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Arab Studies Journal Announces Spring 2017 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents

Arab Studies Journal Volume XXV, no. 1 (Spring 2017) EDITOR'S NOTE Since the November 2016 elections, the dying gasps of US exceptionalism has meant the intensification of attacks on the lives and movement of people from the Arab ...

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Foucault, the Iranian Revolution, and the Politics of Collective Action

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part five of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic ...

[Helen Zughaib's Syrian Migration series #2 (2017). Image copyright the artist]

April Culture

The great American Pop artist James Rosenquist (who died on 31 March) once said "History is remembered by its art, not its war machines." With this in mind, Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with new art reviews, ...

[Left to right: Brian Edwards and Bassam Haddad.]

Bassam Haddad and Brian Edwards Discuss Middle East Studies and Public Scholarship

This conversation between Bassam Haddad of George Mason University and Brian Edwards of Northwestern University addresses the role of public scholarship and its relation to print publication within the climate of Middle East Studies. The ...


Media on Media Roundup (April 25)

[Hezbollah flag in Baalbeck, Lebanon. Photo by yeowatzup, Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes shaping the Middle East mediascape. A leaked video allegedly showing Egyptian soldiers killing detainees in the Sinai Peninsula caused a great deal of debate surrounding Egypt’s human rights record. In Lebanon, a Hezbollah-organized media tour of the country’s demarcation line with Israel generated controversy regarding Lebanon’s relationship to Israel and Hezbollah’s military power. Following a referendum extending President Erdogan’s ruling powers, the Turkish government detained the editor-in-chief of leftist website Sendika.org for denouncing  Erdogan’s win as illegitimate. The New ...

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Berkeley Event--6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time (28 April 2017)

[Photo by Rola Khayyat]

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa arbara will host contemporaneous events to address this significant milestone. [There is a panel discussion at 10 am followed by a keynote at 3:30 to be delivered by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat.]

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 25)

[Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 19, 2017. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley]

[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 Defense Sec. Mattis Hails U.S.-Saudi Relations as War Pushes Yemen to Brink of Famine “In Riyadh, Secretary Mattis called for a political solution to the ongoing war in Yemen, where the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels.” Qatar Airways chief ...

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Revisiting ‘Foucault in Iran’: A Response

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is the final installment of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] First, I would like to thank SCTIW Review for organizing this symposium. It is a great privilege to read such a comprehensive scrutiny of one’s own work. I know how time consuming this kind of critical engagement with a text is and ...

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Arab Studies Journal Announces Spring 2017 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents

Arab Studies Journal Volume XXV, no. 1 (Spring 2017) EDITOR'S NOTE Since the November 2016 elections, the dying gasps of US exceptionalism has meant the intensification of attacks on the lives and movement of people from the Arab world. The travel ban constitutes a US policy to sanction the very people that previous administrations as well as the current one have bombed. As borders close, the number of refugees fleeing the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq increases. In this tautology, the new US administration has resoundingly adopted policies of blaming the victims of decades of US war and hegemony. Within this constellation, the production of knowledge as ...

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The Origins of the Lebanese National Idea, 1840-1920

Carol Hakim, The Origins of the Lebanese National Idea, 1840–1920. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. [This review was orginally published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. For more information on the issue, or to subscribe to ASJ, click here.] Against teleological accounts that locate the origins of national ideas in a distant past and trace their evolution along a linear path into the present, Carol Hakim’s Origins of the Lebanese National Idea cautiously refrains from foreclosing on the historical narrative by attending to the cleavages and conflicting interests within continuously shifting nationalist alignments. In Hakim’s ...

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Visualizing Campus Collective Action for Palestine Solidarity

As a thirteenth year of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) draws to a close across campuses in over two hundred cities around the world, Visualizing Palestine shares two new data visualizations on the impact of campus activism. Timeline of North American Campus Divestments, Then and Now In 1959, the African National Congress (ANC) launched its call for an international boycott of apartheid South Africa. It took eighteen years for the first university, Hampshire College, to respond to the call. But ultimately, 168 North American campuses participated in the historic movement. Eleven years ago, Palestinian civil society issued a call for international boycott of Israel, and ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (April 23)

[A Demonstration in the village 'A NABI SALIH' Occupied Palestinian Territory May 7th 2010 - Palestinian Child hurtling a stone at Israeli Soldiers. Image by Edo Medicks and uploaded via 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 Israeli Forces Have Leveled Land Near Border With Gaza Witnesses reported seeing numerous Israeli vehicles, including bulldozers, cross the border gate into the Gaza Strip where they proceeded to level the land. A Village Near Bethlehem Has Received 11 Demolition Orders In The Last Few Weeks The eleven families from the West Bank village ...

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مجلة حميد العقابي الافتراضية

على عكس الكثير من الكتّاب ظلّ الشاعر والروائي العراقي حميد العقابي يرفض كتابة مقالات بشكل دوري في الصحافة لأسباب عديدة أهمّها عدم استقلالية غالبيّة الصحف العربيّة والعراقيّة عن قرار الأحزاب والشخصيّات السياسيّة، ومنذ أخذ موقع فيسبوك بالانتشار، تحوّل جدار حميد العقابي على الموقع الأزرق منبراً لآرائه في الأدب والسياسية، فضلاً عن تعليقاته على التحوّلات التي تطرأ في المجتمع، ومواقف المثقفين، لاسيما العراقيين منهم، تجاه أبناء جلدتهم. وقد كتب العقابي على صفحته في فيسبوك العديد من المنشورات والشذرات المهمّة التي تتعلق بمسائل شائكة. وكانت منشوراته شجاعة وذكيّة ولمّاحة، وكان لا يخشى الخوض في أي قضيّة، ولا يصمت عن أي حدث حين يجد أن هناك ما يقال فيه، حتّى تحوّل جداره إلى مجلّة ...

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مختارات من قصص وشعر حميد العقابي

[لوحة للفنان العراقي فائق العبودي]

القطار تقولُ ليَ ابنتايَ: الصيفُ جاءَ الناسُ ترحلُ للمصايفِ، للبحارِ ونحنُ لم نمضِ لأبعدِ من مدينتنا الفقيرةِ أنتَ ترحلُ في قطارٍ عاطلٍ خذْنا إلى جزرِ الكناري مرةً أو... فليكنْ للكوتِ لم نرَ دجلةً خذْنا إليها.... ............................... ............................... يا ابْنتيَّ غداً يكونُ لكلِ واحدةٍ طريقٌ للمدى أمّا أنا يوماً سأحملُ دجلتي وسأعبرُ البلطيقَ مشياً أو سأرحلُ في قطارٍ عاطلٍ نحو الجنووووووووووبْ  وَصَلَ القطارُ ولم تكوني فيهِ قلتُ: "سأنتظرْ فلربما تأتينَ في البعدِ الأخيرِ" الثلجُ يهطلُ، والرياحُ شديدةٌ وأنا دخلتُ بطانتي (متقنفذاً) شبحٌ بعيدٌ (لا أراهُ، سوى اتّقادِ الجمرِ في الغليونِ) نحويَ قادمٌ هو ضائعٌ ...

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قصائد للشاعر امبرتو سابا، المجلد الثاني

[صورة للشاعر الايطالي امبرتو سابا]

أُمبرتو سابا، المجلَّد الثَّاني Umberto Saba (1883-1957) أُمبرتو سابا في سطور: أمبرتو سابا، الاسمُ المستعارُ لأمبرتو بولي، وُلِدَ في إصطاجانكو (تْريِيْستِه) في 9 آذار/ مارس 1883، لأبٍ من عائلةٍ بندقيَّةٍ نبيلة، كان يعمل وكيلاً تجاريَّاً، وأمٍّ يهوديَّةٍ من إصطاجانكو، هي حفيدة الشَّاعر والمؤرِّخ صموئيل ديفيد لوتزاتو، وقد اعتنق والدُه اليهوديَّة لأجل هذا الزَّواج، ومع ذلك هجرته زوجته عندما وُلِد أمبرتو، فعاش هذا طفولةً حزينة بسبب غياب الأب، وقد أمضى السَّنوات الثَّلاث الأولى من طفولته مع مربِّيةٍ سولفانيَّةٍ تُدعى "بيبَّا ساباز" كانت قد فقدت ابنها فسكبت حبَّها وحنانها في أمبرتو الذي اختار اسمه المستعار "سابا" من كنيتها تكريماً لها، والكلمة تعني ...

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مَن يطهِّر مَن عرقيًا؟: استيلاء إسرائيل على الرواية الفلسطينية

[النكبة - التطهير العرقي في فلسطين. المصدر: موقع ويكيميديا]

ادّعى رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو مؤخرًا في فيديو نشره على صفحته على الفيسبوك أن المطالبة الفلسطينية بتفكيك المستوطنات الإسرائيلية غير القانونية في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة تمثِّل عملاً من أعمال "التطهير العرقي" ضد المستوطنين اليهود الإسرائيليين. 1 استُخدم مصطلح " التطهير العرقي" في السابق كوصف ألطف لحقيقة الحملة الصربية ضد شعب البوسنة، ولكنه سرعان ما صار يشمل الممارسات العنيفة المتطرفة، والقتل الجماعي، والتهجير القسري إبان الصراعات والحروب، كما استخدمه باحثون كُثر واستُخدم في الخطاب العام للإشارة إلى الممارسات الصهيونية ضد الشعب الفلسطيني إبان النكبة وفي الفترة التي سبقتها. وتشمل هذه الممارسات تدميرَ ما يزيد على 500 قرية فلسطينية، وطرد ما ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 17-23)

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. الظاهر بيبرس وإبنه بركة خان Foucault and Iran Foucault: Against the Ideology of Enlightenment New Texts Out Now: Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic ...

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ما التنوير؟ غوغل، ويكيليكس، وإعادة تنظيم العالم

هاري هالبن Harry Halpin هل ساعد الإنترنت البشرية على الخروج من اللانضج كي يستعبدها مرة ثانية نظامُ مراقبةٍ شامل؟ سواءً كان الناس يعون هذه المسألة أم لا، يتردّد صدى هذا السؤال في تجربتنا الرقمية اليومية، وفي الطريقة التي تُفْرَز وتُرْصَد بها الملفات الصغيرة، وفي جَمْع وكالة الأمن القومي للبيانات الوصفية (الميتاداتا) الخاصة بالبريد الإلكتروني والمكالمات الهاتفية، وفي الطبيعة الغريبة للإعلانات التي تظهر في جداول بحث غوغل والفيسبوك. لكن لا حاجة كي يشير المرء إلى وكالة الأمن القومي من أجل إلقاء اللوم. ...

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Turkey After the Referendum: A Roundtable

Turkey Page Editors’ Introduction On 16 April 2017, amidst widespread reports of electoral fraud, a slim majority of those casting votes in Turkey voted to approve a referendum, which has as its main goal the overhaul of the executive branch. Most significantly, it does away with the position of prime minister, thereby transforming the presidency from being a ceremonial position as head of state into the sole leadership position of the executive branch. Opposition politicians and dissident journalists ...

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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 Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returned to Aden from exile in mid-November after his government was reestablished in the southern city. This move, alongside a renewed ground campaign and the continued aerial bombardment throughout northern Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 24)

[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 Wife of jailed journalist Hesham Gaafar received phone calls from 2 men seeking LE120,000 for his release The wife of detained journalist Hesham ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 24)

[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 Islamic State Attack on Rebel Base in Syria Sparks Rare, Close Battle (10 April 2017) U.S.-backed Syrian fighters and American ...

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A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part six of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran builds a chapter-by-chapter defense ...

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Jerusalem: A City for All?

The legal, bureaucratic, and physical manifestations of racism are often just complex enough to seem invisible or accidental (at least to those not directly affected). The 2020 municipal plan for Jerusalem pulled back the curtain a little when it explicitly set out a "demographic target of 60% Jews and 40% Arabs." Visualizing Palestine's latest visual untangles a complex web of discriminatory Israeli policies and practices connected to this goal.

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Foucault, the Iranian Revolution, and the Politics of Collective Action

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part five of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] In Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment Behrooz ...

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Political Economy Project Book Prize Competition: Call For Books Published in 2016

2017 BOOK PRIZE COMPETITION The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to invite nominations for our 2017 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. While the book must have a political economy theme, we welcome nominations from across academic disciplines. Submissions will be read and judged by a committee drawn from PEP’s membership. Eligible texts must ...

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Foucault’s Folly: Iran, Political Spirituality, and Counter-Conduct

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part four of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Foucault’s folly! That, of course, is the common indictment against Foucault’s ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 19)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup covers important stories affecting the MENA mediascape. In Turkey, a historic referendum resulted in the expansion of President Erdogan’s powers, which many journalists and professionals fear will increase authoritarianism in the country. In an exclusive interview with AFP, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad stated that allegations of chemical attacks in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, are false and fabricated by Western media to justify US attacks on a Syrian ...

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