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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 ...

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 ...

[novinite المصدر: موقع]

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 ...

[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 ...


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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Maghreb Media Roundup (April 19)

[(Nadir Bouhmouch, Tindouf]

[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] Algeria تزايد الولادات في الجزائر بات اتجاهاً راسخاً Algeria’s fertility rate is on the rise following three decades of decline. كيف تخطّط الجزائر لتحقيق نموها الاقتصادي؟ Algeria announced a new plan to achieve economic growth despite falling international oil prices. Algeria: Tomorrow's battleground for Islamic State and al-Qaeda? After recent attacks, the Algerian ...

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

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

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 discussion was held as part of the MENA Dialogues series produced by Northwestern's Middle East and North African Studies Program. MENA Dialogues is a video series produced by the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University and consisting of interviews with leading scholars, artists, and writers. The series is produced by Sandeep Reddy Pamulapati and Danny Postel. This interview will ...

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Life and Death in Palestine - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Ben Ehrenreich

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with award-winning journalist Ben Ehrenreich about his new book The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine.  Ben Ehrenreich is an award winning journalist and author of two novels Ether and The Suitors. His latest book The Way to the spring is based on his three years of reporting from the West Bank.

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JinJin Fear with Zizi: An Interview with the Rocca Family

[Photo courtesy of Stijn Schiffeleers.]

On 8 November 2016, the American general election ushered in a fascist reality TV personality with no political experience and questionable mental health to the highest office in the land. Two days later, an evening at The Lab–San Francisco’s premier performance art venue–provided an opportunity to gather with others who are rightly wary (read: “terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought,” to quote Ghostbusters) of what the next four years hold in store for the United States and the world. As the audience assembled, a palpable sense of fear undercut the warm greetings and efforts to comfort each other, which made the evening’s performance more all the more ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 18)

[Bahrain Police Cars. By Mubarak Fahad, uploaded via Flickr]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula from the past two weeks 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 One Man’s Quest to Prove Saudi Arabia Bankrolled 9/11 “This New York lawyer says he has found a link between Saudi officials and the hijackers. The U.S. government refuses to do anything about it.” Saudi Arabia praises U.S. missile strikes against ...

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On Basel al-Araj’s Assassination: End Security Coordination Between the Palestinian Authority and Israel

[“Disgraced Authority”, Palestinians and allies held a demonstration protesting security collaboration between the PA and Israel at the PLO offices in Washington, DC.]

From a mural of Basel al-Araj in Nazareth:  بدك تصير مثقف؟ لازم تكون مثقف مشتبك!  واذا ما بدك تشتبك؟ لا فيّك ولا في ثقافتك Basel al-Araj was 31 years old when the Israeli military assassinated him in his apartment in al-Bireh, Palestine, on Monday, 6 March 2017. A respected intellectual, community activist, and organizer, Basel was known for his knowledge of Palestinian history, leading educational activities for Palestinian youth, and his outspoken position against the Israeli military occupation and the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security coordination with Israel. Basel was a revolutionary who posed a threat to the toxic status quo reached between ...

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New Texts Out Now: Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Jens Hanssen (JH): The partnership for this project with Max Weiss was born at a workshop in Chicago in April 2011. I had long anticipated the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Albert Hourani’s seminal Arabic Thought In the Liberal Age, 1798-1939. When I suggested the idea of a conference to reflect on the legacy of the book and the author, Max was immediately game. A year and a half later, three generations of Hourani students and their students met at ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 17)

[Egyptian-American Aya Hegazy. 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.]  Palm Sunday Bombings Interior Ministry announces identity of bomber involved in Alexandria Palm Sunday church attack Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced the identity of one of the suicide bombers involved in the Palm Sunday church attacks on Wednesday.  Interior Ministry identifies Tanta church suicide bomber, 3 alleged ...

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Foucault and Iran

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi,

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part one 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 his remarkable book, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi presents an important analysis of Michel Foucault’s journalistic writings penned for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera during ...

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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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Foucault: Against the Ideology of Enlightenment

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part three 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.] At various points throughout Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s excellent account of ...

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كتب- علي عبد الأمير: رقصة الفستان الأحمر الأخيرة

جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ علي عبد الأمير: لطالما درست الموسيقى العراقية والعربية والغربية، وسبقني إلى ذلك نقاد وباحثون، بوصفها علامات صوتية، إلى حين إتصالي بمنهج يقول ان موسيقى أي عصر وأغنياته، كما يصفها الناقد سيمون فريث، أصبحت من الدلائل المعتمدة لتأشير مستوى الوعي الإجتماعي، ومثل هذه المهمة "السوسيولوجية " يتعمق في توضيحها فريث عبر كتاب" الفن في موسيقى البوب " الصادر 1987 عن دار "ميثوين" بلندن ونيويورك، وكتبه بالاشتراك مع هيوارد ...

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The Refugee Crisis in Greece- A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Georgia Arapidou

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Eleni Makkas speaks with Georgia Arapidou about the refugee situation in Greece after the EU-Turkish Agreement (2016), told from the perspective of a Greek asylum lawyer.  Georgia Arapidou is a legal counselor and attorney for the Association for the Social Support of Youth (Arsis). Arsis's work is centered on immigrant and refugee youth. The NGO provides legal and psychosocial aid to young people, deals with asylum cases and exploitation in the workplace. ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 10-16)

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. Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum: A Roundtable Donald Trump’s “Unbelievably Small” Attack on Syria مدن: آلتا الظاهر بيبرس وإبنه بركة خان

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Rescuing the Revolution from Its Outcome

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part two 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: Islamic Revolution after the ...

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الدقائق: نص غير منشور لحميد العقابي

يومُ الأعزل= 1440 دقيقة صمت. دقائقُ... للحِداد، الذي فقدَ جلالَ معناه وهيبةَ رمزيته لكثرةِ ما استهلكتُه مشاعرُ تالفةٌ، غير أنه طقس يصعبُ على الأعزل أن يتخلى عنه، فقَصُرَ حتى أصبح كصلاةِ المسافر. دقائقُ... للتأمل، الذي لم يعد مُجدياً، فكلّ العبارات التي كان يرددها كمفتاحٍ لحل الطلّسم تحولتْ طلاسمَ وأقفالاً تحتاج هي نفسها إلى مفاتيحَ لم يتلفها الصدأ. دقائقُ... لسماع أغنياتٍ كان يسمعها في صباه، لكنها الآن لم تعد صالحةً حتى للبكاء، فسرعانَ ما يملّ الإصغاء إليها ويغلق أسماعه مفضلاً طنين ناموس الصمت. مرةً ...

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GMU Event -- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on the United States and the Middle East (18 April 2017)

[GMU Event -- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on the United States and the Middle East. 18 April 2017, 5:30 pm, Merten Hall, 1201, George Mason University] Middle East and Islamic Studies Annual Lecture Cosponsored by Arab Studies Institute, Schar School For Policy and Government, Center for Global Islamic Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, Middle East Policy Group, History Department, Global Affairs  18 April 2017, 5:30 pm Merten Hall, ...

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ثمن انعدام الجنسية: اللاجئون الفلسطينيون الفارون من سوريا

"لا يكاد الفلسطينيون يستوعبون مأساةً أصابتهم حتى تعاجِلُهم أختها."  Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza, New York, 2009: xi ارتبطت المأساة والمقاومة بتاريخ الفلسطينيين منذ صدور وعد بلفور عام 1917، ولا غرابة في وجود علاقةٍ عضوية بين الانتفاضات العربية الراهنة والمقاومة الفلسطينية. غير أن الانتفاضات العربية قد أثرت في الفلسطينيين الذين لجؤوا إلى العالم العربي في أعقاب نكبة عام 1948. فكما حدث بعد الغزو الأمريكي للعراق عام 2003، كشفت الانتفاضات ما يتعرض له اللاجئون الفلسطينيون من انعدام الأمن وضياع ...

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Berlin Event: Sinan Antoon on "Language, Writing and Memory in Contexts of Migration" (18 April 2017)

Language, Writing and Memory in Contexts of Migration:  A Conversation/Book Signing with Sinan Antoon in Berlin (Hosted by Mayadin al-Tahrir) Tuesday, April 18, 7 pm. Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Greifswalder Str. 4, 10405 Berlin «Who am I?  This is a question that others ask,  but have no answer. I am my language I am an ode, two odes, ten.  This is my language» - Mahmoud Darwish In a global context of unprecedented movement and migration, in which more and more ...

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