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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 ...


Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (January 2015)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of January 2015. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series.  بيان مشترك لمؤسسات ومحلات في شارع الحمرا (بيروت) رداً على مقال جريدة النهار Charlie Hebdo and the Limits of the Republic The Dramaturgy of A Street Corner بيان مقهى التـاء مربوطـة في بيروت ردا على مقال جريدة النهار Charlie Hebdo et les limites de la République Evolution and Debates about the Concept of Terrorism Keep Reading »

ISIS Kills Gays: A History of Violence

[Fighters belonging to the Islamic State group in Anbar, Iraq. Image by Wikimedia Commons User Ritsaiph.]

Hands shove them forward, bound and blindfolded. Then comes the step when the stone beneath them stops and nothing is there. The photographs appall but they have the solidity of things you can see; they suggest but cannot summon the feel of one terrifying lurch in darkness when all that is solid falls away. Death is what happens when you are there, alone, and the world disappears. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which now styles itself just the Islamic State. Many Arabs prefer to call it Da’ish, an acronym (Ad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-‘Iraq wash-Sham) that the militants despise, partly because it echoes Arabic words for ...

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الأقلام: ذاكرة أخرى لثقافة في العراق

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ترى كم تاريخٍاً للثقافة في العراق "وهل العراق بدع من البلدان ليكون له تواريخ ثقافية عديدة!؟" شخصياً لا أدري؛ مادام أن للثقافة تاريخياً شخصياً: تاريخ أفراد بعينهم، كثيرون يعضون على نواجذهم قائلين، لأنفسهم ربما، أن الثقافة شان ذاتي، بول ريكور، مثلاً، يشدد في مدونته الكبرى، أن الذاكرة شان السرد، إنما تتعلق بذات تتكلم وتتذكر وتحكي، لكنه لم يقل مطلقاً: اننا أمام طوفان من التواريخ، لكني أرى، للأسف، ان الثقافة ربما تكون سجلاً ضخماً يشكل، بمجموعه، طوفاناً من التواريخ الشخصية للمثقفين في العراق. أتصور أننا، هنا، إزاء سيل عارم من الأمزجة والمصائر الشخصية التي تدعي، بحق أو سواه، أنها بصدد إنتاج الثقافة في بلادنا. السنوات السالفة، بدء من 9، 4 تكشف عن ترسخ هكذا توجه؛ ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 9)

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[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 French Defense Minister Confirms Rafale Talks with Egypt: TV Jean-Yves le Drian, French Defense Minister, confirms that “advanced” talks are underway with Egypt over the purchase of twenty-four Rafale jets and a Fremme frigate from a French defense firm. The deal is estimated at 5 billion euros, i.e. from 5.7 ...

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Justice: An Uncertain Question in Turkey

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On 3 June 2013, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, a nineteen-year old university student in Eskisehir, was participating in nonviolent peaceful protests against the Turkish government when he was brutally clubbed and beaten by a group of police officers and civilians. The protestors were demanding the retraction of an urban development plan for Gezi Park in Istanbul that required the demolition of the only green area in the heart of the city. The wave of protests quickly spread to all of Turkey. On the day he was attacked, Ali Ismail Korkmaz was ironically wearing a t-shirt that read “world peace,” representing the humane spirit of the Gezi Protests. Shortly after the brutal attack, ...

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي الجزء الثاني

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) الذي طعن عرب القرن العشرين ف خاصرتهم.  (الجزء الثاني)   [انقر/ي هنا لقراءة الجزء الأول من المقال] القصيمي شاعراً تائهاً وفي الفصل السادس يولي المؤلف إبراهيم عبد الرحمن الإنتاج الشعري الذي قدمه القصيمي، ولم يلتفت إليه بوصفه تجربة مستقلة. وإنما استخدم القصيمي الشعر لتمرير أفكاراً مختلفة، فهو نشر قبل أي كتاب في جريدة الرياض الأسبوعية قصيدة في تمجيد البطل "نفثة مخلص: إلى حضرة صاحب الجلالة عبد العزيز ملك الحجاز ونجد وملحقاتها" (1930). مطلعها: "وقفت بالدار أجري الدمع والجزعا  على طلول أهيل جرعوا الضبعا" وقد افتتح كتابه "البروق النجدية في اكتشاح الظلمات ...

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الجسد والسلطة في السينما( 2): قراءة جندريّة

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الأثر المابعد حداثيّ، والسلطة ينزع النقاد إلى القول بأنّ تيار ما بعد الحداثة يعتمد على الانتقال من أحاديّة الحقيقة إلى تعدّدها وتداخلها وصراعات الرؤى فيها، تلك التي تقوم على فرديّة مطلقة ومتذرّرة، أو بحسب براين ماكهايل في كتابه"المتخيّل الما بعد حداثيّ" :"الانتقال من المنظوريّة التي تسمح للحداثيّ أن يبرز على نحو واضح حقيقة معقّدة، ولكنّها تظلّ أحاديّة في النهاية، إلى حقل متقدّم من الأسئلة حول قدرة الحقائق المختلفة جذريًا على التعايش والاصطدام والتداخل.". وهو ما يرد على لسان إحدى شخصيّات لويس بروخيس:" من أكون؟ ذاتي اليوم، الحائرة، إنسان الأمس، المنسي، إنسان الغد، الذي لا يمكن توقعه؟". يمكننا تتبّع ذلك التحوّل من المركزيّة الحداثيّة، إلى ...

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Syria Media Roundup (February 3)

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[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 Syria aims to 'flush out all terrorists' in 2015 - PM Syria’s government plans to “flush out all terrorists” within a year.  Battered Syrian city deals with post-victory reality check The victory in Kobani, Syria, is far from assured and “increasingly appears Pyrrhic.”  Jaish Al-Islam goes after another rival ...

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Representing Iraq and its Diaspora: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation between Samir and Sinan Antoon

In this interview, Samir, an Iraqi filmmaker, discusses what has influenced and shaped his aesthetic, spanning from various film techniques to the shifting terrains of Middle East politics. During the interview, Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon asks Samir to reflect on history and memory in Iraq, examining the ways in which these themes have contributed to representations of Iraq and its diaspora. Samir's latest film, Iraqi Odyssey (2014), has been nominated for the Swiss Film Award.  Please find the transcript of the interview below the player. The interview includes four parts that you can click on separately. Samir was born in Baghdad and raised in ...

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي الجزء الأول

الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) الذي طعن عرب القرن العشرين في خاصرتهم.  (الجزء الأول)       لا يحدّق بالمستقبل سوى أهل البصيرة! ولا يَعْمى عن تلك الكوارث إلا من ملك البصر فقط! منذ وقت مبكر تنبّه المفكر عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) إلى أمراض القرن العشرين: الاستعمار والديكتاتورية والإرهاب والإيديولوجيا، فقد أشار إلى مخططات الصهيونية والإرهاب الديني والتخلف الحضاري في كتابه "هذي هي الأغلال" (1946)، ونقض الديكتاتورية وحلل ذهنية التفكير العربي في "العالم ليس عقلاً" (1963)، وفضح المتاجرة بقضية فلسطين في "كبرياء التاريخ في مأزق" (1966)، ونقض الإيديولوجيا في "أيها العار إن المجد ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism

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Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mayanthi Fernando (MF): When I first went to the field, I imagined a more conventional ethnography of the Islamic revival in France. I was interested in how a French (and more broadly European) context, in which Muslims are a minority, transforms the ritual and hermeneutical practices of the Islamic tradition. I was asking, essentially, what effect does the fact that Muslims born and raised in France are, quite literally, schooled in French republican epistemologies and values have on their ...

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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: Myths and Realities

At the time of writing, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) members are asked to vote for a motion that, if endorsed, would pave the way for a discussion about the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaign against Israel. This article is not a defense of the motion, which I wholeheartedly support, but is a contribution to what I hope will be a sustained discussion over the year about BDS itself. In 2002, Palestinian civil society launched a call for citizens around the world to boycott and divest from Israel until it recognizes Palestinian human rights, namely: an end to the occupation and siege of Arab lands; respect for the right of return of ...

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Becoming a 'Media Intellectual': The Platitudes and Partisanships of Etyen Mahçupyan

As politics in contemporary Turkey is gradually steered towards a de facto Imperial Presidency shrouded in regurgitated myths of Ottoman revivalism and defended against ostentatious conspiracies, it is easy to be sucked into the extreme polarization between the pro- and anti-government positions. It is also easy to take for granted the operation of a complex world of opinion production behind all the fuss. Those of us following political news in Turkey are always exposed to written, spoken, or gestured ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 10)

[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  Moussaoui claims Saudi royals ‘funded 9/11 attacks’ Zacarias Moussaoui claims that members of the Saudi ruling ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (February 10)

[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, Security, Authoritarianism The World Says, "Your King Is Naked" Examining recent reports on Turkey by Human Rights Watch, Ali H. Aslan argues that the ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 2-8)

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 More on Laïcité in Historical Context Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: Myths and Realities Machiavelli in the Twenty-First Century: Sudanese Security Leaks in ...

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Dead Sea Living

Dead Sea Living, directed by German Gutierrez. Canada/France/Palestine, 2013. Although the Dead Sea has no life, it provides living through the rich minerals extracted from it. Yet the flood of water into the Dead Sea is slowly receding. It has witnessed a ninety-foot drop in only thirty years on a lake that is just sixty-seven kilometers long and twenty kilometers wide. At this rate, the Dead Sea will bottom out as a small pond in about fifty years. German Gutierrez’s film Dead Sea Living depicts the ...

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دور النشر السورية: مأساة الورق والحبر والدم

لا يغيب الناشر السوري عن سوق الكتب العربية في معظم معارضها؛ لكنه غائبٌ بشكلٍ شبه تام عن بلاده؛ مرغماً لا بطل؛ فالكتب في دمشق وحلب وحمص واللاذقية وسواها من المدن تعوم على الأرصفة والأكشاك والشاحنات؛ كتبٌ لبشرٍ ماتوا أو هُجِّروا أو نزحوا عن مدنهم؛ تاركين وراءهم بيوتهم ومكتباتهم ودور نشرهم وأحلامهم؛ ومن قال أن الكتب ليس لها استخداماتٌ أخرى في زمن الحرب؛ هكذا على الأقل صنعت منها الممثلة الفرنسية جولييت بينوش درجاً بدل الأدراج المهترئة في فيلم " المريض الإنكليزي" الذي لعبت بطولته عن رواية مايكل ...

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Vote 'Yes' on MESA Resolution in Support of Free Speech

At the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) this past November 2014, the business meeting passed a resolution that affirmed the principles of freedom of speech and academic freedom, specifically condemned the intimidation and censuring of scholars who seek to discuss and/or endorse BDS, and called on the MESA leadership to create a transparent space for the discussion of what position MESA should take on the question of BDS. Click here to read the resolution. This ...

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Profile: Alexandrian Filmmaker Ahmed El Samra

Ahmed El Samra is a filmmaker and video artist, based in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Alexandria, and developed his career as a filmmaker through a series of workshops. Samra produces short fiction films and documentaries, as well as video art works. Several of his films documented zar rituals in Egypt, and he collaborated with others in investigating the life of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Alexandria. He shoots most of his fiction films on the rooftop of his home/studio, ...

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Photography Media Roundup (February 5)

[This is a monthly roundup of articles on photography in the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in roundups to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements/Review of Current Exhibits: Leaving Soon, Photography Exhibit by Myriam Dalal, Ayyam Projects, Beirut, Lebanon Dalal transforms the gallery space into a site-specific installation that invites viewers to ...

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صراع "التطبيقات الإلكترونيّة" في المسلسل البريطاني " Black Mirror": من أجل إنسان تحوّل إلى " تطبيقْ"

 يفترض أن يعود المسلسل البريطاني المثير للجدل "  Black Mirror" إلى الشاشة قريباً ، في موسم ثالث بثلاث حلقات ، كما درجت عليه العادة في الموسمين ؛ الأول (2011) و الثاني (2013) . عبّر كاتبه البريطاني " تشارلي بروكر" بمختلف أساليب السخريّة عن واقعٍ تسوده قيم سوداء من التكنولوجيا و المعلوماتيّة ، حيث تقلّ قدرة الإنسان على التواصل البشري، و تتقلّص مقدرته على خلق حالة اجتماعيّة ناجحة مع وسطه . المسلسل ينتمي في بعض جوانبه إلى الكوميديا السوداء ، حيث لا اعتبار في تصوره في عالم ...

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Coming Soon! Too Big To Fail by Khalil Bendib

A subsidiary of the Arab Studies Institute,Tadween Publishing seeks to institutionalize a new form of publishing press by contributing to breaking down barriers and preconceived notions of the publication world. Release Date: Early Spring 2015   Ebook: $11.99   Print: $15.99 Book Description  Whatever happened to the United States’ much-vaunted post-Cold War “unipolar moment,” when it was not only supposed to be the only superpower left standing, but also one in a ...

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (January 2015)

[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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