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[Image by Ed Greevey. Photo of attendees and participants at Closing Event 1 December 2014.]

Aloha Aina: Notes From The Struggle in Hawai’i

In late November 2014, I had the honor of visiting the occupied Kingdom of Hawai’i as an invited guest. I prepared for the trip with ample readings J. Kehaulani Kaunaui both wrote and shared with me, along with book recommendations that my ...

Installation view of Hany Rashed's

Historical Realities of Concept Pop: Debating Art in Egypt

Today, every phenomenon of culture, even if a model of integrity, is liable to be suffocated in the cultivation of kitsch. Yet paradoxically in the same epoch it is to works of art that has fallen the burden of wordlessly asserting what is ...

[Wall surrounding a gated community, Saudi Arabia. Image by Amelie Le Renard.]

The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State

With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various ...

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Soma, Ermenek, Yirca: Can Anti-Coal Activists Defend Coal Miners and Olive Farmers?

The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 mine workers in Soma on 14 May 2014 brought forward the country’s fragile mix of social ...


Sexual Violence, Women’s Bodies, and Israeli Settler Colonialism

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They not only invaded our home, took over our space, and evicted us—they even arrested me and took me to the Maskubya—the police station.  I was put in room number four, alone, for a long time.  Then, a big and tall man, a police officer, entered the interrogation room.  I was alone, and started shivering from fear as he closed the door, started moving things around in the room and examining me from head to toe.  I was terrorized, and my heart was beating so fast.  His eyes penetrated my body, as he was opening the drawers looking for something.  Then, he left the room and came back five minutes later holding a box.  He pulled out a ...

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Kenneth Balfelt

In September, Medrar.TV organized an arts documentation workshop with Kopenhagen Channel to feature a selection of Danish and Arab artists working in Denmark. We start the series with a profile of Danish artist Kenneth Balfelt, who has been implementing projects in public spaces around the world for over a decade. His work is unique in its participatory and inclusive approach. In this video, for instance we focus on one of his latest projects at Folkets Park (meaning ‘People’s Park’). Balfelt has managed to collaborate with a group of architects to make the park once again a hospitable space to the local community. The park is located in a neighborhood with limited ...

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة

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منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية/ فلسطين: حان الوقت للتوقف عن المماطلة تطلُّ علينا منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية كلَّ يوم تقريبًا بمبادرةٍ دولية جديدة للاعتراف بها "كدولة" أو لإنهاء الحكم العسكري الإسرائيلي. وفي الآونة الأخيرة، أعلنت المنظمة أنها تعتزم استصدار قرارٍ من مجلس الأمن الدولي يحدد مهلة ثلاث سنوات كموعدٍ أخير لإنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي لأراضي عام 1967. ويأتي هذا الإعلان بعد عامين من الجهود الرامية إلى الحصول على اعتراف البلدان الأخرى "بدولة فلسطين" – وهي جهود أثمرت مؤخرًا بأنْ أصبحت السويد أولَ دولةٍ أوروبية كبرى تعترف بدولة فلسطين، رغم تسونامي الانتقادات الموجهة إليها حين أعربت عن نيتها. وثمة حديث يتردد كثيرًا ...

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Visit Our Jadaliyya/ASI/GMU Booths at MESA! #83 and #84

We would like to see you at our booths at MESA (#83/#84), where we will be featuring our Tadween Publishing books and JadMags, the Arab Studies Journal, some of the Status Audio Journal content, and more from the Arab Studies Institute (ASI). As for Jadaliyya, members of our team will always be there and we would be happy to see you. We will also have material from George Mason University's new MA Program in Middle East and Islamic Studies, with which ASI is affiliated. Most importantly, the semi circle that forms around our booth(s) is an entertaining gathering, for meeting, networking, and/or just having fun away from the hot and heavy atmosphere. Hope to ...

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An Open Letter to King Mohammed VI

[Image of a portrait of King Mohammed VI in Casablanca. Image by slettvet/Flickr.]

[The following open letter was written by Moroccan journalist Hamza Mahfoud on 11 November 2014, in response to King Mohammed VI's speech marking the anniversary of the Green March. The open letter was originally published in Arabic on Huna Sotak and translated to English by Abdellah Laaraj. Since its publication, the open letter has been widely disseminated on social media, drawing a wide range of responses.] Dear King, I am writing regarding the Sahara after having watched your speech last Thursday. I would like to present the point of view of a Moroccan citizen who wished he were in a stronger position to defend his country. The reality is that he found himself ...

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Maspero II: The Sequel

March 2014 Darb 1718, Cairo In 2011, artist Ali Abdel Mohsen invited a selection of artists to reflect on Egyptian State Television in an exhibition titled ‘Maspero’. Egyptian State Television sent out its first broadcast on 21 July 1960. This was the first step in what would become "a long history of shockingly bad programming, hilariously outdated policies, and of course, relentless propaganda," wrote Abdel Mohsen at the time. During the 18 days of protests, the devastating effects of Maspero’s broadcasts reached their peak, further dividing the population in a time of great uncertainty and fear. Earlier this year, Darb 1718 cultural center, ...

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Yirca'da Acele Kamulastirma, Hukuksuzluk ve Direnis: Olcay Bingol ve Deniz Bayram ile Roportaj

[Image by Ayşegül Ersoy.]

Yırca'da Acele Kamulaştırma, Hukuksuzluk ve Direniş: Olcay Bingöl ve Deniz Bayram ile Röportaj [Boğaziçi Üniversitesi öğrencileri Çiğdem Artık ve Mustafa Kaba'nın Yırca'da zeytinliklerinin bölgeye termik santral yapımı için kamulaştırılmasına karşı direnen köylülerin yanında gönüllü olan ekoloji aktivisti Olcay Bingöl ve Greenpeace Akdeniz avukatı Deniz Bayram ile Yırca’da devam eden direniş ve acele kamulaştırma süreci hakkında Boğaziçi Mensupları Tüketim Kooperatifi için yaptıkları röportajı burada yayımlıyoruz.] Mustafa Kaba (MK), Çiğdem Artık (ÇA): Acele kamulaştırma ne zaman oldu? Çiftçiler bilgilendirildi mi? Ne zaman haberleri oldu? Deniz Bayram (DB): Acele ...

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Laughing in the Kingdom: On Saudi YouTube Comedy

[Screenshot of YouTube show 3al6ayer. Courtesy of UTURN Entertainment]

“No woman, no drive. Said I remember, when you used to sit in the family car, but backseat. Ova-ovaries all safe and well. So you can make lots and lots of babies.”  These are the opening lyrics of a satirical song parodying Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” and poking fun at a Saudi cleric’s statement in which he asserted that women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and pelvises, ultimately birthing children with “clinical problems.” Performed and produced by Saudi comedians Hisham Fageeh and Fahad Albutairi, the YouTube music video, posted on 26 October 2013, calls attention to the “Women2Drive” campaign in Saudi Arabia—an issue of great interest to local ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (November 11)

[Turkish soldiers at the Syrian border, 21 September 2014. Image by fpolat69 / 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 Kobane / ISIS Blame Washington for Continuing Crisis in Syria Merve Şebnem Oruç claims that American ambivalence in the Syrian war is preventing Turkey from achieving a lasting solution to the geopolitical and humanitarian crisis. Bayık: No Solution Without Kurds in Middle East KCK Executive Council Co-President Cemil Bayık describes the ...

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Next to Here

Young Photographers from North Africa and the Middle East  September - November 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo This exhibition presents 18 photographic works by young documentary photographers from North Africa and the Middle East. The works originated in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. They were produced through 10 photography workshops in MENA organized by the Goethe-Institut and its local partners in 2013 and 2014  Next to Here is a selection from a total of 74 photographic works. It offers visual narratives about the world right at the doorstep. These ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 10)

[Photo by Islam Kotb via Flickr]

[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, Gulf Arab Allies Eye Anti-Militant Alliance Hamza Hidawy writes on the regional dynamics that led Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Egypt to discuss the possibility of establishing a military coalition. Egypt’s War on Terror: ISIS, President Sisi, and the U.S.-led Coalition Mohammed ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (November 8)

[Image of homes in Essaouira. Image by flikr/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 Algérie : 1er novembre 1954, retour sur la « Toussaint rouge » de l’indépendance Algeria celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of its war for independence this week. Hostility along the Algeria-Morocco border? Not to worry, it’s just volleyball…3,700 participants have signed up for a ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 10-16)

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.  The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasinda Rojava deneyimi Laughing in the Kingdom: On Saudi YouTube Comedy An Open Letter to King Mohammed ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (November 17)

[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 Oil Reserves in the Mediterranean Open New Front between Cairo and Ankara Al-Akhbar reports on the increased tensions between Cairo and Ankara ...

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UCLA's Center for Near East Studies Response to Smear Campaign

Response to Criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently including seventy-six affiliated faculty (among whom are seventeen lecturers/adjuncts and fifteen academically active and productive emeriti), representing such diverse departments/fields as Anthropology, Art History, History, Comparative ...

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Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasinda Rojava deneyimi

Yerellik ve Evrensellik arasında Rojava deneyimi Rojava devriminin sembolü olarak görülen Kobanê kenti 61 gündür kendine İslam devleti (IŞİD) diyen karanlık ve zalim bir örgütün ağır saldırılarına karşı efsanevi bir direniş sergileyerek, tüm dünyada özgürlüğün bir metaforu haline gelmiş bulunuyor. Siyasi Kürt kamuoyunda Kobanê üzerine yapılan tartışmalara baktığımızda ise, bu direnişi Kürtlerin yaşadığı bir coğrafyanın IŞİD istilasına karşı savunulması ya da Kürdistan’ın özgürleşmesinin ötesinde, ...

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New Texts Out Now: Hani Bawardi, The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to US Citizenship

Hani Bawardi, The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to US Citizenship. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hani Bawardi (HB): My intellectual pursuits began when I set out to understand the dominance of my peers in small business ownership in Flint, Michigan. My research led me to Roy (Rushd) Farah, the son of Ameen Farah, the man who started a hundred-year-long business dynasty built on patron-client relationships and clan migration. I ...

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Exhibiting the War in Syria: Interview with Khaled Malas

[Khaled Malas is a Syrian architect who curated a series of events on the production of the landscape in Syria from before the First World War until today, entitled “excavating the sky” (12-14 August, 2014), at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale (7 June to 23 November 2014). In this interview, he talks with Mona Harb about his trajectory, the project’s threads, processes and goals, building wells as resistance, the support of colleagues and friends, next stages and future plans, and the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Elisabeth Longuenesse et Cyril Roussel, Developper en Syrie. Retour sur une experience historique

Élisabeth Longuenesse et Cyril Roussel (dir.), Développer en Syrie. Retour sur une expérience historique. Beyrouth : Presses de l’Ifpo, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait publier ce livre? Elisabeth Longuenesse (EL) et Cyril Roussel (CR): Ce livre est issu du programme Tanmia, le développement: La fabrique de l’action publique qui a associé, entre 2007 et 2010, une trentaine de chercheurs et doctorants, et trois institutions, l’Institut français du Proche-Orient (basé à ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 11)

[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 The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and ...

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Gulf Women's Writing: On Slavery, Migrant Labor, and Statelessness

On 10 November, Mona Kareem will give a talk at Binghamton University (1:00pm in room LT 1506) on how Gulf women writers adopt—or challenge—nationalist narratives. How, Kareem asks, do women writers deal with racialized minorities, migrants, and stateless individuals? What kinds of feminist positions are taken within their discussions of racism? Can citizen-women offer an alternative history or new narratives on issues of slavery, migrant labor, and statelessness? Kareem is herself stateless, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (November 3-9)

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. Tunisia: The Victory of Secularism over Islamism? The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS Banning Halloween and Other Narrative Diversions in Jordan ISIS in the News: Extensive ...

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Syria Media Roundup (November 10)

[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 did Jund Al-Aqsa join Nusra Front in taking out 'moderate' rebels in Idlib? Tam Hussein on Jund Al-Aqsa’s indicative position on the practices of the Syrian ...

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The Poverty of Moral Answers to Political Questions: On Perceptions of Islam in the Wake of ISIS

Recent weeks and months have witnessed a frustrated sense of déjà vu on the part of many Islamic Studies scholars in North America and  Western Europe. In the wake of 11 September 2001, scholars of Islam were frequently called upon to explain the marginality of al-Qa'ida’s bellicose interpretation of the sources of the tradition and to argue against the substitution of this marginal vision for the whole of Islam. In his influential book Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, anthropologist and historian Mahmood ...

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