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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 ...

New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents ...

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دورنا في صناعة الظلام

ربيع علم الدين بعد الانتخابات الرئاسية مباشرة امتلأ حسابي على التويتر بالتعبيرات عن الصدمة والشكاوى. بدا كما لو أن العبارة المفضلة للجميع هي:"نحن أفضل من هذا”. لكنني اعتبرت هـذا الكلام خاطئاً، وفهمتُ منطقه الملتوي، والصدمة والأذى ...

Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

On 25 February 2017, the picture of a young male academic who committed suicide in Turkey went viral on the social media. The photo was hashtagged with #MehmetFatihTras and the line underneath the hashtag reads: “This is a murder. Try the ...


The Policing of the Palestinian Minority in Israel: An International Law Perspective

[Police officers in Israel. Photo taken by Mark Probst and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

In January 2017, the Palestinian Member of Knesset (MK), Haneen Zoabi, commissioned a report detailing multilayered omissions by the Israeli police force in combating the increasing crime rates within the Palestinian minority in Israel.[i] While the Israeli police force has prided itself in the last couple of years with halting the overall rate of violent crimes in the country, the report suggests that the police has failed miserably in halting violent crimes within Arab localities. Currently Palestinians make up twenty-one percent of the general population of the State of Israel, however, crime rates in Arab towns are three times higher than those in Jewish ...

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الخامس و العشرون من آب 1983: قصة للكاتب الارجنتيني خورخِ لويس بورخِس

[لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني منذر جوابرة]

رأيتُ أنَّ الساعة في المحطّة الصَّغيرة قد جاوزت الحادية عشرةَ ليلاً. ذهبت إلى الفندقِ سيراً على الأقدام. أحسستُ كما في مرَاتٍ سابقة بالاستسلام والارتياح الّلذين تولدهما فينا المطارح المألوفة. كانت البوَّابة الواسعةُ مفتوحةً؛ والبيت غارقاً في الظلمة حين دخلتُ البهو الّذي تُكرِّر مراياه نباتات الصالة. والغريب أنّ المالك ناولني السِّجلَ دون أن يعرفني. أخذتُ الرِّيشة المربوطةَ إلى المكتب، غمستُها في المحبرة البرونزيَّة وبانحنائي فوق السِّجلّ المفتوح، حصلتْ أولى المفاجآت الكثيرة الَّتي كانت تنتظرني في تلك الَّليلة فاسمي، لويس خورخِ بورخِس، كان مكتوباً بحبرٍ لا يزال طريَّاً. قال لي صاحب النزل: - خلتُ أنَك صعدت. ثمَّ نظر إليَّ جيِّداً وصحَّح كلامه: - العفو يا سيِّد. ...

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الطبقة الوسطى الفلسطينية: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع جميل هلال

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع جميل هلال، باحث اجتماعي وكاتب فلسطيني، محاضر جامعي متخصص في علم الاجتماع والانثروبولوجيا٬ شغل منصب كبير الباحثين في عدد من المؤسسات البحثية الفلسطينية٬ نشر العديد من الكتب والمؤلفات عن المجتمع الفلسطيني و"الصراع العربي الاسرائيلي"،  وقضايا الشرق الأوسط. تركز المقابلة على واقع الطبقة الوسطى الفلسطينية 

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 27- March 5)

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.   Ussama Makdisi on The Invention of Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East Critical Readings in Political Economy: Apartheid عصر الإن

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عصر الإنسانويّة ينتهي

أشيل مبيمبي [ترجمة سنان أنطون] ليست هناك إشارة إلى أن  2017 ستختلف كثيراً عن 2016 ستظلّ غزة، التي تحتلّها إسرائيل منذ عقود، أكبر سجن مفتوح على الأرض. ستستمر الشرطة في الولايات المتحدة بقتل السود بلا هوادة. وسينضم مئات الآلاف إلى أولئك القابعين في المجمّع الصناعيّ-الاعتقاليّ الذي أعقب أنظمة عبوديّة المزارع وقوانين «جم كرو». ستستمر أوربا في انحدارها إلى السلطويّة الليبرالية، أو ما سمّاه المنظّر الاجتماعي ستيوارت هال: الشعبويّة السلطويّة. على الرغم من اتفاقيات معقّدة تم التوصل إليها في محافل دوليّة فسيستمر التدمير البيئي لكوكب الأرض، وستتحول الحرب على الإرهاب، أكثر فأكثر، إلى حرب فتّاكة بين أشكال مختلفة من العدميّة. ستزداد اللامساواة في أرجاء العالم، لكن بدلاً من ...

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Islam, Muslims, and the Trump World Order

[No Muslim Ban 2, Washington, DC USA. Taken on February 4, 2017 by Ted Eytan and uploaded via Flickr ]

As Muslim communities in the United States and around the world confront the terrifying prospects that a Donald Trump presidency holds for their lives and liberties, a long-simmering conflict within the American political establishment has reached its boiling point. Recent policy debates surrounding the ban on Muslim immigration and the proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization mask a deeper struggle over the enduring practices of a political class in the throes of a revolt by a right-wing fringe movement. Determined to impose its puritanical vision of US power in the twenty-first century, the movement empowered by Trump’s election has ...

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حول ملحمة جلجامش

حوار مع عالم الآشوريات ومترجم ملحمة جلجامش إلى الإنكليزية بنجامين فوستر أجرى الحوار إكلال فانويسينفيك ترجمه عن الإنكليزية: أسامة إسبر هل يمكن أن نتوقع أخيراً  اكتشاف الألواح الكاملة لنص لملحمة جلجامش؟ يناقش إكلال فانويسينفيك هذا الموضوع والاكتشافات الأخيرة الأحدث المتعلقة به مع مترجم ملحمة جلجامش إلى اللغة الإنكليزية وعالم الآشوريات بنجامين فوستر. إكلال: هل يمكن أن تحدثنا من فضلك عن رحلتك مع ملحمة جلجامش. كيف قررت أن تترجمها؟ بنجامين: إن جميع علماء الآشوريات يقرأون ملحمة جلجامش في مرحلة ما من حياتهم المهنية، كما يقرأ جميع المختصين بالنصوص الكلاسيكية هوميروس وفرجيل. وقد شعر كثير من علماء الآشوريات، من جيلي ومن الأجيال السابقة، بأنهم قادرون على ترجمة الملحمة ...

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Organizations Issue Joint Solidarity Statement in Support of Pending MESA Bylaw Amendment

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[The following letter was issued by the below listed organizations in support of the pending MESA bylaw amendment that seeks to remove the term "non-political" while re-emphasizing the organization's 501(c)3 status. For more the the text of the amendment and how to vote, see below.] Joint Solidarity Statement Regarding Pending MESA Bylaw Amendment We are scholars studying the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region across a variety of disciplines, substantive topics, regional perspectives, languages, periods, and methodological approaches. Yet we all understand that knowledge production and our own scholarly output is often regarded by the governments of ...

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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 understanding the overlap of media, politics, and culture in the Arab world, in comparative perspective. As the Arab uprisings began and touched the global imagination, my challenge ...

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Media on Media Roundup (February 28)

[Iranian Filmmakers Asghar Farhadi and Shahab Hosseini at

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup looks at several important issues facing the MENA mediascape. Al-Jazeera examines how citizen journalists in Syria are countering regime narratives through the use of drone technology. The polarized nature of the Syrian war has left Arab Twitter users torn over the White Helmets’ recent Oscar win, with some showing support for the group whilst others condemned them as “self-serving terrorists.”   The Twitter-verse was also abuzz regarding a recent Nike advertisement that showcases Arab women in sport, with some users accusing it of flattening the heterogeneity of women’s lives in the region. Scott Roth and Phil Weiss ...

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حركة المقاطعة: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع مع عمر برغوثي

اجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع عمر برغوثي، باحث وناشط فلسطيني، عضو مؤسس للحملة الفلسطينية الخاصة بالمقاطعة الاكاديمية والثقافية ضد اسرائيل وحركة سحب الاستثمارات وفرض العقوبات عليها. تركز المقابلة على حركة المقاطعة وانجازاتها.   

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 27)

[Wreckage from the explosion at St. Peter's church on 11 December, 2016. 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.]  Christians in the Crosshairs: ISIS’ String of Sectarian Attacks 2 Egyptian Christians murdered in spate of sectarian attacks in North Sinai Two Coptic Christians were killed by armed militants in North Sinai this week, the latest in a string of sectarian attacks in the Peninsula. Number of Copts killed by militants in North Sinai this year ...

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Media on Media Roundup (March 8)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup looks at several issues facing the MENA mediascape. The Iraqi army found Daesh’s media center hidden in an upscale Mosul neighborhood following their recapture of the city, where the group broadcast its Al-Bayan radio station. Facebook shut down the page of Palestinian Fatah organization after they posted a picture of former leader Arafat holding a rifle. In Iran, several news outlets reacted positively to Asghar Farhadi’s second Oscar win, whilst ...

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تجربة النساء الفلسطينيات في السجن: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع رلى ابو دحو

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع رلى ابو دحو، أسيرة محررة ومحاضرة في معهد دراسات المرأة في جامعة بيرزيت ومتابعة لقضايا الأسيرات والأسرى الفلسطينين في سجون الإحتلال في مجال التوثيق والبحث وقضايا الإعتقال السياسي٬ صدر بحقها حكم بالسجن مدة 25 عاماً بتهمة مقاومة الإحتلال وأمضت منها 9 أعوام في الأسر. تركز المقابلة على القصة الشخصية لرلى ابو دحو وتجربتها في السجن كامرأة فلسطينية.  

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 6)

[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 Court acquits Mubarak of ordering 2011 protester killings The Court of Cassation has ordered the final acquittal of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, clearing him of ...

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New Texts Out Now: Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy, eds., American Studies Encounters the Middle East

Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy, eds. American Studies Encounters the Middle East. Durham: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Alex Lubin and Marwan Kraidy (AL and MK): In 2011, just as the so-called “Arab Spring” was underway, the Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut hosted an international conference to explore historical and contemporary connections between the United States and the Middle East. The ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview on Trump’s Immigration Ban and U.S. Middle East Policy with Common Policy

Jadaliyya Co-Editor,  Noura Eraka joins Common Policy a podcast of the Hauenstein Center of Grand Valley State University, to discuss her work in international law and refugee law, as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also addresses President Trump’s demand for “extreme vetting” of refugees, as well whether his Middle East policy significantly differs from those of his recent predecessors.

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Palestine Media Roundup (March 3)

[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 Another Palestinian Teenager Has Been Shot By Israeli Forces Near Border With Gaza Locals claimed that Israeli forces opened live fire on a group of Palestinian youth near the ...

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Photography Media Roundup (2 March)

[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.] Announcements Journalism Workshop, a different perspective: writing on exile and migration. Mashallah News, Bapob, and Tabadol host a workshop for journalists 18-30 years old ...

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Critical Readings in Political Economy: Apartheid

Andy Clarno, Neoliberal Apartheid (University of Chicago Press, 2017). In some of the earliest editions of Al-Hadaf, the journal of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, there is explicit mention of the myriad similarities between the “racist, settler colonial regimes” occupying the antipodes of Africa and the crossroads of the Levant. The Popular Front in theory and practice understood their struggle as linked to that of the South African liberation movement. It is against that rich ...

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Syria Media Roundup (February 28)

[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 Going South in East Ghouta Infighting and regime gains suggest the rebels are heading for defeat around ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 28)

[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 Donald Trump 'is a friend to everybody', says Saudi foreign minister Although Trump signed the “Muslim ...

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فهد سوريا - الجزء الثاني

تدهورت علاقة المالح مع السلطات السورية بعد فيلمه شظايا، والذي يعتبره مخرجه نهاية مرحلة في حياته المهنية. حدث أمر محوري في عيد ميلاده في سبتمبر 1981. إذ فيما كان المخرج يقود سيارته بالقرب من وزارة الخارجية، أشار له حارس للتنحي جانباً للسماح لسيارة رسمية بالمرور. توقف المخرج، ولكن على ما يبدو ليس بالسرعة الكافية، فقام الحارس بضربه على رأسه بعقب بندقية. فقد المالح وعيه ليستيقظ على صوت اعتذار ضابط في مركز الشرطة. قرّر مغادرة سوريا وسافر إلى الولايات المتحدة على منحة فولبرايت، على الرغم من عدائه الطويل ...

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Ussama Makdisi on The Invention of Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East

This keynote address delivered by  Ussama Makdisi unpacks sectarian framing of identities and conflicts and expose forced dichotomies created around the concept. Makdisi's address was given at the conference named "Sectarianism, Identity, and Conflict in Islamic Contexts: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives," held at George Mason University between April 15-17 of 2016. The conference brought together more than twenty academics and policy experts to discuss sectarianism, particularly ...

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