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ستاتوس\الوضع: العدد 2.1

يسرنا أن نعلن صدور العدد الثاني من مجلة "ستاتوس\الوضع" الصوتية. "ستاتوس\الوضع" مجلة صوتية مستقلة، تعاونية ونقدية وناشئة، تصدر شهرياً وتجمع بين التحليل والتغطية الأخبارية والسخرية. تنشر مقابلات\محادثات وتقارير ميدانية ...

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موسى أساريد: أربعة نصوص

              -I- روح الصحراء تُفَسّر إحدى الأساطير الرّائعة سببَ بقاء ...

Galliny, uncle of Gerges Samir, 20, and Malak Ibrahim, 25.

Minyan Village Mourns: A Photographic Essay

Between agony and happiness, the village of Al-Aour in the Egyptian governorate of Minya received the news that thirteen of its sons were among the twenty-one Egyptian Christians recently beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) organization in ...

[Azaz, Syria. Photo via Wikimedia.]

Cities Media Roundup (February 2015)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the ...


Syria Media Roundup (February 3)

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[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 Syria aims to 'flush out all terrorists' in 2015 - PM Syria’s government plans to “flush out all terrorists” within a year.  Battered Syrian city deals with post-victory reality check The victory in Kobani, Syria, is far from assured and “increasingly appears Pyrrhic.”  Jaish Al-Islam goes after another rival ...

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Representing Iraq and its Diaspora: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Samir and Sinan Antoon

In this interview, Samir, an Iraqi filmmaker, discusses what has influenced and shaped his aesthetic, spanning from various film techniques to the shifting terrains of Middle East politics. During the interview, Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon asks Samir to reflect on history and memory in Iraq, examining the ways in which these themes have contributed to representations of Iraq and its diaspora. Samir's latest film, Iraqi Odyssey (2014), has been nominated for the Swiss Film Award.  Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes four parts that you can click on separately. Samir was born in Baghdad and raised in ...

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي الجزء الأول

الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) الذي طعن عرب القرن العشرين في خاصرتهم.  (الجزء الأول)       لا يحدّق بالمستقبل سوى أهل البصيرة! ولا يَعْمى عن تلك الكوارث إلا من ملك البصر فقط! منذ وقت مبكر تنبّه المفكر عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) إلى أمراض القرن العشرين: الاستعمار والديكتاتورية والإرهاب والإيديولوجيا، فقد أشار إلى مخططات الصهيونية والإرهاب الديني والتخلف الحضاري في كتابه "هذي هي الأغلال" (1946)، ونقض الديكتاتورية وحلل ذهنية التفكير العربي في "العالم ليس عقلاً" (1963)، وفضح المتاجرة بقضية فلسطين في "كبرياء التاريخ في مأزق" (1966)، ونقض الإيديولوجيا في "أيها العار إن المجد ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism

[Cover of Mayanthi L. Fernando,

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mayanthi Fernando (MF): When I first went to the field, I imagined a more conventional ethnography of the Islamic revival in France. I was interested in how a French (and more broadly European) context, in which Muslims are a minority, transforms the ritual and hermeneutical practices of the Islamic tradition. I was asking, essentially, what effect does the fact that Muslims born and raised in France are, quite literally, schooled in French republican epistemologies and values have on their ...

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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: Myths and Realities

At the time of writing, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) members are asked to vote for a motion that, if endorsed, would pave the way for a discussion about the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaign against Israel. This article is not a defense of the motion, which I wholeheartedly support, but is a contribution to what I hope will be a sustained discussion over the year about BDS itself. In 2002, Palestinian civil society launched a call for citizens around the world to boycott and divest from Israel until it recognizes Palestinian human rights, namely: an end to the occupation and siege of Arab lands; respect for the right of return of ...

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Snapshot: Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE. Early morning cleaning of the city, with fishing nets in the background. Photo by Matilde Gattoni.

I felt a strong connection with Dubai beginning with my first visit in 2004. I was captivated by the unique mix of the bustling energy of a young city turned towards its future, eager to compete with international hubs such as New York City and London, combined with a Middle Eastern douceur de vivre. With its surprising contrast between seemingly infinite spaces and the dense tangle of skyscrapers, Dubai was where I needed to be at that time of my life. Unlike where I come from, which is totally turned towards its glorious past and where there is no space for change, Dubai provided an opportunity to start from scratch, to reinvent myself, to find my own place in the ...

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Do Muslims Belong in the West? An Interview with Talal Asad

[Architectural art from Cordoba's Islamic past. Image by charlemagne via Pixabay]

In this discussion, Talal Asad identifies the problematic ways in which the presence of Muslim communities in Western contexts has been characterized in response to outbreaks of violence such as the recent events in Paris. Asad argues that many of the critiques to which Muslims are subjected, namely their dependence on transcendent forces, also inhabit the intellectual assumptions of secular and atheist commentators.  He further expresses the need to examine Islam as a "tradition" in order to avoid precisely the types of sweeping generalizations and focus instead on the complexities and particularities of the various ways in which Islam is lived. ...

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More on Laïcité in Historical Context

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[This is the first of three responses to Muriam Haleh Davis’ review essay of books by Joan W. Scott, Naomi Davidson, and Mayanthi Fernando. For Naomi Davidson's response, "The Vagaries of Laïcité," click here.] I find Muriam Haleh Davis’ commentary on Charlie Hebdo and French secularism (by way of a review of three books, one of which is mine) to be clear and to the point. Davis insists on the importance of placing in historical context the paradoxical claim that laïcité is a universal principle peculiar to the French republic, and she does it well. In this brief contribution I want simply to add some more context to the one she has so ably set forth. My ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (January 26-February 1)

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.   ‘A Distinctly French Universalism’: Translating Laïcité after Charlie Gender and the Production of Islamic Urban Space in Iran Zajal on Arak Evolution and Debates about the Concept of Terrorism The Revolutionary Practice of Endurance قصة نافخ الدواليب لسميرة عزام Revolution and Despair الإخوان من الجماعة إلى الفرقة Keep Reading »

Syria Media Roundup (January 26)

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[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 Syria rebels overtake strategic base in south Syrian, US-backed, rebels fighting with Nusra overtake strategic base in south near Deraa, helping 2 cut highway and more. Syria: Mortars, Rockets Rain Down on Damascus Alloush al-Islam’s Army fires 40 + rockets at Damascus center killing from 7 to 50 in revenge 4 regime killing in ...

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مجانين بغداد يروون سيرتها

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لا تختلف قصص فقدان العقل في العراق عن مثيلاتها في العالم، لها أساطيرها ونجومها اللامعون، ولأبطالها حكايات لا تنتهي. هؤلاء الذين تركتهم عقولهم لتتنزّه في البرازخ الضائعة لفترة طويلة، لهم أسبابهم، والسلطة في العراق - بكلّ أشكالها - عملت على تكوين الصور النمطيّة حولهم. لكن الجنون في العراق تغيّر بين نظامين سياسيين: أحدّهما أمعن في الديكتاتورية حتّى دجَّن مجانينه، والآخر أمعن في الفوضى والخراب حتّى رفضه مجانينه.  ما من خلاص لم يجد الكثير من العراقيين بمواجهة سلطة دكتاتورية عاتيّة مثل نظام صدّام حسين، في التسعينيات على وجه الخصوص، إلا الجنون "خيارا" أخيرا للتمسك بالحياة – ولو بنصف عقل - حتى طفحت العاصمة بمجانينها. فكان أن جنّ المثقفون على تخوت ...

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Triumph of the Bureaucracy: A Decade of Aborted Social and Political Change in Egypt

[Soldiers carrying each of the flags corresponding with their branch of the armed forces. Photo credit is to: Hipster Ntvqi via Wikimedia Commons]

The developing military-backed regime under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signals the triumph of the Egyptian bureaucracy, with all of its military, security and civilian components, over three processes of political change in the last decade. The first was the political project led by Gamal Mubarak and his allies to succeed his aging father Hosni Mubarak. The succession project aimed at altering the political elite composition and redefining the state’s economic role. The second abortive process was the January revolution, which was not a clearly defined political project. It was rather a massive protest movement that challenged state authoritarianism and corruption. Continuous ...

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Profile: Alexandrian Filmmaker Ahmed El Samra

Ahmed El Samra is a filmmaker and video artist, based in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Alexandria, and developed his career as a filmmaker through a series of workshops. Samra produces short fiction films and documentaries, as well as video art works. Several of his films documented zar rituals in Egypt, and he collaborated with others in investigating the life of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Alexandria. He shoots most of his fiction films on the rooftop of his home/studio, ...

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Photography Media Roundup (February 5)

[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 photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements/Review of Current Exhibits: Leaving Soon, Photography Exhibit by Myriam Dalal, Ayyam Projects, Beirut, Lebanon Dalal transforms the gallery space into a site-specific installation that invites viewers to ...

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صراع "التطبيقات الإلكترونيّة" في المسلسل البريطاني " Black Mirror": من أجل إنسان تحوّل إلى " تطبيقْ"

 يفترض أن يعود المسلسل البريطاني المثير للجدل "  Black Mirror" إلى الشاشة قريباً ، في موسم ثالث بثلاث حلقات ، كما درجت عليه العادة في الموسمين ؛ الأول (2011) و الثاني (2013) . عبّر كاتبه البريطاني " تشارلي بروكر" بمختلف أساليب السخريّة عن واقعٍ تسوده قيم سوداء من التكنولوجيا و المعلوماتيّة ، حيث تقلّ قدرة الإنسان على التواصل البشري، و تتقلّص مقدرته على خلق حالة اجتماعيّة ناجحة مع وسطه . المسلسل ينتمي في بعض جوانبه إلى الكوميديا السوداء ، حيث لا اعتبار في تصوره في عالم ...

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Coming Soon! Too Big To Fail by Khalil Bendib

A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute,Tadween Publishing seeks to institutionalize a new form of publishing press by contributing to breaking down barriers and preconceived notions of the publication world. Release Date: Early Spring 2015   Ebook: $11.99   Print: $15.99 Book Description  Whatever happened to the United States’ much-vaunted post-Cold War “unipolar moment,” when it was not only supposed to be the only superpower left standing, but also one in a ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (January 2015)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives 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 ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (January 2015)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya 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 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 3)

[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 turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Free Kobanê Kurdish Victory in Kobani Defeat for Turkish Policy Amberin Zaman argues that the liberation of Kobanê and the prospect of an autonomous Kurdish Syria pose a ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 2)

[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 Al-Sisi, Ethiopia’s PM Agree on Further Renaissance Dam Coordination Daily News Egypt reports. Egyptian Court Declares Hamas' Al-Qassam ...

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Machiavelli in the Twenty-First Century: Sudanese Security Leaks in Perspective

International mediators from the West, Africa and Arab countries are pinning their hopes for peace and democratization in the two Sudans to a series of domestic and international mediation initiatives. But a glimpse into the decision-making of the Sudanese security apparatus shows its preference for infiltration, stalling, and military solutions. What is in the minds of leaders of Sudan’s security and military apparatus? As a group, they are the most influential actor in Sudanese politics, and a major ...

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ستاتوس/ الوضع: الحلقة ناقص ثلاثة

"ستاتوس" مجلة صوتية مستقلة، تعاونية ونقدية وناشئة، تصدر شهرياً وتجمع بين التحليل والتغطيةالأخبارية والسخرية. ستنشر مقابلات\محادثات وتقارير ميدانية ومراجعات وتعليقات عميقة وقراءات.وستشمل المقابلات ناشطين وصحفيين وباحثين ومواطنين من منطقة الشرق الأوسط سيرافق كلَّ عدد من مجلة ستاتوس الصوتية عرضٌ يدعى “ساعة ستاتوس”، يقدمه بسام حداد وسنان أنطون. وفي هذا العرض الأول من “ساعة ستاتوس”، يقدم بسام وسنان مفهوم ستاتوس وخططاً عن مستقبل المشروع. ومن خلال محادثات مع بعض المقدمين يناقشان أيضاً ...

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انتصار البيروقراطية: عقد من إجهاض التغيير السياسي والاجتماعي في مصر

بالإمكان القول أن النظام السياسي الآخذ في التشكل في مصر برئاسة المشير عبد الفتاح السيسي وبدعم من القوات المسلحة وأجهزة الدولة هو انتصار للبيروقراطية المصرية بمكوناتها العسكرية والأمنية والمدنية على ثلاث عمليات سياسية هدفت خلال العقد الماضي لإحداث تغيير سياسي في مصر، إما من خلال تعديل تكوين النخبة السياسية الحاكمة لتكون من خارج البيروقراطية، وإما إلى تعديل علاقة الدولة بالمجتمع والانتقاص من سيطرة الأجهزة البيروقراطية على الموارد الاقتصادية ومن القدرة على إدارة المجال العام.  كان أول هذه المشروعات هو ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 30)

[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 Is a Late ‘Arab Spring’ Knocking on Algeria’s Doors from the Desert? Adam Al-Sabiri considers the implications of the vast protest movement against ...

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