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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 ...

Six Years: Roundtable on Arab Uprisings

The Arab world has been fundamentally transformed in the past six years, as part of ongoing processes that are certain to continue for some time to come. Throughout this period Jadaliyya has been providing analysis of the Arab uprisings, in their varied manifestations and in all their dimensions. This has included the events and people who set this train in motion, and the struggles and aspirations of the many that participated. Also covered were the new forms of governance that came out of the ensuing struggles, and the ways in which regimes have sought to preserve, resurrect, or recalibrate the status quo. This is to say nothing of regional and international powers ...

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Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

[1945 map of Beirut]

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and economic action—despite the spatial turn that has informed social sciences and humanities for more than three decades ago now. Indeed, they often overlook the shaping roles of the built and natural environments in the production of events unraveling in cities and regions of the Middle East. We thus read about cities and regions as backgrounds and contexts for processes and practices, rather than environments that have determining impacts ...

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Doubling Down: Jordan Six Years into the Arab Uprisings

[Another example of logo and design efforts at state propaganda in Jordan]

The political economy of Jordan today is characterized by greater degrees of authoritarianism and neoliberalism than was the case in 2010. Yet two trends in knowledge production on Jordan seem to claim otherwise. The first of these trends privileges narrowly defined security concerns. The second assumes the best of intentions by a core group of those in power. Whether through reporting or analysis, authors of either suasion typically ignore the machinations of authoritarianism and neoliberalism in Jordan, their varied effects on sociopolitical dynamics, and forms of resistance against both. Jordan did not feature the types of anti-regime mobilizations many of us ...

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Shadows of the Imperceptible: PhotoCairo6 (15 February - 23 March 2017)

Shadows of the Imperceptible poster.

PhotoCairo6 Exhibitions run from 15 Febraury 2017, 7pm until 23 March 2017 Welcome to Shadows of the Imperceptible, the five-week-long public articulations of the sixth edition of PhotoCairo. It consists of two exhibitions at Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) and Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center as well as performances, screenings, talks, discussions and studio visits in different locations across the city. A sustained engagement with the context in which artists exchange knowledge, work and exhibit in Egypt has shaped much of the thinking around PhotoCairo’s sixth edition. Rather than working within the limited time frame of festivals, Shadows of ...

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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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خطوات مرحة في شارع البهلوان

[لوحة الملاك المحجب التي رسمتها زينات صدقي في الفيلم]

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 جسم لولي الرائع ثم تظهر زينات سعيدة وهي ترسم اللوحة. تترك زينات الريشة والألوان وتعطي لولي "الملاك المحجب" سيجارة لحين عودتها للتسلية. ويدخل زوج زينات ليرى ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 13)

[Egypt's Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi and US Congress Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher during a Cairo meeting. Photo from the official Facebook page of the Spokesperson of the Egyptian Armed Forces.]

[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.]  Muslim Brotherhood’s Terrorist Designation Threat White House Weighs Terrorist Designation for Muslim Brotherhood President Trump’s advisers are debating an order intended to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, targeting the oldest and perhaps most influential Islamist group in the Middle East. The ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (February 11)

[Palestinian children walked to school through clouds of teargas in Hebron after Israeli Defense Force fired four canisters into a busy street. Photo by CPT Palestine from Flickr]

[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 The Israeli Forces Have Ransacked A Palestinian Publishing House In Ramallah Besides destroying much of the equipment at the al-Nour publishing house, Israeli forces also stole printers and a computer. The reason for the raid was that they were publishing "materials being used for incitement of terrorism". A New Video Is Challenging ...

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BBC News: A Sarcastic Response to Syria's Militants

By Mike Thomson BBC News 9 February 2017 It takes a special kind of person to run a radio station in an area controlled by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Music is forbidden, so are women presenters. But Raed Fares - manager of Radio Fresh FM - has come up with a creative response to the militants' demands. It is mid-day and almost time for the latest news from Radio Fresh FM in the rebel-held province of Idlib, in north west Syria. Suddenly the airwaves are filled with assorted sounds of tweeting birds, clucking chickens and bleating goats. As the newsreader gets under way, the cacophony continues beneath his voice.  You might be forgiven for thinking ...

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Cities Media Roundup (January 2017)

[Tripoli, near Abu-Ali river. Image from Wikimediacommons by Chaps the Idol]

[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]   Cities and War Strengthening Accountability and Public Participation at the Local Level in Dealing with the Syrian Refugees Crisis in Jordan Myriam Ababsa presents the results of surveys undertaken in Jordan, and raises the ...

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Israeli Land Grab Law with BBC World

On 6 February 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the Validation Bill which retroactively sanctions the status of nearly 4,000 illegal structures built on private Palestinian land. While all settlements contravene international humanitarian law’s prohibition on the transfer of civilians into occupied territory, these cases are distinct because the structures are not built on what Israel has declared “State Lands.” Instead, they are built on private Palestinian lands where the proof of ownership is not in controversy. The Validation Law is an unprecedented new step in Israel’s incremental and steady encroachment of Palestinian lands. Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat, joins ...

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Where’s My Vote? The US Edition

[Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Photo by Mohammad Kazempour uploaded from Wikimedia Commons]

In June 2009, protests erupted in Tehran and other major Iranian cities following Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s loss in the presidential elections against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mousavi and the other opposition candidates alleged voter fraud and questioned the legitimacy of the Ahmadinejad win. Of course, the term “opposition” here is used loosely as presidential candidates are thoroughly vetted via a process that keeps out anti-establishment candidates. Everyone who makes it to the general election phase has enough credentials to be considered part of Iran’s Islamic revolution, which reached power in 1979 and has ruled ever since. Parallels can be drawn with the US ...

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The ‘Arab Spring’ Never Happened (in English)

To investigate the trials and tribulations of the phrase “Arab Spring” for English-language audiences since 2010, it may be useful to start with a Google search—or, rather, a quick history of Google search results. If one looks at the top results for English-language searches using the term “Arab Spring” from 2010-2012, here is what you get:   A few things jump out, foremost among them the celebratory tone, accompanied by the desire to locate and attribute the credit for this “year of ...

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A Preface to A Critique of Instant Analysis and Scholarship on the Arab Uprisings

Much of the writing on the Arab uprisings continues to suffer from the new think-tank-ish, self-important, semi-casual, sloppy-analysis syndromes. It is as if having a platform and a mandate are sufficient to produce sound knowledge. For the most part, the proof is in the pudding. Follow platforms and individuals across time and space and this becomes clear: zigzagging and pendulum-swing judgments and analysis, driven more by events and politics than by historical and analytical depth. Worse still, this ...

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Specters of Palestine: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

There are at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a number that represents a quarter of Lebanon’s total population. This is the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the world. Syrians are not the only refugee population in Lebanon. When considered alongside Palestinian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Sudanese refugees, the total refugee population easily represents a third of Lebanon’s current residents. Lebanon had no revolution, or sustained uprising, to contribute to the regional fervor that ...

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Media on Media Roundup (February 14)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup addresses several issues affecting the MENA mediascape. Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 revolution this Friday, and the New York Times showcased some memorable posters from the procession, some of which thanked Americans who opposed the “Muslim ban.” According to Human Rights Watch representatives, Saudi Arabia intensified its attacks on journalists and activists in 2016. Also in Saudi Arabia, young women are taking to social media to report ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 14)

[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 Somaliland agrees to UAE military base in northern port The United Arab Emirates is planning to establish ...

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الحملة الوطنية للضمان الاجتماعي في فلسطين: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع فراس جابر

 أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع فراس جابر، كاتب وباحث في القضايا السياسية والاجتماعية،  ومن الباحثين المؤسسين لـ"مرصد"، وهي مؤسسة بحثية مقرها رام الله/ فلسطين، ومتخصصة "بدراسة وتحليل نقد السياسات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في فلسطين والمنطقة العربية على المستوى الكلي والإجرائي. بدأت عملها عام 2012، من خلال مجموعة من الباحثين المتخصصين في حقول التنمية وعلم الاجتماع والاقتصاد".  حصل فراس جابر على بكالوريوس في علم الاجتماع من جامعة بيت لحم، ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (February 6-12)

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.   قصة نافخ الدواليب لسميرة عزام Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next Call ...

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Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next

On 27 January 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Trump’s travel ban (or “Muslim ban,” as it has come to be called—not inaccurately, since it clearly targets Muslim-majority countries) has of course received a huge amount of attention. However, even among those attempting to follow the story closely, areas of confusion and misinformation have remained. In part, this has to do with the state of chaos that ...

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عن منع رواية جريمة في رام الله والتضامن الناقص

عبّر الكثيرون على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي كما في الإعلام عن صدمتهم لقيام  السلطة الفلسطينية بإصدار قرار يمنع رواية "جريمة في رام الله" للكاتب الفلسطيني يحيى عباد. وصدر بيان من عدد من المثقفين والكتاب العرب والفلسطينيين يطالب بوقف المنع والاعتذار.   بداية، عندما قرأت الخبر استوقفني عنوان البيان الذي نشرته و"كالة معا" نقلاً عن مكتب النائب العام، المستشار أحمد براك. في العنوان تتبنى الوكالة، المقربة من السلطة، البيان كحكم و"حقيقة" دون وضع الاقتباسات أو ...

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عصير الكتب: بلال فضل يحاور بسام حداد

في هذه الحلقات الثلاث من برنامج "عصير الكتب" على قناة العربي يستضيف الكاتب والصحفي المصري بلال فضل الدكتور بسام حداد، أستاذ العلوم السياسية في جامعة جورج ميسن ومدير برنامج دراسات الشرق الأوسط فيها وأحد مؤسسي ومحرّري مجلة "جدلية،" الصادرة عن مؤسسة الدراسات العربية.  يناقش الحوار العديد من المحاور المتعلقة بالإنتفاضة السورية ودول عربية أخرى. كما تتناول الحلقة كتاب بسام حداد   Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience  الصادر ...

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 7 فبراير

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 21 حتى 31 يناير) مصر منع المحامي الحقوقي نجاد البرعي من السفر بناء على قرار من قاضي التحقيقات منعت السلطات الأمنية المحامي الحقوقي نجاد البرعي من السفر يوم الخميس محام: النيابة تحجز 4 تظاهروا بمناسبة الذكرى السادسة لـ 25 يناير اعتقال أربعة متظاهرين تظاهروا بمناسبة ذكرى ٢٥ يناير بالصور- الذكرى السادسة لـ25 يناير.. لا شيء سوى الشرطة دوريات الشرطة تحيط بساحة التحرير قبل الذكرى السادسة لثورة ٢٥ يناير السيسي يوافق على برنامج السعودية لتنمية سيناء بقيمة 1.5 مليار ...

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With Muslim Ban, Trump and Bannon Wanted Chaos, but Not Resistance

The Trump executive order that puts into place a series of unconstitutional restrictions on migration of citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African countries is anything but an instance of harried incompetence by an inexperienced White House staff. Rather, it is, like so many other Trump executive orders and presidential memoranda, a malignant, strategic attack on democracy. A closer look at the pre-history and logic of the ban reveals that the Muslim Ban executive order is one among many drastic ...

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