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Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

Yemen has grabbed the world's attention as the country’s political crisis appears to have been deepened with the Saudi-led military intervention. According to The Guardian and other news organizations, the U.S. is providing “logistical and ...

[Image from ruins of the Palestinian village of Damoun, featuring a plaque by the Zochrot Truth Comission. Image by the author.]

Boycott, Sovereign Anxieties, and the Decolonizing Temporality of Return: A Note on Adi Ophir’s Remarks on BDS

And so it is not I who make a meaning for myself, but it is the meaning that was already there, pre-existing, waiting for me. – Frantz Fanon[1] It is fair to say that the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign ...

[The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta. Photo by Kathleen T. Rhem.]

Reading Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary

“You are holding me because your country is strong enough to be unjust.” Guantánamo Diary, written by Mohamedou Ould Slahi,[i] depicts the continuing incarceration of this Mauritanian national in the military detention facility in ...

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"The Amir of Bahrain and the Beautiful Scottish Lady": Political Satire in the Arab World

The Arab world has a rich satirical tradition that has appeared in numerous forms throughout its history, ranging from satirical al-hija1 poetry of the pre-Islamic era to the satirical newspaper Abou Naddara Zarqa, published in late ...


Minyan Village Mourns: A Photographic Essay

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

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 Libya. Women and children’s screams echoed through the village. On 3 January 2015 around 2 a.m. in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte, masked gunmen knocked on the door of a dormitory of Egyptian workers. "We came for the Christians. Stay away," they said, according to Milad Ibrahim, who witnessed the abduction of his two cousins behind closed doors in an adjacent dormitory.  The twenty-one victims were workers who had ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.1 is Live!

We are excited to announce that the second issue of Status Audio Journal is live! www.StatusHour.com.  Officially, this is our -2 Episode (minus two), denoting our experimental phase.  Status / الوضع, is an evolving critical, collaborative, and independent monthly audio journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It is mainly comprised of hard-hitting interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond feature activists, journalists, scholars, artists, unusual conduits, and ordinary people. We will highlight movers and shakers in “civil society” and beyond, who animate the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 24)

[Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi withdrew his resignation of the presidency and fled to Aden this week. Image from Glenn Fawcett/Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Qatar recalls Cairo envoy over Egyptian suggestion Doha supports terrorism The relations between Cairo and Doha deteriorate over Libya strikes. On Edge, Persian Gulf Monarchies Step Up Defense Spending Robert Wall and Rory Jones examine the Gulf states’ purchases of military ...

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A New Secularism?

[Cover of Mayanthi L. Fernando,

[This is the third of three responses to Muriam Haleh Davis’ review essay of books by Joan W. Scott, Naomi Davidson, and Mayanthi Fernando. For Joan W. Scott’s response, “More on Laïcité in Historical Context," click here; for Naomi Davidson’s response, “The Vagaries of Laïcité,” click here.] In bringing the work of Joan Scott and Naomi Davidson together with mine, Muriam Haleh Davis demonstrates the importance of undertaking a history of the present. This history enables us to identify some of the structuring logics of French republicanism and French secularism, as well as to track both continuities and discontinuities between past and present, something that ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 23)

[Photo by Gigi Ibrahim via Wikimedia Commons]

[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 Egypt and France Sign Rafale Jet Fighters Deal In a nationally televized ceremony, Egypt and France finalized a deal in which Cairo purchased twenty-four French Rafale jets.   Egyptian President Calls for Unified Arab Force to Combat Islamists “Al-Sisi addresses the nation a week after Egyptian warplanes ...

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Cornell University Event: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad and US Ambassador Dennis Ross Debate US Policy in the Middle East (3 March)

  [VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE HERE]   Lund Critical Debate Series presents: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Success or Failure Ambassador Dennis Ross (William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Professor Bassam Haddad (Director, Middle East Studies Program and Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University) Moderated by Aziz Rana, Cornell Law School Associate Professor Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 4:30 PM Location: Statler Auditorium Admission is free and open to the public. For more information ...

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Islam Kamal: Filmmaker from Alexandria

Alexandrian filmmaker Islam Kamal studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, before enrolling in several film workshop organized by the Goethe Institut and Jesuits Cultural Center. He worked as DoP in several films in addition to filming and directing his own films and video art works. In this interview with Medrar.TV, Kamal explains his approaches to filmmaking using several examples of his work, including 'Hayat' and 'Local Copy'. He also discusses alternative ways for reaching broader audiences such as screening films in local coffee shops and NGOs. Amira El Masry translated the interview to English.

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'The Thing Is to Be Light as Air': An Interview with Mai Al-Nakib

[Mai Al-Nakib. Photo: Omar Nakib]

Last spring, Bloomsbury published Mai Al-Nakib’s debut work of fiction, The Hidden Light of Objects (released in the US this January). Since then the collection of short stories has won praise and acclaim from across the globe, including the First Book Award at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2014. The Hidden Light of Objects is not so much a collection but rather, to borrow from the language of Gilles Deleuze, an assemblage of fictions whose themes, characters and things are deeply entangled with one another. Especially suggestive in this regard is Al-Nakib’s figure of the bougainvillea—that vine with such an evocative local name, majnuna (madwoman) and ...

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موسى أساريد: أربعة نصوص

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

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (21 February)

[Libyan rebel checkpoint, 2011. Image by J. Weeks, Voice of America.]

[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.] Chapel Hill Shootings The Race Hate We All Know, Nima Azmi Azmi, former president of the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association, writes for ColorLines, critiquing the American legal system's capacity for exculpating white Americans of race-based violent crimes. FBI Opens Inquiry into Chapel Hill Shootings, ...

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القمر فوق بحر الرمال العظيم

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في قلب بحر الرمال العظيم، في الجانب المصري من الصحراء الكبرى، وبمنطقة ما على تخوم ليبيا والسودان، حطّ ركبنا المكون من ثلاث سيارات دفع رباعي من طراز "تويوتا لاندكروزر". يُفضلها السائقون البدو في ارتياد الرمال؛ هكذا قال لي سائقنا ودليلنا "طلعت" من بدو مطروح ويتخذ من واحة "سيوة" قاعدة لنشاطاته في سياحة السفاري و"الأوف رود". كانت السيارة تصعد كثباناً يصل ارتفاعها لمائة متراً والمحرك يزمجر كأسد غاضب، ثم تهبطها انزلاقاً بالسرعة البطيئة في صمت والمحرك شبه مُطفأ. توقفنا على أحد تلك الكثبان العالية، ودعانا طلعت وبقية الأدلّاء لتجربة القفز في بحر الرمال. هي تجربة أشبه بالطيران، هكذا قالوا. وقفت ومعي الأصدقاء أعلى التلة، ثم قذفنا بأنفسنا على ...

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"شوق الدرويش" لحمّور زيادة:"احذر الإيمان يا ولدي، فمنه ما يُهلِك كالكفر"

كل شيء يفرّق بينهما: هو عبد أسود مولود في جبال السودان التحق بثورة المهدي ضد السلطة المصرية-البريطانية في نهاية القرن التاسع عشر وهي راهبة بيضاء يونانية الأصل اسكندرانية النشأة، ذهبت إلى الخرطوم في بعثة تنصيرية من أجل "خدمة الرب في بلاد البرابرة" (128)، على حد تعبيرها. كل شيء يباعد بينهما بما في ذلك أفكارهما المسبقة أحدهما على "جنس" الآخر، المطبوعة بطابع العنصرية، فثيودورا ليس لها مواقف تقدّمية سابقة لأوانها؛ هي راهبة عنصرية تمقت السود ولا تختلط بهم إلا من أجل منالة الحسنات. وبخيت منديل كان "قبل أن تغزوه" ثيودورا "يعجب كيف شوّه الله هؤلاء الناس": "أجسادهم مسلوخة تكسوها حُمرة" (203). تشكّل قصة الغرام المستحيل هذه قلب ...

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Burj el Imam: Music by Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin and Alan Bishop

Beirut-based musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin came together with Alan Bishop for a special performance of their upcoming "Burj el Imam" album at 100Copies Music Space in Cairo, Egypt. The album is a collaboration between Sehnaoui and Yassin known as 'A Trio' and Bishop, and is produced by Annihaya Records. Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist. He plays electric and acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jonathan A.C. Brown, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy

Jonathan A.C. Brown, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy. London: Oneworld Publications, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jonathan A.C. Brown (JB): Through my teaching and public speaking, I got the sense that there was a need for a book that brought the history, inner workings, and contributions of the Islamic tradition of scriptural interpretation to a general audience. In particular, I was constantly asked “How should we understand ...

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Beyond Authenticity: ISIS and the Islamic Legal Tradition

The Atlantic thinks ISIS is Islamic. President Obama and countless others disagree. As the debate rages on with no shortage of interlocutors, one must stop to ask, what is the utility of making such pronouncements? Is the simple binary of whether ISIS is Islamic or not an effective way to discuss and understand the various questions at stake concerning the Islamic tradition, its authenticity, continuity and change? In response to this basic question, Muslims globally have gone on the defensive, denying ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 24)

[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 Özgecan Aslan, Nuh Köklü, and the Spate of Violence Violence against Women Beril Dedeoğlu examines the rise in violence against women over the past few years and claims ...

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Sacrificing Humans

In recent months, to general horror, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) has carried out many beheadings and one immolation.  So, too, have others loosely or closely affiliated with it, most recently of twenty-one Egyptian Christians in Libya.  These events have provoked significant debate and widespread condemnation on many levels.  Some have argued that there is nothing Islamic in these actions despite the claim by the perpetrators that theirs is the Islamic State.  Others have ...

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Syria Media Roundup (February 16)

[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 Why the victory in Kobane matters Aron Lund claims that victory in Kobane was no “Pyrrhic victory,” the U.S. backed Kurdish defeat of the Islamic state in ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 16-22)

 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. Manufacturing Silence: On Jordan's ISIS War, Arab Authoritarianism, and US Empire In Memory of Ozgecan Aslan: Sexual Violence and the Juridical System in Turkey Quick Thoughts: Paul Sedra on the IS Massacre of Egyptian Copts in ...

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Open Letter: Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine

[The following open letter was issued by the below signatories on 4 February, 2015.] We support and congratulate UC Santa Cruz on their selection of Angela Davis for UCSC’s 31st annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Convocation The undersigned organizations write in support of UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal for his office’s selection and sponsorship of the Black feminist theorist and activist Angela Davis, a luminary of our movements and our region, who delivered a speech on “Racism, ...

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الجرف الصامد والدروع البشريّة

  "الجرف الصامد" والدروع البشريّة "تشنّ حركة حماس هجمات على إسرائيل على نحوٍ عشوائيّ، وتفعل ذلك من مناطق مأهولة بالسكّان، وحتّى من الجوامع والمستشفيات والمدارس. وهي تحوّل الجامعات إلى مراكز للذخيرة، وتخزّن صواريخها في الجوامع وفي داخل مدارس الأونروا. يعمل قادتها ومنظوماتها الرقابيّة في الكثير من الأحيان من أقبية المستشفيات، ولا يحارب مقاتلوها بالبزّة العسكريّة الموحّدة (باستثناء ارتدائهم زيّ جيش الدفاع الإسرائيليّ عندما يصبّ الأمر في صالحها). تنتهك حماس جميع الأعراف والمعايير ...

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Mr. Freeze

Amid little anticipation and less expectation, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday, 17 February, briefed the Security Council on the progress of the initiative he unveiled last year to “freeze” the conflict that has destroyed the country, extinguished perhaps 1 per cent of its population and displaced more than a quarter of the remainder. It would be an exaggeration to say that hubris has given way to humility, but his performance this week was considerably more ...

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القرار الفلسطيني لمجلس الأمن: فتش عن حق العودة

اتسعت حدّة الجدل حول مشروع القرار الفلسطيني الذي قدمه الأردن، العضو العربي الوحيد في مجلس الأمن، بالاتفاق مع الفلسطينيين وجامعة الدول العربية. وعلى الرغم من رفض القرار في 30 ديسمبر/كانون الأول الماضي من قبل مجلس الأمن، فقد أكد الفلسطينيون أنهم سيحاولون تقديمه مرة أخرى. وجاء التأكيد الفلسطيني على لسان سفير فلسطين للأمم المتحدة، رياض منصور، في النقاش الأخير أمام مجلس الأمن حول الوضع في فلسطين، من دون أن يعطي موعداً محدداً، أو إشارة إلى تغييرات قد تطرأ على نواة المشروع. أما السفير الإسرائيلي، رون ...

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Syrian Refugees Collectivizing in Jordan Becomes a Security Issue

Introduction I first visited the northern city of Irbid, Jordan in the summer of 2013 as an American undergraduate studying Arabic. By joining a youth volunteer group, I came into contact with Syrian social workers who mobilize resources and services among the Syrian community to assist new Syrian arrivals, including injured ex- fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). On my visits to Syrian neighborhoods, I heard a wealth of personal narratives of suffering and resilience that impressed upon me the ...

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