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Maghreb: l'Etat d'injustice en question

Irene Bono, Béatrice Hibou, Hamza Medded, Mohamed Tozy, L'État d'injustice au Maghreb. Maroc et Tunisie (Karthala: Paris, 2015) Fruit du partenariat noué entre les équipes de recherche de l’AFD d’une part et le fonds d’analyse des ...

غلاف الطبعة الثانية من رواية غوابا 2016

مقطع مترجم عن اللغة الإنجليزية من رواية غوابا للكاتب سليم حداد

  [مقطع رواية غوابا الصادرة بالإنجليزية للكاتب سليم حداد ترجمة ديمة ياسين]    ابتدأ هذا الصباح بالعار. لم يكن هذا بالشيء الجديد، سوى ان إحساسي بالعار هذه المرة يتعمق بشكل مخيف كلما تذكرت أحداث الليلة الماضية. يتجهم وجهي، ...


Vox Populi's September/October Issue Is Here!

For Vox Populi’s September/October issue, we chose to focus on the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting themes of activism, expression, and representation. Now more than ever, we must recognize the fight for queer justice as an ...

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#NeverForget: Sixteen Years into the “War on Terror” and Institutionalized Islamophobia Lives on

September 2017 marked the sixteenth anniversary of the start of the “war on terror.” While hashtags such as #NeverForget and #September11th were trending on Twitter, there was little mention of the victims of post-9/11 counter-terrorism ...

Panel Summaries for Day 2 of Jadaliyya's "Teaching the Middle East" Conference

Panel 4: Peripheries and Exceptions The second day of the conference began with a panel that focused on states and issues that have been marginal to the dominant discourses about the Arab uprisings. However, the goal of the panel itself was to highlight the actual centrality of these issues to a deeper understating of these uprisings and their consequences for teaching the Middle East. Asli Bali, in her “Comparative and International Law of the Middle East After the Uprisings: Re-assessing the State of the Arab State,” highlighted the ways in which “law” is exceptionalized in Middle East studies and, in turn, how the Middle East is viewed as exceptional in legal ...

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A radical Christian group appeared at the Arab American Festival in Dearborn, MI (June 18-20), carrying offensive signs and uttering derogatory language. One of its members instigated a fight and the police ordered the group to remove itself to cheers from the crowd. Enjoy!

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My Coming Out Story

[Blue Arghile; Image From Unknown Archive]

I am a Sunni. Yes, I said it. I am a Sunni from Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. I was born in a hospital that no longer exists, having been torn down to make way for a tower that houses, most probably, more Sunnis. After being born in that hospital that no longer exists, I was bundled up and sent home with my parents to Tariq al-Jadidah, a neighborhood that is known as the “Sunni bastion of Beirut". I grew up there, a blonde little thing with a working mother who spoke, at best, broken Arabic, a father who was a professor, and two older siblings. I roamed the streets (when there was a ceasefire) with a pack of cousins who all lived either in the same building or in ...

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Culture X


Our tenth week of Jadaliyya's Culture section features fiction from Iraq, poetry from Lebanon, and music from Libya: Two Stories by Luay Hamza Abbas, translated by Yasmeen Hanoosh Five Poems by Wadi Saadeh, translated by Sinan Antoon "Libya's Revolution Sparks a New Age of Music" by Khaled Mattawa You can read last week's posts here. All previous culture posts can be found here. We look forward to your feedback and your contributions. Please take a look at our Call for Posts and forward to friends and colleagues. Talk to us!

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Five Poems by Wadi Saadeh

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  [These poems, translated from Arabic by Sinan Antoon, are from Wadi Saadeh's forthcoming collection "Man Akhadha al-Nazra Allati Taraktuha Waraa al-Bab" (Who Took the Gaze I Left Behind the Door).   Lower Your Voice   Lower your voice please! I want to hear what silence is saying Perhaps it is saying: come! And I want to follow it    Signs    Many signs on the roads Signs pointing to cities Signs pointing to streets Signs pointing to factories, institutions, shops, houses Many signs full of names He walks Looking for a sign That is empty     I Want Another Moment   I heard it Yes, ...

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Still Seeking Justice for Those Who Died at Guantanamo: Two Letters on Father's Day

[Talal Al-Zahrani and his son Yasser Al-Zahrani. Yasser was 22 when he died at Guantanamo in 2006. Image from Center for Constitutional Rights.]

This month marks five years since three men who were never charged with any crime died in US custody at Guantánamo under circumstances that remain unexplained and that were never independently investigated. The men’s names were Yasser Al-Zahrani, Salah Al-Salami, and Mani Al-Utaybi, and they reportedly died on June 9 or 10, 2006. The military has persistently maintained that their deaths were suicides by hanging. Rear Admiral Harry Harris, commander of Guantánamo at the time, shamefully called them “acts of asymmetrical warfare waged against us,” while a State Department official characterized them as a “good PR move.” However, as investigative journalist ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Rami Makhlouf in the New York Times

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[From the New York Times. Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad was interviewed by the New York Times for their first story on the move to charity work by the Syrian Tycoon, Rami Makhlouf]   Reviled Tycoon, Assad’s Cousin, Resigns in Syria By ANTHONY SHADID BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s most powerful businessman, a confidant and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, announced on Thursday that he was quitting business and moving to charity work, Syrian television said. The move, if true, would suggest that Mr. Assad was so concerned about the continuing protests that he would sacrifice a relative to public anger. The businessman, Rami Makhlouf, a 41-year-old tycoon who ...

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Democracy Now! Interview with Toby Jones on Saudi Arabia's Role in Bahrain and Yemen

[Toby Jones. Image from screen shot of video.]

This is an interview conducted with Toby C. Jones on Thursday, June 16, in regards to Saudi Arabia's counter-revolutionary role in both Bahrain and Yemen. Transcripts of the interview follow the below video. While the United States remains heavily involved in the Libya conflict, it has been noticeably silent on the violent suppression of popular uprisings against autocratic regimes in Bahrain and Yemen, both of which are close allies of Saudi Arabia. In March, Bahrain called in Saudi troops to help crush massive pro-democracy protests. We discuss the role of Saudi Arabia in recent regional uprisings with Toby Jones, assistant professor of history at Rutgers University ...

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Striking Back at Egyptian Workers

[Workers sit-in at El-Hawamdiya Sugar Refinery in April, 2011, Image Source: Hossam El-Hamalawy,]

Mainstream narratives of the ongoing 2011 Egyptian revolution center around a “crisis of the state.” Among the elements of the crisis were the utter failure of top-down political reform, as shown in the shamelessly rigged 2010 legislative elections; mounting corruption and repression; emerging opportunities for collective action offered by networking sites like Facebook and Twitter; and the advent of neoliberal economic policies and the resulting constraints on the state’s capacity to deliver on its traditional obligations, such as social services, subsidies, price controls and guaranteed employment for college graduates. There is considerable consensus that the ...

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Does Guilt Matter?

[Pablo Picasso,

This contribution shall deal with a number of topics having in common an emotion, a biblical story, and a painter. Its challenging title is not meant to exhaust the issue but rather to raise questions about the place individual and social “guilt” hold in a set of symbolic or real cases. For this purpose, I have chosen to begin with culturalism, then move to question the relevance of the orientalist couple guilt/shame; investigate the place of the story of David and Goliath in the Arab and Islamic traditions; show what Caravaggio and Picasso might have in common; and conclude with a few notes on guilt in a civil war, the Lebanese case. I. Culturalism as a Grand ...

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BBC Interview with Bassam Haddad on the Question of "Sectarianism" in Syria

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This is an interview conducted by the BBC with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the question of "sectarianism" in Syria. It was recorded a few weeks prior, but we have decided to publish it because of the magnitude that this topic has occupied in the past days. 

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The Voice Is Obama's; The Hands are Bush's

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President Obama’s June 2009 speech in Cairo was widely received as a sincere expression of his desire for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He acknowledged the historic injuries of colonialism, quoted the Qur’anic injunction to “speak always the truth,” recognized the plight of the Palestinian refugees, allowed for the possibility of Hamas participating in realizing the aspirations of the Palestinian people, and clearly called for a halt to Israeli settlement, even as he reaffirmed the US cultural and historical ties and commitment to the security of Israel. Far less bombastically than his predecessor, Obama also proclaimed US ...

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Introduction: Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions . . . Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Neoliberalism

May 13-14, 2011, George Mason University “Teaching the Middle East after the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions…Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, and Neoliberalism,” a conference sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, and by the Arab Studies Institute (which includes Arab Studies Journal and Jadaliyya), brought together forty participants for an intense two-day conversation regarding the future of ...

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Panel Summaries from Day 1 of Jadaliyya's "Teaching the Middle East" Conference

Panel 1: Focus on Egypt The conference panels were kicked off by a panel that used Egypt as a case-study, both in terms of understanding the dynamics of one particular uprising as well as thinking specifically about the pedagogical implications of that uprising on the teaching of Egyptian history and contemporary politics. Joel Beinin, in his presentation entitled "Workers and Egypt’s January 25th Revolution: Shifting the Discussion from Autocracy/Democracy to Political Economy and Equity," ...

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A Long Season of Change Ahead for Every Arab Nation

In the six months since Mohammed Bouazizi immolated himself and set an entire region alight, analysts and observers have swung from issuing death certificates for the established Arab order to concluding that it has managed to withstand the challenge of mass insurrection. Both judgements are premature, and neither is correct. The fundamental reality that is all too often overlooked is that the Arab Spring is a dynamic process, rather than a single season. It will continue to wax and wane over the course ...

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Two Stories by Luay Hamza Abbas

Closing His Eyes (Ighmadh al-‘Aynayn) is a collection of seventeen short stories written between 2003-2007. It is the fourth and latest collection of short stories by Iraqi novelist, literary critic and short story writer Luay Hamza Abbas (published by Azmina, Amman, 2008). Through this collection, Luay Hamza Abbas’ talent as a storyteller has been acknowledged with national and international awards. The most recent of these is the Iraqi Ministry of Culture Award for Creative Short Story (2010) for ...

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Libya's Revolution Sparks a New Age of Music

After four decades of dictatorship where Qaddafi’s handpicked singer dominated the airwaves and stifled a once vibrant musical scene, Libya is now rocking and swaying to a flood of joyous and defiant sounds. At a recent Libyan pro-revolution rally in the midday heat of Doha, the protestors needed inspiration. They sang Libya original national anthem which Qaddafi hand changed when he came to power, laughed through a spoof of a song by Muhammad Hassan, the dictator’s preferred singer, then chanted, “The ...

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Six Most Read Jadaliyya Posts This Month

Below is a list of the 6 Most Read Posts on Jadaliyya during the past 30 days. Some include a Spanish translation which was volunteered by other websites. Nearly all the posts below have been circulated on other websites. It is followed by the Most Read Post in Arabic,  Most Watched Video, and Most Followed/Tweeted Report. Finally, we are featuring the Most Commented On post. Enjoy! Most Read Egypt’s ‘Orderly Transition’? International Aid and the Rush to Structural ...

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Early Observations on Post-Mubarak Egypt

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, through a mix of popular revolt and military intercession, sheds light on the ongoing domestic and international challenges to democratization. On January 25 Egyptians launched the Middle East’s largest democratic experiment. Mubarak’s exit on February 11 then opened a still-ongoing negotiation between military leaders and the civilian masses. The long-term politics of post-Mubarak Egypt remain to be determined, but so far there is as much continuity as ...

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That Was Hama in 1982. This Is Syria in 2011

[The below post was sent to us by an author that has asked to remain anonymous and only identified as Hamwia due to safety considerations regarding relatives in Hama and other parts of Syria.] A young man, studying medicine, was alone in his apartment. When the soldiers barged into his house he proclaimed his Christian faith, assuring them that he was not their enemy. It mattered not. He then became defensive, berating their boorish behavior. He was answered with a whack on the head with the butt of a ...

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الشباب العربي.. جيل زئبقي بثقافة تويتر

  "يا له من جيل مراوغ .. متملص .. ملتوٍ .. مخادع ..!" إنها مجرد أمثلة للأوصاف الفظيعة، أو على الأقل المميزة، التي كان الشباب العربي يوصم بها من قبل الأجيال الأكبر. ومع انعدام فرص الحوار، واستمرار التقويم الأبوي، ودوام المحاكمة، صرنا بالقطع غير مبالين بالدفاع عن أنفسنا. فهل كان الأمر يستحق فعلاً؟ كان من الشائع اجتماعياً وأمنياً أن يتم توجيه السؤال الشهير لأي "متورط" في النشاط السياسي أو الحقوقي ذي خلفية "محترمة" أو وظيفة مرموقة: ما علاقتك بهؤلاء "العيال"؟. في ...

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Multilateral Cooperation Between The United States and Israel

[The below remarks were made at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on June 15, 2011, by Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State.] Multilateral Cooperation Between The United States and Israel: Fighting Delegitimization, Moving Forward Together Good afternoon. I want to thank Rob Satloff and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for this invitation. It is truly a privilege to have this opportunity at this ...

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A Poetry of Resistance: The Disappearance of Ayat al-Qormezi in Bahrain's “Hidden History”

After reciting her poetry at Lulu Square where Bahrain’s protests were centered in February and March 2011, twenty-year-old poet Ayat al- Qormezi disappeared. Although al-Qormezi has been reported dead, her death has also been reported to be a rumor. Traces of the square that galvanized demonstrators in Manama became subject to disappearance as well, when Bahraini authorities tried to halt protests by razing the Lulu monument to the ground and destroying the rest of the square. Before Lulu was ...

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قرض الصندوق ضد الديمقراطية

في عام 2002 استعاد مهاتير محمد، صانع النهضة الماليزية، ذكريات معركة رفض بلاده مساعدة صندوق النقد الدولي المشروطة خلال الأزمة الآسيوية قبلها بأربع سنوات قائلا: "انتقدتنا  الدول الغربية بسبب ذلك لكننا لم ننحن أبدا أمامهم في أي مجال لأننا مسئولون عن بلدنا وعن شعبنا. هم ليسوا مسئولين عن بلدنا. هم لا يعتبرون معاناة شعبنا مشكلتهم. غير أنها مسئوليتنا نحن. لقد انتخبونا وعلينا أن نرعى أمنهم ورفاههم". رفضت ماليزيا مساعدات الصندوق ونصائحه. وقام اقتصادها بسرعة من كبوته. وفي مصر، وفي 2011، هاهو ...

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