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On Power Cuts, Protests, and Institutions: A Brief History of Electricity in Beirut (Part One)

[What follows are some preliminary findings on the history of the electricity sector of Lebanon in general and that of Beirut in particular. Such research forms part of a broader project on the history of struggles over the political ...

[Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay as drawn from life. Sketch by Molly Crabapple]

Let's Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective on the 9/11 Trial

In this talk, I focus on the military commission trial for Khaled Sheikh Muhammad and four other men accused of responsibility for the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a case often referred to as "the trial of the century." ...

[Intellectual Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid]

Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a new series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the ...

[Cover of Reinoud Leenders,

New Texts Out Now: Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon

Reinoud Leenders, Spoils of Truce: Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon. Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Reinoud Leenders (RL): Since my first encounter with Lebanese ...


Conference--The Revolutionary Public Sphere: Contention, Communication, and Culture in the Arab Uprisings (10 April, University of Pennsylvania)

[Conference Poster. Designed by Angelica Maez Edgington]

The popular rebellions that have swept Arab countries since December 2010 have spawned an active field of revolutionary cultural production. Scholars from around the world will gather at the Annenberg School for Communication's The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication's (PARGC) inaugural symposium. Putting primary sources in dialogue with theory, we seek to understand aesthetic experimentation and stylistic innovation in this revolutionary public sphere. Together, we will strive to shed light on the ways in which various revolutionary and counter-revolutionary activists and regimes have attracted, upheld, and directed popular attention to themselves and ...

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DARS Media Roundup (April 3)

[A Libyan revolutionary fighter runs for cover while attacking pro-Gadhafi forces in Sirte, Libya, October 2011. AP Photo/Manu Brabo]

  [This is a bi-weekly 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 bi-weekly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every second week.]  News & Commentary After the Protests, by Zeynep Tufekci Media in the hands of citizens can rattle regimes. It makes it much harder for rulers to maintain legitimacy by controlling the public sphere. But activists, who have made such effective use of technology to rally ...

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الصراع على المساجد في مصر: بحثاً عن كنيسة الاسلام

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وسط الصراع الذي يجري الآن في مصر بين أجهزة الدولة بقيادة الحكومة المدعومة من الجيش، وبين الإخوان والتيارات الإسلامية المناصرة لهم، هناك صراع محوري جداً على المساجد ومنابرها. الخطب والدروس الدينية والأنشطة الخيرية والتنموية التي تتخذ من المساجد مركزاً لها هي إحدى ساحات نفوذ التيارات الإسلامية بتنوعاتها، وهي أيضا إحدى ساحات تأكيد شرعية النظام السياسي في مصر عبر الإدارة الحكومية المباشرة لعدد من المساجد، أو الإشراف على عدد آخر، عن طريق وزارة الأوقاف. ولطالما شهدت هذه الساحات صراعات قوى ونفوذ بين النظام ورجاله في المؤسسة الدينية الرسمية وبين التيارات الإسلامية. والآن تتخذ وزارة الأوقاف قرارات وسياسات مشددة تهدف إلى إحكام سيطرتها حصرياً على كل هذه الشعائر والأنشطة في ظل حملة ...

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في نقد الثورة2/2

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عالجنا، في المقال السابق، مشكلة انحسار النقد الثوري، وشرعية النقد، والمحددات التي ينبغي تأبطها عند دخول الحيز النقدي، وعطفْنا على ذلك بكشف وفحص نقدين شائعين ومناوئين لمنطق الثورة الذي نعتقده. ونروم، في هذا المقال، نقد تصورين ظهرا لنا أثناء محاولاتنا تحليل الحِراك الثوري الممتد، منذ لحظة الميلاد في آخر يناير وحتى الوقت الراهن. وذلك تحقيقاً للقصود التي ذكرنا: الوعي وتقويم المسار وتقدير التضحية والبذل. على أنه قبل الخوض في سرد انتقاداتنا، بما تحمله من تبريرات ودفوع، يتوجب علينا، وإن في عجالة، استجلاء منهجية اختيارنا ذينك التصورين بعينهما للنقد والغربلة. والحال أن اختيارنا قام على عوامل ثلاثة هي الذيوع والتكرار والحسم. فكلما كانت التصورات منتشرة ودأب الثوار على فعلها ...

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New Texts Out Now: Zayde Antrim, Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World

[Cover of Zayde Antrim,

Zayde Antrim, Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Zayde Antrim (ZA): I was originally motivated by what I saw as easy dismissals of the relationship between Palestinians and the territory that now makes up Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. When the question of their attachment to land came up, it was often in order to deem it both recent and ideologically motivated, sometimes explicitly in comparison to the more historically legitimate or “natural” attachments of other peoples to their lands. I continued to be concerned by facile ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[King Abdullah in a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, 5 January 2014. Image from Wikicommons.]

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]  Regional and International Relations Kuwait summit: Arab unity or disunity? Joseph Kechichian argues that behind the seeming united front, representatives of the Arab states had serious disagreements in private. Kuwait summit merely papers over Arab rifts Sylvia Westall and Amena Bakr report on the Arab summit and ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (April 1)

[Poster of Prime Minister Erdoğan on an election billboard in Istanbul, 27 March. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)]

[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 Graft Crisis, Ban on Twitter/YouTube, and Local Elections The Battle for Turkey’s Future (1)-(2) The Economist writes that “An increasingly autocratic prime minister is losing touch with voters and damaging his country.” Turkey’s Prime Minister Acts Desperately to Hold onto his Power The Washington Post, in its editorial, argues that ...

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The Strands of the Military Opposition in Syria: An Interview with Yasser Munif (Part 1)

[Screenshot from the interview]

This interview was conducted with Yasser Munif, by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad. Yasser teaches Sociology and History at Emerson College and has been to Syria a few times in the past year. He starts the interview by discussing the importance of the invisible part of the uprising: namely, the civilian component that has been largely ignored in reporting on the uprising. He then proceeds to provide a breakdown of existing opposition groups on the ground, starting with the political opposition and moving on to the more consequential military opposition. He divides the military opposition into four main groupings: the Free Syrian Army (very loosely defined), the Islamic ...

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The Problematic Continuity of Nasserism

[Egyptian Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser waves to a crowd of people as he stands in an open car moving through the streets of Cairo, Egypt on 19 June 1956. Nasser announced at a rally in Republican Square that martial law in Egypt is ended, that the revolution council which has ruled Egypt since King Farouk was deposed is dissolved, that Egypt's new constitution will be ratified and that a new president will be elected (AP Photo). Image and caption originally appeared on Flickr by pds209.]

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the political scene in Egypt has always incorporated images of Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as Nasserist vocabulary, politicians, and intellectuals. All of these elements were present in protests supporting the 2000 Palestinian Intifada as well as protests opposing the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States. These Nasserist elements then became part of the “Kefaya” movement and the accompanying spread of political and social protests in the final years of Mubarak’s rule. Reinforcing the rise of opposition to the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood during the short-lived Mohamed Morsi presidency—and particularly the popular ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 24-30)

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.   غزة قبل الشتات الحركة النسوية الفلسطينية بعد أوسلو: حصادٌ مرّ في تمكين الذات وفي تحرير الوطن غزة في أعمال الفنانة الفلسطينية رنا بشارة All Politics Is Local: Mustafa Sarigul and the CHP (Part Two) Poetry, Solidarity, and BDS: An Interview with Remi Kanazi The Irrepressible Charm of the State: Dershane Closures and the Domestic War for Power in Turkey A Cycle of Insecurity in

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Reports Roundup (March 29)

[The following list is a compilation of the reports, statements, and other materials featured on the Jadaliyya Reports Page this past week.] Joint Statement: Palestinian NGOs in Israel Reject the "Sectarian Representation Law" Palestinian NGO's in Israel speak out against splitting Arab representation on a public advisory board of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between Christians and Muslims. Reporters Without Borders Statement on Harassment of Media in Yemen Reporters Without Borders reports on the regular acts of violence committed with impunity against journalists. Statement: Confronting the Human Rights Crises Left in the Wake of ...

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The Vagabond

[Cover of Le vagabond, Éditions bleu autour, 2007]

They saw him arrive one summer evening. It was hot, very hot. Man and beast seemed to sleep in the shade of the walls. Wrapped from head to toe, barely able to open an eye, they seemed forever petrified into statues, turned in on themselves, alone in the silence of the high plains.  No one suspected, nothing about them suggested they were men except their shape obvious beneath the folds of fabric.  It was the color of the earth in which they had worked in the dawn’s coolness, those mild hours that let them earn their bread—hard to imagine the wakeful attention, the watchfulness of these sleeping bodies. They saw everything; they even heard grass or a stone ...

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Beyond 'Tolerance' and 'Intolerance': Deconstructing the Myth of the Islamic Golden Age

Like many other concepts that shape our understanding of medieval history, the idea of a “Muslim Golden Age” is a historiographical construct. It promotes the notion that, until at least the early thirteenth century, the Muslim world experienced an era of unprecedented stability, prosperity, and cultural production. More particularly, it emphasizes that the period between roughly the ninth century and the thirteenth century (sometimes extended to the eighteenth century in order to include the Ottomans ...

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A Civilian Snapshot of Iraq: NPR Interview with Sinan Antoon on His 'The Corpse Washer'

In the following interview on 30 March epsiode of NPR's All Things Considered, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon discusses his self-translated The Corpse Washer. In his comments, Antoon highlights some the ideas and processes that went into both the writing of the original Arabic version as well as English translation. Click the below media player to listen to the interview. You may also click here to access the transcripts of the interview. 

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A Fashionable Revolution: Veiling, Morality, and Consumer Culture in Iran

There has been a flurry of commentary recently that claims something of a “silent revolution” is underway in Iran today. It is supposedly a revolution against — or, at the very least, a flagrant disregard for — government prescriptions for public decency. It is situated on the surfaces of women’s bodies and assumes bright colors, brand names, fitted contours, and flowing hair. It is supposedly a revolution against but also of the mandatory veil, or how a new generation of women is taking liberties with ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (March 2014)

[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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Andeel

Andeel Interview by Hany Rashed Mohamed Kandeel (aka Andeel) was long known as the youngest political cartoonist in Egypt, working with a range of newspapers, from Al Dostour and Al Masry Al Youm to Egypt Independent and Mada Masr. Yet he has also been working on a number of other creative projects, specifically with a humorous twist, over the years—the most recent being Bassem Youssef's "Albernameg." Andeel was among the co-founders of the quarterly comics magazine Tok Tok, and is the ...

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Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions

[This article is the final in a three-part Jadaliyya series that looks at Foucault's work in relationship to the legacy of French colonialism in North Africa. Read the first and second installments here: "The Dangers of Liberalism: Foucault and Postcoloniality in France" by Diren Valayden and "Justifications of Power": Neoliberalism and the Role of Empire by Muriam Haleh Davis.] My theoretical ethic is…“antistrategic”: to be respectful when a ...

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Panel Event -- The Syrian Tragedy: Where From? Where to? (3 April, George Mason University)

The Syrian Tragedy Where From? Where to? Thursday April 3 3pm - 5pm Johnson Center Cinema George Mason University This event is free and open to the public Featuring Omar Dahi, Hampshire College/Jadaliyya: Material Roots of the Uprising: Rethinking the Economic Thesis Rochelle Davis, Georgetown University: Gender, Danger, and Vulnerability: Syrian Men and War Yasser Munif, Emerson College: Participatory Democracy and Local Governance in Manbij Ibrahim Hamidi, ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 31)

[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.] Cassandra’s Curse: No True Allies for Egyptian Women Nesreen Salem writes, “Oppression can be defined as the absence of choice. Every day, choices are taken away from women under the ...

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Arab Studies Journal Spotlight: Spring 2009

This issue of the Arab Studies Journal focuses on the dynamics between local and global forces. Included are four featured articles that explore social interactions in transnational and international contexts. This issue also contains a special “In Memoriam” section dedicated to Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away in August 2008. The four featured articles cover a range of geographic locales and time periods. Ahmad Shokr outlines the influences of international expertise in the early phases of Gamal Abdel ...

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Media On the Margins: An Interview with Alex Christie-Miller about Turkey's Attack on the Media Beyond Twitter

On this edition of "Media on the Margins," Malihe speaks with Istanbul-based freelance journalist Alexander Christie-Miller shortly after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's ban on Twitter went into effect and before the country's elections. On 20 March, during a campaign rally ten days before the local elections, Erdogan said, “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic!” ...

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Return Unifies Us: Global Day Of Action For And By Palestinian Refugees

 25 March, 2014 On Saturday 22 March, Palestinians held a day of activities in Syria’s devastated Yarmouk refugee camp. In what has now become a rare occurrence for the besieged camp, concerts took place and music was played, organized by the Damascene School, in cooperation with Yarmouk Youth Group, Sawa’ed Group and the Palestinian Charitable Association. This was one of a series of events held as a result of a “Call to Action” on the right of return. The call was put out by several ...

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عين صندوق النقد الدولي على الريوع النفطية: مثال الكويت

حين زار وفد صندوق النقد الدولي الكويت في أيلول/سبتمبر الماضي، لمناقشة «مواضيع مرتبطة بالسياسات المالية وإدارة الثروات»، جاء حاملاً جملة مخاوف، من بينها احتمال أن تتعرض الكويت لعجز كبير في الميزانية العامة للدولة «بسبب عدم التحكم في الإنفاق العام، وبسبب كلفة وعدم كفاءة الخدمات التي تقدمها في مختلف القطاعات»، علاوة على ما تستنزفه «فاتورة الدعومات الكبيرة ضمن الموازنة العامة». ولتأكيد واقعية هذه المخاوف، أشار الوفد إلى تقلبات سوق النفط العالمي و«توقع انخفاض سعر برميل النفط ليتراوح ما بين 65 إلى 70 دولاراً ...

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