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An Egyptian child with a police costume in Tahrir square. January 25, 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Rashad)

Empty Tahrir

Five years ago, thousands of Egyptians called for protests on the 25th of January to demand "bread, freedom and social justice" and challenge the security apparatus' vast human rights violations. The protesters managed to topple ...

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الحرب على ذاكرة الحداثة: داعش مثالاً

              17 اُذْكُرْ مَا فَعَلهُ بِكَ عَمَالِيقُ فِي الطَّرِيقِ عِنْدَ خُرُوجِكَ مِنْ مِصْرَ. 18 كَيْفَ لاقَاكَ فِي الطَّرِيقِ وَقَطَعَ مِنْ مُؤَخَّرِكَ كُل المُسْتَضْعِفِينَ وَرَاءَكَ ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East

Mike de Seve and Daniel Burwen, Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Remade the Middle East. Foreword by Stephen Kinzer. London and New York: Verso, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mike de Seve (MdS): Well, ...

[Image of the headquarters of the UGTT in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by Democracy International/Flickr]

The Impeccable Narrative Around Tunisian Workers' Syndicate

[The below piece was written before the current wave of protests in Kasserine in the marginalized southern region of Tunisia. The protests, which soon expanded to the whole country, started after a young unemployed man climbed an electric ...


Last Week on Jadaliyya (January 18-24)

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. ISIS: The 'Islamic State' between Orientalism and the Interiority of MENA’s Intellectuals New Texts Out Now: Ella Shohat, The Question of Judeo-Arabic Under Fire: Translating the Growing Crisis in the Kurdish Cities of Turkey’s Southeast Let Us Now Praise Murderous Men; Lebanese Presidential Candidates, Considered Snapshot: Amman Racism in the Defense of a Racist State: Some Reflections ...

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الساعة العاطلة لا تظهر في الصورة

[صورة للفنان السوري ممدوح قشلان]

بحوث في الأمومة لإيمان مرسال يجّدُّ الإنسان فجأة في بحثه عن دلائل لحياته وعلاقاته بأهله ومحيطه، عبر دفاتر قديمة ربما، رسائل ومنقول شفاهي وصور. النص الأدبي والصورة هي من ضمن مفاتيح الشاعرة إيمان مرسال في مشروعها قيد البحث والكتابة حول موضوع الأمومة. هذه المفردة التي تبدو لأول وهلة مثل كتلة صلدة ملساء، ولكنها ما أن تلبث تستقر في مخيلتنا حتى تشتعل لتتدافع تداعياتها وتتقاذف بعد لحظات مثل لحظة انفجار كبير. إيمان مرسال الشاعرة لا تطأ مكاناً غير مزدحم بها أولا، وفي الوقت نفسه لابد وأن يكون مثخّناً، لا بالفرح ولا الحزن ولكن بالأسئلة الصعبة مدى الحياة كي تظل تغرد وحيدة، بعيدا عن أحبتها، رغم إيهامهم في إشراكها في حيرتها، وكأنها عن عمد تختلق الموضوع الذي يبقيها حبيسة الأجوبة ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 14 - 20)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to Palestine@jadaliyya.com.]  The Occupation Forces Gaza's Children Grow Up with Trauma Over 50% of Gaza children experience effects of PTSD due to ongoing and intense violence from the hands of Israeli forces. Soldiers Celebrate Shooting Palestinian Protestors: "What a Hit!" A video recently released on Facebook shows Israeli soldiers praising one another for shooting Palestinian ...

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Art Dubai: The Shifting Architectures and Expedient Geographies of the Art World

[Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah 2015, courtesy: The Studio, Dubai.]

Museums have historically acted to tether artworks and artifacts to territorial conceptions of place. Meanwhile, as conduits to the flow of artworks across borders according to the imperatives of a globalized market, international contemporary art fairs might seem to obey an opposite logic, operating as deterritorializing forces that uproot works of art from their native geographies. Yet assigning museums and art fairs neatly to different sides of a binary that pits rootedness against a world of unhomed objects and convergent cultures obscures a more complex and dynamic reality. If large brick and mortar institutions are restructuring to satisfy new economic ...

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Third Annual Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon

[Anurag Kashyap's

Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon, Beirut, 9-10 November 2015. Sandwiched between the Beirut International Film Festival and a slew of ongoing fall film offerings, the third annual Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon (CRIFF) concluded in mid-November. This curiously-named, soon-to-be-renamed-and-revamped festival remains noteworthy for its unique Asia-Mediterranean focus, notwithstanding the modest size of the three-film package that was curated for this year’s edition. The festival opened at Metropolis Cinema, a hub for several festivals and film exhibitions in Beirut, with Tayfun Pirselimoğlu’s I Am Not Him (2013, ...

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Under Fire: Translating the Growing Crisis in the Kurdish Cities of Turkey’s Southeast

Scene of destruction after a curfew in Nusaybin, 26 November 2015. Image provided by the author.

Turkey’s sokağa çıkma yasağı is being mistranslated, with serious consequences. Turkey’s decades-long conflict with Kurdish militants and its unresolved inclusion of Kurds into greater Turkish society has in recent months reached a new and violent phase. The current encounter, largely between Turkish state forces and a new urban youth group, the YDG-H (Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement; Tevgera Ciwanen Welatparêz Yên Şoreşger) affiliated with the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party; Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê), is taking place in the streets of the Kurdish cities of Turkey’s southeast. Pressure on the civilians caught between these two forces has gotten worse ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (December 2015)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of December 2015. 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. Sexual Violence in Egypt: Myths and Realities نمر النمر أكثر من رجل دين شيعي Call for Applicants--Doctoral Dissertation Summer Workshop: Researching Lebanon Fact Check: The Truth About Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr Remembering Fatema Mernissi New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar, Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East The Art of ...

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مؤتمر الرواية العراقية: كيف تصنع حدثاً ثقافياً مهماً؟

[المصدر موقع جوجل]

من بإمكانه، الآن، أن يصدق أن أوراقاً، قليلة أو كثيرة، كان يمكن أن تنقذ مؤتمر الرواية العراقية الأخير "المنعقد في قاعة فندق بغداد بتاريخ 14 - 15 من الشهر الجاري"! الشاعر العراقي "ريسان الخزعلي" كان قد تحدث على صفحته في "الفيس" عن هذا الأمر، قائلاً إن " الأمر لا يكلّف سوى نصف بند ورق!!". نتحدث، هنا، عن "نصف رزمة" من الأوراق البيضاء التي تكتب عليها الدعوات للمشاركة في هذا المؤتمر، ثم توضع في مظروف أنيق، وترسل إلى المدعويين. وهو معيار شكلي ولا شك، لكنه، بالمقابل، يشير للأسف إلى فقدان هذا المؤتمر لأدنى درجات النجاح في صناعة حدث ثقافي مهم. ولنتأمل حالات بعينها، فإن أغلب من أطلعنا على آرائهم من كتاب الرواية ونقادها، كانوا ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (January 19)

Cizre, September 2015. Image by Rebecca Harms.

[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 Violence in the Southeast Violence Dominates Politics Mümtaz'er Türköne decries a recent PKK on a police family lodgings in Diyarbakır, comparing the organization's methods to ISIS and arguing its attempts to control urban areas will result in it dominating “nothing but ruins.” Indefinite 24-Hour Curfew, Over 200,000 In Danger ...

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ISIS: The 'Islamic State' between Orientalism and the Interiority of MENA’s Intellectuals

[Child at a protest in Paris after the 2015 Islamic State attacks. Image by Gyrostat via Wikimedia Commons]

Is ISIS all about Islam, or about geopolitics? This dualism has framed the debate about ISIS among Western analysts, especially American ones. They have formed two camps, one sees in ISIS and its practices an irrefutable evidence of the “true face of Islam”; another insists that ISIS has nothing to do with “real Islam” and reduces it to a telltale backlash against imperialism and Western policies in the Middle East and North Africa (hitherto MENA). This dichotomous approach is one of a few angles through which ISIS has been dissected and analyzed in the United States,[i] but it has more significance than others because it is more common and involves high profile American ...

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ISIS in the News: Extensive Media Roundup (October-December 2015)

[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  The men saving Syria’s treasures from Isis (22 September 2015) Jeremy Bowen reports a ”remarkable group of archaeologists are battling to save the country’s ancient artefacts”. 3 AK-47-wielding women reportedly decimate ISIS militants (23 September 2015) A trio of women has formed an all-female fighting force to seek revenge on ISIS for atrocities committed against Yazidi women in Iraq, and it has reportedly been decimating the enemy recently. ISIS put signatures notebook at the mosques (28 ...

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Conference--After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions (Santa Barbara, 22-26 January 2016)

After Tahrir: Egyptian Revolutionary Experiences and Future Visions January 22-26, 2016 Pollock Theater, McCune Room University of California Santa Barbara Conference Website: http://www.aftertahrir.net Conference Hashtag: #aftertahrir This four-day research collaboration workshop will take place at UC Santa Barbara on the five-year anniversary of the Tahrir Square Uprisings in 2011 that toppled Egypt’s long-term dictator Hosni Mubarak. These uprisings in Egypt accelerated waves of anti-crony-capitalist demonstrations, worker organizing, youth revolts, media insurgencies, and police brutality protests that overthrew ...

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Joint Letter by Global Higher Education Networks in Support of Turkey's Higher Education and Research Community

[The following press release was issued by Scholars at Risk on 21 January 2016 to publicize the joint letter endorsed by 20 higher education networks and associations regarding concerns over widespread pressures on members of Turkey's higher education and research community.] Press Release: Global Higher Education Networks Stand with Turkish Scholars New York, January 21, 2016 – This afternoon, a coalition of 20 higher education networks and associations from around the world have issued a joint ...

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Archiving Palestine: Building a Digital Platform for Oral History - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Hana Sleiman

In this interview with Status/الوضع host Moe Ali Nayel, Hana Sleiman takes Status deep below the American University in Beirut building where a vast archive is housed, keeping Palestinian memory alive.  Hana Sleiman is an archivist and researcher based in Beirut, Lebanon. Her research interest lies in archive creation and appropriation in the Palestinian context. She is currently working as a Special Collections Librarian at the American University of Beirut Libraries. Her work focuses on book ...

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Arabian Peninsula Roundup (January 18)

[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 Can Iran change? Is Iran capable of changing its domestic and foreign policies, and what are ...

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Statement of Concern by Professors of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History Regarding Diminishing Academic Freedoms in Turkey

[The following statement was issued by a group of scholars of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History on 20 January 2016 in regards to concerns over academic freedoms and freedom of expression in Turkey.] Statement For Academic Freedom In Turkey Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey We, the undersigned professors of Turkish Studies and Ottoman History working at various universities throughout the world, from the USA to Asia, declare that we are profoundly concerned about ...

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Syria Media Roundup (January 20)

[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 Islamic State frees 270 of 400 people kidnapped from Syria's Deir al-Zor The civilians released will remain in Islamic State-run villages in Deir al-Zor . Syria's ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ella Shohat, The Question of Judeo-Arabic

Ella Shohat, “The Question of Judeo-Arabic,” Opening Essay for Arab Studies Journal Vol. XXIII No. 1 (Fall 2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this article? Ella Shohat (ES): This essay revolves around a very personal question for me—the name of the language I spoke with my grandparents and parents. Baghdadi-Jews like my family spoke the language, first in Iraq, then in Israel, and later in the US. For us, it was simply Arabic, although we also knew of course that it was a dialect, a specific ...

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Snapshot: Amman

I feel compelled to snap a picture of every angle, corner, and inch of whatever I lay my eyes on, especially within the urban environment. Much has changed in Amman over the years with the construction of new buildings and the introduction of new styles, structures, and patterns. I capture these, but when I take photos in the older parts of the city it’s about more than the architecture, it’s about claiming and creating my identity as an Ammani and connecting with my childhood. Amman’s stone buildings, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (January 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. Sexual Violence in Egypt: Myths and Realities The Art of Healing: Syrian Refugee Children Express Themselves نمر النمر أكثر من رجل دين شيعي Manifesto Against the Woman Racism in the Defense of a Racist State: Some ...

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Modernity, Identity, and Technology in Palestine Before the Nakba

Noah Haiduc-Dale, Arab Christians in British Mandate Palestine: Communalism and Nationalism, 1917-1948. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013. Wasif Jawhariyyeh, The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948. Edited and introduced by Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar, translated by Nada Elzeer, foreword by Rachel Beckles Willson. Northampton, MA, and Beirut, Lebanon: Olive Branch Press and Institute for Palestine Studies, 2014. Anbara Salam Khalidi, Memoirs of an ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 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 egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.]  Political Rights Egyptians take to social media to declare they participated in the January 25 revolution Social media users have been sharing their memories of the 25 January 2011 ...

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Racism in the Defense of a Racist State: Some Reflections on BDS at the Modern Language Association

It is beginning to seem as if the arrival of winter spells academic boycott season as well as the festive season.  This year in November, the business meetings of two major associations voted overwhelmingly to endorse the call of Palestine civil society to engage in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions until such times as they—and the state with which they are so deeply intertwined—respect the internationally recognized human rights of Palestinians.  Those associations, the American ...

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قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعرة الإيطالية آلدا مِريني

قصائد مُختارة للشَّاعرة الإيطالية آلدا مِريني Alda Merini (1931-2009) آلدا مِريني في سطور من أهم الشَّاعرات في تاريخ إيطاليا الأدبيِّ. صوَّرت في قصائدها الألم والرَّغبة على أنَّهما قطبا الحياةِ وحقيقتاها الرَّاسختان، جاعلةً من الواقع نسغَ القصيدة، فلم تخن يوماً، ومنذ أولى بداياتها، قدرَها الشِّعريَّ، حتَّى وإن كانت مكابدةُ الجنونِ ثمناً لذلك؛ تقول: "سماءُ الشِّعر محالٌ حبسُها، حتَّى وإن بقي المرءُ، جسمانيَّاً، مغيَّباً ومنسيَّاً في أماكن أخرى". بدأت مِريني كتابةَ الشِّعر في سنِّ ...

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