...

Zajal on Arak

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

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.’  At first, The Clock was a thing of contention. It was installed in the winter and was prone to overloading. Villagers would shout to each other from their warm perches, urging each other to flip the switch so they could enjoy the warm distractions of their new electric luxuries. Before the arrival of The Clock, we used kerosene lamps for lighting and wood stoves and charcoal grills for heating. Some villagers would throw in lemon peels ...

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Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: Jerusalem, Time Embodied

[Inset from UN Map No. 229 (1949): Central Portion of the Jerusalem Area, Principle Holy Places]

[This translation is an excerpt of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s twenty-page essay, “Jerusalem: Time Embodied.” It was published by the Modern Library (al-Maktaba al-‘Asriya) press in Beirut in 1967 in a collection of his literary and social criticism entitled, The Eighth Journey. Jabra wrote these recollections of his childhood in Jerusalem before the 1967 war when what we now call East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel. Until Israel captured these neighborhoods (along with the West Bank and Gaza) during that conflict, Jerusalem had been a divided city for 19 years. The United Nations map below (and here, in greater detail) shows some of the places that Jabra mentions. ...

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الإخوان من الجماعة إلى الفرقة


ثمة ما يعوق الاشتباك النقدي مع الإخوان في هذا الظرف، فأفراد الجماعة – وبالأخص البعيدين عن القيادة، من طلبة ومهنيين ونقابيين – يتعرضون لقمع أمني مستند لخطاب إعلامي لا يكتفي بتوجيه نقد جذري مستحق لهم، وإنما يستخدم خطاباً جوهرانياً ينزع عنهم إنسانيتهم ويُشرْعن قتلهم سواء بالرصاص في الطرقات أو في قاعات المحاكم بأحكام الإعدام الجماعي، فضلاً عن شرعنة ممارسات تمييز واسع ضدهم. وتتضاءل في هذا الظرف المساحة المتاحة للنقد من غير التورط في مثل هذا الخطاب، كما تتغير أولويات النقد في ظل إحجام واسع عن تسليط الضوء على  ممارسات  تستحق النقد يتورط فيها القائمون على الحكم حالياً. غير أن الظرف ذاته يوجب الاشتباك النقدي معهم، لأن ثمن ممارساتهم لم يزل باهظاً يدفعه أنصارهم وخصومهم، ...

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Mubarakism on Steroids: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam Interviewed on the Anniversary of the Revolution

[Al-Sisi, as Minister of Defense, following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after a meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 3 November 2013. Photo: Department of State]

Jadaliyya Egypt Page Co-Editor Hesham Sallam gave an interview to KPFA 94.1 Berkeley on the current state of the Egyptian revolution and the return of authoritarianism in the country on the fourth anniversary of the uprisings that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. Sallam argues that the level of repression witnessed today far eclipses the Mubarak era. He outlines the ways in which the country's transition was a tumultuous battle between the political elite, the military establishment, and the Muslim Brotherhood. While arguing that the status quo is unsustainable, he nevertheless laments the continued victimization of the revolutionaries that is taking place in ...

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Is Cairene Graffiti Losing Momentum?

[Late graffiti artist Hisham Rizq, killed in July 2014, painted by Ammar Abu Bakr. Captured 12 September 2014]

Clearly Cairene graffiti has lost momentum during this year. Having been the faithful barometer of the revolution over the past three years, graffiti has recently faced transmutations and drawbacks that run parallel with the political process of restoring “order” in the street. The heartbreaking story of the recent death of a cheerful and bright young graffiti artist, nineteen-year-old Hisham Rizq, completes this sad picture. He had disappeared a week before his corpse was discovered in the morgue of Zeinhom in Cairo in late June 2014. The official cause of his death, provided by the government, was that he drowned in the Nile. The story was hardly believable. In ...

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Will the Counter-Revolution Continue?

[A protester in Tahrir Square on 9 February 2011 holding a sign that reads

"Bread, freedom, social justice”; “Down, down with Hosni Mubarak”; “We’re not leaving, he must leave”; “The people want the downfall of the regime.” It is difficult to reflect on the famous slogans that awakened the consciousness of an entire nation four years ago and view them as anything but a distant memory. For advocates of transformative change, the fourth anniversary of January 25 Revolution is perhaps the most painful one to date. It comes at a moment when its strongest partisans are in prison, exile, or, in the best-case scenarios, politically isolated and contained. Meanwhile, the revolution’s fiercest enemies are thriving inside presidential palaces, media ...

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Visualizing Impact: The Long Run & On the Brink

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[The following infographics were originally published by Visualizing Impact.] The Long Run This graphic shows the struggle that the region's youth must counter in their struggle to reach the age of independence.  The weight of multiple social and economic factors in the region have kept youth from finding a first job and ultimately reaching the financial security to afford to marry and become independent from their families. Created in collaboration with Silatech, our hope is that this graphic will start news conversations about this critical challenge facing a generation.     [Click image to enlarge.] On the Brink To show the ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 19)

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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 by Monday night of every week.] Inside Syria Conversations: In Raqqa, Pharmacists Take an ISIS 'Re-Education Course' Syrian Pharmacist gives his opinion on the rulings and practices of ISIS and how this has effected life in Raqqa, especially for pharmacists.  Prisoners in Their Own City: ISIS Bans Women Under 45 from Leaving Raqqa ISIS bans women under 45 to leave the ...

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Rap as Activism in Morocco: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Mouad Belghouate (El-Haqed) and Samia Errazzouki

In this interview, Mouad Belghouate, who also goes by El-Haqed, discusses his work as both a rapper and activist in the Febraury 20th Movement in Morocco. Samia Errazouki asks Mouad to reflect on his time in prison, his relationship with other prisoners, and the growth of the rap industry in Morocco.  Please find the English transcript of the interview below the player, where you can listen to the interview in Arabic. The interview includes four parts that you can click on separately. Mouad Belghouate (El-Haqed) is a Moroccan rapper and activist involved with the February 20th Movement. From Casablanca, Mouad began writing and performing his songs during protests ...

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درويش خارج النص

[عند حاجز قلنديا. الصورة من الكاتبين]

خلال زيارته الأولى إلى فلسطين، وعند سؤاله عمّا يريد أن يرى في رام الله، أجاب ضيفنا الأسترالي المتخصص في الأدب ما بعد الاستعماري، من دون أي تردّد: قبرَي الرئيس ياسر عرفات ومحمود درويش. ليست الإجابة صدفية، فالأول يُقدّم على أنه أب الوطنية الفلسطينية والثاني شاعرها. هذا التزاوج بين السياسي والشعري في شخصيتي عرفات ودرويش تاريخياً جعلت البعض يتندر بوصف درويش "الشاعر العام" مقابل تعبير "القائد العام" الذي ارتبط بالراحل عرفات. هذا الارتباط الذي طالما جعل درويش صوت الثورة الشعري، أصبح بعد موته أحد عناصر بناء الشرعية الرمزية لمشروع بناء الدولة الذي بدأ يتمأسس بعد أوسلو ليصل ذروته مع وصول محمود عباس إلى رئاسة السلطة الفلسطينية، وتقدمه مؤخراً بعدد من الطلبات ...

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Coming Soon! Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle In Iraq

[Ali Issa,

A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute, Tadween Publishing seeks to institutionalize a new form of publishing press by contributing to breaking down barriers and preconceived notions of the publication world. Release Date: Late Spring 2015  E-book: $8.99 Print: $11.99 Book Description:  Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, Against All Odds presents the unique voices of progressive Iraqi organizing on the ground. Dating back to 2003, with an emphasis on the 2011 upsurge in mobilization and hope as well as the subsequent embattled ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon Wins 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize

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[Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon wins the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer. Here are excerpts from the press release] The 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation was awarded to Sinan Antoon, for his translation of his own novel The Corpse Washer, published by Yale University Press. It is the first time the award goes to a self-translated text. Paula Haydar is highly commended for her translation of June Rain, by Jabbour Douaihy, published by Bloomsbury Qatar Publishing Foundation. The judging panel comprised literary translator and joint winner of the 2013 Prize Jonathan Wright, translator ...

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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 each spring Now home to crickets and ants, Refuge to sparrows in the late morning Feeling the last traces of the evening dew Through tattered feathers Beneath their tails lies a head Before which millions once kneeled Which ladies’ hands once anointed with ...

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‘A Distinctly French Universalism’: Translating Laïcité after Charlie

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Naomi Davidson. Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. Joan Wallach Scott. The Politics of the Veil. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. It was impossible to avoid the discussion, despite my repeated protests. In Lyon, as in the rest of France, there was nothing else to talk about—especially when I ...

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تقييم حالة الإعلام الخاص فى مصر

يُعدُّ الإعلام بوسائله المختلفة، التقليدية والحديثة، إحدى أهم ركائز المجتمع، نظراً لوظيفته الأساسية المتمثلة في تشكيل اتجاهات الرأي العام تجاه القضايا المجتمعية المختلفة، وكونه عاكساً لطبيعة العلاقة بين الدولة والمجتمع، من ناحية، وبين النخبة والجماهير، من ناحية أخرى. غير أن العديد من العوامل من شأنها التأثير في أداء وسائل الإعلام لهذه الوظائف، منها عوامل تتصل بالبيئة التي يمارس فيها الإعلام دوره، وأخرى تتصل بالإطار التشريعي الحاكم له، وثالثة تعنى بالقائمين على الإعلام والعاملين فيه. يتوقف أداء وسائل ...

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The Revolutionary Practice of Endurance

Cairo, Winter 2015 The feelings of claustrophobia, exhaustion, and asphyxia are familiar to all of those who inhabit Cairo's kinetic and crowded urban core. Everyone living between Tahrir and the plateaus of Muqattam breathes the same polluted air that chokes much of the city, saturated with particulates from leaded car exhaust, factory emissions, scorched crop leftovers, and burning garbage dumps. It is within these atmospheric conditions that people are born and live their lives, always-already ...

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“Old People Are Not Revolutionaries!” Labor Struggles Between Precarity and Istiqrar in a Factory Occupation in Egypt

On 11 February, 2011, I stood in Tahrir Square surrounded by millions celebrating the toppling of Mubarak following eighteen solid days of battle. Around me were people from all walks of life: Saʿidis (Upper Egyptians) who came all the way from the south, street children turned rebels, family members of martyrs who were killed during the eighteen days, enthusiasts from the elite, leftist feminist women, members from the Muslim Brotherhood—you name it. In between the shoving of the crowd, the incipient ...

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Charlie Hebdo ve Cumhuriyetin Sinirlari

Charlie Hebdo and the Borders of the Republic Charlie Hebdo's office immediately after the attack on the reviewers " West and democracy "," the core values ​​of the French Republic "against a huge thrill to have doors undertaken against these attacks. This "republican" values ​​in an unquestionably, that came up as a completely pure emanating from the origin. Moreover, Muslims demand forces to show that they share the sacred values ​​of secularism and freedom of expression ...

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Call for Submissions: Palestine Yearbook of International Law

Call for Submissions Deadline for Abstracts: 15 February 2015 The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XVIII (2015). Unlike recent years, this upcoming volume will not be based on a specific theme. Therefore, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law and Palestine. The Yearbook is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and ...

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مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية العدد 101: تطورات القدس ومسألة السلفية الجهادية

صدر العدد 101 (شتاء 2015) من مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية متضمناً عدداً من المقالات والدراسات والشهادات والتحقيقات، وتناول بشكل خاص التطورات في القدس، في مقالة في باب "مداخل"، لنظمي الجعبة، وتحدث فيها عن استيطان القدس، بعنوان: "استيطان القدس: تنفيذ خطط قديمة"، وتحقيق لعبدالرؤوف أرناؤوط بعنوان: "القدس: هبّة شعبية بلا قيادة" جال فيه على التطورات التي حدثت في القدس في نهاية العام المنصرم. كما توقف  أمل جمال في باب "مداخل" أمام قانون الدولة القومية اليهودية، تحت ...

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الجسد والسلطة في السينما

لا ينج الحديث عن الثقافة والأدب والفنون، باعتبارهم "تعابير" ثقافية عن مجتمعاتها من سؤال "الجسد"، فإذا كان الفن يُنظر إليه "على أنه مرآة للقدرات البشرية في مرحلة تاريخية معينة، بوصفه الشكل المتفوق الذي تُعرف فيه ثقافة ما عن نفسها"، وجب علينا تناول تمثلات الجسد في كل هذه الأجناس الثقافية، باعتبارها أنماطًا خطابية، تعكس موضعه –الجسد- في الفكر والتعبير، وبالذات في عصر الصورة.  السينما، وهي مجال حديثنا هاهنا، تتأثر –كغيرها من أنماط الخطاب الثقافية- بانعكاسات الأوضاع ...

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On the Margins Roundup (January)

[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]   Mauritania  Activists persecuted for opposing land grab driven slavery in Mauritania The author argues that activists have been ...

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New Texts Out Now: Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East

Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti, editors, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Luca Anceschi, Gennaro Gervasio, and Andrea Teti (LA/GG/AT): It seemed to us that a wide variety of informal power dynamics and their interaction with formal institutions were not being taken particularly seriously—at least, beyond general and often Orientalist claims about “culture.” This ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (January 12-18)

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.  Charlie Hebdo and the Limits of the Republic The Dramaturgy of A Street Corner Who Is Afraid of the International Criminal Court? The Roots of Conflict: From Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation in the Western Sahara ...

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