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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 ...

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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 ...


MESA Membership Passes Bylaw Amendment Removing 'Non-Political' Clause and Affirming 501(c)3 Status

[Geometric arabesque tiling on the underside of the dome of Hafiz Shirazi's tomb in Shiraz. Image by Pontecelo via Wikipedia]

The general membership of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) has approved (with 81% of voters supporting) a bylaw amendment that does two things: first, it removes term "non-political" from its self-description; second, it reaffirms the committment to operating in accordance with its 501(c)3 status. The amendment was introduced by a diverse array of MESA members during the business meeting of the 2016 Annual Meeting. It was then that those in attendance voted 247-57 in favor of putting the amendment up to a general membership vote, which was held between 1 February and 15 March 2017. According to the organization's bylaws, the amendment needed to ...

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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 murderers!” Wearing hipster eyeglasses, a hooded jacket, and a bag pack, Mehmet Fatih Tras has recently completed his doctorate degree in Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Cukurova University in Turkey. Upon the receipt of his PhD, he was made multiple job offers from universities in Turkey. However, university presidents interrupted the recruitment process and terminated his contract without any justification. His ...

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دورنا في صناعة الظلام

[المصدر موقع زنوبيا رسالة وطن]

[المقالة لربيع علم الدين ترجمها عن الإنجليزية إسامة إسبر] 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 اللذين سيقودان أحداً ما كي يقول هذا، لكن هذا لم يكن صحيحاً. لسنا أفضل من هذا. نحن هذا. لقد انتُخبَ الرجل رئيساً. وبحكم طبيعة الحال إن أميركا هي هذا، نحن هذا. لا أقول كلامي هذا كي أوحي أننا يجب أن نُلام، أو أن أحداً ما لم يصوّت لدونالد ترامب هو مذنب كشخص صوّت. ما أحاول مواصلة الإشارة إليه، للأصدقاء، ولأي شخص يحب أن يصغي، هو أن قلة منا ترغب بالاعتراف بالمسؤولية، ليس بالضرورة قبول ...

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أريحا

هل تمتلك المدن شهوات كالانسان؟ هل تشتهي مدينة ما أن ترقد بسلام في أعمق بقاع الأرض بعيداً هناك وتتمتع بشمسها وهوائها ورهبانها ونخيلها وسكانها الطيبين؟ أريحا، مدينة القمر كما يعني اسمها. اختارت أن تطل من بعيد بهدوء على الكون لا تبغي شيئاً سوى السكون والصمت. فهل كتب لها ذلك؟ اختارت أن تكون في المكان الأكثر انخفاضاً عن مستوى سطح البحر في العالم ، اختارت الابتعاد لكن الصخب لم يتركها وشأنها. أريحا هي المدينة الأولى التي سكنها الانسان منذ الأزل وما زال حتى اليوم. بدأ هذا منذ العصر الحجري الذي ترك آثاره حزينة كابية فيها. بالتحديد منذ عشرة آلاف سنه قبل الميلاد، حين كان ابن أريحا يمتهن الصيد، وسيلته الوحيده للحياة. ثم تطور إلى أن بدأ بصنع الفخار بمهارة ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 14)

[This textile factory in Sanaa, Yemen was bombed in July 2015 leaving more than 1,300 people unemployed. Many of the workers are now looking for work as day laborers. Photo by Almigdad Mojalli (VOA) via 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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations  White House plans meeting with Saudi prince amid terror threats The visit comes as the United States expands its military operations against Al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen.  Revised travel ban offers no relief for New York couple fleeing Yemen ...

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السي آي إيه تقرأ النظرية الفرنسية: حول العمل الفكري لتقويض اليسار الثقافي

   غابرييل روكهيل Gabriel Rockhill   [ترجمة أسامة إسبر]     غالباً ما يُفترض أن المفكرين يملكون قوة سياسية محدودة أو لا يملكونها. ذلك أن المفكرين الجالسين في أبراجهم العاجية، المقطوعين عن العالم الواقعي، والمنخرطين في نقاشات أكاديمية تخلو من المعنى حول تفاصيل تافهة ومتخصصّة، أو العائمين في السحب المبهمة للنظرية التي تتطلب أذهاناً رفيعة، غالباً ما يتم تصويرهم لا كمنفصلين عن الواقع السياسي فقط بل أيضاً كأشخاص عاجزين عن إحداث أيّ تأثير مهم فيه. لكنّ وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية تنظر إلى الأمر على نحو مختلف. والواقع أن الوكالة المسؤولة عن انقلابات واغتيالات وتلاعب سري بحكومات أجنبية لم تؤمن بقوة النظرية فقط بل خصّصتْ أيضاً موارد مهمة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (March 13)

[Egyptian women commemorate international women's day on 8 March, 2011. Photo from the Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository.]

[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 A-Z of progress and setbacks for Egyptian women between two international women’s days On International Women’s Day, here is Mada Masr’s A-Z of the experiences and challenges Egyptian women have faced this year. International Women's Day: Egyptian cartoonist sheds light on 10 discriminatory laws against ...

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New Texts Out Now: Alia Malek, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Alia Malek, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. New York City: Nation Books, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Alia Malek (AM): I’ve always wanted the opportunity to dive into my family’s history, specifically that of my great-grandfather and my grandmother, in order to better understand their lives against the backdrop of Syrian history. At the same time–like so many others–I have become increasingly distressed with what has happened in Syria (and what has been happening throughout the course of my life; I was born shortly after Hafez al Assad came to power). That distress has only been exacerbated by the way Syria is covered ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (March 10)

[Knesset Israel. Source- Itzik Edri via Wikimedia]

[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 Israeli Forces Have Killed A Prominent Palestinian Activist During A Raid Near Ramallah Basil al-Araj was splattered with Israeli bullets when the home he was in was raided. Israel is still holding his body, and according to a doctor with the Palestinian National Initiative party, it is doubtful that al-Araj could have fired back more than a ...

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هل الإنتفاضات والثورات العربية مؤامرة خارجية؟

في حوار جرى مؤخرا مع عدد من الشبان والشابات المتعلمين من خريجي الجامعات الفلسطينية هالني وراعني وصدمني درجة انتشار الإعتقاد بينهم، وإن لم يكن جميعهم، ان الإنتفاضات والثورات العربية هي مؤامرة غربية. أنا أعرف أن هذا الإعتقاد واسع الإنتشار منذ فترة، وأن صفحات "الفيسبوك" ملىء بنظرية المؤامرة لتفسير أحدث عدة وليس فقط الإنتفاضات والثورات العربية. لكني لم أتوقع أن الشباب المتعلم وبعضهم من حملة الشهادات العليا سيأخذ ضرورة بها. لكن، ما لفت نظري بشكل خاص هو شدة إعتقاد البعض بهذا التفسير للثورات العربية، والدفاع القوي والمنفعل بكل العواطف الجياشة والغضب العارم والمبرر أيضا، تجاه تاريخ العلاقة الإستعمارية والكلونيالية مع عدة دول غربية بما في ذلك دعمهم لأسرائيل. وأنا ...

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Announcing the 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize Winners

The Political Economy Project (PEP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize. With this prize, PEP aims to recognize and disseminate exceptional critical work on the political economy of the Middle East. For its inaugural award, the selection committee welcomed nominations for books on political economy published between 2013-2015 from a range of publishers and across academic disciplines. After reviewing a dozen submissions, the 2016 selection committee recognizes two co-winners for their original contributions to critical political economy research:   Jamie Allinson’s The ...

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Cities Media Roundup (February 2017)

Erbil's main square (2014) [photo by Ask Gudmundsen 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 cities@jadaliyya.com, mentioning "Roundup" in the subject line. We also welcome your submissions to the Cities Page: please check details on cities.jadaliyya.com] Urban Narratives Beyrouth, entre cauchemar urbain et rêves utopiques Thierry Boissière and Jamil Mouawad discuss the frequent characterization of Beirut as a crisis-stricken city vs. an exceptional city, and provide a typology of citizens' ...

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UN Report Establishes Israeli Apartheid; Fallout Begins

This week the United Nations published a report that establishes Israel as an Apartheid regime. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) commissioned the report commissioned from the authors, Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley. Amidst mounting political pressure, the UN Secretary General ordered UN ESCWA to shelve the report. Rima Khalaf, who is the ESCWA Executive Secretary, refused this instruction and has since resigned in protest even though her term officially ends in two ...

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Call for Action: Solidarity with Purged Academics for Peace in Turkey

[The following call for action and fundraising appeal was issued by the Research Institute for Turkey, Bostonbul, GIT North America, and concerned academics from the United States and Candada.] There have been several crackdowns on academics in Turkey. Many have been detained, jailed, and even dismissed from their posts through statutory decrees. Among them are the “Academics for Peace,” who signed a declaration for ceasing human rights violations in the Kurdish provinces. Signed by 2,212 academics in ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (January 23- March 5)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.] January 23 - 29 What Might Trump’s Muslim Immigration Order Do?: The Trump Administration prepares an executive order restricting entrance into ...

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Syria Media Roundup (March 15)

[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 Syrian government forces enter Palmyra, drive back Islamic State: monitors (1 March, 2017) Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way ...

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Media on Media Roundup (March 14)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup looks at several important dyanmics shaping the MENA region’s mediascape. In Palestine, Arabs took to the streets to protest Israeli legislation that aims to silence mosque loudspeakers. Several Syrian activists protested Jaysh al-Islam representing opposition groups and leading Geneva peace talks, given their increased clampdown on free speech in Ghouta. A Syrian teenager who was the victim of online bullying on Facebook sued the company. Accusing it of ...

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قصائد للشاعر الإيطالي ألِسْيو أرينا

ألِسْيو أرينا Alessio Arena   اختارها وترجمها عن الإيطاليَّة: أمارجي ألِسْيو أرينا في سطور: من الأصوات الشِّعريَّة الشَّابَّة في إيطاليا، وُلِدَ في باليرمو سنة 1996. يدرسُ حاليَّاً الآداب في جامعة باليرمو. حصلَ في سنة 2016 على جائزة "سالفاتورِه كوازيمودو" العالميَّة للشِّعر، وسُمِّيَ "فارساً أكاديميَّاً" لكلِّيَّة النُّبلاء الأكاديميَّة في فلورنسا. عُيِّن منذ 2016 رئيساً لقسم الشَّباب عن مجلس مدينة باليرمو في جمعيَّة "دانتي أليغييري" التي أسَّسها ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (March 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. Announcing the 2016 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize ...

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Press Release: MESA Joins as Plaintiff in Lawsuit against Executive Order Travel Ban

[The following press release was issued by the Middle Eeast Studies Association on 10 March 2017] For Immediate Release 10 March 2017  Contact Juan Gastelum, NILC, 213-375-3149, media@nilc.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 212-284-7347, isarda-sorensen@aclu.org Henrike Dessaules, IRAP, 646-459-3081, hdessaules@refugeerights.org Gabe Cahn, HIAS, 212-613-1312, gabe.cahn@hias.org Geoffrey Knox, MESA, 917-414-1749, gknox@geoffreyknox.com Groups Challenge Revised Muslim ...

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الفنان لاجئا

 كاتب أو صحافي سوريّ يصل للتو إلى باريس أو لندن، لا تزال شهادته "من الداخل" السوري" طازجة، يظهر كنيزك في سماء الدم على بي بي سي أو فرانس 24. ثم يتعقبه الشعور بالخيبة، بالاستغلال، بغضب العاجز، ويتذكر لاجئين آخرين، "كونيين": رياض سطوف يكتب ويرسم "عربي المستقبل" ولكنه لا يخالط العرب بتاتاً؛ لا ينزل أدونيس من عليائه ليعطف على اللاجئين بكلمة واحدة من الرحمة وأخواتها، فالحياة في أوروبا تحق لمثقف مثله، ولا تطالها يد العامل أو العاطل عن العمل... كثيراً ما نسخر من أنفسنا ...

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Maghreb Media Roundup (March 10)

[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 by Tuesday night of every week] Algeria Algeria's Sonatrach in Talks to Begin Offshore Drilling-Source Falling crude prices pressure Sonatrach to develop other areas for growth, such as offshore drilling ...

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DARS Media Roundup (February 2017)

[This is a monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance and Subversion in the Arab world and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the DARS Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each monthly roundup to DARS@jadaliyya.com.]     News & Comments Ahwaz Protests in Iran: A Sign of Things to Come? by Heshmat Alavi The city of Ahwaz in southwest Iran has been the scene of ...

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MESA Memo on Executive Order to Restrict Entry of Individuals from Designated Middle Eastern Countries

[The following memo was issued on 8 March 2017 by the the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) regarding the Executive Order to Limit Entry of Middle Eastern Refugees and Immigrants] Memo on Executive Order to Restrict Entry of Individuals from Designated Middle Eastern Countries  (8 March 2017) On Monday, March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for all nationals of ...

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