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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 4.1 is Live!
Listen to educators and activists deconstruct conventional knowledge on a host of contemporary issues.
STATUS/الوضع: Issue 4.1 is Live!
From the electricity crisis in Gaza to a conversation with a Yemeni activist - Status covers it all.


Cancer, Ethnicity, and the Bodies of Others

[Cancer cells. Source: Wikimedia Commons]

For Maral G. H. (2004-2016) Cancer, I have learned, insists on the visibility of ethnic belonging.[1] Cancer shrinks the topography of one’s world. Lives, interests, desires, abilities, relationships all recede, sometimes gradually and sometimes with blinding speed, to the contours of the body—what the body is able to sustain, what the body is capable of, what the body allows for, where the body is able to go. Cancer narratives and discourses wage their most fierce battles against the visceral primacy of that decline. Patients and families attempt, or are urged, to “fight” cancer with the power of the mind, with will, the sheer desire to live and “beat” the disease. ...

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

[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 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 against critics skeptical of Foucault’s engagement with the Iranian Revolution of 1979. But the pit stop the author takes in the fourth chapter linking Iran’s women’s ...

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Why a Turkish Woman Artist Must Dare to Disappoint - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Ozge Samanci

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Julie Hakim Azzam speaks with Ozge Samanci about her difficult journey to actualize her dream to be an artist in her debut graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey. Ozge Samanci is author of the debut graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015) and Assistant Professor in the Radio/Television/ Film department at Northwestern University's School of Communications. She has an extensive background in comics and media arts and is a published comics artist. Her interactive-digital media installations and other collaborative works have been exhibited in numerous ...

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The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies

[Storefront in Cairo on Valentine's Day 2010. Image by Karen Green via Wikimedia Commons]

[This Valentine’s Day, Jadaliyya is proud to republish Aymon Kreil's article "The Price of Love: Valentine's Day in Egypt and Its Enemies" from the Fall 2016 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. This month the Arab Studies Journal is offering discounted subscriptions through 28 February: 15% off 1-year individual subscriptions and 20% off 2-year individual subscriptions. Head over to and subscribe today!] Bi-fatha, ba, bahibbak Bi-kasra, bi, bi-shidda Ru-damma, ruhi ruhi gambak I lo-, lo-I love you Wi- wi- with strength My, my soul my soul is beside you[i] In the 1963 film The Soft Hands (Al-Aydayy ...

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Revisiting the “Blue Bra” Incident: Towards a New Agenda for Researching Politics and Popular Culture in Egypt

[Sitt al-banat graffiti. Photo by Nicola Pratt]

December 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of an iconic moment in the Egyptian revolution, when soldiers were filmed and photographed brutally beating a female protester in Tahrir Square, dragging her by her abaya to reveal her torso and her blue bra. The photograph became iconic because it was emblematic of the ongoing military violence against Egyptian protesters. Yet much of the shock value inherent in this photograph is because of the way in which the soldiers pulled away a woman’s clothes to reveal her body, violating dominant codes of female modesty and male gallantry. The image of what came to be referred to as the “blue bra girl” incident was widely circulated ...

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The Turkish State of Emergency and LGBT+ Kurds

LGBT+ Kurds raise rainbow flags at Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır in 2011. Photograph by Damla Gülmez.

After the end of the peace negotiations between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK) in July 2015, Kurdish cities witnessed massive destruction. The destruction was accompanied by racist and sexist graffiti messages by Turkish government forces in many of the wrecked areas. Then, following the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016, a three-month state of emergency was declared by the Erdoğan government, extended again for another three months, blurring the boundaries of Erdoğan’s authority over state power. Empowered by the narrative of defeating the 15 July coup attempt, the government expanded its targeting of the Gülen movement, the ...

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Arab Studies Journal Announces Fall 2016 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents

[Cover of Fall 2016 issue of Arab Studies Journal]

ARAB STUDIES JOURNAL VOL. XXIV, NO. 2 EDITOR'S NOTE A wedding party walks the shattered streets of Aleppo. A flash mob dances in a public square in occupied Ramallah. These scenes inspire the imagina-tions of millions as they travel through social media. They are shocking and comforting at once. The Arab world we are accustomed to seeing is one of accumulating catastrophes, multiple wars, occupations, and unprecedented authoritarian and sectarian militarization. By all counts, the conditions of people, as varied as they may be, in places like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and Palestine appear to only be getting worse before, and if, they will get any better. These ...

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لمّا يسارع الرجال لتصويب كلام النساء

[لوحة للفنان السوري ادهم اسماعيل]

اعتاد الكثير من الرفاق في التقدّمية والطليعية، من أصحاب مطالب الحرية والعدالة والمساواة عامةً، على أن النساء يتوجّهن إليهم بالكلام لما يطالبن بحقّ من حقوقهن. اعتادوا، كما المسؤولين، لغةً تطالب وقد ترتجي، يجب أن تفنّد وتبرهن، تسوق الأمثال الدالّة على الأهلية، تعد بعدم الخروج عن "الإجماع والتوافق"، تتبنّى وتفاوض، ... لغةٌ، إذا حضر في عبارةٍ من عباراتها طفلٌ ذكرٌ بين مئة ألف أنثى، تنتقل إلى صيغة المذكّر. لغةٌ، إذا خرجت عن اللائق في المطالبة، تُدان بالعنف، وتساق كدليلٍ على عدم الأهلية، الخروج، والتطرّف. المرأة التي تطالب بحقوقٍ وتصيح بها وتغضب لأجلها، لا تولد كذلك. هي تكون قد وضعت موضع المساءلة كميّةً من الإعتداءات اليومية التي تستهدف النساء حكراً، من المشي في ...

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الحركة النسائية في المغرب: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

تقدم هذه المقابلة لبرنامج الوضع بين نعيمة بنواكريم و فاتح عزام نقاش وتقويم لصراع الحركة النسائية المغربية من أجل المساواة وحقوق الإنسان الخاصة نعيمة بنواكريم مديرة قسم المراقبة والحماية في المجلس الوطني لحقوق الإنسان في المغرب .نشطت لسنوات في عدد من منظمات وشبكات حقوق الإنسان وحقوق النساء في المغرب، وبينها لجنة العدالة والمصالحة .رئيسة سابقة لشبكة “الفضاء الجمعوي”، وهي الشبكة الرئيسية للمنظمات غير الحكومية في المغرب.

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رسامة الكاريكاتير السورية سحر برهان

[رسامة الكاريكاتير سحر برهان]

[ هذه المساهمة ضمن ملف خاص حول رسامي كاركاتير عرب في زمن ما بعد موجة الثورات الأخيرة. انقر/ي هنا للاطلاع على جميع مواد الملف، الذي أعده لـ”جدلية“ أوس داوود يعقوب.]   على الكاريكاتير أن يكون أكثر إضحاكًا اليوم. وأن يُظهر ويُبرز التناقض فيما يحدث حولنا بسخرية بهدف الإضحاك. الإضحاك ليس بهدف التسلية بالطبع وإنما بهدف تحريك المشاعر والتحفيز على الفعل. أن يكون عندك قدرة على إيصال المتلقي لأن يضحك مما يحدث حتى ولو كان مأساة يعني أنك وصلت لهدفك بأن تحرض على الفعل بهدف التغيير، للأفضل طبعاً. نحن نعيش اليوم في عالم الصورة. لم يمر على حياة البشر زمن مليء بالصور كما في زماننا. الصورة تصل أسرع من الكلام. إذا أردنا لكلمة ما أن تصل فعلينا رسمها كصورة كي تصل أسرع. من هنا تأتي ...

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ISIS and Women: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Rafia Zakaria

In this interview with STATUS/الوضع host Katty Alhayek, journalist and author Rafia Zakaria discusses her articles on ISIS and women, and the challenges that she faces when sharing her perspective on these issues with a wider audience.  Rafia Zakaria is an attorney and political philosopher. She is a regular columnist for Al Jazeera America and Dawn Pakistan and has written for many publications around the world including The Hindu, The Calcutta Statesman, China Daily, The Korean Herald, and Le Monde. She is the first Muslim American woman to serve on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA for two consecutive terms. Her ...

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Speaking of Palestine: Solidarity and Its Censors

[Image source: Jewish Voice for Peace]

Since October 2015, clashes, protests, and shootings have intensified in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. As the Israeli occupation approaches its fiftieth year, many are calling the current wave of Palestinian resistance the third intifada. It is almost impossible to describe the complexity of Israeli territorial control that inhibits Palestinian movement, the scale of loss that families and villages have endured over decades of colonial rule, or the exhaustion and fear that dominate everyday existence. In the West Bank, basic quotidian routine is nothing short of energy draining, from which there is no respite. “Existence is Resistance” is an arduously lived and ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mehammed Mack, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture

Mehammed Amadeus Mack. Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mehammed Mack (MM): I wrote this book out of frustration that was both of a personal and academic nature. As a Gender Studies researcher who investigates sexual alterity and homo-eroticism in the Arab diaspora, and more importantly, as a human being familiar with queer Arab spaces, I felt there were huge holes, as well as ...

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Woman Healers - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Rola Yasmine

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mohamad Ali Nayel speaks with Rola Yasmine about women’s health issues in Lebanon and the impact of patriarchy within the medical field.   Rola Yasmine is a feminist, nurse and researcher based in Beirut and working on sexuality and gender and their intersections. For 3 years in youth sexual and reproductive health research at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and co-published peer reviewed papers on youth sexuality. Rola has a Master of Science ...

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New Texts Out Now: Marwan M. Kraidy, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World

Marwan M. Kraidy, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Marwan Kraidy (MK): I was inspired by a desire to grapple with enduring and fundamental issues of power and resistance, as well as an intense curiosity to come to terms with the Arab uprisings. I came of age in Lebanon during the so-called Arab satellite revolution and since then I have dedicated my professional life to ...

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خطوات مرحة في شارع البهلوان

زينات صدقي فنانة تشكيليّة مهووسة بفنها وعاشقة لجمال الجسد الأنثوي العاري، أما لولا صدقي فمنقبة محافظة قليلة الكلام ومتزوجة من رجل متدين جداً .. زينات تجد في لولي الموديل الأنسب للوحتها القادمة نظراً لوجهها الجميل وجسمها الرائع الفتان. ولكن لولي ترفض أن تُرسم بدون البرقع والنقاب، فهي مخلصة لزوجها الغيور المتدين، فتقترح زينات عليها فكرة فنية متميزة وهي أن تكون الصورة بعنوان "الملاك المُحجَّب". بعدها بلحظات، تظهر لولي بالنقاب لكن شبه عارية وتنزل الكاميرا من أعلي لأسفل من النقاب إلى استعراض ...

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مختارات من شعر المرأة العربية المعاصرة: كتاب صدر حديثاً بالأسبانية

"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 – ...

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Reflections on Authoring the Chapter on Young Women for the 2016 Arab Human Development Report

After a long delay, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has finally published its latest Arab Human Development Report, ADHR 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Development in a Changing Reality. In this text, we would like to share our misgivings with the final product—more specifically the chapter we were involved with as authors, as well as the process that led to its publication. Together, we comprised the team that was tasked to write a chapter on young women in the region. We were aware of ...

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Migrant Worker Repression and Solidarity in Lebanon

In the weeks and months following the al-Qa` bombings that occurred near the Lebanese-Syrian border on 27 June 2016, the Lebanese government has intensified its repressive measures against Syrian refugees. This has taken place in the form of illegal curfews, political hate speech, and arbitrary arrests. In the week following the attacks, checkpoints were established all over the country, mainly targeting Syrian refugees, although other undocumented migrant workers were arrested as well. According to the ...

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Finger on the Nuclear Button: Gender, Responsibility and Nuclear Custodianship

Recent discussions of the upcoming US presidential elections have raised questions about Donald Trump’s emotional fitness to be in charge of the US nuclear weapons program. This article is an analysis of the gendered assumptions that determine questions of responsible custodianship of nuclear weapons, both within and outside the Unite States. In particular, I examine questions about nuclear weapons possession and use that are precluded by using temperament as the barometer for determining nuclear ...

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Fear and Loathing in Orlando

The drumbeats have started. Almost immediately after a mass shooting that left over fifty people dead on Latin night in a Florida gay nightclub, Pulse, the news shifted to the identity of the shooter himself. As soon as his name and the fact that his father immigrated (long ago) from Afghanistan was announced, the narrative began unfolding as Naeem Mohaiemen put it, on cue: This must be a terrorist attack. This is clearly an ISIS attack, or an attack pledging allegiance to ISIS, or someone who ...

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What A Queer Urban Future Looks Like: Beirut

The conditions of possibility for queer life and queer cities are never singular. Instead, these conditions of possibility are radically different for gender conforming and gender nonconforming people, and for cis men and women. They are also different for racialized displaced persons and refugees, and for racialized migrant labor forces. Moreover, as cities are historically specific and situated sites that are irreducible to each other (e.g., Beirut is not Istanbul is not Mumbai is not Paris), we must ...

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هِبَة: ولادي وأَسْراري ودَهَباتي وسِشْواري

[هذه القصّة هي واحدة من بين مجموعة قصصيّة (لم تُنشر بعد) كتبتها الباحثة بإيحاء من سِيَر حيوات أموات وثّقتها خلال سيرورتها البحثيّة.] عُمري لَمّا مُتِتْ كان خَمْسِة وْتَلاتين سَنِة، عِنْدي وَلَدين وبِنْتْ؛ حَلا، وعَلي، وخالِد. كُنْت في البيتْ لَحالي، لِوْلاد بِالمَدْرَسِة وعُمَر زوجي بِالشُّغُل وِاليوم أَنا بِإِجازِة. خَطَّطِت أَرْتاح شْوَي مِن تَعَب الشُّغُل ومراكَضِة البيت ولِولاد، بَس مِشْ أَرْتاح لَلْأَبَد. كُنْت قاعْدِة أَفْطِرْ، فَجأَة أَجَتْ نوبِة التَّشَنُّج الأولى بِكُلْ حَياتي بِالذّات وأَنا ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 15)

English Crackdown on Journalism After Seizing Zaman Newspaper, What's Next for Turkey? Mustafa Akyol argues that all of Turkish media, not just a few newspapers like Zaman, is under threat by the current regime in Turkey. Tightening The Grip: Turkey's Media Takeover Al Jazeera’s “The Listening Post” examines the fallout from the government seizure of Zaman newspaper and interviews journalist Can Dündar on the state of media freedom in Turkey. A Risky Acceleration in Turkish Politics Murat Yetkin ...

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The 1967 Defeat and the Conditions of the Now: A Roundtable