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“Til Sect Do You Part?” On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

In August 2017, a Christian man and a Muslim woman (Boutros and Marwa) made headlines when they married in Lebanon. Why? One might assume that the interreligious nature of the couple prompted this media attention. However, that was far ...

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آخر أيّام المدينة - الجزء الاول

"آخر أيّام المدينة" أو "الحضارة في آخر أيامها" كما قال "آخر الرجال المحترمين" بدأ حضور "المدينة" في السينما المصريّة يأخذ شكلًا مميزًا خلال السبعينيات كنتيجة للفترة الساداتيّة التي وُعدت ووعَدت ...

[An image of Ahmed Ouyahia, current Algerian prime minister. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

Game of Mustaches: A Song of Mustache and Technocracy

It was the second unexpected sacking of an Algerian prime minister in less than three months. After Abdelmalek Sellal, Abdemajid Tebboune's turn came with no going-away party. The prime ministers fell one after the other, and one wondered ...

Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Jean-François Pérouse, Istanbul Planète, La Ville-Monde Du Xxie Siècle. Paris: La Découverte, 2017. This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] ...


Who Killed Vik?

[Vik in Gaza. Image from unknown archive]

I never knew Vittorio “Vik” Arrigoni before his tragic death in Gaza City on 15 April 2011. I won’t pretend to piece together who Vik was or what lay behind his passions. But before he slips from the headlines to the footnotes, it is worth attempting to make an accounting of this terrible death that has shocked the Palestinian movement. His death cannot be allowed to pass without considering what it tells us about ourselves, our movement and our collective future. While it would be premature to draw conclusions before a full disclosure of events surrounding his assassination has emerged, it is evident that Vik’s death raises larger questions of accountability that ...

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زمن عربي جديد [A New Arab Era]

[ِElias Khoury. Image from wordpress.com]

لم يتمركز السوريون في احدى ساحات دمشق كي يبدأوا منها انتفاضتهم. كانت البداية في مدينة درعا عاصمة منطقة حوران، ثم اتخذت شكل تحركات متنقلة من اللاذقية الى حمص الى القامشلي الى بانياس الى دمشق الى دوما... المشهد السوري يختلف عن المشهد في تونس او مصر او البحرين او اليمن او ليبيا. كل بلد يكتشف بنفسه وعبر تجربته الخاصة الشكل الملائم للثورة على الحكم الاستبدادي. لسنا امام ثورة عربية واحدة تستعيد الخطاب القومي الناصري، لكننا في الوقت نفسه امام ظاهرة موحدة الهدف تجتاح العالم العربي برمته.  مرة جديدة يكتشف العرب وحدتهم واختلافاتهم في آن معاً. فكما توحد العرب في الماضي في المعركة ضد الكولونيالية، يتوحدون اليوم في المعركة من اجل الديموقراطية. وبقدر ما كانت معركة الخمسينات ...

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Jordan's New Opposition and the Traps of Identity and Ambiguity

[Chair of the National Dialogue Committee. Image from Petra News Agency.]

There are two major tribulations in Jordan from which all other issues stem. The first is the autocratic authority that dominates the role of all “state institutions” (i.e., the Cabinet, the Parliament, and the Judiciary). This autocratic domination is legally sanctioned by the Jordanian constitution:  ·      Article 26 states that “The Executive Power shall be vested in the King, who shall exercise his powers through his Ministers.” ·      Article 35 states that “The King appoints the Prime Minister and may dismiss him or accept his resignation. He appoints the Ministers; he also dismisses them or accepts their ...

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Jadaliyya Launches Culture Section

[Baghdad I by Ahmed Alsdoudani. Image from Saatchi-gallery.co.uk]

Today Jadaliyya launches its culture section; an open space for creative, original, and critical texts about culture(s) in Arabic and English. We seek to support cultural expression in a wide variety of sites and contexts, media and genres. To this end, we are interested in contributions dealing with literature, theatre, music, cinema, visual arts and design, photography, TV and Radio, video art, social media and Internet expression.  Here are this week's four posts: "Independence, Nakba, and the Visual Archive" by Ella Shohat "Why Won't Tamer Hosny Go Away" by Daniel Gilman "Sultana: A Chapter from a Novel by Ghalib ...

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Sultana: A Chapter from a Novel by Ghalib Halasa

[Cover of Halasa's Sultana. Image from Unknown Archive]

Ghalib Halasa was an author of seven novels, two short story collections, and several works of journalism, literary criticism, translation and political analysis. He was born in a Jordanian village near Madaba in 1932 and died in Damascus in 1989. He lived in Baghdad, Cairo, Beirut and Damascus and his work is a powerful example of border-crossing engagement and brilliance. His work has only very rarely been translated. Sultana was first published in 1987 and was Halasa's second to last novel. It follows the rise and tragic fall of Sultana, an independent woman, and the layers of stories and networks that surround her. In ...

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Al-Jazeera Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Syria

[Image from Al-Jazeera's Interview]

This is a two-part interview (10 minutes total) conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Monday, April 19, in reference to what amounts to be an escalation in the regime-protesters confrontation in the city of Homs. The interview also addresses the question of infiltrators and/or external forces meddling in Syrian affairs.

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Essential Viewing: Five Tunisian Films from a Postrevolutionary Perspective

[Still from Moufida Tlatli's

It is impossible to watch a Tunisian film today from an exclusively prerevolutionary perspective. The present historical juncture will stealthily thrust itself to center stage. Besides, the value of film does not reside solely in its appropriateness to its own historical moment of production, but equally in its relevance to other, yet to come, historical moments. It becomes highly productive, not to say inevitable, that we rethink postcolonial Tunisian film through the lenses of the revolutionary and now postrevolutionary moment. When we do, it will have become clear that several Tunisian filmmakers had creatively evaded censorship and charted a counterintuitive ...

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الجاليات العربية والمسلمة في ألمانيا بين الإندماج والوقاية [Arab and Muslim Communities in Germany between Assimilation and Prevention]

[فتيات في منطقة كرويتسبيرغ في برلين. المصدر غير معروف]

”هذا البلد، هو بلد ذو طابع وقيم مسيحية-غربية ممتدة عبر عصور، وأتمنى أن يكون هذا أمراً واضحاً لا شك فيه.“ بكلمات كهذه أراد وزير الداخلية الألماني هانس بيتر فريدريش (عن الحزب الإجتماعي المسيحي البافاري) وضع النقاط على الحروف في إفتتاح ”المؤتمر الإسلامي الألماني“ السادس الذي عقد في التاسع والعشرين من شهر اذار/مارس الماضي في برلين. لكن يبدو أن الوزير الجديد أخطأ الحروف فتحول المؤتمر إلى خلاف بدل أن يكون مؤتمر حوار لوضع خطط تساعد على ”إندماج“ المسلمين في المجتمع الألماني ووصل الأمر إلى أن تطلب النائبة عايدان ازوغوز (عن الحزب الديمقراطي الإجتماعي الألماني) من المسلمين أن يقاطعوا المؤتمر مستقبلاً إلى أن يأتي من هو أكفأ وأجدر من وزير الداخلية، ليترأس مؤتمراً من هذا ...

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Urge (to Keep) Going

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Urge for Going. By Mona Mansour. Directed by Hal Brooks. Through April 17, Public LAB, The Public Theater, New York, NY. Urge for Going, Mona Mansour’s new work in development, is a coming-of-age story built from the outside in. Her 90-minute play follows Jamila, a seventeen-year-old Palestinian preparing to take the Baccalaureate on the eve of her graduation from a UN school in Beirut, Lebanon. Surrounded by her two uncles, her parents, and her brain-damaged brother, Jul, in a Beirut refugee camp, her quest to take the test fights a family’s worth of dysfunction and several generations’ worth of dislocation, frustration, and regret. Mansour’s piece offers a ...

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Interview with Sheila Carapico on the Uprising in Yemen (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

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AUDIO PLAYER BELOW Since the protests began in February, more than 120 people have been killed in Yemen, including 46 children and more than 5000 wounded. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifica Radio's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Yemen specialist, Sheila Carapico about the protest movement, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime and the changing political configuration in Yemen. Sheila Carapico is professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, and is a contributing editor of MERIP (Middle East Report). She has written extensively on Yemen, including Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in ...

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On the Re-Mythification of the Arab

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Accompanying the ongoing events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya has been an emerging narrative of an “Arab awakening” that has been launched by so-called Arab revolutionaries. One can see this slogan, “the Arab Awakening,” promoted through various media, not least by the increasingly popular Al-Jazeera news channel.  In a recent article entitled “It’s Arab and it’s Personal” the “awakening” is declared to have the power to “rewrite history” ultimately unifying the “Arabs” in their goals and slogans. The “Arab street” is boiling with its internet-connected “youth” and we get fancy catch phrases like Uri Avnery’s “the genie is out of the bottle.” ...

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Deposed Tyrants Retirement Home

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What is to become of already-deposed dictators? And who will follow? Khalil Bendib portrays some of the issues implicated in these questions and more.    

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Interview with Bassam Haddad on Developments in Syria (Conducted by Sharam Aghamir)

 AUDIO PLAYER BELOW A wave of protests have been shaking Syria since nearly the middle of March.The protests that began by calling for political reforms,escalated after the security forces opened fired on demonstrators in the southern city of Dar'a. Shahram Aghamir of Pacifaca's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa spoke with Bassam Haddad about the nature of these protests, the response of the Syrian Regime to them,and their regional implications. This interview was conducted on Wednesday, ...

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Revolutionary Tremors in Central Asia?

On April 3rd, 2011 Kazakhstan held presidential elections. Nursultan Nazarbayev, in power since 1991, called these elections a year early after scrapping a plan to hold a national referendum that would do away with the inconvenience of regular presidential contests and which was to extend his term until 2020. The referendum plan, although backed by both chambers of the Kazakh legislature and an apparently willing public (5 million signature in support of the referendum seem to have been collected), ...

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The Ongoing War; Lebanese Leaders Against the Lebanese

It has been 21 years since the end of the Lebanese civil war. 21 years since the last spasms of violence reverberated through the country’s cities, towns and villages. More than two decades ago, a country torn apart, in ruins and in rubble, suddenly found itself at “peace.” Almost immediately, the reconstruction began. In these years, landmarks such as Nasser, Modca, Horshoe, and the Carlton were torn down and replaced with uniforms of the new global order; cheap clothing made in china, chain restaurants ...

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Independence, Nakba, and the Visual Archive

As part of our recognition of the life, work and tragic death of Juliano Mer-Khamis (1958-2011), we are publishing an excerpt from Ella Shohat’s recent postscript chapter to the new edition of Israeli Cinema: East /West and the Politics of Representation (IB Tauris, London), which features a discussion of Juliano’s powerful documentary, Arna’s Children. The excerpt is taken from the section, “Independence, Nakba and the Visual Archive,” published with the author’s permission in memory of ...

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Why Tamer Hosny Won't Go Away

A bit of conventional wisdom making the rounds among Egyptian revolutionaries is they succeeded not only in bringing down their hated dictator, Hosni Mubarak, but also in taking down other despised figures associated with the regime. This includes technocrats, like ex-Minister of the Interior Habib al-Adly, and plutocrats, like Ahmed Ezz, the now-disgraced steel monopolist, both of whom now sit in Tura prison. Both of these figures named have been close allies of Gamal Mubarak, the younger son ...

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Saleh's Speech on Mixing the Sexes and Its Implications

[This post was sent to Jadaliyya by Woman from Yemen.] Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh recently used another political tool to try and suppress the pro-change protests. Like many leaders worldwide, he used "women" as a tool against his opponents. His brief statement on the prohibition of mixing between women and men (English text of President's speech) along with the smear campaigns on national TV against women implies that women in pro-change square are "loose" women. This is a ...

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Indictment

The following poem is by Muhammad Farhat al-Shaltami (1945-2010), one of the leading figures of Libyan dissident literature. Born in Benghazi in the wake of Italy’s bloody colonial rule, al-Shaltami was a teacher by occupation. He was first imprisoned in the 1960s under the monarchy – for his poetry as much as for his politics. He was imprisoned again more than once during the 1970s by the Qaddafi regime. Shaltami was the author of numerous diwans, with many poems originally composed in and about prison. ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part II)

[Read Part I here.]  On the afternoon of 17 March there was a government-supported demonstration in Baghdad's Karada neighborhood. About 100 demonstrators were provided with police escorts who closed the road on their behalf, unlike the police resistance protestors usually face in Iraq. Protestors carried banners stating they were from the “Khafija tribe, Beni Sa'd tribe and the people of Karada.” One banner stated: “The Beni Sa‘d tribe condmens the Saudi intervention that is killing our brothers ...

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الهيمنة السعودية تسحق الربيع البحريني [Saudi Hegemony Stamps Out the Bahraini Spring]

في اليوم الذي هدمت فيه السلطات البحرينية دوار اللؤلؤة الذي صار بمثابة "ميدان تحرير" البحرين في ١٨ آذار/مارس، أعلنت وكالات الأنباء البحرينية التابعة للدولة للجمهور الحائر بأن "معلم مجلس التعاون الخليجي" قد هدم في مساع تهدف الى "إجراء عملية تجميل لوجه المدينة" وذلك من أجل التخلص من "الذكريات السيئة." ومن بين الأنقاض، صار من الواضح ان الرمز الذي يعرف محلياً "بدوار اللؤلوة" في إشارة الى تأريخ البحرين في الغطس والتجارة باللؤلؤ يدعى رسمياً ...

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Prospects for the Sectarian Terrain (Part I)

On 22 March, Sha‘lan Sharif wrote an article in the spirit of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” in al-Akhbar, the Arab world’s leading leftist newspaper. Sharif compared “the Jewish question” in pre holocaust Europe to the “Shiite question” of today. Jews were accused of conspiring against Europe, and against mankind throughout the ages, like rats carrying the plague, according to the Nazis. Just as Jews could not be trusted so too Shiites were accused of taqiyya, or dissimulation to conceal their ...

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Essential Readings: Reading Pakistan

Here are the stripped down facts: Pakistan is roughly 165 million people. Most of us are young: 69 percent of the population is under age 30. And we’re poor. Almost a quarter of the people here live below the poverty line. As I write, the quarter-finals for the cricket world cup are underway. Pakistan’s unpredictable and occasionally magnificent team is playing the West Indies. The sport, which was a kind of civilizing project to teach Victorian mores, has become a national obsession.   Beyond ...

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Roundup on the Goldstone Controversy

While the impact of Justice Goldstone’s op-ed on accountability and justice remains to be seen, one thing has already been made clear: his contentious and vague editorial has worked to place Israel’s Winter 2008/09 offensive back on center stage. Like Israel’s fatal attack on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 that inspired heated debate on the legality of Israel’s Gaza blockade, Goldstone’s editorial has produced a watershed of commentary on Gaza’s ongoing submission to a debilitating blockade and the ...

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