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Syria Media Roundup (and Beyond) اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد البهلوان The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies
[Husayn with his wife, Fatima, 1980. With thanks to Ghassan Nasser]

Remembering Husayn Muruwwah, the ‘Red Mujtahid’

On 17 February 1987, during one of the bloodiest periods of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the prominent journalist, literary critic, intellectual, and activist Husayn Muruwwah (or Hussein Mroué[i]) was assassinated at his home in ...

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 ...

[1945 map of Beirut.]

Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and ...

[لوحة ليوسف عبدلكي]

اليأس كسلاح للاستبداد

«الراديكاليّة الحقّيقيّة هي أن تجعل الأمل ممكناً، لا أن تجعل اليأس مُقْنِعاً.»  ريموند وليامز  تحل هذه الأيّام الذكرى السابعة لانطلاق الثورات العربيّة، والتي تسمّى أحياناً «الربيع العربي». ومهما اختلفنا حول كونها «ثورات» أو ...


Egypt Media Roundup (January 9)

[Protest against the Tiran and Sanafir agreement on Monday, 2 January, 2017. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[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 Confessions of 4 additional suspects arrested in church bombing broadcast on TV The Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that it has arrested four additional suspects implicated in the December bombing of St. Peter and St. Paul Church. Although the suspects have not yet been referred to court, footage of their ...

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The MLA and BDS—or, Comedy and Resistance

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This weekend, the Modern Language Association's (MLA) Delegate Assembly voted against a detailed, closely-argued, and voluminously documented resolution to support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions (79 for, 113 against). A few minutes later, the same body proceeded to pass a brief, four-paragraph anti-boycott resolution (101 for, 93 against), which did little more than assert that “the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel contradicts the MLA’s purpose to promote teaching and research on language and literature.” Barring anything unexpected, the latter resolution will now go to the MLA’s full membership for a vote; should it ...

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أسئلة الاستشراق الجديد ودوره في صناعة كراهية الإسلام في كتاب جديد لفخري صالح

[صورة غلاف كتاب فخري صالح الجديد]

أسئلة «الاستشراق الجديد» ودوره في صناعة «كراهية الإسلام» في كتاب جديد لفخري صالح صدر حديثًا عن "الدار العربية للعلوم" في بيروت، كتاب «كراهية الإسلام: كيف يصور الاستشراق الجديد العرب والمسلمين» للناقد والمترجم الفلسطيني/ الأردني فخري صالح، والذي يتناول في محتواه (المقدّمة، وفصوله الثلاثة الأساسية، والملاحق)، كيفية تقديم الخطاب الغربي للإسلام، من خلال ثلاثة نماذج تتمثّل بما كتبه ثلاثة من المفكرين الغربيين عن العالم الإسلامي وخطر المسلمين وديانتهم على الغرب، وهم المستشرق البريطاني - الأميركي برنارد لويس، والباحث الأميركي في العلوم السياسية صمويل هنتنغتون (صاحب نظرية صدام الحضارات)، وفيديار سوراجبراساد نيبول (مولود في الكاريبي من أصولٍ هندية) الحائز على جائزة ...

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الصلصال المقدس

[لوحة للفنان العراقي احمد المندلاوي]

دلف مفتي البلاد بخطوات وئيدة أثقلتها سنواته السبعون إلى قصر الخليفة الذي استدعاه لأمر عاجل. كان يتحرك ببطء، ويبتسم محنيا جبهته بوجه من يراه بوقار متوقع ممن يفسر كلام الله وينطق بأحكامه. فتح الحاجبان الباب المذهب الضخم وقد أحنيا هاماتيهما احتراما. بدا مشهد الشيخ مهيباً أكثر وهو يخطو بقامته القصيرة التي تعلوها عمامة لفت بعناية، وتتمايل على جنبيه أطراف عباءته السوداء الموشاة بخيوط ذهبية اللون إلى قاعة ضخمة بيضاوية الشكل تحف أطرافها نوافذ كبيرة تطل على حديقة القصر، وتتوسطها أعمدة من مرمر انتصبت على أرض رخامية ملساء. وقف الخليفة من جلسته على كرسيه الوثير الذي يتوسط القاعة فاتحا يديه أمام جلسائه: أهلا ومرحبا بشيخنا الجليل، منبع الحكمة وأيقونة البركة في بلادنا. ردد الصدى كلمات ...

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Donald Trumps the Media - A Status/الوضع Quick Thoughts with Adel Iskandar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Bassam Haddad speaks with Adel Iskandar, who unpacks Trump's complicated relationship to the US media, reflects on the reaction of Middle Eastern media on his victory, and describes how the journalistic establishment will likely deal with him during the four-year presidency. Adel Iskandar is Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP), Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books), Edward ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (January 5)

[Image from a protest in Marrakech, Morocco. Image by Iklil Bouhmouch]

[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 Tuesday night of every week]   Algeria Extinguishing Free Expression in Algeria Algeria made significant reforms to its constitution in March, allowing for the freedom of assembly and the press. However, these reforms were contradicted when several arrests violating this written freedom were made throughout the year. Human rights group calls on Algeria to ...

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New Texts Out Now: Vincent Lemire, Jérusalem 1900. La ville sainte à l'âge des possibles

Vincent Lemire, Jérusalem 1900. La ville sainte à l'âge des possibles. Paris: Points-Seuil, 2016. Jadaliyya (J) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Vincent Lemire (V.L.): La réédition de Jérusalem 1900 en format poche (Points-Seuil, septembre 2016) récompense le succès de la première édition (Armand Colin, 2012), mais en fait c’est une plus longue histoire car le projet du livre est né au départ d’un cours magistral enseigné à mes étudiants de Licence à l’Université Paris-Est/Marne-la-Vallée en… 2008-2010! Ce cours s’intitulait "Pour une histoire urbaine et contemporaine de Jérusalem." Je voulais proposer à mes étudiants un enseignement ...

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BDS Is Professional Solidarity

[Logo of MLA Members for Justice in Palestine]

[This article first appeared on the author’s blog. The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia.] I endorse BDS as a strategy because it is one of the very few ways to use our position as educators to act in solidarity with Palestinian colleagues who have lived under military occupation for fifty years. Fifty years. That’s how long it’s been since Israel conquered those territories of mandate Palestine it had failed to seize in 1948. Ever since, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have lived under the grueling ...

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The Unending War on Yemen with Sheila Carapico - A STATUS/الوضع Interview

In this interview, Sheila Carapico discusses the yearlong Saudi Arabia-led and US-backed military attacks on Yemen. The interview was conducted by  Shahram Aghamir on August 31, 2016. Sheila Carapico is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Richmond. Carapico is the author of Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in Modern Arabia (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and numerous articles and book chapters on Yemen, the Arabian Peninsula, and the region.  A contributing editor to Middle East Report, she has also written essays for several publications about the Egyptian ...

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An Open Letter to Kwame Anthony Appiah, President of the Modern Language Association

[Summer art class in an UNRWA school. Image by Kristian Buus.]

The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia. The vote represents the culmination of a three-year process that began in 2014. The organizers describe the process in the following way: In Fall 2014, David Lloyd and Rebecca Comay submitted to the Organizing Committee of the Delegate Assembly a resolution and supporting documents calling upon the MLA to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The resolution was proposed for discussion at the 2015 meeting of the Delegate Assembly. At that same time, two other ...

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مختارات من شعر المرأة العربية المعاصرة: كتاب صدر حديثاً بالأسبانية

[المصدر موقع تدوين]

"إذا أخذنا الحرّيّة معياراً لمكانة المرأة ودورها في المجتمعات الإسلاميّة العربية فسوف نرى أنّ المرأة لا تزال موضوعاً شرعيّاً، تعيش سجينةً في قفَصٍ من الألفاظ الدّينيّة تدور حول الحلال والحرام، وحول الممنوع والمسموح. وهي في ذلك موضوعٌ ذكوريّ، تابعة لسلطة الذّكَر، وليست كينونةً مستقلّة سيّدة نفسها وإرادتها ومصيرها. إنّها ثقافةٌ دينيّة أسَّسَتْ لسلطة الذّكَر أباً، و" ربّاً " للعائلة. وهي سلطةٌ حوَّلَت الذّكورة إلى نوع من الهستيريا أو العُصاب. وهذا ما يجعلنا نفهم كيف أنّ إماتةَ المرأة – الأنوثة، إنّما هو نوعٌ من إحياء الذّكورة. خصوصاً أنّ هذه الإماتة تستند إلى الشّرع، وتأخذ مشروعيّتها منه. إنّها نوعٌ من قتلٍ يُمارَس طبيعيّاً باسم الدّين". بهذه المقدمة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 2)

[St. Peter and St. Paul church following the recent restoration. Photo from the Egyptian Armed Forces official Facebook page.]

[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 1,736 social, economic and labor protests across Egypt in 2016: ECESR According to a report published by the independent Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights on Monday, a total of 1,736 protests took place in Egypt over the course of 2016. This figure represents a decrease in the number of protests ...

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De l’impuissance des citoyens libanais face au système. "Powerless," les ambiguïtés d'un documentaire

Compte rendu: Powerless ('Indama ya’ti al-zhalam), documentaire réalisé par Cynthia Choucair (2012) (arabe, sous titré en anglais) La fin de l’année 2016 a été porteuse de nombreuses déceptions pour les militants libanais qui luttent pour la préservation du littoral et son accès libre à tous les publics, avec la construction d’un complexe touristique sur une partie de la plage de Ramlet el-Bayda à Beyrouth. De même, la (ré)ouverture de décharges sur la mer à Borj Hammoud et à Costa Brava, ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (January 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.   An Open Letter to Kwame Anthony Appiah, President of the Modern Language Association Internships At ASI (& Internships for College ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 8 كانون الثاني

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 21 حتى 28 كانون الاول) مصر مُخبرين في الجامعة الأمريكية الجامعة الأميركية في القاهرة تنشر تقريراً في مجلة طلابية يحتوي على شهادات عن التدخل الأمني للدولة في الجامعة. «السجون»: إطلاق سراح أحمد ناجي خلال 48 ساعة من ورود مذكرة صحة الإفراج محكمة الاستئناف أمرت بإطلاق سراح أحمد ناجي وتعليق حكم بسجنه لمدة عامين بتهمة خدش الحياء العام. «الصيادلة» تنذر وزير الصحة بسبب رفع أسعار الدواء نقابة الصيادلة ترفض الأوامر الوزارية برفع أسعار الدواء. أسعار المواصلات والغذاء تحرق ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (January 7)

[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 Were Detained By Israeli Forces Following Clashes Near Karf Qaddum Israeli forces attacked a weekly protest march, organized in opposition to illegal settlement ...

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'The Right Not to Be a Perpetrator': In Support of BDS

[The following is an extract from an essay in the forthcoming anthology Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (eds. Kareem Estefan, Carin Kuoni, Laura Raicovich: OR Books, 2017). The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia.] The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a way to achieve three things: (1) to expose the ...

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The MLA and the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The Modern Language Association (MLA) will be voting on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions at its upcoming convention, to be held 5-8 January 2017 in Philadelphia. This short documentary makes the case for MLA members to vote in support of the resolution. The video includes interviews with numerous prominent literary scholars who support the boycott resolution. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, W. J. T. Mitchell, Bruce Robbins, Margaret Ferguson, Rosaura Sanchez, David Lloyd, ...

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Cities Media Roundup (December 2016)

[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]     New Towns, Smart Cities, and Local Urban ...

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Photography Media Roundup (5 January)

 [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.] History, Theory, and Criticism Seeing the truth: Azadeh Akhlaghi’s As an Eyewitness Mada Masr discusses the work of Azadeh Akhlaghi, the Iranian artist who creates ...

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تأملات في صناعة صورة الموت؛ اغتيال السفير

فكرة "الذات" الفلسفيّة، هي فكرة حديثة، جاءت مع عصر التنوير الأوروبي والنزعة الإنسانيّة، فالذات المفكرة والواعيّة تجد تعبيرها الوجودي الميلادي الأول في بيان ديكارت الشهير: "أنا أفكر، إذن أنا موجود"، أو ماعُرف بـ"الكوجيطو"، وبالتالي فوجودية الذات تتحدد بكونها "ذاتًا" ذات تصور ابستمولوجي، أي بوصفها ذاتًا "مفكرة عارفة"، في مقابل "موضوع" معروف ومحكوم، فيما نسميه ازدواجيّة/ثنائيّة "الذات والموضوع". وإذا كان النقد ما بعد البنيويّ وما بعد ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (December 26- January 1)

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.   Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Tells MSNBC's Chris Hayes, We're Not Headed to an Apartheid Reality "We Have Been There" Roundtable on UN Security Council Resolution 2334: Reflections by Noura ...

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John Kerry’s Eureka Moment: The Mouse That Almost Roared

It has been a bizarre week for US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On 23 December 2016, the Barack Obama administration narrowly avoided becoming the first since Harry Truman’s to leave office without a single United Nations Security Council resolution censuring Israel to its credit. Given that Washington has spent the past eight years relentlessly shielding what Secretary of State John Kerry on 28 December termed “the most right wing [government] in Israeli history, with an agenda driven ...

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