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[The cover of Amjad Nasser's novel,

When Your Name is on the Blacklist

[The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, ...

[Members of “The Iraqi Delegation” to Toledo—from left to right: Sami Michael, David Semah, Ella Shohat, Shimon Ballas, and Yosef Shiloach. Image from Ella Shohat’s personal archive]

A Voyage to Toledo: Twenty-Five Years After the 'Jews of the Orient and Palestinians' Meeting

On 3-5 July 1989, an unusual gathering, which went largely unreported in the media, took place in Toledo, Spain—“Judíos orientales y palestinos. Un diálogo para la paz árabe-israelí” (“Jews of the Orient and Palestinians: A ...

[Fikirtepe. Photo by Duygu Parmaksizoglu.]

Evden Emlaga Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekulasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Donusum

Evden Emlağa Fikirtepe: Rant ve Spekülasyon Ekseninde Kentsel Dönüşüm  Bir şehir antropoloğunun saha notları Saha çalışmasına başladığım 2013 yılının Mart ayında Fikirtepe bölgesi, kentsel dönüşüm macerasında iki yılı çoktan geride ...

Tadween Spotlight: Gaza

This summer, Gaza dominated the headlines. A rising death toll at the expense of Israel’s weeks-long Operation Protective Edge, a death toll that currently stands at over 2,000 killed, once again brought attention to the politics ...


New Texts Out Now: Myriam Ababsa, Atlas of Jordan: History, Territories, and Society

[Cover of Myriam Ababsa,

Myriam Ababsa, editor, Atlas of Jordan: History, Territories, and Society. Beirut: Presses de l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient, 2013. أطلس الأردن - التاريخ، الأرض والمجتمع Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Myriam Ababsa (MA): Jordan lacked a synthetic book about its historical resiliencies and social dynamics. The Royal Jordanian Geographical Center published the first two-volume Atlas of Jordan in 1984, but this series was dedicated to the country’s physical geography and lacked any reference to Jordan’s social and political dynamics. In the following two decades, several publications attempted to present synthetic historical views of Jordan, but ...

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Yasmine Hamdan

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 April 2014 D-CAF Festival, Qasr el-Nile Theater, Cairo Yasmine Hamdan became known with Soapkills, the Arab indie band she founded in Beirut with fellow musician Zeid Hamdan in the nineties. Soapkills’ music quickly became the soundtrack to a vibrant, young arts scene which developed in postwar Lebanon, and the band gradually acquired an emblematic status. To this day, Yasmine is considered an underground icon throughout the Arab world. After moving to Paris, she worked with Mirwais, CocoRosie and Marc Collin on producing her solo albums, which draw on various Arab and Western music genres and styles, and often use irony and humor for social critique.  In ...

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Media, Activism and the New Political: 'Istanbul Conversations' on New Media and Left Politics

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[The following introduction and transcript of an October 2013 roundtable discussion on media, activism, and left politics was published in the journal Media Culture and Society. The roundtable features a number of scholars/activists, including Jadaliyya co-editors Bassam Haddad and Sherene Seikaly.] Introduction Aswin Punathambekar University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA Srirupa Roy University of Göttingen, Germany Tarik Sabry University of Westminster, UK Sune Haugbolle Roskilde University, Denmark Held in October 2013, ‘Istanbul Conversations’ was the first public event organized by the Social Science Research Council’s Transregional Virtual Research ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (September 8-14)

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.  First Official Statement by Steven Salaita Concerning His Termination from UIUC The Un-Islamic State داعش: انفجار السرديات The Meme-ing of Revolution: Creativity, Folklore, and the Dislocation of Power in Egypt Algeria’s Jewish Past-Present Civility Codes Contradict Free Speech: Letter to Berkeley Chancellor Dirks from California Scholars for Academic Freedom The University of ...

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Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani: A Profile from the Archives

[Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani]

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally published in Arabic and was translated by Mazen Hakeem.] Name: Sayyid Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani Known As: Al-Husseini – His father is Safdar Date of Birth: August 1838 Place of Birth: Asadabad (Afghanistan/Iran) Profession: Primarily a politician, he was also a journalist and a public intellectual. He is considered one of the leading pioneers of the ...

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The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging [Lecture at GMU]

CSC cultural Studies Colloquium, a forum for interdisciplinary research, presents: The Question of Judeo/Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging Ella Shohat Co-presented with the Middle East Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:30-6:30pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room E GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Ella Shohat is the author or editor of numerous books, including Race in Translation: Culture Wars around the Postcolonial Atlantic (NYU Press, 2012), Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke University Press, 2006), Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (University of ...

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report -- Fuel and Water: The Coming Crises

[Image crop from cover of new issue of Middle East Report]

FUEL AND WATER: THE COMING CRISES Demand for fuel and water in the Middle East is rapidly increasing. Populations are growing, as are expectations of middle-class levels of consumption. Supplies of fuel and water are finite, however, and renewable water reserves are dwindling fast. The summer issue of Middle East Report warns of the resource crises to come in the era of climate change. In the main, these are crises of inequality, not scarcity. The Middle East is usually characterized as oil-rich and water-poor. In her incisive primer, Jeannie Sowers shows that this canard erases huge variations between and within the ...

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Behind the Bahraini Revolution: An Interview with Maryam Al-Khawaja

[Protesters in Bahrain stand on the ground they were evicted from just three days before. Image from Flickr.]

[This interview was originally published in December 2012, a month before Maryam Al-Khawaja was last able to enter Bahrain. She attempted to go back to Bahrain later in August 2013, but was prevented from boarding her flight due to a government order from Bahrain. Recently, on 30 August 2014, Maryam made another attempt to enter Bahrain to visit her ailing father, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is on hunger strike. Upon her arrival, Bahraini authorities seized her passport, claimed she was not a Bahraini citizen, and detained her. Since then, Maryam Al-Khawaja has been in jail at the Isa Town Detention Center for Women. She is facing three charges: insulting the king; taking ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (10 September)

[Iraqi Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State militants receive help from International Rescue Committee at Newroz Camp in northeastern Syria. Image by UK Department for International Development.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Libya Libya Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni Resigns, BBC News In hopes of allowing the Libyan parliament to select a new government, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and his cabinet have resigned. US Officials: Egypt, UAE Behind Airstrikes in Libya, Associated Press Anonymous US officials have reported that ...

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Salaita Speaks Out: A Report-Back from the Press Conference

At a press conference this afternoon, Professor Steven Salaita spoke publicly for the first time since the termination of his employment. Nearly one year ago, Professor Steven Salaita accepted an offer from the interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to join the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a professor with lifetime tenure. However, a number of wealthy donors pressured the UIUC Board of Trustees and chancellor to rescind Professor Salaita’s offer of employment, citing the professor’s controversial tweets about the most recent Israeli attack on Gaza. In early August of 2014, two weeks before Professor Salaita was scheduled to begin teaching ...

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First Official Statement by Steven Salaita Concerning His Termination from UIUC

[The following statement was issued by Steven Salaita on 9 September 2014 during a press conference that was held immediately following a student walkout at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UI-UC).] My name is Steven Salaita. I am a professor with an accomplished scholarly record; I have been a fair and devoted teacher to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students; I have been a valued and open-minded colleague to numerous faculty across disciplines and universities. My ideas and my identity are far more substantive and complex than the recent characterizations based on a selected handful of my Twitter posts. I am here today at the University of ...

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The Un-Islamic State

[A Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Devise (VBIED) after exploding on a street outside of the Al Sabah newspaper office in the Waziryia district of Baghdad, Iraq. Image by Eli J. Medellin.]

Since the Islamic State (IS) movement seized control of Iraq’s second city of Mosul in early June 2014 it has achieved unprecedented levels of success in Iraq and Syria, seized territory in Lebanon, and expanded to the border regions of most surrounding states. As a result the international community, which had virtually forgotten about Iraq and was growing increasingly uninterested in Syria, put these conflicts back at the top of its agenda virtually overnight. The U.S. is once again engaged in hostilities in Iraq and considering direct, less covert means of involvement in Syria, as are a number of its partners. Regional governments, which had previously seen the IS as ...

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أسباب الثورة في البحرين: حوار مع مريم الخواجة

  نُشرت المقابلة بالأصل في كانون الأول\ديسمبر ٢٠١٢، قبل شهر من تمكن مريم الخواجة من الدخول إلى البحرين في المرة الأخيرة. حاولت أن تعود إلى البحرين فيما بعد في آب\أغسطس ٢٠١٣، لكنها مُنعت من الصعود إلى الطائرة بسبب أمر حكومي من البحرين. مؤخراً، في ٣٠ آب\أغسطس ٢٠١٤ قامت مريم بمحاولة أخرى للدخول إلى البحرين لزيارة والدها المريض، عبد الهادي الخواجة، المضرب عن الطعام. لدى وصولها، صادرت السلطات البحرينية جواز سفرها، وزعمت أنها ليست مواطنة بحرينية وسجنتها. مذاك، سُجنت مريم الخواجة في سجن بلدة عيسى ...

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Telepoetic with Rami Abadir

February 2014 Alexandria, Egypt Medrar.TV is kicking off its special music series with a match up between Telepoetic and Rami Abadir. The Alexandrian band is the outcome of a mixture of musical backgrounds and experiments by the trio: Amir Rizk on drums and pads, Mohamed Desouky on bass guitar, and Ahmed Saleh playing electronics, keys and electric guitar. Telepoetic’s sound has been difficult to categorize although the band’s growing fan base shows that it is gaining wide appeal. Telepoetic’s music is ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 16)

[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 The CIA's Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories with Agency Before Publication The Intercept published email ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 15)

[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 Foreign Ministry: Egypt Won't be Part of US Alliance Against ISIS Mada Masr reports on Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s press conference on ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (September 12)

[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 AQIM defectors raise fears of IS branch in North Africa Algeria and Tunisia are focusing their security concerns on the potential rise of an ...

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Syria Media Roundup (September 13)

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 Gunfight shows demise of moderates on Syria’s southern front Another blow to the more moderate opposition after the killing of Capt Al Qatahneh, who headed the Omari ...

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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Votes against Reinstating Professor Salaita

BREAKING: The University of Illinois Board of Trustees met today to vote on whether or not to reinstate Professor Steven Salaita to his position with the American Indian Studies department at UIUC. Despite a sizeable turnout of students, faculty and community members in support of Salaita’s reinstatement, the Board of Trustees voted NOT to reinstate Professor Salaita. Only one Trustee, James Montgomery, broke rank. Montgomery commented before the vote that he felt he had made a mistake by initially ...

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Algeria’s Jewish Past-Present

Given other dramatic events this summer, readers might be forgiven for failing to notice a curious announcement the Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs, Mohamed Aïssa, issued on 3 July. The statement advertised that the ministry was to reopen twenty-five of the synagogues that still remain in the country. This announcement is of far more than local concern, teaching us a great deal about the complex way in which the Middle Eastern Jewish past is put to use in the interest of contemporary ...

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ملف من الأرشيف: محمد عبده

"ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم "جدلية" بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]         الإسم: محمد عبده بن حسين خير الله. تاريخ الولادة: ولد محمد عبده في عام 1849. مكان الولادة: من عائلة ريفية في قرية "محلة نصر" بمحافظة البحيرة في منطقة الدلتا في وقت عانت فيه أسر الفلاحين من الضرائب والقوانين المجحفة التي فرضتها الحكومة ...

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New Texts Out Now: Linda Herrera, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet

Linda Herrera, Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. London and New York: Verso, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Linda Herrera (LH): In the months prior to the Arab uprisings, I had been conducing research on Egypt’s “wired generation”—their social media habits, ways of doing politics, and networks. When it became known that Egypt’s popular mobilization on 25 January 2011 was launched from a Facebook page, I literally found myself ...

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Today’s Intellectuals: Too Obedient?

By Fred Inglis The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Noam Chomsky’s classic essay, is now approaching its 50th anniversary. His mighty polemic was written as his country, the US, moved deeper and deeper into national and international crisis. The tonnage of high explosive dropped on Vietnam finally exceeded the entire total of Allied bombs dropped on Europe during the Second World War. The American nation’s response to this horrifying display of brute power was a combustible mixture of ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 8)

[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 Economy: Taxing Times for Egypt’s Middle Class Youssef Beshay argues, “proper taxation for the middle class not only aims to balance the budget, but also promotes a more ...

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