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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.3 is Live! Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Amidst the rambunctious MESA (Middle East Studies Association) conference atmosphere, we and all our partner organizations are happy to announce the release of STATUS/الوضع Issue 2.3. By far, this is our richest and most diverse ...

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A Moveable Feast? Reflections on the French Coverage of the Paris Attacks

Writing on the relationship between acts of terror and the mystification of liberalism in 1947, Maurice Merleau-Ponty wrote that, “cunning, violence, propaganda, and realpolitik” appeared “in the guise of liberal principles” and were “the ...

[Data from Banque du Liban ( Graph by the author. The ratio of dollar to Lebanese lira deposits is taken as a confidence indicator in the Lebanese economy.]

The Diaspora, Debt, and Dollarization: Unraveling Lebanon’s Resilience to a Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are no official statistics on the numbers of Lebanese who have emigrated and are working abroad, nor on the immense sums of money they transfer to their home country. According to World Bank estimates, remittances comprised between ...

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يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة خضراء حتى أرى

              ورقة خضراء قبل أن أنقل حياتي البسيطة إلى هذا الزمان،  لم تكن أحلامي لترتفع أعلى من سماء، تغطي دالية عنب،  حيث الحكمة في متناول كل حي * كان يكفيني أن ألمس ورقة ...

Palestine Media Roundup (Oct 29–Nov 4)

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[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Palestine and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Palestine Page Co-Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each roundup to]   The Occupation Forces Video: Israeli Soldiers Run Over Palestinian, Attack Medics After running over a Palestinian young man at high speed, Israeli forces would not allow medics to attend his aid, and resorted to spraying them with pepper spray. Israelis Execute Injured Palestinian – Video and Eyewitnesses Mahdi Muhammad Ramadan al-Muhtasib was executed by ...

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DARS Media Roundup (October 2015)

[Protest near Nahal Oz crossing, Northern Gaza Strip, 16 October 2015. Image by activestills, via flickr.]

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to]  News & Comments A Second Nobel for the Arab Spring, by Larbi Sadiki The Nobel committee awarded the National Dialogue Quartet the 2015 prize for its "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia." The Nobel accolade provides a much-needed fillip to the Arab Spring. This is the second time ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 4)

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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 by Monday night of every week.]   Inside Syria  In Damascus, Syrians express a surprising level of optimism Despite the rising prices and power cuts in Syria, interviews with residents suggest a widespread sense of optimism, even as the war drags through its fifth year.  Assad: Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq will save region or it will be destroyed Syria’s Asad gave an ...

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Declassification of Presidential Daily Briefings Report

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On September 16th, 2015, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) formally declassified roughly twenty-five hundred President’s Daily Briefs (PDBs) from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations between 1961 and 1969. These documents are now accessible in the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act reading room. At the press conference held at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, CIA Director John Brennan said that this release means, “the world’s greatest democracy does not keep secrets merely for secrecy’s sake.” Many critics of American government secrecy would dispute this statement. Nonetheless, this release of PDB records is a significant step in the right direction and a ...

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New Texts Out Now: Robert Saliba, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries

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Robert Saliba, editor, Urban Design in the Arab World: Reconceptualizing Boundaries. London: Ashgate, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Robert Saliba (RS): The idea for this book was initiated in the wake of City Debates 2012, an international conference on contemporary urban issues that I organized in May at the American University of Beirut. The conference, entitled Reconceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, asked: “How are the changing paradigms of urban design in the wake of the new millennium impacting the making and shaping of cities in the Arab World?” This book was conceived to bring together the wide diversity of ...

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الشيخ فتح الله السلوادي في رواق الشام... ذكريات طالب أزهري

[مصدر جميع الصور في المقالة مجلة

مقدمة تتناول هذه الدراسة جانباً من السيرة الذاتية للشيخ فتح الله السلوادي (1923-2000)، وتتركز بالأساس حول حياته بمصر في إبّان دراسته الجامعية في جامعة الأزهر في القاهرة في الأعوام ما بين (1937- 1946)، وتسعى عن طريق رصد ما سطَّرته ذاكرته حول تلك المدة إلى تسليط الضوء على الواقع الثقافي والفكري، الذي نمت في ظله النخبة الفكرية الفلسطينية ذات المرجعية الإسلامية في النصف الأول من القرن العشرين، ودور الأزهر في تشكيل هذه النخبة. وتعتمد الدراسة في مادتها الأساسية على ما ورد في مخطوطة سطّرها الشيخ فتح الله السلوادي قبل رحيله بسنوات قليلة، بعنوان (رجال لقيتهم). والمخطوطة على درجة عالية من الأهمية؛ لرصدها أوضاع الطلبة الأزهريين من الفلسطينيين والشاميين، وطبيعة الحياة ...

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Political Economy of the Middle East: Continuities & Discontinuities in Teaching & Research (Event at GMU)

Political Economy of the Middle East:  Continuities & Discontinuities in Teaching & Research Friday 6 November, 2015 3 pm - 6 pm Merten Hall 1202 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Pizza and Refreshments Served      S C H E D U L E  Panel 1: Field Research  : :  3 pm  Melisande Genat, Stanford University From Agrarian Experiments in the Context of Socialist ''Villagization'' to Population Displacements: Iraqi Kurdish Collective Towns During the Seventies Max Ajl, Cornell University Event and Conjuncture : Braudel, Political Economy, and the Tunisian Uprising   Panel 2: Teaching the Middle East ...

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The Zionists’ Mufti

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Historians, including prominent scholars in Israel, quickly pounced upon Benjamin Netanyahu’s charge that Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, inspired Hitler to exterminate the Jews of Europe. They correctly pointed out that the Nazi genocide machine was already in operation when the Mufti met with Adolf Hitler in November 1941. In all fairness, however, it must be noted that attempts to implicate Amin al-Husseini in the Holocaust did not originate with the Israeli Prime Minister. In my 1990 book, Nazism, the Jews and American Zionism: 1933-1948, I described how Zionists gained hegemony within the American Jewish community during World War II. Their ...

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Engaged Anthropology: The AAA’s Task Force Report on Israel/Palestine

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On 8 October 2015, Israeli security forces brutally beat and arrested two students of Birzeit University, a major Palestinian university in the West Bank. In response, Birzeit issued an appeal to academic and human rights institutions to speak out against the crimes of the Israeli occupation. The university’s appeal is one of hundreds coming in the wake of Israeli actions that violate Palestinians’ academic freedom and human rights inside the occupied territories, as well as in Israel, where Palestinians account for 20% of the citizenry. For decades, Palestinian academics and human rights advocates have asked their colleagues in the West and elsewhere to stand with them ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (October 26- November 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.   Arab Film on Israeli Television: An Interview with Eyal Sagui Bizawe Can Total War in the Middle East Be Prevented? Is This the Third Palestinian Intifada? A Spatial History of a Main Baghdadi Street Political Economy Workshop for Graduate Students/Researchers: Call for Letters of Interest 'Lines Drawn on an Empty Map': Iraq’s Borders and the Legend of the Artificial State (Part ...

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October 2015 Culture Bouquet

[One of the most popular images of Dia de Los Muertos, Jose Guadalupe Posada's Calavera Catrina (1913).]

In Mexico 1 November is a day of celebration that honors the lives of the dead with symbolic offerings, festivities, and elaborate alters. An indigenous tradition that began at least 2,000 years ago, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) stems from the belief that death is a transition marking a new phase of life, an inevitability that should be celebrated and embraced not feared. With the introduction of Christianity under Spanish colonialism, Dia de Los Muertos was merged with All Saints Day without losing its indigenous characteristics and practices. The dead live on in memory and spirit, and are awakened each year through commemorations. Folkloric skeletal figurines ...

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Remembering Sound

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Hamule, directed by Mauricio Misle. Palestine/Chile, 2014. Diasporic and non-Western artists have increasingly turned to the archive as a source for their artistic practice. Mindful of the histories of colonialism and slavery, they have attempted to address the archive as a contested site where knowledge about the past is produced and legitimized. In their refusal to treat the archive as a sanctioned repository of fact, or as an accurate and objective representation of the past, they have conceptualized it as an unfinished and unreliable narrative. Their artistic practice aims to interrogate its absences and exclusions, manipulate its forms and mediums, and expand its ...

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Photography Media Roundup (November 5)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region 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 each month’s roundup to] Announcements Biennial of Photography from the Contemporary Arab World Showing from 10 November 2015 - 17 January 2016, in Paris, France, this is a joint initiative of the ...

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Kabylia: Between Colonial Myths and Algerian Realities

[La genèse de la Kabylie. Aux origines de l’affirmation berbère en Algérie (1830-1962), by researcher and journalist Yassine Temlali was published by Barzakh (Alger). The excerpt we are publishing below is an extract from the chapter entitled “La politique berbère (kabyle) de la France en Algérie : mythes et réalités.”]  [...] The image that French colonizers had of the indigenous Algerians was determined, first, by the pseudoscientific and racialist dogma that professed the existence of essential ...

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Announcing the 2016 Political Economy Book Prize Competition (Political Economy Project)

The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome nominations from across academic disciplines. Submissions will be read and judged by a committee drawn from PEP’s membership. Eligible texts must have been published in 2013, 2014 or 2015 and ...

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Men of Capital in Mandate Palestine: An Interview with Sherene Seikaly

Historians of the Middle East have long ignored the middle class in general and the activities of Arab capitalists in particular. For many, capitalism is synonymous with colonialism, and prevailing narratives have not been able to accommodate entrepreneurs who resist characterization as “comprador” allies of colonial projects. Sherene Seikaly’s new monograph Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine rectifies that “resounding silence on Arab capitalist practice” by bringing the politics ...

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Turkey: Nationalism and War Mongering Won the Election

The mood was tense as the election results came in to the local office of the progressive People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the town of Erzurum in eastern Turkey. This is a very conservative region on the invisible border between nationalist Turkish Anatolia and the Kurdish region. The HDP’s office was filled with leaflets and banners that party activists did not dare to distribute due to fear of reprisals and violence. The party lost its single deputy from the area and saw a small nationwide decrease ...

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أسعد الجبوري: قصائد

              أفراخُ الدموع زوجي الذي ذهبَ مع عاصفة الأرجوان في مدنِ الهلاك. وغابَ بقبرهِ ثملاً بمختلف الأسلحةِ والقذائف . لم تتركه الحربُ نائماً هناك.. حتى رَشّحَتْ (واسطة العقد) لعضوية الخنادق. وها أراهُ ولدي مسجىً بجنازة الريح، وتتبعهُ دموعٌ لم يبق منها سوى أفراخ. أنا على وشك الشرك أو الفراغ من الدين.. بعد أن قتلتْ الحربُ في بلاد الشام جميع الآلهة. الجعة السوداء على الصفحة الأولى.. يَرسمُ سريراً وثياباً وتمثالاً من الشمع لشبح ...

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Egypt: What Elections?

With a final turnout of less than twenty-six percent, voting for the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections ended on 28 October across fourteen governorates, including Giza, Alexandria, Suez and Fayoum. The poor election turnout came as a shock to many observers. The ongoing elections are viewed as the third and final step of the transition “roadmap” that the current political leadership announced following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi two years ago. Yet the majority of those ...

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Eastern Promises Squandered

In the days following the 1 November election, Turkey’s pro-government newspapers have depicted a bright future for the nation. Writing for Yeni Şafak, one columnist explained that the government could now move forward with constitutional and economic reforms, albeit vaguely defined ones. In Yeni Akit, another columnist echoed these sentiments, pointing out that the exchange rate had already begun to fall, stocks were rising, and anticipated investments could now begin again. Voicing a general sentiment, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 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 by Sunday night of every week.]  Economy Kafr al-Dawwar joins Mahalla textile workers on 5th day of strike Several thousands of workers at two of Egypt's largest textile companies—the Kafr al-Dawwar Textile ...

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Eyes on the Sea: Syrian Refugees Flee Egypt

In June 2014, photographer Ebrahim Elmoly started a project to document the lives of Syrian refugees in Egypt. He spent one month each following three families. Below are their stories. Where possible, Ebrahim has followed up with the individuals to find out what happened

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Borders Are There to Be Crossed

Borders Are There to Be Crossed The International Book Fair in Torino, the second largest Book Fair in Europe, has announced that Saudi Arabia will no longer be the guest of honour in its 2016 event. Instead, next year’s fair will focus on Arab Literature more broadly. This move breaks with the fair’s long tradition of hosting a different country each year, in close collaboration with the embassies and the ministry of culture of the guest countries. It was almost midnight in Sydney and about 4pm in ...

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Grandchildren: New Geographies of Belonging, DEPO-Istanbul, opened 3 September 2015. Anniversaries are pretexts for remembering decisive moments in history, for interpreting them with the help of added data and research material, and filling gaps in existing accounts about them. Retrospection is employed here to elaborate further on the context of these moments and also to establish links between them and the present. The exhibitions held for commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the Armenian ...

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