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New Texts Out Now: Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy, eds., American Studies Encounters the Middle East لاجئا DARS Media Roundup Announcing the 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize Winners حول ملحمة جلجامش
Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[This is an ongoing post that will be updated regularly. It was first published on 6 December 2016. The updates appear at the bottom.] The conflict in Yemen seems set to intensify as 2016 draws to a close. The deposed president Abd ...

New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents ...

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دورنا في صناعة الظلام

ربيع علم الدين بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية مباشرة امتلأ حسابي على التويتر بالتعبيرات عن الصدمة والشكاوى. بدا كما لو أن العبارة المفضلة للجميع هي:"نحن أفضل من هذا”. لكنني اعتبرت هـذا الكلام خاطئاً، وفهمتُ منطقه الملتوي، والصدمة والأذى ...

Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

On 25 February 2017, the picture of a young male academic who committed suicide in Turkey went viral on the social media. The photo was hashtagged with #MehmetFatihTras and the line underneath the hashtag reads: “This is a murder. Try the ...


Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

Shadows of the Imperceptible poster.

PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as well as performances, screenings, talks, discussions and studio visits in different locations across the city. A sustained engagement with the context in which artists exchange knowledge, work and exhibit in Egypt has shaped much of the thinking around PhotoCairo’s sixth edition. Rather than working within the limited time frame of festivals, Shadows of ...

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The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies

[Storefront in Cairo on Valentine's Day 2010. Image by Karen Green via Wikimedia Commons]

[This Valentine’s Day, Jadaliyya is proud to republish Aymon Kreil's article "The Price of Love: Valentine's Day in Egypt and Its Enemies" from the Fall 2016 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. This month the Arab Studies Journal is offering discounted subscriptions through 28 February: 15% off 1-year individual subscriptions and 20% off 2-year individual subscriptions. Head over to TadweenPublishing.com and subscribe today!] Bi-fatha, ba, bahibbak Bi-kasra, bi, bi-shidda Ru-damma, ruhi ruhi gambak I lo-, lo-I love you Wi- wi- with strength My, my soul my soul is beside you[i] In the 1963 film The Soft Hands (Al-Aydayy ...

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خطوات مرحة في شارع البهلوان

[لوحة الملاك المحجب التي رسمتها زينات صدقي في الفيلم]

زينات صدقي فنانة تشكيليّة مهووسة بفنها وعاشقة لجمال الجسد الأنثوي العاري، أما لولا صدقي فمنقبة محافظة قليلة الكلام ومتزوجة من رجل متدين جداً .. زينات تجد في لولي الموديل الأنسب للوحتها القادمة نظراً لوجهها الجميل وجسمها الرائع الفتان. ولكن لولي ترفض أن تُرسم بدون البرقع والنقاب، فهي مخلصة لزوجها الغيور المتدين، فتقترح زينات عليها فكرة فنية متميزة وهي أن تكون الصورة بعنوان "الملاك المُحجَّب". بعدها بلحظات، تظهر لولي بالنقاب لكن شبه عارية وتنزل الكاميرا من أعلي لأسفل من النقاب إلى استعراض جسم لولي الرائع ثم تظهر زينات سعيدة وهي ترسم اللوحة. تترك زينات الريشة والألوان وتعطي لولي "الملاك المحجب" سيجارة لحين عودتها للتسلية. ويدخل زوج زينات ليرى ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 13)

[Egypt's Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi and US Congress Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher during a Cairo meeting. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces.]

[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.]  Muslim Brotherhood’s Terrorist Designation Threat White House Weighs Terrorist Designation for Muslim Brotherhood President Trump’s advisers are debating an order intended to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, targeting the oldest and perhaps most influential Islamist group in the Middle East. The ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (February 11)

[Palestinian children walked to school through clouds of teargas in Hebron after Israeli Defense Force fired four canisters into a busy street. Photo by CPT Palestine from Flickr]

[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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] The Occupation Forces The Israeli Forces Have Ransacked A Palestinian Publishing House In Ramallah Besides destroying much of the equipment at the al-Nour publishing house, Israeli forces also stole printers and a computer. The reason for the raid was that they were publishing "materials being used for incitement of terrorism". A New Video Is Challenging ...

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BBC News: A Sarcastic Response to Syria's Militants

By Mike Thomson BBC News 9 February 2017 It takes a special kind of person to run a radio station in an area controlled by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Music is forbidden, so are women presenters. But Raed Fares - manager of Radio Fresh FM - has come up with a creative response to the militants' demands. It is mid-day and almost time for the latest news from Radio Fresh FM in the rebel-held province of Idlib, in north west Syria. Suddenly the airwaves are filled with assorted sounds of tweeting birds, clucking chickens and bleating goats. As the newsreader gets under way, the cacophony continues beneath his voice.  You might be forgiven for thinking ...

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Cities Media Roundup (January 2017)

[Tripoli, near Abu-Ali river. Image from Wikimediacommons by Chaps the Idol]

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com]   Cities and War Strengthening Accountability and Public Participation at the Local Level in Dealing with the Syrian Refugees Crisis in Jordan Myriam Ababsa presents the results of surveys undertaken in Jordan, and raises the ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these cases are distinct because the structures are not built on what Israel has declared “State Lands.” Instead, they are built on private Palestinian lands where the proof of ownership is not in controversy. The Validation Law is an unprecedented new step in Israel’s incremental and steady encroachment of Palestinian lands. Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat, joins ...

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Where’s My Vote? The US Edition

[Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Photo by Mohammad Kazempour uploaded from Wikimedia Commons]

In June 2009, protests erupted in Tehran and other major Iranian cities following Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s loss in the presidential elections against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mousavi and the other opposition candidates alleged voter fraud and questioned the legitimacy of the Ahmadinejad win. Of course, the term “opposition” here is used loosely as presidential candidates are thoroughly vetted via a process that keeps out anti-establishment candidates. Everyone who makes it to the general election phase has enough credentials to be considered part of Iran’s Islamic revolution, which reached power in 1979 and has ruled ever since. Parallels can be drawn with the US ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 7)

[On the day after a July airstrike in Sana'a, Yemen, families mourn their lost relatives but say there is no way they have the resources to rebuild their homes, July 13, 2015. Almigdad Mojalli/VOA from 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 Government doesn't investigate human rights claims against Saudi Arabia before selling arms “Officials only come to an 'overall judgement' on whether weapons sold will be used to breach laws.” Two-thirds of British people think selling arms to Saudi Arabia is unacceptable The ...

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الإمعان بالحرب في اليمن: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع فارع المسلمي

[فارع المسلمي كاتب وباحث يمني]

اجرت نهلة شهال لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع فارع المسلمي، كاتب وباحث يمني ومؤسس مشارك لـ "مركز صنعاء للدراسات الاستراتيجية"، وهو مركز أبحاث بقيادات شابة ويهدف إلى تقديم مقاربات جديدة لقضايا اليمن والخليج.    في أبريل، 2013,، أدلى المسلمي بشهادة أمام مجلس الشيوخ الامريكي مناهضة لاستخدام وضربات الطائرات من دون طيار (الدرون) الامريكية في اليمن. يناقش فارع المسلمي في هذا الحوار معنى نقل البنك المركزي من صنعاء إلى عدن وعن الحرب المستمرة وإدارة العنف فيها واتهام من يرفضون الانحياز لأحد طرفيها بـ "الحياد".  

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (January 30- February 5)

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. Call for Applicants--2017 Doctoral Dissertation Summer Institute: Researching Lebanon  جميلة بوحيرد قصة نافخ الدواليب لسميرة عزام

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Media on Media Roundup (February 14)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup addresses several issues affecting the MENA mediascape. Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 revolution this Friday, and the New York Times showcased some memorable posters from the procession, some of which thanked Americans who opposed the “Muslim ban.” According to Human Rights Watch representatives, Saudi Arabia intensified its attacks on journalists and activists in 2016. Also in Saudi Arabia, young women are taking to social media to report ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 14)

[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 Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port The United Arab Emirates is planning to establish ...

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الحملة الوطنية للضمان الاجتماعي في فلسطين: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع فراس جابر

 أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع فراس جابر، كاتب وباحث في القضايا السياسية والاجتماعية،  ومن الباحثين المؤسسين لـ"مرصد"، وهي مؤسسة بحثية مقرها رام الله/ فلسطين، ومتخصصة "بدراسة وتحليل نقد السياسات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في فلسطين والمنطقة العربية على المستوى الكلي والإجرائي. بدأت عملها عام 2012، من خلال مجموعة من الباحثين المتخصصين في حقول التنمية وعلم الاجتماع والاقتصاد".  حصل فراس جابر على بكالوريوس في علم الاجتماع من جامعة بيت لحم، ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 6-12)

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.   قصة نافخ الدواليب لسميرة عزام Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next Call ...

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Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next

On 27 January 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Trump’s travel ban (or “Muslim ban,” as it has come to be called—not inaccurately, since it clearly targets Muslim-majority countries) has of course received a huge amount of attention. However, even among those attempting to follow the story closely, areas of confusion and misinformation have remained. In part, this has to do with the state of chaos that ...

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عن منع رواية جريمة في رام الله والتضامن الناقص

عبّر الكثيرون على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي كما في الإعلام عن صدمتهم لقيام  السلطة الفلسطينية بإصدار قرار يمنع رواية "جريمة في رام الله" للكاتب الفلسطيني يحيى عباد. وصدر بيان من عدد من المثقفين والكتاب العرب والفلسطينيين يطالب بوقف المنع والاعتذار.   بداية، عندما قرأت الخبر استوقفني عنوان البيان الذي نشرته و"كالة معا" نقلاً عن مكتب النائب العام، المستشار أحمد براك. في العنوان تتبنى الوكالة، المقربة من السلطة، البيان كحكم و"حقيقة" دون وضع الاقتباسات أو ...

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عصير الكتب: بلال فضل يحاور بسام حداد

في هذه الحلقات الثلاث من برنامج "عصير الكتب" على قناة العربي يستضيف الكاتب والصحفي المصري بلال فضل الدكتور بسام حداد، أستاذ العلوم السياسية في جامعة جورج ميسن ومدير برنامج دراسات الشرق الأوسط فيها وأحد مؤسسي ومحرّري مجلة "جدلية،" الصادرة عن مؤسسة الدراسات العربية.  يناقش الحوار العديد من المحاور المتعلقة بالإنتفاضة السورية ودول عربية أخرى. كما تتناول الحلقة كتاب بسام حداد   Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience  الصادر ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 7 فبراير

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 21 حتى 31 يناير) مصر منع المحامي الحقوقي نجاد البرعي من السفر بناء على قرار من قاضي التحقيقات منعت السلطات الأمنية المحامي الحقوقي نجاد البرعي من السفر يوم الخميس محام: النيابة تحجز 4 تظاهروا بمناسبة الذكرى السادسة لـ 25 يناير اعتقال أربعة متظاهرين تظاهروا بمناسبة ذكرى ٢٥ يناير بالصور- الذكرى السادسة لـ25 يناير.. لا شيء سوى الشرطة دوريات الشرطة تحيط بساحة التحرير قبل الذكرى السادسة لثورة ٢٥ يناير السيسي يوافق على برنامج السعودية لتنمية سيناء بقيمة 1.5 مليار ...

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With Muslim Ban, Trump and Bannon Wanted Chaos, but Not Resistance

The Trump executive order that puts into place a series of unconstitutional restrictions on migration of citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African countries is anything but an instance of harried incompetence by an inexperienced White House staff. Rather, it is, like so many other Trump executive orders and presidential memoranda, a malignant, strategic attack on democracy. A closer look at the pre-history and logic of the ban reveals that the Muslim Ban executive order is one among many drastic ...

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تقاسيم صيّاد الشعر وجنيّاته في العتمة

سيد حجاب :شاعر فقراء العالم و محرّض الطوفان كما لو أنه أبى إلا أن يكون موته آخر قصائده الثورية، مات شاعر الفقراء ومحرض الطوفان سيد حجاب يوم 25 يناير 2017، في الذكرى السادسة لثورة لم تكتمل. لكي يجعل من الموت صرخته المدوية التي لم يفلح النظام القمعي في كتمها كما أفلح في قمع كثير من أصوات الأحياء. فإذا كان الشاعر سيد حجاب قد نقّل فؤاده وخياراته والفنية كيف شاء من هوى الشعر لكن بقي حبه الأول وحلمه الأبدي هو الثورة التي لم تخمد جذوتها في كل ما كتب من قصائد وأغان وفي كل بصماته الشعرية الفريدة على الأعمال ...

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New Texts Out Now: Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar, eds. Gaza as Metaphor

Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar, editors. Gaza As Metaphor (London: Hurst, 2016).  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar (HTS and DM): During and in the immediate aftermath of the Israeli attacks against Gaza in July 2014, we shared a sense of anger and a responsibility to respond to the ways in which Gaza was a target of both military and representational violence. We were struck by the disconnect between how mainstream media, for example, talked ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 6)

[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.]  Political Rights Civil society organizations, activists targeted by 2-month-long hacking campaign Human rights organizations and activists have been subject to a sophisticated ...

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