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[In the northern West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Al-Bazz.]

Snapshot: Palestinian Spring

As a Palestinian photojournalist living in the West Bank my daily work is very far from the quiet and fabulous nature that is seen in these pictures. Every week I spend hours covering protests, clashes, and the military operations of the ...

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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 ...

[Cover of Don Karl and Basma Hamdy,

New Texts Out Now: Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution

Don Karl and Basma Hamdy, editors, Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution. Berlin: From Here to Fame Publishing, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Don Karl and Basma Hamdy (DK & BH): Our main goal ...

[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 ...


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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Rethink Saudi Arabia and Its Relations Through Tadween Publishing's JadMag

Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula Edited by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner Electronic copy: $4.99  Paperback: $7.49  Combo: $9.99  A number of significant developments in the region make this an opportune moment to revisit our first JADMAG, Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula, edited by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner. The contributing authors’ concerns that rentier state theory obscures the fundamental dependence of national petroleum economies on a global capitalist labor market have been reinforced by recent investigations into the scale of migrant worker deaths in Qatar, home of the 2022 World Cup. The tensions identified in this issue ...

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A Compound in Common: The Case of “Little Duweiqa,” Haram City

[Empty homes in Haram City. Photo Nicholas Simcik Arese]

While the eyes of the world focused on the intermittent occupations of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, in the four years since the Egyptian uprising of 2011, a different kind of social action has persisted at the city’s periphery. On 13 August 2010 and in February 2011, during the eighteen days leading to Hosni Mubarak’s fall, a group of 231 resettled slum dweller families from the impoverished Duweiqa district of Cairo abandoned their allocated twenty three square-meter homes to squat liveable ones in Haram City, a budget gated-community marketed by developers and development practitioners as a new best-practice “cooperative” public-private partnerships for low-income housing. ...

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In Memory of Ozgecan Aslan: Sexual Violence and the Juridical System in Turkey

[Ozgecan Aslan. Image via Flickr.]

This piece is written as a farewell to Ozgecan Aslan, a twenty-year-old university student, who was stabbed to death after she was raped. Her remains were found on 13 February, burnt and thrown into a river by three men. I slept with a heavy heart that night and woke up even grimmer and more outraged. Another terrible piece of news from Turkey, my home country, where nearly every day men brutally kill, sexually harass, and rape women. Where everyday acts of walking on the street, taking a bus, visiting a neighbor, wearing a pair of jeans, or holding the hand of your lover might easily be a “reason” for being raped, harassed, and murdered if you are a woman, transgender, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Andrea Khalil, Gender, Women, and the Arab Spring

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Andrea Khalil, editor, Gender, Women, and the Arab Spring. London and New York: Routledge, 2015. [Editors’ Note: This book was originally published as a special issue of The Journal of North African Studies 19.2 (2014). To mark the publication of this special issue as a book, we are reprinting a NEWTON piece written by the editor, Andrea Khalil, in May 2014.] Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this special issue?  Andrea Khalil (AK): During my fieldwork in Tunisia (2011-13) working on a book, I was sensitized to the profound problems that women in Tunisia were facing since the Revolution, and more generally, the urgency to address gender issues and ...

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Arab Studies Institute and Asfari Institute Present: Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship (Beirut, Feb. 20-22)

'Exploring an Agenda for Active Citizenship' First Annual Conference A conference co-sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute and the Asfari Institute Date and Time: 8am Friday 20 February through 5:30pm Sunday 22 February Location: Beirut, Lebanon Live Tweets: Follow @AsfariInstitute The February 2015 conference commemorates the fourth anniversary of the revolts that began in Tunisia in the final days of 2010 and rapidly spread to nearly half the countries of the Arab region. The revolts provided a stellar example of the power of citizen engagement as millions of people took to the streets and toppled long-time authoritarian regimes or leaders, changing perceptions ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 17)

[Women march in Taksim Square to protest police violence and abuse, July 2013. Image by EvrenKalinbacak / Shutterstock.com]

[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 AKP, Draft Security Bill, Authoritarianism Clear Intervention in Judiciary Günal Kurşun points out that the government’s arbitrary interventions into the judiciary have become systematic and widespread after the 17 December bribery and corruption operations. The "Holy Case" “The AK Party is putting forth a new objective, which ...

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Quick Thoughts: Paul Sedra on the IS Massacre of Egyptian Copts in Libya

[Still shot of the blood of victims mixing with the sea water from the video allegedly depicting the execution of twenty-one Copts at the hands of IS]

Among the most important points to make about these horrific murders relates to context. I would argue this event cannot and should not be placed within the context of domestic Egyptian politics or of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt. Without question, Egypt has a persistent problem with sectarianism and violence against Egypt’s Coptic community. But these latest sectarian murders represent an effort by the Islamic State (IS) movement to advance its transnational agenda rather than an Egyptian one. Its reference to “conquering Rome” in the video of these murders–even though the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church has for centuries pursued a path entirely separate from ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (February 16)

[Image of fishermen in Essaouira, Morocco. Image by Tiberio Frascari/Flickr]

[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 Algeria’s Sonatrach to press on with shale gas exploration: CEO Algeria’s government-owned hydrocarbon company will complete its first shale gas pilot well in a few days and plans to continue exploration near In Salah despite local protests. Algeria’s Silver Lining Lies Sahar argues that Algeria may be able to weather ...

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Cairo Downtown Passages Redesign

The Cairo Laboratory for Urban Studies and Environmental Research (CLUSTER) has been exploring the network of Cairo’s downtown passages for almost three years. as CLUSTER co-founder Omar Nagati explains that they see the passageways as an 'in-between' space that allows for unique possibilities for the development and revitalization of the city center. Their interest also stems from hopes to engage the public more with existing arts and culture spaces, as curator and CLUSTER co-founder Beth Stryker tells Medrar.TV. For a pilot phase, supported by the Center for Culture and Development (CKU) and the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI), CLUSTER ...

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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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Khaled Galal Eldeen: A Rolling Stone Gather No Moss

A rolling stone gathers no moss is the first solo show by Khaled Galal Eldeen in Cairo. Paper collages, printed sheets of silk, GIFs and an animation video offer different states of visual flatness, reflecting the mixed reality of objects made after the internet. Galal Eldeen developed the work over the past four years, using found images to create soft, hypnotic patterned surfaces  Khaled Galal Eldeen holds a BFA and MFA from Alexandria University, where he currently works as a teaching ...

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Ras Beirut, Bliss Street, and “Abu Muhammad”

Hamra Street is possibly Ras Beirut’s most renowned street, its name so often interchanged with Ras Beirut to designate the neighborhood. However, a few blocks north, Bliss Street rivals Hamra as the defining east-west axis of Ras Beirut’s urban grid. Bliss Street perhaps best embodies the characteristics of Ras Beirut’s association with an educated multi-confessional middle class, while its name signifies its historic tie to the American University of Beirut (AUB). After the First World War, Beirut’s ...

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New Texts Out Now: Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture

Smadar Lavie, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Smadar Lavie (SL): In February 1999 I was a star academic, on the eve of becoming a full tenured professor at University of California, Davis. I had to pack two suitcases, the family dog, and my son’s cello, and flee with him from Berkeley to save our lives. We were both victims of domestic violence that I kept secret from ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 9-15)

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.  Do Muslims Belong in the West? An Interview with Talal Asad Becoming a 'Media Intellectual': The Platitudes and Partisanships of Etyen Mahçupyan Manufacturing Silence: On Jordan's ISIS War, Arab Authoritarianism, and US Empire ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 17)

[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 Prince Charles raises blogger case with new Saudi king Prince Charles raised the issue of Raif Badawi during his first ...

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On the Margins Roundup (February)

[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 info@jadaliyya.com.]   Comoros Populist Muslim party surges in Comoros voting The populist Muslim party Juwa has performed well in Comoran parliamentary ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 16)

[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 Update: Egyptian Airstrikes Significant, but More Action Needed: Analyst Mada Masr reports on Egyptian-Libyan coordinated airstrikes targeting ...

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Bio-Istanbul: A Speculative, Segregationist, and Sustainable Urbanism

Ekolojik (ecological), yeşil (green), doğal (natural), or akıllı (smart): these are the new concepts increasingly emphasized in brochures advertising real estate projects in Istanbul. Stamped with the seal of “sustainability” (sürdürülebilirlik), a terminology that signalled its entry into the vocabulary of Turkey’s urban policies in the early 2000s (Pérouse 2011), do these projects really reflect new forms of urban design and spatial production in the metropolis of Istanbul? In order to ...

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Manufacturing Silence: On Jordan's ISIS War, Arab Authoritarianism, and US Empire

On 24 December 2014, ISIS reported and the US-led coalition confirmed that a Jordanian fighter pilot, Mu‘ath al-Kassasbeh, had crashed in Syria and was now in ISIS custody. On 3 February 2015, ISIS released a video showing its own members murdering the pilot by immolation. The Jordanian regime vowed revenge. Some Jordanians took to the streets in grief and anger. The Jordanian Armed Forces, for its part, intensified its bombing campaign in Syria. Media outlets and Middle East analysts have expended ...

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