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[Istanbul, 15 April 2017. Photo by Ayça Çubukçu.]

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 ...

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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 ...

[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 ...

Changing Ecologies of War and Humanitarianism - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Omar Dewachi and Jonathan Whittall

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mohamad Ali Nayel speaks with Omar Dewachi and Jonathan Whittall about the changing nature of humanitarianism from an academic and a practitioner’s perspectives. Omar Dewachi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Global Health at American University of Beirut (AUB). Trained as a physician in Iraq during the 1990s, Dewachi received his doctorate in social anthropology from Harvard University in 2008. His research explores the social and medical consequences of war in the Middle East with focus on Iraq. Dewachi teaches a variety of courses on social medicine, global health and medical anthropology at AUB. He is the co-Director ...

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April Culture

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

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, commentary, and translated literature.  Leyla Mansour recently translated Sinan Antoon's The Corpse Washer from the Arabic into French for Actes Sud Press, and contributes an excerpt from the novel.  A short film documenting Helen Zughaib's recent solo exhibition appears courtesy of York College, Pennsylvania.  Samer Al-Saber reflects on John Halaka's latest work, which is currently on view at Gallery One, ...

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Straight Lines

[Le Corbusier's Palace of Justice, Chandigarh (1952-55). Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

Living Cities, Tate Modern. Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II, Whitechapel Gallery, 23 August 2016 – 8 January 2017 Gideon Mendel: Dzhangal, Rivington Palace, 6 January - 11 February 2017   In a corner of the Living Cities display, at Tate Modern’s Switch House, hangs a photograph of the Swiss-French architect, writer, and civic planner, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier. The modernist—dressed in a heavy black coat and bowtie, sporting his characteristic thick black-rimmed glasses, eyebrows raised slightly and brow furrowed—seems to be in the middle of a conversation, poised to answer ...

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Helen Zughaib: Arab Spring (Unfinished Journeys)

[Installation view of Helen Zughaib's Arab Spring (Unfinished Journeys) at York College Galleries. Image courtesy of the galleries]

Late last year York College Galleries in Pennsylvania hosted Arab Spring (Unfinished Journeys), the solo exhibition of artist Helen Zughaib. The exhibition’s featured paintings, installations, and conceptual works were created between 2008 and 2016. In these years, Zughaib watched the 2008/2009 attack on Gaza from afar, responding with scenes of grief-stricken, weeping women paralyzed beneath the fall of bombs. She also returned to her native Lebanon for the first time since fleeing war-torn Beirut in the 1970s, and produced a series of text-based paintings. Later she was hopeful when uprisings swept across North Africa and the Middle East, cloaking her figures in ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 5)

[Orthographic projection from Wikimedia Commons]

[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 by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations Iran poses greatest threat to peace in Middle East, says US Central Command chief Votel made calls for maintaining trained forces in the regions alongside local troops.  Trump administration drops human rights conditions to sell fighter jets to Bahrain “Lockheed had ...

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Announcing the #IslamophobiaIsRacism Syllabus

In response to intensified anti-Muslim racism and inspired by the #FergusonSyllabus, the #StandingRockSyllabus, the #BlackIslamSyllabus and others, a group of interdisciplinary scholars has created the #IslamophobiaIsRacism syllabus to provide resources for teaching and learning about anti-Muslim racism in the United States. This syllabus deliberately reframes “Islamophobia” as “anti-Muslim racism” to more accurately reflect the intersection of race and religion as a reality of structural inequality and violence rooted in the longer history of US (and European) empire building. It focuses mainly on the United States, while gesturing to the ways that ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 29 اذار

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 14 حتى 20 اذار) مصر دوت مصر" يكشف إهمال وزارة المالية في تحصيل مديونيات الدولة" الجهاز المركزي للمحاسبات وجهات رقابية أخرى ينشرون تقريراً حول إهمال وزارة المالية في تحصيل ديون الدولة. «تشريعية النواب» توافق على قرض صندوق النقد.. وعبد العال: «الاتفاقية تمثل برنامج إصلاح متكامل» اللجنة التشريعية والدستورية تؤيد المرسوم الرئاسي حول قرض صندوق النقد الذي تبناه مجلس إدارة صندوق النقد الدولي في نوفمبر الماضي. إخلاء سبيل صحفيين اثنين بكفالة بعد اتهامهما بنشر أخبار كاذبة , الادعاء العام يطلق سراح الصحفيين خالد عمار من الوفد ورمضان أحمد من بوابة روز اليوسف بكفالة. الصحفيان متهمان بالإساءة إلى المصلحة العامة من خلال نشر أخبار ...

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DC Event — Silenced No More: NFL Player Michael Bennet on Activism and Professional Sports (10 April 2017)

[DC Event — Silenced No More: NFL Player Michael Bennet on Activism and Professional Sports. In Conversation with Noura Erakat and David Zirin. Monday April 10, 2017. 7-9pm. Busboys and Poets (14th & V)]  

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 3)

[Posters from the #FreedomFirst counter-campaign highlighting the plight of Egypt’s political prisoners launched in Washington, DC ahead of President Sisi's visit. Photo from The New Arab Twitter page.]

[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 by Sunday night of every week.]  Political Rights CPJ denounces Egypt’s continuous detention of journalists Ahead of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s meeting with Donald Trump on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement condemning the continuous detention of twenty-five journalists in Egypt’s prisons and detention centers. Egypt court upholds ...

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Cities Media Roundup (March 2017)

[View of Nablus, by Uwea via Wikimedia Commons]

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles, and other materials related to urban issues in the region, and beyond. It does not reflect the views of the Cities Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send recommendations for inclusion in the Cities Media Roundup to, mentioning “Roundup” in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on]   Urban Development Dubai as Manhattan Resembling New York in its towering skyscrapers, high-rise buildings, multimillion-dollar apartments and bustling tourist scene, Business Insider deems Dubai “the Manhattan of the Middle East,” through ...

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The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions, and Approaches to the '67 War (Conference at Harvard)

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies  presents a conference The Naksa Fifty Years Later:   New Sources, Questions, and Approaches to the '67 War March 30-31, 2017  William James Hall, Lecture Hall B1,  Lower Level Harvard University, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA    On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the June 1967 War, this workshop seeks to explore new approaches to understand and rethink this pivotal and transformative moment in the history of the modern Middle East. At stake is the search for new sources that can shed light on the war and its long-term repercussions for Arab societies.  Organized by: ...

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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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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (March 2017)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of March 2017. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most-read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content on our Monthly Edition series. Text of Resignation Letter by ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins Violence: Theirs and ...

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Moment of Glory

In an article recently published by The Guardian, the late Iranian poet and filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad (1935–1967) was introduced as “Iran’s Sylvia Plath.” While this comparison may have been made with the best of intentions, it is a comparison nonetheless; and, in the case of artists from Iran like Farrokhzad, one might argue, an unnecessary, and problematic, one. Plath’s status as a literary giant is indubitable, but she was who she was in her own right: Plath was ...

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Stages of Homeland: Remembered Ghosts – Haunted Memories

John Halaka: Ghosts of Presence/ Bodies of Absence Gallery One, Ramallah, Palestine 21 March – 20 April 2017   Upon encountering John Halaka, one cannot ignore the burdens he appears to carry on his shoulders. He exhibits the features of a haunted man, who struggles with loss, exile, displacement, and an ongoing absence, perhaps an irretrievable one. His figure is dominant in most settings, despite his constant attempts to disappear, but when he speaks in carefully chosen words, he comforts with ...

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Seul le Grenadier

Seul le Grenadier (Extrait de Roman) Sinan Antoon [Traduit de l’arabe (Irak) par Leyla Mansour] 1 "Elle dormait nue sur une table d’albâtre, dans un espace découvert, sans toit ni murs. Il n’y avait personne autour de nous et, à perte de vue, rien d’autre que le sable qui s’étendait jusqu’à l’horizon. Des nuages moutonnés dans le ciel, qui se relayaient pour voiler les rayons du soleil, fuyaient pour s’y dissiper. J’étais dévêtu et déchaussé. Tout m’étonnait. Je sentais le sable sous mes ...

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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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Media on Media Roundup (April 4)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup discusses several important stories affecting the MENA mediascape. According to CNN and CBS, the recent “electronics ban” by the Trump administration was largely prompted by intel that al-Qaida and ISIS militants are developing ways to plant explosives in electronic devices. VICE Media are looking to expand their website and digital channel to the Middle East, aiming to open approximately fifty new staff positions in Dubai. Suppression of free speech ...

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Displacement and Identity: Exploring Syrian Refugees’ Lived Experiences

Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, the perception of national identity among Syrians has changed radically. Many factors have contributed to this: the country became de facto divided among different groups; thousands of non-Syrian jihadists, such as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (also known as ISIS), have succeeded in controlling large swaths of Syria and Iraq; and sectarian tensions among different segments of Syrian society have intensified with the increasing intervention of regional and global ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 27- April 2)

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. Violence: Theirs and Ours Dark Beirut: The (In)Visibility of Electricity الوضع العارض والمؤقت للشباب: ريادة الأعمال ليست حلاً The Wo

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Palestine Media Roundup (April 1)

[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] The Occupation Forces Video Shows Israeli Soldier Dragging A Palestinian Child Around His Neighborhood The soldier apparently was trying to use the child as an informant, having him search for ...

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Media on Media Roundup (March 30)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup covers several important topics affecting the MENA mediascape. A terror attack in London prompted the British government to ask that its security services be granted access to encrypted applications like Whatsapp, thought to be essential for planning the assault. In other news, Forbes Middle East comments on a British and US-issued electronics ban that prohibits the use of laptops and tablets on board direct flights from several Middle Eastern ...

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The World in the City and the City in the World: Reading the Janet Abu-Lughod Library

For a young scholar, a figure like Janet Abu-Lughod can seem almost impossibly prolific. Among the fields to which Abu-Lughod made celebrated contributions, we find urban sociology, world systems theory, studies of colonialism, and racial injustice (from Palestine, to the United States, to Morocco!), the history of Cairo, globalization, the politics of neighborhood preservation, and the cause of women in academia. Her refusal to compromise between breadth and depth seems to contrast with our own academic ...

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الوضع العارض والمؤقت للشباب: ريادة الأعمال ليست حلاً

الوضع العارض والمؤقت (precarity*) للشباب: ريادة الأعمال ليست حلاً “لقد دُفعَ شباب اليوم إلى حالة عارضة ومؤقتة، دون طريقة لمعرفة إن كانت انتقالية أو دائمة”. زيجمونت باومان – الحداثة ونتائجها (2004) في عام 2011، العام الذي خرجتْ فيه الجماهير في أنحاء العالم العربي إلى الشوارع مطالبة بالكرامة والخبز والعدالة الاجتماعية اشتهر كتاب عالم اقتصاد العمل غاي ستاندنغ Guy Standing الذي حمل عنوان “البريكاريات: الطبقة الجديدة والخطيرة". وبالرغم من أن كتاب ستاندنغ عن العمالة والحياة وسط القلق في ...

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