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How Not To Understand ISIS In Memory of Suphi Nejat Agirnasli Suphi Nejat Agirnasli’nin Anisina رحلتي إلى الراب والسياسة والسجن Jadaliyya Featured in the New York Times:
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New Texts Out Now: Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam

Edmund Burke III, The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?  Edmund Burke III (EB): Ever since ...

[صلاح فائق مع سركون بولص. الصورة من أرشيف صلاح فائق]

عن سركون بولص في ذكراه

آخر مرة التقيتُ سركون كان في بداية العام 1966، في بغداد. ذهبنا الى مطعم صغير في البتاويين وبعده الى معرضٍ  للرسم في المعهد الثقافي الفرنسي. افترقنا وأنا أعرف بأنه سيغادر العراق، أو يهرب، لينهي عذابه من تجنيده في الجيش وبقائه عاطلاً عن ...

[Refugees from Kobane at the Turkish border. Image via Shutterstock.]

Turkey Media Roundup (October 21)

[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 ...

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Debt and Obligation in Contemporary Ramallah

A recent advertisement for a Bank of Palestine savings scheme, reproduced on billboards and in magazines all over the Ramallah-al-Bireh-Beitounia conurbation (hereafter Ramallah), tells residents “Together We Are a Family.” We are clearly ...


Civil Society Call for the Protection of Libya's Democratic Transition

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[The following statement was issued by members of Libya's civil society.]  Libya’s transition since 2011 has been a difficult path to follow; riddled with instability and violence. Libyans and the international community alike did not anticipate much of what has come to pass, rendering the country in constant flux and continual deterioration putting democracy, freedom, human rights at stake.  Nearly four years since the uprising, Libya’s trajectory may still be rectified. If not motivated by the potential that Libya and Libyans have to produce peaceful conditions in which they can exist and prosper, then let us be motivated by the need to put an end to the ...

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Panel Event: All You Wanted To Know About ISIS and Did Not Know You Should Ask (GMU, 16 October 2014)

Co-sponsored by Global Programs, Middle East Studies, Center for Global Islamic Studies, Political Science and Center for Global Policy (SPGIA) at George Mason University All You Wanted to Know  About ISIS  & Did Not Know You Should Ask Town Hall Event at George Mason University 16 October 2014, 6:00 PM Merten Hall 1201 George Mason University Fairfax, VA  Featured Speakers Bassam Haddad Maria Dakake Peter Mandaville Jack Goldstone “Everyone has something to say about the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). But only now. When ISIS or its predecessor was taking over towns in Syria last year, and when it grew out ...

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Reflections-in-Progress on the Salaita Case: Contradiction, Overdetermination, Mobilization

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Much has already been said in the weeks since University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise informed Steven Salaita that she was not forwarding his appointment to the Board of Trustees and was thus effectively revoking a tenured job offer in American Indian Studies that Salaita had already accepted in October 2013. When a local faculty group I am involved with organized an off-campus forum on “Academic Freedom and Political Dissent,” I decided to step back and try to theorize the nature of the event we have been living through and the political response that has arisen out of it. Despite the context, there has been pleasure in writing this piece because it represented ...

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Remembering Those Who Were Slain

[28 October 2011, protesters march to Maspero demanding justice for those who were killed on 9 October 2011 by the security forces. Protesters wearing shirts in Arabic that read:

Thousands of Coptic Christians marched down the streets of Cairo demanding equal citizenship. The chants were loud, the slogans rhymed, and the resolve was unwavering. The date: first week of October 2011; the cause: a series of incidents of sectarian violence against the Christians of Egypt. As a sign of rejection of the status quo, a number of symbolic and peaceful demonstrations were scheduled in different parts of Egypt during that time. In Cairo, the plan was to camp in front of a landmark of Egypt’s main propaganda outlet: the National Media Broadcasting Center (Maspero). The burning and orchestrated destruction of the Marinab Coptic Church in the southern city of ...

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Alaa Abd El Hamid: Visual Lab Rats

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June - July 2014 Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo Cairo-based sculptor Alaa Abd El Hamid attempts to incorporate viewers into his latest exhibition. Through a series of mirrored objects, placed around the gallery space, a photograph and a laser show, he hopes they would reflect on their relation to their surrounding and one another. The shape of the pyramid is a recurring motif in the exhibition as Abd El Hamid notes in this video interview. The artist wished to explore how the ancient Egyptian civilization might have developed this shape had it persisted.

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Jadaliyya Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education

[This image was used in the Chronicle's article. Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad]

[The following profile of Jadaliyya was written by Ursula Lindsey and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story can be accessed by clicking here. For additional details about Jadaliyya in the context of the interview that much of this article was based on, click here] The week after President Obama announced a stepped-up military campaign against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, the online magazine Jadaliyya responded. An essay by the Lebanese historian Fawwaz Traboulsi argued that the so-called Islamic State was born of the 2003 U.S. war on Iraq, local despotism, and the thwarted hopes of the 2011 Arab uprisings. Jadaliy­ya’s editors were also ...

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On the Proposal for the CUNY Graduate Center's Doctoral Students' Council to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

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In April 2013, the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) became the first United States academic body to pass a resolution boycotting formal relations with Israeli universities. In December, the American Studies Association (ASA) and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) also passed boycott resolutions, followed by the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) in July 2014. These resolutions were adopted in response to the 2004 call from Palestinian civil society to boycott academic institutions in Israel, as part of a wider Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli occupation of Palestinian people’s land, ...

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Morocco's Mawazine Festival: Exposing Class Tensions and Social Unrest

[The front row at Muslim's Mawazine performance 2 June in Salé, Rabat's sister city across the Bouregreg. Image by Melissa Smyth]

The thirteenth annual Mawazine: Rhythms of the World festival concluded this summer after a ten-day run in Rabat. Mawazine is Morocco’s premiere music festival and the second largest music festival in the world, with a record-setting attendance of over 2.6 million attendees this year. Though the festival’s advertised objective is to promote a positive, modern image of Morocco and provide a platform for local musicians to get more international exposure, Mawazine has also highlighted the growing inequality and interclass tensions that are palpable throughout its urban centers. Mawazine’s website describes the festival as a “meeting point for music lovers and ...

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New Book: Creative Refuge

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Creative Refuge By Reem Charif, Mohamad Hafeda and Joumana al Jabri E-book: $25.00 Paperback: $35.00 Tadween Publishing is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, Creative Refuge. Creative Refuge brings forward the experience of three workshops working with children at Beit Atfal Assomoud, Burj El Barajne Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. The publication is a research catalog of the collected children’s stories, dreams, play spaces, and related family histories as well as a research document of the social and spatial findings of the three workshops. It is also an educational manual for practitioners and educators ...

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Call for Applicants: The Edward Said Chair of American Studies (American University of Beirut)

The Edward Said Chair of American Studies The American University of Beirut  The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut is searching for the 2015-2016 Edward Said Chair of American Studies to begin September 1, 2015.  CASAR is an interdisciplinary research and academic center that offers an undergraduate minor and a new MA in Transnational American Studies. CASAR hosts visiting lecturers and organizes an international, bi-annual conference.  CASAR has a generous endowment from the Alwaleed Foundation and has a mission to increase understanding of America in the Arab world.  The Said ...

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On the Sakharov Prize

[Sculpture of Soviet nuclear physicist and human rights activist Dr. Andrei Dmitievich Sakharov. Photo by David via Flickr.]

It was with joy that I received the news of my nomination for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the same joy any act of solidarity inspires. Since my release from prison in Egypt on bail, with my fate still bound to the Special Terrorism Courts and the draconian Protest Law, I have been facing constant harassment from official and unofficial representatives of the regime. New trumped-up criminal charges pop up every few days. A horde of political talk show hosts on supposedly independent TV stations discusses old and out-of-context tweets, twisting my words and assigning sinister implications to them. There is an insistent tarnish campaign meant to prepare the ...

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الظاهرة المتنامية لدعم إسرائيل في الجامعات الصينية

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أثناء العقد الأخير، نجحت شبكةٌ من المنظمات المؤيدة لإسرائيل، والتي لا تجمع بينها علاقات متينة، (تشمل عدداً من منظمات الأبحاث والسياسة والجامعات وجماعات الضغط والمؤسسات والباحثين والناشطين والواهبين أيضاً) بالعثور على موطئ قدم في البيئة الأكاديمية الصينية. كان هدف هذه الجماعات في الصين هو تأمين منصة لتبني مشروع (هازبرا)، وهي كلمة عبرية تعني الشرح، أي استخدام الوسائط الدبلوماسية والإعلامية والسياسية لتوضيح مواقف إسرائيل وأفعالها والدفاع عنها، من أجل إعادة صياغة التصورات الأكاديمية الصينية حول الدولة اليهودية. إن المنطق الذي ينطوي عليه الأمر هو أن هذا سيؤثر في النهاية (واضعين في حسباننا الفرضيات السائدة عن اعتماد حكومة الصين على رأي الباحثين والخبراء) في حسابات صانعي ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (October 11)

[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 Algeria: North Africa’s Reluctant Policeman Maghreb and West Africa specialist Imad Mesdoua discusses the debate over Algeria’s increasingly ...

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Can Arabs Be Human Rights Defenders?

In September the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL), a caucus of fifty-two members of the European parliament from nineteen political delegations and fourteen countries, nominated Mouad Belghouate, Ala Yaacoubi, and Alaa Abdel Fattah to receive the Sakharov Prize. The award, named after the late Soviet physicist and human rights activist Andrei Sakharov, was established by the European Parliament in 1988 to honor individuals and groups who strive to defend human ...

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Jadaliyya Turns Four (or something like that)

Jadaliyya turns four this September (totally behind on the announcement). As we promised this time last year, we were going to have a busy year, but we were somewhat wrong. It was actually pretty insane.  Internally, we were consumed by building new pages and teams, finalizing an institutionalization process that is now firmly in place, and expanding our networks considerably in the Middle East and beyond. We are happy to report that not only has our readership expanded dramatically, mostly in ...

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Jadaliyya's Top 50 of All Time

Waiting for Alia Why Mubarak is Out No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory The Right to the City Movement and the Turkish Summer Egyptian Elections: Preliminary Results [UPDATED] Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong "من المآسي المضاعفة للنزوح: فتيات سوريات للزواج "بثمن بخس Let's Talk About Sex How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East New Texts Out Now: Chouki ...

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The Chronicle of Higher Education Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad

The following interview was conducted by Ursula Lindsey with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad in preparation for a feature about Jadaliyya for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The feature was published on 29 September 2014 and can be accessed by clicking here. Ursula Lindsey (UL): Could you send me any statistics on the readership of Jadaliyya? I would like to get a sense of the overall size of the readership, and how it is geographically distributed. Bassam Haddad (BH): We have become ...

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New Texts Out Now: Andrea Khalil, Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya

Andrea Khalil, Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya. London: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?             Andrea Khalil (AK): In the fall of 2010, I was researching a book on the 5 October 1988 riots in Algeria. I was in France and Algeria from July-December 2010 looking for documents, archives, photos, testimonies, and literature about the riots. The events in Tunisia in the middle of ...

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MESA Pre-Program Discussion: The Salaita Case and the New Assaults on Academic Freedom (22 November 2014)

MESA Panel: The Salaita Case and the New Assaults on Academic Freedom Panel Logistics 3:30pm Saturday, 22 November 2014 Marriot Wardman Park Hotel Washington DC Panel Description After a brief introduction by Laurie Brand (Chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom) and Paul Sedra, the discussion will begin with four 15-minute presentations. We will hear: Steven Salaita will speak about the implications of the attack on his constitutionally-protected speech and academic freedom. ...

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المنفى يُولد الآن

  المنفى يُولد الآن               وأنْتِ في أنْفاسي أشعرُ أنني تمثالُ ثَلْجٍ على مدخل دمشق، عيناه مُطْبقتان أنفه يتنفّس الغضب أذناه متآلفتان مع ضجيج الموت فمه عاجزٌ عن النّطق يحاول أن يقول: أيتها الثلوج الدم منفيٌّ

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Syria Media Roundup (October 7)

[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  Anti-ISIS coalition’s ‘war on revenues’ hitting all Syrians Civilians in Syria are first to pay the price for the violent attacks, from the international ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (September 2014)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of September 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.  Progressive Struggles against Insidious Capitalist Individualism: Interview with Angela Davis First Official Statement by Steven Salaita Concerning His Termination from UIUC ISIS in the News: Extensive ...

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Bassem Chit, R.I.P.

Bassem Chit died last week. He was thirty four years old. His heart attacked him while he was in his apartment. He died alone. Perhaps the important thing to dwell on is that he did not live a lonely life. Or at least, he made the world a less lonely place. For sure, he made being political in Lebanon a less lonely, less hopeless and less alienating way of being. This is no small feat in context where “being political” is most often equated with being partisan to one or another corrupt political ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 6)

[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.]  State Tightens Grip on Mosques for Eid al-Adha Mada Masr reports on authorities’ restrictions on oppositional clerics during Eid al-Adha. Houses of Worship in Egypt: An Enduring ...

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