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[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part four of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic ...

[Left to right: Brian Edwards and Bassam Haddad.]

Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The ...

New Texts Out Now: Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jens Hanssen (JH): The ...

[Sabry in his engineering job, 2013. Photo by Mounir, Sabry’s brother.]

Two Years Without Trial in Max Security: Will the Scorpion Release Sabry on 16 April?

In August 2016, Sabry’s brother sprayed an image of Sabry’s face and bandaged limbs, clasped between the claws of an ominous scorpion, onto a wall in downtown Cairo. Next to it was a piece of text that began: “It is the third Eid that ...


Al-Tahir Wattar (1936-2010)

Al-Tahir Wattar [private bootleg image]

Al-Tahir Wattar, one of Algeria’s most influential writers died on the 13th of August, after a two-year battle with colonic cancer. He was a foundational figure in the Arabophone novel in Algeria and widely recognized and celebrated in the Arab world. Some of his ten novels were translated into ten languages. Wattar was born to an Amazigh family in Suq Ahras, in eastern Algeria in 1936. After a traditional education, his father sent him in 1950 to Qasantina (Constantine) to study at the Bin Badis Institite. He later studied at the Zaytuna in Tunisia, but he abandoned his education it to join the National Liberation Front in 1956 in its struggle against French ...

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Reich Is No Marxist, But...

[from www.cbpp.org]

Robert Reich is no Marxist, but the data on income disparities in the United States since the 1970s are staggering. The post below, as well as a flurry of articles and studies linked underneath, tell a better story than I can here in just a few words. In any case, we have become desensitized to these abstract pieces of data. “One percent of the richest owns x percent of the . . . “ Asserting observations regarding income disparities is becoming increasingly innocuous and counter productive, kind of like the last couple of wars the US engaged in: numbers of the dead--when they were counted--became akin to video game abstractions, where objective reality is filtered as ...

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An Incredible Finding in Israel's Investigation of Itself

 National Lawyers Guild members interview Majdi Abed Rabbo in Jabaliya in February 2009

Israel has just released an update in its ongoing investigation of itself during Operation Cast Lead. This Report Update is the third of its kind, the first two released in July 2009 and January 2010. While one cannot expect much from an investigation that lacks independence, some of the Report's findings are especially alarming.

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Another Credible Israeli Investigation

Image of Israeli commandos aboard the Mari Marmara

A state's investigation of its own armed forces and their conduct is not absurd--or at least it shouldn't be. In fact, the practice is encouraged in international law, which seeks to balance a state's sovereignty with universally applicable laws so to speak.  However, in the case of Israel, which has empowered its military to investigate itself on the one hand and whose recent investigations have done more to justify its foreign policy than it has to uphold principles of international law, absurdity is an understatement.

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Fadlallah and Abuzeid Die Within Two Days

Nasr Hamid Abuzeid

Within the past two days, two influential Arab figures died: Sayyid Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah and Nasr Hamid Abuzeid. Fadlallah is a prominent Shi`i cleric whose influence stretched much farther than his Lebanese home and Abuzeid's critical writings on literalism in Islam brought him a deluge of condemnation as an apostate. Their legacies are certainly divergent but they both adopted critical forms of thinking and broke with their respective establishment in various ways. Fadlallah broke with the wilayat al-faqih in Iran and Lebanon, and Abuzeid broke with various literalist approaches to interpreting the Qur'an in Egypt.

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Syria's Economic Outlook

[Construction everywhere in Damascus. Image by Author, January 2011]

As the global economic crisis begins to fade, new opportunities are emerging for some of the countries in the region. For its part, Syria was able to avoid this crisis for the most part even though some of its sectors were affected due to their relations with markets in Europe and the Gulf region. The affected sectors include manufacturing, industry, and services.

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Arabic Comes to Jadaliyya

!جدليّة . . .  الآن بالعربيّة We are now able to post in Arabic and host guest postings in Arabic. If you are interested in sending us material or useful posts in Arabic (or in English for that matter), please so so here. Here's a sample (and, by the way, regarding the text below from a translation of Financial Times, way to go Obama, that's the way to do it . . . شاطر) كشفت صحيفة «فايننشل تايمز»، اليوم، أن الرئيس الأميركي باراك أوباما «حذّر شخصياً رئيس الوزارء التركي، رجب طيب أردوغان، من أن فرص ...

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Good News From Iraq

Even when critical of the tragic situation in Iraq, mainstream media outlets cannot wean themselves away from the official master narrative and must slip in idiotic statements such as the one in today’s New York Times story about electricity in Iraq. Please note the second half of the title “ Electrical Grid Fails Iraqis.” So it’s the electrical grid, a neutral non-human element, which has failed Iraqis and not the superpower, which dismantled their state and replaced it with chaos! Yes, electricity is ...

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Anniversary of Salah al-Bitar's Assassination

Salah al-Bitar was the cofounder, along with Michel Aflaq, of the Ba`th party, later called the Arab Socialist Ba`th Party when it merged with Akram Hourani's Arab Socialist Party in 1953.

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More than a stain

The Israeli Army’s recent killing of nine activists on the Gaza Flotilla has sparked a wave of contemplation on Israel’s morality. These questions are not new. Since the inception of the Zionist enterprise in the late nineteenth century, intellectuals such as Asher Ginsberg, known by his pen name Ahad Ha’am, fretted over how European Jews could realize their national project with the presence of a majority Palestinian population on the land they understood as promised. The question of these ...

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A Portrait of an Iraqi Person at the End of Time

A Portrait of an Iraqi Person at the End of Time by Sargon Boulus [Translated by Sinan Antoon]  

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