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Religion

New Texts Out Now: Ahmad Dallal, The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, and "the Extinction of the Grayzone"

Ahmad Dallal, The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, & "the Extinction of the Grayzone”. Washington DC: Tadween Publishing, 2017.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ahmad Dallal (AD): Much has been written about ISIS. Most studies address specific aspects of the movement’s activities, but fall short of identifying the overall ISIS project that is used to homogenize and integrate the diverse constituencies targeted by ISIS. In this essay I try to identify the key features of the larger project of ISIS, its political theology. To my mind, a radical critique of the ISIS project cannot rely on simply highlighting the weakness of ...

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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 nagging problem in Islamic intellectual history. For the last three decades or so, scholars who sought to define and tell the story of Salafism always faced something of a paradox. On the one hand, a lot of the secondary literature tells us that Salafism, or salafiyya, was a movement of Islamic modernism associated with Muslim reformers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries known for their rational and progressive views, such ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 17 كانون الاول

[المصدر مكتب اخبار سوريا]

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 6 حتى 12 كانون الاول) مصر «الطب الشرعي» يكشف السبب وراء وفاة مجدي مكين الطب الشرعي يكشف أن مجدي مكين ضُرب حتى الموت أثناء سجنه في العامرية دراسة: النفوذ السياسي يتحكم في توزيع الأجور الحكومية و"الخدمة المدنية" لم يحل المعضلة ما تزال سياسات الحكومة تؤثر في توزيع الدخل بالرغم من قانون الخدمة المدنية الصادر مؤخراً، بحسب المركز المصري للحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية. تباطؤ التجارة يهبط بأرباح "قناة السويس لتداول الحاويات" 60% خلال 2016 شركة قتاة السويس تسجل انخفاضاً للعائدات بنسبة ٦٠٪ هـذا العام الحكومة توافق على تعديل قانون «القومي لحقوق الإنسان» الحكومة المصرية توافق على تعديلات قانون المجلس الوطني لحقوق ...

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Media on Media Roundup (September 20)

Facebook is collaborating with the Israeli government to determine what should be censored - Image via The Intercept]

This week's Jadaliyya "Media on Media" roundup covers topics ranging from government-sponsored Facebook censorship to the relationship between language and national identity. Facebook’s recent cooperation with the Israeli government to censor content deemed violent has stirred controversy when it was uncovered that Facebook has complied with 95% of the Israeli government's demands for removal of “inciting content,” bringing into question how free speech is affected when private corporations collaborate with governments. In Algeria, a teacher is being criticized by the country's Education Minister for using an Arabic-only approach in the classroom, ...

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Caliphate, An Idea Throughout History: An Interview with Hugh Kennedy

[Byzantine envoys before Caliph al-Mu'tasim (seated, right). Image of miniature from the

What is a caliphate? Who can be caliph? What is the history of the idea? How can we interpret and use it today? These are the themes discussed in Hugh Kennedy’s new book, The Caliphate (Pelican Books), which aims to find the long-term historical context for the idea of caliphate. Tracing the history from the choosing of the first caliph, Abu Bakr, in the immediate aftermath of the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632, through the orthodox (Rashidun) caliphs (632-661), the Umayyads (661-750), the Abbasids (750-1258) and the use of the idea of caliphate by the Ottomans, down to the emergence of another Abu Bakr as “caliph” of the “Islamic State” in 2014. In Episode #240 ...

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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

[Asef Bayat]

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April 2016): 14–15. It is a follow-up of our first public correspondence, “‘Our Revolution Is Civil’: An Interview with Asef Bayat on Revolt and Change in the Arab World,” that was published in The Hedgehog Review five years ago. Özgür Gökmen (ÖG): In Life as Politics you refer to the dangers of foreign intervention more than once. Expectations were not high but there was still some hope for the region in 2011. ...

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Kamel Daoud: Sexual Demonization and the Secularist Select

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In a controversial NYT op-ed, the Algerian journalist and prize-winning author Kamel Daoud weighed in on the infamous events of last New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany. He wrote of the sexual harassment and rape authored by Muslim migrants and refugees as symptoms of a “sick” relationship with sex and women in general, and that this “disease” was now spreading to Western lands. This spectacular episode of sexual violence had managed to turn what had been general sympathy for refugees fleeing terrorism into anger, fear, and hatred. A large group of men had congregated at Cologne’s central train station before breaking off into smaller groups to commit robberies and sexual ...

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عن الانتصار العسكري والهزيمة الإيديولوجية

[الجامع الأزهر. المصدر: دانيل ماير]

هل تعيد السياسات المسبوقة لضبط المجال الديني فشل التسعينات؟ في يوم الأربعاء 20 مايو 2015 صرح صبري عبادة، وكيل وزارة الأوقاف، إن الوزارة مستعدة للاحتفالات بمولد الحسين ، وحذر السلفيين من أي محاولة للتصدي للممارسات الشيعية أثناء الاحتفالات، قائلًا: " أنتم لستم أصحاب الولاية على الدين، ولا يجب أن تتحدثوا باسمه؛ لأن مصر بها مؤسسة عريقة، وهي الأزهر الشريف". في يوم الخميس 22 أكتوبر 2015 قررت مديرية أوقاف القاهرة إغلاق ضريح الإمام الحسين بحجة من الأباطيل الشيعية التي تحدث يوم عاشوراء ، وما يمكن أن يحدث من طقوس شيعية لا أصل لها في الإسلام. في ليلة السابع والعشرين من شهر رمضان الماضي، وسط آلاف المصلين بمسجد عمرو بن العاص، كان محمد جبريل، الإمام والقارئ الشهير ...

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في نقد ظاهرة النسويّة الإسلامية: الأخوات المسلمات مثالاً

[مصدر الصورة آ.ب]

في نقد ظاهرة «النسويّة الإسلاميّة»: «الأخوات المسلمات» مثالاً محددات أولية في اصطلاح "النسوية" و"النسوية الإسلامية" ما زال هناك صعوبة شديدة إلى الآن تواجه الباحثين والباحثات بشأن تحديد دقيق لما يعنيه اصطلاح «النسويّة Feminism»، وبخاصة في البلاد العربية والإسلاميّة. الصعوبة لا تكمن في نقل معاني المصطلح والتأريخ له في بلاد الغرب (1) والكيفية التي انتقل بها إلى بلاد العرب، بمقدار ما تكمن أولاً في تحديد الاستحقاق المعرفي له وما يترتب عليه؛ وثانياً، في إمكانية إدراج هذا الاستحقاق داخل السياق الإسلامي، المؤسَّس بنحو جوهريّ على مقتضيات «العقل القضيبي». لا بد من الإشارة للمعاني المستبطنة داخل مصطلح "النسوية" أثناء استخدامه في هذا المقال: ...

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How Should Rationalists Deal with Dogmatism? The Case of the Birmingham Quran Pages

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One of the reasons I do not to write about early Islamic history is that I find it very difficult to manage the constant clash of faith claims and appeals to empirical evidence. When it comes to religion in general, Islam in particular, and the origins of Islam even more specifically, scholars find it difficult to recognize how their non-rational commitments direct their reasoning. Being able to set aside those commitments is even harder. Of course, I am talking about the dogmatic belief found among revisionist historians of early Islam. This school of thought is committed at the level of first principles to the belief that religious traditions pass through a ...

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New Texts Out Now: Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood

[Cover of Beth Baron,

Beth Baron, The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Beth Baron (BB): This book had a modest beginning as a history of orphans and orphan care in Egypt. Orphans have been largely ignored in historical accounts, yet having often lived on the margins, have a great deal to tell us about family and society. For a variety of reasons, Christian missionaries came to have a near monopoly on orphan care in Egypt, and so my search for sources led me to missionary archives. There, in the missionary archives, I came across the story of Turkiyya ...

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Muslims in Quebec, Belonging to an Intercultural Society: An Interview with Charles Taylor

[Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor giving a lecture at the New School University in 2007. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

Hicham Tiflati (HT): In my research on identity formation and the sense of belonging of young Muslims in Quebec, I have been finding that most of my participants deny their Quebecness and insist on being only Canadians. However, some of them cannot be anything else but Québécois because of the visible Quebecness in their character. Moreover, most of them are caught between Quebecness and Canadianness. Whether it is true or not, they believe that multicultural English Canada is more compatible with their Islamic and cultural values than intercultural French Quebec. So it is hard for them to imagine living in a separate Quebec that is not a Canadian province. What is the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Erik Freas, Muslim-Christian Relations in Late-Ottoman Palestine: Where Nationalism and Religion Intersect

Erik Freas, Muslim-Christian Relations in Late-Ottoman Palestine: Where Nationalism and Religion Intersect. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erik Freas (EF): The greater part of my research on Muslim-Christian relations in Palestine has, until now, focused primarily on the British mandatory period. Nonetheless, while the creation of the mandatory regimes following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire marks an obvious starting point for relating the history ...

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

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 ...

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New Texts Out Now: Madawi Al-Rasheed, Muted Modernists: The Struggle Over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia

Madawi Al-Rasheed, Muted Modernists: The Struggle over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2015). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Madawi Al-Rasheed (MA): My interest in Islam and politics in Saudi Arabia has been ongoing for a couple of decades. The project engaging this focus started with a historical account about how the relationship gave birth to several attempts to create a state. From history, I moved to a more social science approach ...

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استحضار الكواكبي بلغة موليير

يعد العلامة الشيخ عبد الرحمن الكواكبي (ولد في حلب العام 1855، وتوفي في القاهرة مسموماً عام 1902)، من ممثلي التيار والاتجاه الإسلامي التنويري والطليعة المثقفة الواعية، التي سعت إلى تلمس وتشخيص الداء في العطب الاجتماعي، واصطدمت أفكارها التجديدية ومعارفها العلمية وتطلعاتها الثورية نحو الحرية والديمقراطية بميراث الأمية والتخلف والطغيان والاستبداد. كان الكواكبي محامياً وكاتباً وصاحب عِلم شرعي، وقد ضمّن كتبه تحليلاً دقيقاً وعميقا للأمراض والأوبئة السياسية والاجتماعية التي كانت تعاني منها الأمتان العربية ...

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Jeremy Corbyn Hasn’t Got an “Anti-Semitism Problem,” His Opponents Do

Labour has a “Jewish problem.” Or so it has been widely alleged. Headline after headline in recent weeks has claimed that the party, in whose last-but-one leadership election both front-runners were Jewish, has become infested with anti-Semitism. The outbreak has been blamed on the veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn and the mass influx of new members who were inspired by his leadership to join. With a long-time Palestine solidarity campaigner at the helm, the party is now said to be attracting “anti-Semites ...

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إخراج الأرنب من قبعة الساحر الإسلاموي

إخراج الأرنب من قبعة الساحر الإسلاموي: قراءة في كتاب أسئلة الهوية والتسامح وثقافة الحوار في كتاب صدر حديثاً في إطار منشورات مجلة دبي الثقافية، تحت عنوان “أسئلة الهوية والتسامح وثقافة الحوار”، للباحث والدكتور يوسف الحسن، اعتبر الكاتب أن الأزمنة التي كان فيها الحوار "مجرد زينة" ولّتْ، ولا بديل عن الحوار إلا المشروع الإقصائي للآخر، وأننا في هذا الوقت بأمس الحاجة لمؤسسات متخصصة بالحوار، يكون لديها برامج تفاعلية وقدرة على التبادل بين الداخل والخارج لتعميق عوامل المعرفة بالآخر، وإزالة سوء الفهم ...

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Intellectual Journey: On Islamic Studies - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Ahmad Dallal

In this interview, Ahmad Dallal traces his intellectual and personal journey from Lebanon to the United Sates and back, while addressing his research trajectory, American University in Beirut provost experience, and future research plans. Dallal’s academic training and research focus is on the intellectual, historical, and institutional contexts of the disciplines of learning in medieval and early modern Islamic societies, covering both the exact and the traditional sciences. His first book, An Islamic ...

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In Jerusalem, “Religious War” Claims Cloak Old-Fashioned Colonialism

al-shabaka policy brief Overview  The escalating clashes between Israeli settlers and Jerusalemite Palestinians are the harbingers of a major eruption with incalculable consequences. Immediately billed as a “religious war” by the media and Israeli right wingers, they are in fact the outcome of longstanding Israeli plans to Judaize the city and empty it of its Palestinian inhabitants. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nur Arafeh analyzes the major changes that Israel has illegally imposed on Jerusalem and ...

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STATUS/الوضع: Issue 2.2 is Live!

After some months of hard work and consolidation, we are more than pleased to announce the release of Issue 2.2 of Status. This issue, like previous issues, includes a remarkable variety of interviews, programs, and reviews related to some of the more exciting and substantive issues happening in the region. From politics, to history, art, media, and panels/lectures and more, all segmented to allow maximum listening flexibility, you will be able to indulge for hours at a time! Download the podcast from ...

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Ottomanism with a Greek Face: An Interview with Vangelis Kechriotis

“Ottomanism with a Greek Face”: Vangelis Kechriotis coined this term in one of his recent articles to describe a particular cultural and political phenomenon of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, namely a vision of a future for Greek Orthodox Christians within the Ottoman Empire embraced by a number of Greek intellectuals and politicians. In defiance of both Greek and Turkish nationalisms, this ideology developed an alternative understanding of Greek identity, one that combined cultural ...

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Bringing Our Lost Brethren Back Home: Messianic Zionism, Settler-Colonialism, and the Lost Jews of Kaifeng

The Kaifeng Jews of China–numbering at present some five hundred to one thousand in total–are one of the latest communities to garner the interest of right-wing messianic organizations connected to the settler-colonial movement in Israel. Over the last decade, messianic groups have intensified efforts to encourage the community to immigrate (aliyah) to Israel. This endeavor is making some headway. Messianic organizations, including Amichav (My People are Returning), its semi-successor Shavei Yisrael ...

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