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Beyond Blame: Troubling the Semiotic Ideology of Muslim Passion

In the months following the tragic murders at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris, reactions to the attacks predictably gravitated toward two polar positions. Pundits and politicians in Western ...

Letter of Support by Colleagues and Personal Friends of Emad Shahin

[The following letter was issued on 26 May 2015 in support of Emad Shahin, a professor at the American University of Cairo (AUC) whose was charged, tried, and recently sentenced to death (in absentia) as part of a broader set of cases ...

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New Texts Out Now: Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique

Olfa Lamloum and Mohamed Ben Zina, dir., Jeunes de Douar Hicher et d’Ettadhamen. Une enquête sociologique. Tunis: Arabesques / International Alert, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait éditer ce livre? Olfa Lamloum ...

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The Armenian Genocide and the Politics of Knowledge

Ronald Grigor Suny, “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else": A History of the Armenian Genocide. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. In this centennial year since the Armenian Genocide, countless conferences, ...


Syria Media Roundup (May 12)

[Image of children chanting Syrian freedom songs in Aleppo, Syria. Image by Freedom House via Flickr]

[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 Syria's Mercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad's War Bashar al-Assad is running out of support and is forced to rely on mercenaries, some of which come from Afghanistan.  Bashar al-Assad's spy chief arrested over Syria coup plot Ali Mamlouk, the head of the country’s National Security Bureau, has been removed as the ...

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Call for Papers: Ohio Symposium on Middle East Studies (Dayton, 8-9 April 2016)

Call for Papers: Ohio Symposium on Middle East Studies (April 8-9, 2016) Beyond the Margins: Researching and Teaching the Middle East in Ohio Introduction Over the past several years, numerous universities, colleges, and community colleges across the state of Ohio have hired new faculty whose research focuses on the MENA region. Some have created minors, majors, and/or public events programs that center on the topic. Nevertheless, many scholars of the MENA region that are based in Ohio institutions of higher learning work in relative isolation. More so, there is no mechanism through which these Ohio-based scholars can network with one another and facilitate ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 12)

[Voters cast ballots in local elections, Istanbul, March 2014. Image by Sadik Gulec / Shutterstock.com]

[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 Armenian Genocide Armenians Refocus on Reparations after Genocide Anniversary Kadri Gürsel describes efforts by the Armenian government to reestablish diplomatic ties with Turkey by calling for property restitution and reparations to descendants of those affected by the genocide. The Armenian Question and Political Regime Etyen Mahçupyan ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (May 4-10)

 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.   Saudi Arabia and the War of Legitimacy in Yemen In the Service of the Whole Community? Civic Engagement in Saudi Arabia (1950s-1960s) New Texts Out Now: Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East حورية المطلقة في سن الثالثة عشرة لا تنفع إلا لقراءة كتب الاطفال موت الله والحرب على الإرهاب Syria Media Roundup (May 5) Jadaliyya ...

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What's the Vision Behind D-CAF's 2015 Music Program?

In this video, journalist and Dandin.me co-founder Abdel-Rahman Hussein interviews Mahmoud Refat about the vision for the music program in the 4th Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF). Refat, an acclaimed musician from Cairo and founder of 100Copies label and 100Copies Music Space has been curating the music component of D-CAF since its inception, bringing in a range of local, regional and international artists such as Emel Mathlouthi, Yasmine Hamdan, Ali Talibab, El Rass and of course the growing Mahraganat groups. This year, several of the international acts were DJs such as Boris Brejcha and DJ Why Be, while local and regional musicians included: Ismael, ...

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Studio Visit: Lebanese Artist and Musician Raed Yassin

In this video, we visit Lebanese artist and musician Raed Yassin in his studio in Beirut. He tells us about his ongoing interest in Egyptian cinema and how he uses it as a reference for many of his art projects be they video, photography, sound, installation or his well known neon signs. Yassin has been interested in Egyptian cinema because of its wide appeal in the Arab region. He borrowed a line from the famous Lembi film series to name the artist collective he formed with artists Vartan Avakian and Hatem Imam (Atfal Ahdath), and he has been mixing story lines and characters from various films with his own personal history, creating fictional memories, ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (April 2015)

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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 Jadaliyyastrives 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 Highlights from the Fourth Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival .Medrar TV highlights ...

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المسألة الزراعية ومأساة العمالة المصرية الريفية في ليبيا

[صورة المرفقة لوثيقة زواج أحد شهداء داعش يظهر فيها مهنته أو عمله

في أغلب الأحيان تم توصيف شهداء مجزرة داعش بليبيا على أنهم "مصريون أقباط" وفي بعض الاحيان أضيفت كلمة "فقراء". ولم يكن لانتماء كافة الشهداء لريف جنوب مصر أي مدلول بخلاف مسألة الفقر التي هي بدون شك أكثر انتشاراً بريف جنوب مصر من سواها من المناطق. لكن غاب عن النقاش إلى حد بعيد علاقة المأساة بأزمة القطاع الزراعي المصري، أو ما يمكن ان نسميه بتوابع التحول النيوليبرالي للزراعة المصرية، والذي بدوره خلّف آلافاً من القوى المعطلة في الريف. وتشير دراسة عبد المولى اسماعيل إلى أن المتضررين من قانون المالك والمستأجر يصل عددهم إلى حوالى مليون مستأجر خسروا بشكل جزئي أو كلي موارد رزقهم وأن حوالى نصف مليون خسروا مورد رزقهم الأساسي جراء القانون. طرد الفلاحون من أراضيهم ...

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The Falah School in Jeddah: Civic Engagement for Future Generations?

Beginning in 1869, the Ottoman state attempted to build a state education system, largely in reaction to the establishment of foreign missionary schools throughout the empire. During this period, education also became a prominent field of civic engagement, understood as ways in which citizens participate in shaping community life.[1] Local initiatives like the Falah school in Jeddah—largely financed through the time-honored tradition of religious endowment or waqf, itself a form civic engagement—developed in different parts of Ottoman territory. Al-Falah was remarkable as a collective and decidedly civic initiative by people who might be called the "sons of the ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (May 5)

[May Day in Istanbul. Image by Fatih Pinar.]

[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 Armenian Genocide Kurds Pay Respects to Armenians “Most of the massacres during the Armenian genocide were carried out in today's southeastern Turkey, often by Kurdish militias, but today Kurds commemorate the genocide in Diyarbakır,” Frederike Geerdink reports. In Turkey's Battle of the G-words, Gallipoli Wins Cengiz Çandar points to ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 5)

[Newly appointed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad ibn Nayif and deputy Crown Prince Mohammad ibn Salman. Images from Wikipedia.]

[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  US citizen imprisoned in UAE for parody video seeks pardon and compensation A news report on Shezanne Cassim, who has been in prison for nine months for his role in an online parody video. Yemen to request membership of Gulf Cooperation Council Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s spokesperson ...

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تقرير خاص: اليمن: الصحفيون والمدافعون عن حقوق الإنسان معرضون للخطر أثناء الحرب

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أصدر مجلس الأمن التابع للأمم المتحدة، في نيسان، قراراً يدعو لاستئناف سريع لمحادثات السلام ووضع حد للعنف في اليمن. ومع ذلك تواصل القتال في جميع أنحاء البلاد مع استمرار الغارات الجوية السعودية التي تستهدف قوات الحوثيين خلال الشهر الماضي والتي يدفع ثمنها المدنيون، وكذلك فإن القوات الحوثية تستهدف الأشخاص أو المجموعات التي تعمل ضدها بما في ذلك التحالف الذي تقوده السعودية. وفي الوقت الذي وعدت فيه المملكة العربية السعودية هذا الأسبوع  بإنهاء حملة القصف التي خلفت 1000 قتيل على الأقل وآلاف الجرحى والمشردين، فان الأمرلم ينته بتسوية سلمية بعد. ذلك أن المستشار الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة حول اليمن، جمال بن عمر، قد استقال من منصبه وصار وصول المساعدات ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 12)

[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.] Crisis in Yemen Al-Qaida in Yemen says US drone killed man who claimed Charlie Hebdo attack A senior member of al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula dies in a US ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (April 2015)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of April 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.   New Texts Out Now: Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, and Frank Barat, On Palestine Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide We Completely Agree: ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 11)

[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's Chief of Staff Heads to UAE for Military Cooperation Talks Ahram Online reports. Pact for Stability: The Egyptian Role in a ...

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العراق.. لا عزاء للصناعات المحلية

وقفت أم عبّاس قدّام الكاميرا وهي تَعتمرُ خوذة عسكريّة، وقالت بتحدٍّ "من منكم يحمل سلاحاً فليوجه إطلاقاته إلى رأسي.. أنا من صنع هذهِ الخوذة وأُراهن عليها بحياتي"، وتساءلت "لماذا تبقى صناعاتنا مكدَّسة في المخازن فيما الدّولة تستورد مثيلاتها التي لا ترق إلى جودتها بملايين الدولارات؟"  لا تجد السيّدة التي تعمل في مصنعٍ تابعٍ لوزارةِ الصّناعة العراقيّة، والتي لم تتسلّم مرتّبها منذ أكثر من ثلاثة أشهر، إجابة من الحكومة العراقيّة التي أغرقت البلاد بالسلع المستوردة، من دون أي مُراعاة ...

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الثورات العربية في سياق الربيع العربي والديمقراطية

كثر الحديث عما سمي بالربيع العربي والذي يعبر في حقيقته عن سلسلة الثورات العربية السياسية التي اجتاحت أقطاراً عديدة في بلاد الشرق الأوسط العربية ضد ديكتاتورية الحكومات، انطلاقاً من تونس ثم مصر ثم ليبيا وأقطار عربية أخرى أبرزها سوريا التي لا تزال تشغل حيزاً في الإعلام الدولي حيث لا يعرف الكثير كيف ستنتهي هذه الثورة داخلياً، على الرغم من أن آثارها خارجياً أصبحت واضحة للعيان، فمنها انطلقت داعش وتوسعت داخل العراق لتحتل أراض واسعة تمتد عبر حدود البلدين، وتؤسس لكيان يعرف باسم" الدولة الاسلامية"، وقد ...

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مذنّب عابر في فضاء دمشق

شبّهَ الشاعر السويدي توماس ترانسترومر حياته بالمذنّب، وقد حالفنا الحظ في سنة ٢٠٠٥ أن نشاهد هذا المذنّب وهو ينثر قصائده الضوئية في فضاء دمشق، وكان اللقاء حدثاً شعرياً وثقافياً، فقد جاء الشاعر على كرسيه المدولب برفقة زوجته مونيكا وابنته، ومديرة المعهد الثقافي السويدي هيلين سيكلند، ونزل آنذاك في فندق الشيراتون، وكانت مناسبة الزيارة صدور أعماله الشعرية الكاملة عن دار “بدايات”. ما أزال أذكر ابتسامته ونظرته العميقة، ووجهه المتوهج كرماً وحضوراً. وكان الجو آنذاك رقيقاً يذكر بقصيدة له يلعب فيها الضوء على المشهد ...

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واقع الكتاب في اليمن

في حوار أجراه معه عبد الغني القرني ونُشر في موقع"الجزيرة نت" قال رئيس اتحاد الناشرين اليمنيين محمد عبد الله الآنسي إن الكتاب اليمني والورقي منه بالذات ما يزال حيا يرزق، ولا زال جليساً يُؤنس، وليس أدل على ذلك من إقبال الناس على اقتنائه في معارض الكتاب التي تقام في فترات ومدن مختلفة، وهو حاضر في المشهد الثقافي بقوة تأليفاً، ونشراً، وتوزيعاً، لكن غياب القانون الذي ينظم صناعة الكتاب في أطواره المختلفة يخلق إشكالات عدة، فقانون حماية الحقوق الفكرية الموجود الآن ليس كافياً، ناهيكَ عن أن هذا القانون لا ...

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New Texts Out Now: Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East

Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kamran Rastegar (KR): I tend to agree with the adage that all (or perhaps, the best) scholarship is in one sense or another autobiographical, and my own childhood experiences in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war certainly set a backdrop for a long interest I have had in war and post-war themes in cinema and ...

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In the Service of the Whole Community? Civic Engagement in Saudi Arabia (1950s-1960s)

Civic engagement in Saudi Arabia has been viewed mostly from the angle of labor, nationalist, or sectarian activism that evolves in phases of political or social tension.[1] In this essay, I examine civic engagement in the 1950s and 1960s through the lens of the city. I argue that the above stated categories are too rigid,[2] and furthermore that civic engagement in the 1950s and 1960s appears as a "practice of the everyday." In the Saudi oil towns of Dammam and al-Khobar, actors with different ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 5)

[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 US-led airstrikes 'kill 52 civilians in northern Syria' Syrian civilians suffer as coalition strikes continue to take the lives of many, according to Syrian ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 4)

[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 Security Upped at Gaza-Egypt Borders to Protect both Territories: Hamas “The relationship between Egypt and Hamas has soured since the ouster ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 27-May 3)

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.    Saudi Arabia and the War of Legitimacy in Yemen Experimenting and Exploring II: Student Photography from Cairo موت الله والحرب على الإرهاب New Texts Out Now: Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein, Digital Militarism: Israel’s ...

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