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On Power Cuts, Protests, and Institutions: A Brief History of Electricity in Beirut (Part One)

[What follows are some preliminary findings on the history of the electricity sector of Lebanon in general and that of Beirut in particular. Such research forms part of a broader project on the history of struggles over the political ...

[Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay as drawn from life. Sketch by Molly Crabapple]

Let's Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial

In this talk, I focus on the military commission trial for Khaled Sheikh Muhammad and four other men accused of responsibility for the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a case often referred to as "the trial of the century." ...

[Intellectual Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid]

Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a new 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 ...

[Cover of Reinoud Leenders,

New Texts Out Now: Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon

Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon. Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Reinoud Leenders (RL): Since my first encounter with Lebanese ...

O.I.L. Monthly Edition (March 2014)

[Graffiti in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, West Bank, Palestine. Image by Matthew Roth, via Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written byJadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-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 [click "Submissions" on the main page for more information] Press Release: University of ...

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Les visages urbains d'un autre Téhéran. Perspectives comparatives sur la mégapole iranienne.

Livre recensé: Mina Saïdi-Sharouz (dir.), Le Téhéran des quartiers populaires. Transformation urbaine et société civile en République Islamique, (Paris: Karthala/IFRI, 2013). Réjouissons-nous de la parution de cet ouvrage. En effet, elle marque le renouveau des études francophones sur la capitale iranienne et des publications de l'Institut français de recherche en Iran (IFRI), via son Observatoire Urbain de Téhéran et des villes d'Iran (OUTI), dont Mina Saïdi-Sharouz est la responsable. Docteure en géographie urbaine et architecte de formation, elle a dirigé les recherches qui ont conduit à cet ouvrage pluridisciplinaire qui révèle le rôle d'interface et de passeur joué ...

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Violence Lointaine

[The three artists chose a flat wrecked by a party as the set for Violence Lointaine. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Violence Lointaine April 2014 Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival - D-CAF Talee'a Theatre, Cairo, Egypt   Theatre director Omar Ghayatt (Egypt) along with musician Maxime Denuc (France) and choreographer DeLaVallet Bidiefono (Congo) presented their new performance "Violence Lointaine" for the first time as part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF). The performance plays with notions of violence and how people react to it, particularly when watching it from a distance. In this interview, the three artists discuss the design of the performance. They describe their process as quite organic, adapting to the different contexts they worked in ...

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ماذا فعلت «حماس» بالمناهج؟


بعد عقود قضوها مشتتين بين المناهج العربيِّة، كان قد أصبح للفلسطينيين في مطلع الألفيّة الجديدة منهاجهم التعليميّ الخاص والموحَّد في الضفة الغربيّة وقطاع غزّة. في حينه، لم تعجب المناهج الجديدة «أميركا» و«إسرائيل» اللتان اتهمتا السلطة الفلسطينيِّة بأنِّ تلك المناهج تحرِّض على العنف، وأنّها لا تتضمّن مبادئ السلام والمصالحة ولا تشير إلى وجود «إسرائيل» على الخريطة. كان الرئيس عبّاس قد تطرَّق إلى ذلك في خطابه في شباط/ فبراير الفائت أمام طلبة إسرائيليين في مقره في «المقاطعة»، وتعهّد بالعمل على تغيير ما لم يرق عبر لجنة فلسطينية ـ أميركيّة ـ إسرائيليّة. يتّفق طرفا المعادلة الفلسطينيّة البائسة في غزّة ورام الله، وفاءً لقاعدة «إن لم تجد شتاتًا فبادر الى خلقه»، على ضرورة كسر وحدة ...

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Notes on Turkey's Local Elections

[Supporters of the CHP carry

After weeks of tension and uncertainty, there was an almost carnival atmosphere at polling stations in Istanbul on 30 March—at least during the daytime. The sun shone from a crisp, blue sky, and there was a sense among government supporters and detractors alike that Turkey’s long spiral into political crisis since the outbreak of anti-government protests last summer could somehow be arrested or reversed by the one thing the country has long prided itself on doing well: elections. News channels carried heart-warming fluff stories about some of the country’s oldest citizens turning out to vote, and journalists joked about the sartorial choices of the various candidates. ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 8)

[Increased armed violence in Libya reveals the inability of the government to control the security situation. Photo courtesy of BRQ Network via Flickr.]

[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 Thursday night of every week.]  Algeria ستة متنافسين في انتخابات الجزائر: شخصيات خرجت على النظام.. ومعارضون له Al Khabar offers profiles of the six Algerian presidential candidates. RSF interpelle John Kerry sur la situation de la liberté de l'information en Algérie Reporters Without Borders calls on John Kerry to address violations on the freedom of ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (March 2014)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of March 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.  Ghosts of Yogas Past and Present The Dangers of Liberalism: Foucault and Postcoloniality in France لماذا لم يثر الصعيد؟ محاولة أولية للفهم ودعوة للنقاش غزة في أعمال الفنانة الفلسطينية رنا بشارة غزة قبل الشتات Moral Panics, Sex Panics and the Production of A Lebanese Nation Rojava and Kurdish Political Parties in Syria Keep Reading »

Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 31-April 6)

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.  Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions Beyond 'Tolerance' and 'Intolerance': Deconstructing the Myth of the Islamic Golden Age الصراع على المساجد في مصر: بحثاً عن كنيسة الاسلام غزة في أعمال الفنانة الفلسطينية رنا بشارة The Problematic Continuity of Nasserism The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 1) The Dangers of Liberalism: ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 7)

[Cairo, Egypt. Image originally posted to Flickr by Sean Ellis.]

[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.]   The Sound of Prison Lina Attalah says, “Thousands have been incarcerated in and around protests in recent months, but little is known of their prison conditions.” Powering the Way to a Darker Tomorrow: Coal Cannot Solve Egypt’s Energy Crisis Allison McManus highlights the state’s contradictory energy-related announcements, in which she argues ...

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Reports Roundup (April 6)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syra (Updated) The newest monthly briefing by the International Crisis Group on the most siginificant occurances in the Syrian conflict. Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar A briefing which thorougly summarizes the hostile environment faced by human rights and civil society activitsts in Bahrain; written by the Gulf Center for Human Rights and submitted to the UN Universal Periodic Review. ACRI Petitions High ...

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Asylum and the Right to the City: Lessons from Turkey’s Syrian Guests and Other Urban Refugees

[A Syrian refugee center on the Turkish border. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

The mass movement of Syrians fleeing civil war to neighboring countries has become called the “Syrian refugee crisis.” The sheer volume of refugees brings up questions not only regarding these countries’ financial means and organizational capabilities but also, more importantly, regarding national identity and regional belonging. For example, reports on Jordan point to national concerns about the possible changes in the country’s demographic balance, while refugee rights activists critique Turkey’s open door policy on the grounds that it represents less a humanitarian response than a foreign policy maneuver made to increase Turkey’s influence in the region. The Turkish ...

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Tamara Al-Samerai: Make Room For Me

[Al-Samerai's drawing series act like action-packed storyboards of the live of adolescents. Image courtesy of Medrar TV.]

Make Room For Me An exhibition by Tamara Al-Samerai 21 January - 12 February 2014 Gypsum Gallery, Cairo   Kuwaiti artist Tamara Al-Samerai's recent solo show is loosely inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Al-Samerai engages with the book as a story about societal values that tackles notions of revenge, fear, love, jealousy, absence, and death while negotiating the boundary between adolescence and adulthood. A sense of anxiety underlies much of the work: a pack of dogs run toward an unspecified object, a vacant chair, a solitary cactus, or an open laptop. Inanimate everyday objects seem to take on a life of their own in her work. In another ...

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Teaching Arabic in the US after 9/11

On 9 May 2013 I was stabbed in front of the US Embassy in Cairo. My attacker was a young college-educated Egyptian man who had come from his village that day to kill an American in “revenge over U.S. policies in the Middle East.” At the time, I was living in Egypt and conducting research as part of my sabbatical from Hunter College of the City University of New York where I teach Arabic. The day I was stabbed, I had come to the Embassy looking to have a translation of my marriage certificate ...

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قديسون وانتحاريون

إذا كانت الحرية لعنة ونعمة في آن، فلأن من الممكن استعمالها للهدم مثلما للخلق.ولهذا فهي تحتاج، على منوال كل القوى المقدسة، إلى أن تُحاط بشبكة سميكة من  التحذيرات والممنوعات. فما هو عظيم القيمة فيها بنحو كبير هو الأكثر خطراً أيضاً.ويمكن أن توصف قوة الهدم هذه بأنها استغلال الحرية، ولكنه استغلال لا بد منه باستمرار إذا كان من المطلوب أن تزدهر الحرية، وهو،إلى هذا الحد، جزء من طبيعتها. فالحيوان القادر على القيام بجراحة منقذة للحياة  قادر أيضاً على أن يعذّب الآخرين.وتعني الخطيئة السعيدة (1)Felix culpa ...

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مآلات النزف البطيء: وداعاً سورية دولة مركزية

النصيحة التي قدمها مسؤولون في عواصم غربية عدة إلى صنّاع القرار في بلادهم، أن الصراع السوري مرجح أن يستمر بين خمس وعشر سنوات ولا بد من وضع السياسات الاستراتيجية على أساس احتمالات متوسطة وطويلة المدى وليست قريبة الأجل. وفق المعلومات المتوافرة، تكثّفت في الأسابيع الأخيرة الاجتماعات السياسية والأمنية بين حلفاء المعارضة و «أصدقاء الشعب السوري». عُقدت اجتماعات عربية – إقليمية – أوروبية – أميركية في واشنطن، واجتماعات بين الدول الأوروبية وأخرى بين الدول الأوروبية والجانب الأميركي في واشنطن أيضاً، شارك في هذه ...

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وقفة احتجاجية لعاملات الجنس في تونس

 "من كان منكم بلا خطيئة، فليرمها بحجر" السيّد المسيح  مطلع شهر آذار/مارس الفائت، وقفت عشر نساء أمام المجلس الوطني التأسيسي للمطالبة بإعادة فتح ماخور مدينة سوسة المُغلق منذ سنة وأربعة أشهر، بعد حملات نظمتها مجموعات من الشباب السلفي. يصل خبر النسوة إلى نائبة رئيس المجلس، السيدة محرزية لعبيدي (من حزب حركة النهضة)، فتأذن لثلاث منهن بالدخول للاستماع لمطالبهن المتمثلة في إعادة فتح الماخور المُغلق بناء على حُكم قضائي.يبدو أن لا أحد تساءل عن مصير عشرات السيدات اللاتي هُدمت بيوتهن ونهبت ...

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New Texts Out Now: Leila Piran, Institutional Change in Turkey: The Impact of European Union Reforms on Human Rights and Policy

Leila Piran, Institutional Change in Turkey: The Impact of European Union Reforms on Human Rights and Policy (New York: Palgrave, 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Leila Piran (LP): I wanted to write about democratization and political reform in a Muslim-majority country. Turkey represents a noteworthy example because of the rich history of reforms, ranging from Ottoman reforms aimed at modernization of the Empire to the ongoing Republican reforms starting in 1923. In general, ...

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Digital Platforms, Analog Elections: How Civic Groups Are Trying to Bring Back Democracy in Turkey

When Gezi protesters occupied the park last summer and took their frustration with the government to the streets, Prime Minister Erdoğan told them to “be patient and face off at the ballot box.” It was exactly Erdoğan’s reductive framing of democracy, which limits political legitimacy to elections and takes an uncompromising, polarizing stance against opposition, that Gezi protesters stood against. Nonetheless, unlike similar political movements in the United States and Western Europe that have abandoned ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 8)

[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 by Sunday night of every week.] English Local Elections Who Won and Who Lost in Figures Sedat Ergin analyzes the election statistics. Turkish PM Erdoğan's Post-Election "Balcony Speech" Erdoğan’s ...

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Introducing Al-Diwan

Tadween Publishing’s blog is transforming into Al-Diwan. The move attempts to capture the spirit of a shift towards creating an open space for discussion.
 The name Al-Diwan was chosen because of its flexible meaning, which is left open for interpretation. In both Persian and Arabic, diwan may represent a collection of poetry or prose.  Egyptian poet Ibrahim al-Mazini once defined the meaning of diwan as a collection of poetry in which people “write down what wells up in their minds in their ...

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The Sadness of Post-Militance: Some Reflections on Brown University’s 'New Directions in Palestine Studies' Conference

In late February, just about anyone who ever wrote anything about the political economy of Palestine and the Palestinians descended upon Providence, Rhode Island. They were there to attend Brown University’s much-anticipated conference organized by Beshara Doumani, “New Directions in Palestine Studies: Political Economy and the Economy of the Political.” As a person who has just started in the field, the experience was more than a little surreal. Most of the authors who I have spent most of my time as a ...

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Month-by-Month Summary of Developments in Syria (Updated)

[The following monthly summaries on developments in Syria were compiled and published by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Jadaliyya Reports will update this post each month as subsequent monthly summaries are issued.]  April 2014 Following Feb breakdown of Geneva II negotiations seeking political resolution to conflict, regime intensified push to secure control over areas bordering Lebanon, part of long-running Qalamoun offensive: with backing of Lebanese Hizbollah seized city of Yabroud ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 4)

[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.] Regional and International Perspectives Lebanon Nasrallah: If takfiris succeed in Syria, all in Lebanon will be eliminated Chloe Benoist on Hassan Nasrallah`s latest televised ...

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Photography Media Roundup (April 4)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to] Reuters maintains dogged silence on allegations of ‘staged images’, British Journal of Photography “After allegations surfaced that some of Reuters' freelance photographers have fabricated photographs of the Syrian conflict, ...

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