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Today, every phenomenon of culture, even if a model of integrity, is liable to be suffocated in the cultivation of kitsch. Yet paradoxically in the same epoch it is to works of art that has fallen the burden of wordlessly asserting what is ...
With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various ...
The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social ...
Following a series of military setbacks, Dabiq—the propaganda magazine of the Islamic State (IS)—is issuing calls for the unity of followers to compensate for the dwindling number of its fighters. Through its powerful media apparatus, IS ...
Qaram Qart Restart until 13 November 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo People in Cairo, especially intensely in wust al-balad (central Cairo), are living in a maze imposed by the state. Along with the people, the state is caught in the maze of its own making. And if the state has imposed a maze, social convention sustains its own traps as well. The exhibition of artist Qarm Qart currently showing at the Mashrabia Gallery in downtown Cairo is the first to focus on the maze. The artist titles his exhibition Restart. It explores the outer physical maze and the mental and emotional mazes people carry inside themselves. The exhibition ...Keep Reading »
Event at GMU: The Double Execution of Saddam Hussein: Diaspora, Media, and Images, with Zainab Saleh
Middle East Studies Program, Middle East Etc. Film Club, Center for Global Islamic Studies, and School of Policy, Government & International Affairs (SPGIA), and Department of Sociology and Anthropology Present The Double Execution of Saddam Hussein: Diaspora, Media, and Images With Zainab Saleh November 25, 2014 Research Hall 163 @ 6PM George Mason University This talk focuses on the double execution of Saddam Hussein, namely his execution and the fall of his statue in Baghdad. In addition to approaching these moments as media events, the talk unravels how Iraqi exiles in London perceived them. To Iraqis, these events are not simply visual ...Keep Reading »
Philippe Cadène and Brigitte Dumortier, Atlas of the Gulf States. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Mapping as a French Academic Tradition and its Critics It seems that English-speaking geographers and urbanists publish many fewer atlases, and draw fewer maps, than their French and—at least until recently—German counterparts. In France, there has been a frenzy of publishing atlases of everything and everywhere since the 1990s. What was first, at the advent of digital cartography, limited to academia, soon became a larger movement covering many topics and countries or regions of the world. The academic tradition of regional geography contributed to the launching of scientific books ...Keep Reading »
[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] Rasmea Odeh Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty of Immigration Fraud, Julianne Hing ColorLines covers the trial and conviction of Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh for falsifying information on an immigration application. Rasmea Odeh: Guilty for Resistance, Rasmea Defense Committee The ...Keep Reading »
[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 email@example.com by Thursday night of every week] Algeria L’instance de coordination de la CNLTD appelle à l’organisation d’une élection présidentielle anticipée One of Algeria’s main opposition movements met at the Mouvement de la société pour la paix (MSP) headquarters on Tuesday to call for another presidential election given the president’s health issues. Algerian ...Keep Reading »
[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to firstname.lastname@example.org.] Comoros China tests malaria drug on an entire African nation Chinese scientists, with the Comoran government, gave Chinese-made drugs to everyone in the country in a massive, controversial medical experiment. Why is China investing in the Comoros? An experimental malaria drug is not the only ...Keep Reading »
توطئة كان التغيير نفقا مجهولا ننتظر الضوء في آخره، وكنا نياما في المركب لا نعلم بأمر الطوفان، الطوفان في نهاية النفق. خرج لنا جيل ما بعد التغيير بصورة لامعة ومتفردة، مزج ألم الماضي بأمل المستقبل واضعين جسرا من التساؤلات بينهما. فتحت جفوننا الشعرية بعدهم على الطوفان، على الفاجعة والدم، طوفان الدم لنصبح شعراء ما بعد الطوفان. لكن الصورة ضبابية والسطح الأزرق للطوفان حاكاه سطح افتراضي يماثله باللون ويخالفه بالعزاء. قال لي الشاعر أحمد عبد الحسين ذات يوم "العدم أورثنا خلاصة الألم، لكنه أورثنا الشعر كذلك فهل في ذلك عزاء؟". قبل عقدين من الآن كان نشر قصيدة في إحدى الصحف العراقية تجعل كاتبها شاعرا يتداول اسمه المثقفون في المقاهي والملتقيات ويبحثون عنه في قصائد أخرى، لكن ...Keep Reading »
New Texts Out Now: Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists
Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab, The Shi‘ites of Lebanon: Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab (RJA & MA): There were several reasons for writing the book. In the last two decades we had read several books on Shi`i Islamist movements, particularly Hizbullah, which presented secular ideologies and Communism simply as those forces and ideas that the Islamists rejected. None of the studies accounted for the way in which Shi`i Islamists in Lebanon engaged with Communism, as well as with secular frameworks and practices, ...Keep Reading »
يسرّنا جداً أن نعلن إطلاق مجلة “الوضع” الصوتية، مع شركاء قوميين وإقليميين*. إن "الوضع" هي مجلة شهرية صوتية نقدية مستقلة تجمع بين التحليل والتغطية الإعلامية والسخرية. وتتألف بشكل رئيسي من مقابلات\ومحادثات صريحة وجريئة وتقارير عما يجري وراء الكواليس ومراجعات وتعليقات وقراءات مطلعة. ستُقدّم "الوضع" مقابلات من العالم العربي وخارجه مع ناشطين وصحفيين وفنانين ومواطنين. وستعالج "الوضع" قضايا بارزة في المجالات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية والسياسية وفي الوسط الأكاديمي والإعلام. بالإضافة إلى معالجة الأحداث والتطورات، ستسلط الضوء على الإنتاج الثقافي والمعرفي وانتشارهما. * شركاؤنا: “مدى مصر” و“جريدة السفير” و”برنامج أصوات من الشرق الأوسط وشمال ...Keep Reading »
[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 email@example.com by Monday night of every week.] Inside Syria “Our Enemy Is Bashar al-Assad”: An Interview with Ahrar al-Sham’s Mohammed Talal Bazerbashi Mohammed Talal Bazerbashi is interviewed and gives his take on Ahrar al-Sham and why they have become a pivotal to the current struggle in Northwestern Syria. Al Qaida’s Nusra Front captures more towns, villages in northern Syria ...Keep Reading »
Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2014 R-Shief.org, a media research system designed to analyze global social movements, is launching new tools allowing full and free public access to its unique and historic social media archive and analytics in more than seventy languages. Since 2009, the open-source media lab has been analyzing online discussions on networks such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and now Instagram. R-Shief is most known for supporting media analytics on what was tweeted during the eighteen days in Egypt leading to the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. In the past five years, R-Shief has also produced an Arabic sentiment ...Keep Reading »
They not only invaded our home, took over our space, and evicted us—they even arrested me and took me to the Maskubya—the police station. I was put in room number four, alone, for a long time. Then, a big and tall man, a police officer, entered the interrogation room. I was alone, and started shivering from fear as he closed the door, started moving things around in the room and examining me from head to toe. I was terrorized, and my heart was beating so fast. His eyes penetrated my body, as he was opening the drawers looking for something. Then, he left the room and came back five minutes later holding a box. He pulled out a ...Keep Reading »
September 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark In our second video produced with Kopenhagen Channel, we feature Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour, shedding light on her latest film in the works, titled “In the future, they ate from the finest porcelain.” The film offers a meta-comment on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and is set like several of Sansour’s recent works in a futuristic sci-fi context. Sansour was born in East Jerusalem in 1973. She studied art in London, New York and Copenhagen, and is ...Keep Reading »
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. Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism Armenian Diaspora Tourism in Turkey: An Interview with Anny Bakalian Status Audio Journal is Live! Listen Away and Contribute UCLA's Center for Near East Studies ...Keep Reading »
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations President's Office Clarifies Sisi Comment on Sending Troops to Palestinian State Ahram Online reports. Egypt Could Send Forces to ...Keep Reading »
In the media clips below (produced by Creative Time Reports), the artist Michael Rakowitz speaks with independent curator Regine Basha and scholar Ella Habiba Shohat about the disappearance of Arab Jewish identity, in the context of their recent collaboration Dar Al Sulh, a temporary restaurant serving Iraqi Jewish cuisine in Dubai. The following introduction also appears courtesy of Creative Time Reports:Keep Reading »
Twenty-five years ago today world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most complete statement in history of humanity’s aspiration to give children universal rights protection to achieve their full potential. This noble document outlined the steps that we should all take to allow the youngest and most vulnerable in our communities to realise the highest levels of human dignity. A quarter a century on, the abysmal situation on the ground confronting the Palestine refugee ...Keep Reading »
[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to email@example.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Islamic State leader urges attacks in Saudi Arabia: speech Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls for attacks on Saudi Arabia in his ...Keep Reading »
New Texts Out Now: Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication
Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer, The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London: Hurst UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lina Khatib, Dina Matar, and Atef Alshaer (LK/DM/AA): The idea for the book was born out of an intellectual as well as methodological interest in the relationship between politics and communication in non-Western contexts, and particularly in relation to Islamist movements and non-state actors. When ...Keep Reading »
A breakdown recently occurred in negotiations between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania over a new fisheries protocol; the protocol is a cornerstone of relations between the two, albeit a contentious one. The previous partnership agreement (expiring at the end of 2014) contained somewhat progressive measures, thanks to the lobbying efforts of local fishermen and activists. However, these measures may now be at risk of reversal due to the breakdown in recent negotiations. Having ...Keep Reading »
We are very excited to share the launching of Status Audio Journal, with regional and national partners.* Status، الوضع, is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio Journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire, comprised mainly of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond will feature activists, journalists, scholars, artists, unusual ...Keep Reading »
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday night of every week.] English Erdoğan as President The Lovers and Haters of Erdoğan Mustafa Akyol is critical of Erdoğan’s authoritarianism, nepotism, and hubris while appreciating his efforts for the ...Keep Reading »
[This interview explores the rising phenomenon of diaspora Armenians traveling throughout Anatolia, following their ancestors’ footprints. Specifically, it focuses on the following questions: What is the meaning of Armenian diaspora tourism to Turkey? Is it a return to the homeland? What emotions do travelers share along the trip? What are typical encounters between the tourists and the locals?] Sinem Adar (SA): You have been travelling with other Armenians from the diaspora to different parts of ...Keep Reading »
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. The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasinda Rojava deneyimi Laughing in the Kingdom: On Saudi YouTube Comedy An Open Letter to King Mohammed ...Keep Reading »
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