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[Book covers from the Janet Abu Lughod Library, Amman]

The World in the City and the City in the World: Reading the Janet Abu-Lughod Library

For a young scholar, a figure like Janet Abu-Lughod can seem almost impossibly prolific. Among the fields to which Abu-Lughod made celebrated contributions, we find urban sociology, world systems theory, studies of colonialism, and racial ...

New Texts Out Now: Henri Lauzière, The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century

Henri Lauzière, The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Henri Lauzière (HL): I wrote the book in an attempt to solve a ...

[Westminster Bridge Road, Westminster, London. Image by ktanaka via Wikimedia Commons]

Violence: Theirs and Ours

“I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. It would spread a lively terror.” -- Winston Churchill, 1920, with regard to the uprising in ...

[Electricity pole in Hamra. Photo by Abi Weaver, 2016]

Dark Beirut: The (In)Visibility of Electricity

As filmmakers and researchers working on electricity in Beirut, it is tempting to become too attached to the visible, namely electricity wires that drape the city like garlands, dangerously gaping down at pedestrians, changing their paths, ...


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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DARS Media Roundup (January 2017)

[Protest against house demolition in Arara, Israel, 21 January 2017. Image by Activestills, via flickr.]

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.]     News & Comments Did Egypt’s January Revolution Die? by Amira Abo el-Fetouh January 25th passed without a hitch for the people of Egypt, apart from a few posts and tweets on Facebook and Twitter, some of which were eulogies for the revolution while others expressed sadness at it being lost in a sea of frustration. ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (January 2017)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of January 2017. 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.   جميلة بوحيرد خطاب آنجيلا ديفس في مسيرة النساء في واشنطن An

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غيهب مدينتي

[لوحة للفنانة السورية اسماء فيومي]

وصلتْني منه صورةٌ سوداء معتمة بعد أن أرسلتُ إليه لقطةً للمدينة التي أعيش فيها سمّيتُها مدينة الضوء. في البداية ظننت أن صورته لقطة فاشلة التقطتْها الكاميرا نتيجةً لخطأ ما. كانت حالكة السواد، وكتبَ تحتها:”صورة مدينتي”. نظرتُ إلى الظلمة المؤطرة، إلى الأعداد الغفيرة التي تعيش فيها، إلى حيوات مدفونة وذكريات مطموسة وطفولات وأحلام مجهضة. هل غمرتْ الظلمة مدينة بأكملها، بحيث لا يومض ضوء واحد في هذا الغيهب؟ نَفَضْتُ هذه الإيحاءات من ذهني، وأغمضْتُ عينيَّ متخيّلاً مدينة مضاءة، مدينة النور، الوجوه فيها نورانية ليس من ضوء خارجي بل من ضوء ينبع من الداخل، الأعين تتوهج وهي تنظر إلى الآخر، الجمال أفق ومتعةُ العيش هوية تنير الوجوه، ثم فتحتُ عينيَّ ونظرتُ إلى الصورة التي أرسلها صديقي: ...

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Eleven Former MESA Presidents Support Current Bylaw Amendment Proposal

[Map of the Middle East and North Africa region]

[The following letter was issued by a group of former presidents of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on 7 November 2016 in support of a bylaw amendment introduced at the 2016 Members Meeting. The amendment is currently up for a membership-wide vote. See below for details on voting.]         Enhancing MESA’s Legal Standing Dear members of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, We are writing as former MESA presidents, in light of recent regional trends in the Middle East and political developments in the United States. Scholars, as well as academic organizations, working on the region are confronting renewed pressures ...

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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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Palestine Media Roundup (February 3)

[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 Two Palestinians Have Died From "Natural Causes" At The Rafah Crossing Between Gaza And Egypt There have been no confirmations of the cause of death, but numerous ...

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قصائد للشاعر سافريو بافارو

قصائد للشاعر ساڤِريو بافارو Saverio Bafaro ساڤِريو بافارو في سطور: من الأصوات الشِّعريَّة الشَّابَّة في إيطاليا، وُلِدَ في كوسِنتْسا سنة 1982. حصل في 2002 على جائزة "مدينة سكاليا" الأدبيَّة التي طبعت مجموعته الشِّعريَّة الأولى "المتاهة". في تلك الأثناء انتقل إلى روما ليكمل دراسته الجامعيَّة ويتخرَّج في علم النفس التَّنموي والتَّربوي. في العاصمة صدرت له سنة 2005 مجموعةٌ من القصائد ضمن كتابٍ جماعيٍّ بعنوان "تقويمٌ شعريٌّ قمريٌّ لعام 2006"، كما شارك في العام نفسِه في ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 2)

[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  Obama Killed a 16-Year-Old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister. “Few events ...

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Photography Media Roundup (2 February)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on photography in and of the region and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Photography Page Editor or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month’s roundup to photos@jadaliyya.com.] Announcements Pakistan Photo Festival fellowship opportunity. Fellowship will reward fifteen Pakistani photographers every year to undertake a two-month long photo project. ...

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