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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

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A Moveable Feast? Reflections on the French Coverage of the Paris Attacks

Writing on the relationship between acts of terror and the mystification of liberalism in 1947, Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that, “cunning, violence, propaganda, and realpolitik” appeared “in the guise of liberal principles” and were “the ...

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The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

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يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

Turkey Could Cut Off the Islamic State’s Supply Lines. So Why Doesn’t It?

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In the wake of the murderous attacks in Paris, we can expect western heads of state to do what they always do in such circumstances: declare total and unremitting war on those who brought it about. They don’t actually mean it. They’ve had the means to uproot and destroy Islamic State within their hands for over a year now. They’ve simply refused to make use of it. In fact, as the world watched leaders making statements of implacable resolve at the G20 summit in Antalaya, these same leaders are hobnobbing with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a man whose tacit political, economic, and even military support contributed to ISIS’ ability to perpetrate the atrocities ...

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Filming Revolution: An Interview with Alisa Lebow

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[Alisa Lebow, a filmmaker and film scholar who teaches at the University of Sussex, is the Creator/Director/Producer/Writer of Filming Revolution, an interactive data-base documentary archive about independent and documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution, which was launched in October 2015.] Anthony Alessandrini (AA): Could you talk a bit about what made you put together this project: when did you decide to set Filming Revolution in motion, how did the specific form of the project come together, and how did you go about choosing filmmakers, archivists, activists, and artists to interview? Alisa Lebow (AL): In 2012, I curated a screening program for the ...

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عن العمارة ونهاياتها


”قد تدوم أساسات مبنى لألف عام، بينما يستوجب تغيير هيكل السطح بعد ألف شهر. وقد تدوم التمديدات الصحية لألف أسبوع، والدهان الخارجي لألف يوم، واللمبة لألف ساعة. يجب أن تُفهم المباني من خلال مقاييس زمنية مختلفة تتغير أثناءها“.1 لطالما كانت العمارة أداة فعالة في تشكيل حقائق على أرض الواقع، وفي مساعدة مختلف البرامج السياسية والإيديولوجية على تخطي حيز الأفكار النظرية والمجردة، لتصبح بذلك واقعاً ملموساً يحيط بالأفراد ويتداخل مع حياتهم الآنية ورؤيتهم للمستقبل. وبالمقابل، فعند فشل تلك الإيديولوجيات والبرامج، تصبح تلك العمارة تجسيداً مادياً وملموساً لذلك الفشل من خلال مبانٍ أقرب ما تكون إلى صروحٍ لأفكار منتهية الصلاحية أو نموذج لما يجب تجنب فعله، على أحسن تقدير.   منذ نهاية ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jeanette S. Jouili, Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe

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Jeanette S. Jouili, Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jeanette Jouili (JJ): I began research for this book in 2002, the year after 9/11. The global impact of that event was made evident in Europe as the media and European scholars increasingly scrutinized the activities and affiliations of young European-born Muslims, many of whom were adopting more visible and orthodox forms of Islamic practice. At the heart of the debate lay the question of whether this trend toward increased piety was compatible with Europe's secular, liberal values. ...

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Deadline for Applications: M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University

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The Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University announce the early deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2016-2017 academic year: 15 February 2016. The aim of this degree program is to reposition the study of the Middle East and Islam within a global context to help students better analyze particular issues in light of current events and shifting historical paradigms. The program’s core classes provide a solid background in both fields of study, however students can choose to focus their coursework on either Middle East Studies or Islamic Studies. A variety of fascinating electives allow students ...

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City Talks: Timothy Mitchell on the Materialities of Political Economy and Colonial History

[City Talks provides a platform for conversations around the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental transformations that define the historical and contemporary geographies of the Middle East and beyond. Bringing together voices from critical scholars, activists, and artists, it seeks to explore the ways racialized, gendered, and class-based social orders come into being, materialize, and are resisted through the fabric of bodies, space, and time.]  In this first installment of City Talks, Omar Jabary Salamanca and Nasser Abourahme discuss with Timothy Mitchell his latest work and his ongoing thinking around questions of urban political economy and ...

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كارل ساندبرغ: قصائد مختارة


وُلد كارل ساندبرغ ( Carl Sandburg ) في غيلسبرغ بولاية إلينوي في السادس من كانون الثاني\يناير، 1878. بدأ العمل في سنّ الحادية عشرة وعمل في أنواع مختلفة من الوظائف كبواب صالون حلاقة، وسائق شاحنة توزيع حليب، وعامل في مصنع الطوب وحاصد للقمح. تطوّع ساندبرغ في قوة المشاة السادسة في إلينيوي حين نشبت الحرب الأسبانية ـ الأميركية سنة 1898. في سنة 1913 انتقل إلى مدينة شيكاغو حيث صار واحداً من مجموعة الكتاب الذين لعبوا دوراً في "نهضة شيكاغو" في الفنون والآداب. جاء نجاحه الأول كشاعر بعد نشر قصيدة "شيكاغو" في مجلة شعر (بويتري) سنة 1914؛ فيما بعد نُشرت هذه القصيدة مع قصائد أخرى في كتاب سنة 1916 بعنوان قصائد شيكاغو. في السنوات الست التالية نشر ثلاث مجموعات أخرى: ...

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Terreur partout, humanité nulle part

[Image pris devant Le Carillon le 15 novembre. Image par Jean-François Gornet/Flickr]

Il serait sans doute plus raisonnable d'attendre quelques semaines afin de laisser passer l'émotion. C'est ce que la décence et la raison demandent. Je suis parisien de cœur, et je préférerais me taire. Malheureusement, les faucons et les fascistes, les loups et les va-t-en-guerre, les chacals et les ministres ne s'embarrassent pas de scrupules. Ils n'ont pas attendu que les corps soient en terre, et que les larmes soient sèches, pour commencer leurs vociférations. Ils appellent à la riposte musclée, à la fermeture des frontières, à la montée d'un cran dans le délire sécuritaire. Nous sommes cernés. Il n'est pas possible de rendre compte en un article de la ...

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Academia and Social Justice: Call for Papers

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 16)

[United States Secretary of Air Force Deborah Lee James meets with Egyptian Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi as part of an official visit to Egypt. Photo from Facebook Page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces]

 [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.]  Political Rights Hossam Bahgat has been released, unclear if charges still pending Hossam Bahgat was released from military intelligence at midday on Tuesday after he signed a document stating, “I, Hossam Bahgat, journalist at Mada Masr, declare that I will abide by legal and security procedures when publishing material pertaining to ...

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الكهرباء في الحقبة الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان

[هذا الجزء الثاني من مقابلة أجراها المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع محرر جدلية والباحث زياد أبو الريش، وهي  تركّز على قطاع الكهرباء ومسائل تتعلق بمؤسسات الدولة في بداية عهد الجمهوريّة اللبنانيّة. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنه تم إجراء هذه المقابلة قبل انطلاق الحراك الكبير في بيروت في شهر أيلول 2015. أما الجزء الأول فناقش خلاله تاريخ مؤسسات الدولة في بدايات الاستقلال في لبنان وبعض الموروثات التي خلفتها. يمكن قراءة الجزء الأول هنا] *** تحدث المركز اللبناني للدراسات مؤخّرًا مع الدكتور زياد أبو الريش لمناقشة تاريخ مؤسّسات الدولة خلال المراحل الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان، واستقاء المعلومات والاستفادة منها في التحاليل والنقاشات الحاليّة المتّصلة بالخدمات التي تقدمها الدولة في ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 13)

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[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 Tuesday night of every week] Algeria Bouteflika in full control of running Algeria: premier Al Arabiya reports on Algeria’s assurance of the president’s political capabilities. Algeria unwavering in support of Western Sahara independence “Algerian Ambassador to Namibia Sid Ali Abdelbari has reiterated Algeria’s support for the independence of Western Sahara.” الشاب ...

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ASI At MESA! Visit Us at Booths 20-21 and Join our Political Economy Project Reception

                  We are excited to have the Arab Studies Institute's (ASI) projects and initiatives debut at MESA this year, and we would like to invite all Jadaliyya, Arab Studies Journal, and Tadween Publishing readers, Status/الوضع listeners, and Political Economy researchers to our booths at MESA:   M E S A    B O O K    E X H I B I T    We have a lot to celebrate this year in terms of ...

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The Absence of Contemporary Literature in Egypt’s Education System

During pre-university education in Egypt, an Arabic language curriculum introduces students to literary texts that increase gradually in form sophistication and literary value. While the quality of literature increases as students climb the ranks in the education system, there is one common denominator in the education of literature in Egypt: almost none of it is contemporary.   An education through literature, both in teaching literature and how to become a writer, has a direct impact on ...

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Arab Studies Journal Announces Fall 2015 Issue

In this issue (See Table of Contents below), we are honored to feature Ella Shohat’s “The Question of Judeo-Arabic” groundbreaking interrogation of the premises and frameworks associated with the rubric of “Judeo-Arabic language.” Suliman al-Atiqi “The Origins of Kuwaiti Nationalism: Rashid Rida’s Influence on Kuwaiti National Identity” engages the philosophical, religious, and national foundations of Kuwaiti institutions and identities.  We are also privileged to be featuring two special ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 18)

[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 The ruins of Kobane The ruins of Kobane says a lot about the destruction of Syria and the dragged five-year ...

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New Wars and Autonomous Self-Defense

A number of scholars working in the fields of geography, sociology, and political science have developed the concept of “new wars” to talk about the state we are living in the last two decades.[1] These scholars claim that currently, we are going through a fourth world war—that is, of course, if we would call the cold war a third world war—and argue that after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the politics of controlled conflict and tension has been replaced by continuous, scattered, and extending small ...

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كُلفة العنف: المُكوّن الاجتماعيّ للحركات الإسلامية في مصر

شهدت مصر في الآونة الأخيرة  تصاعداً غير مسبوق في أحداث العنف المادي المتبادل، فمجازر الدولة تجاه الإسلاميين بشكل خاص والاعتقالات العشوائية لما يزيد عن أربعين ألف شخص حسب التقارير، والممارسات السلطوية ضد كافة خصوم النظام المصري الحالي، والحملات الأمنية الشرسة التي بلغت ذروتها بتهجير مئات الأسر وتدمير آلاف المنازل في شرق رفح ومدينة الشيخ زويد، هذا من ناحية ، ومن ناحية أخرى، القدرات العسكرية الصادمة وغير المسبوقة لتنظيم "ولاية سيناء " والتي مكّنت التنظيم "الداعشي" من مهاجمة خمسة ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 17)

[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  IMF chief calls for reforms in Gulf Amid low oil prices IMF Chief Christine Lagarde called on Gulf countries to consider economic ...

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الأكاديميا والعدالة الاجتماعية: دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية

                  دعوة لتقديم أوراق بحثية   آخر موعد: ٣٠ تشرين ثاني/نوفمبر ٢٠١٥ Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA AR-SA Keep Reading »

Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 9-15)

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.   أيها الأساتذة أين أنتم؟ Asad’s Officer Ghetto: Why the Syrian Army Remains Loyal Prominent Anthropologists Explain Why They Support the AAA Boycott Resolution Fanon in Palestine: A Four-Part Essay Series Early Spring ...

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قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعر الإيطالي إيوْجِنيو مونتالِه

              قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعر الإيطالي إيوْجِنيو مونتالِه Eugenio Montale  (1896-1981) اختارها وترجمها وقدَّم لها: أمارجي تقديم لا غُلواءَ إنْ قلنا: القصيدةُ، هنا، تنكيلٌ بالزَّمن، نهشٌ بالمغاليق-،       (نصٌّ مخلبٌ)       (نصٌّ نصْلٌ)  ههنا، الزَّمنُ ثالثٌ، موَّارٌ بِشكِّه ولا يستوثِقُ إلا الذي فيه؛ زمنٌ مختمِرٌ في صَدَفةِ الكمَدِ الوجوديِّ، يتفلَّعُ ويعلو في خمائره مثل شجرةٍ تمتاحُ ماءَ ...

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Disrupting the Chessboard: Perspectives on the Russian Intervention in Syria, with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad

Disrupting the Chessboard: Perspectives on the Russian Intervention in Syria Introduction: The Russian Intervention in Syria Payam Mohseni, Editor In late September 2015 at the request of the Syrian government, dozens of advanced Russian warplanes entered Syrian airspace and began conducting intensive airstrikes against enemy targets. With the support of the Russian Air Force, the Syrian government also launched an offensive ground campaign in conjunction with Hezbollah and Iranian forces to ...

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القتلى في المداهمات الأمنية: قوة مفرطة أم دفاع عن النفس؟

في العاشر من الشهر الحالي، داهمت قوة أمنية بلدة صمّا في إربد للقبض على شخص بتهمة تكسير شهود القبور فيها. تعرضت القوة لرد عنيف من المطلوب وأشقائه استخدموا فيه العيارات النارية والحجارة والأدوات الحادة، بحسب البيان الأمني، فأصيب خمسة من أفراد الأمن، وتوفي شقيق المطلوب بعيار ناري «غير محدد المصدر» بحسب الأمن الذي فتح تحقيقًا للوقوف على التفاصيل. يقول فراس التل، وهو أحد أقرباء العائلة، إن أهل البلدة «استفزهم» الاقتحام، خاصة بعد أن أطلق أحد رجال الأمن رصاصة بالهواء، ليردوا بالرصاص مصيبين خمسة من عناصر القوة، ...

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