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Familiar Ruptures and Opportunities, 1967 and 2017

The 1967 war was a fundamental, damning failure for the Arab world. In the course of six short days, Israel expanded its jurisdiction across the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza ...

Municipal Politics in Lebanon

The municipal system has been a key pillar of debates on administrative decentralization, economic development and political participation in Lebanon. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, activists sought to stop the demolition of the ...

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جزيرة اللجوء المؤجل: قبرص

مزّق محمد، اللاجئ السوري، ورقة قبول العمل التي مُنحت له بعد مقابلات عدة في مهن أرسل إليها من قبل "مكتب التشغيل والتأمين" في مدينة لارنكا القبرصية، كانت الفرصة الممنوحة له "عاملاً لفرز المعادن في معمل خردوات وقمامة يبعد عن ...

Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (May 2017)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of May 2017. It also includes the most recent roundups, editors picks, and most-read articles. Progressively, we will be featuring more content ...


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Introduction: Remembering Barbara Harlow

[Barbara Harlow speaking in 2012. Image via YouTube.]

In the opening pages of her 1996 book After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing, a book that focuses on Ghassan Kanafani, Roque Dalton, and Ruth First—all of them revolutionary writers, all of them assassinated—Barbara Harlow notes that all three of these writers were also “committed critics…at a time and place when criticism and commitment often challenged each other’s practices.” She goes on to suggest that “in their own work, as in their persistent example,” such writers “continue to give critical dissent a good name.”[1] These very words apply beautifully to Barbara Harlow herself, the model of a committed critic, whose work and whose “persistent example” ...

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Generations of Resistance

[Barbara Harlow. Image by Tarek El-Ariss.]

Barbara would understand that the task of remembering her is harder without a cat curled on my lap, perched on the desk, or emanating a spirit of companionship from somewhere in the house. "Scratches to the cats" was Barbara's sign-off to me on email exchanges. When she said no—shockingly, if rightly—to my first request that she supervise my dissertation, Barbara sent me home with the advice to crawl into bed with my two cats and to come back with a revised prospectus for her to reconsider. My dissertation cat died last week, just shy of twenty years since the day I brought her home from the shelter in Austin. I'm feeling all over again, if more intimately and ...

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Barbara Harlow and the Necessity of ‘Renewed Histories of the Future’

[Mural of Ghassan Kanafani at the entrance to Bethlehem. Image via arablit.org.]

[Editors’ Note: This essay will appear in Volume 13:3 of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, a themed issue on the gender and sexuality of borders and margins, in November 2017. It was first posted on the JMEWS website, and is reposted here with permission of the author and the journal’s editors.] Barbara Harlow’s commitment to struggles for liberation and justice was always at the same time a commitment to academic inquiry. She entwined them and located emancipatory potential in each even as both were subject to her criticism. She emphasized the contradictions and debates within these projects as generative of what she called “renewed histories of the ...

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أن لا يعود للحارس ما يحرسه: كيف تهدد مقاومة «إسرائيل» وجود السلطة الفلسطينية

[اعتداء السلطة على متظاهرين ضد محاكمة الاعرج. المصدر موقع عينك على الوطن]

مشدوهين، شاهد الكثيرون عناصر أمن السلطة الفلسطينية وهي تضرب محمود الأعرج، والد الشهيد باسل الأعرج، في رام الله أمام المحكمة التي كان من المفترض أن تعقد في ذلك اليوم جلسة لمحاكمة باسل وخمسة من رفاقه بتهمة حيازة أسلحة «دون الحصول على التراخيص اللازمة (..) بهدف زعزعة الأمن والاستقرار العام». بين ذراعي والد الشهيد، كان الأسير المحرر خضر عدنان الذي خاض إضرابًا عن الطعام دام 66 يومًا أنهى أسره بعد 14 شهرًا من التوقيف الإداري. وفي ذلك المشهد، يُعتدى على والد الشهيد، ويُداس رأس الأسير المحرر، قبل أن يُقاد إلى توقيف دام بضعة ساعات. ليس منبع التفاجؤ بهذا المشهد حسن الظن بسلطة سبق لها أن أدت وظائف شبيهة، وإنما استباحة السلطة لما ظل على مر العقود ثابتًا يقارب القداسة في السياق ...

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Media on Media Roundup (May 9)

[Turkish citizens protest against the state's Internet censorship in 2011. Photo by Erdem Civelek, Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes influencing the MENA mediascape. On the eve of the second round of France’s elections, ISIS-operated An-Nur Media Center published posters urging members of the organization to target voters, candidates, and polling stations. A court in Ankara rejected Wikimedia Foundation’s appeal after the Turkish government banned Wikipedia for a site entry that accused Turkey of having links with ISIS. Europol began investigations into an alleged ISIS social network, Daeshbook, which is used to connect potential militants with one another. In Qatar, Al Jazeera news channel threatens to sue Russian outlet ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 9)

[Makkah - Kaaba full resolution - Saudi Arabia. By marviikad and uploaded via Flilckr]

[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 Saudis hire world's biggest PR firm to push 'Muslim Nato' “Campaigners accuse Burson-Marsteller of complicity in 'whitewashing' human rights abuses over deal with Islamic Military Alliance.”  UAE Flexing Its Military Muscle As It Expands Into Africa, the Middle East “The ...

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Syria Media Roundup (May 8)

[Image of a Syrian resident inspecting the damages at an ancient Souk. Image by Khalil Ashawi via Flickr]

[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 closes final loophole to tighten siege of east Damascus suburbs (20 April 2017) In a rebel-controlled, working-class suburb east of Damascus, Wardeh Hamdan is seven months pregnant with her first child, a boy. First phase of Syria evacuations ends after delay ...

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الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية

[غلاف كتاب نظرية الرواية للكاتب غيدو ماتزوني]

الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية (الجدي، المأساوي والإشكالي) حوار مع الناقد والباحث الإيطالي غيدو ماتزوني Guido Mazzoni غيدو ماتزوني شاعر وناقد أدبي وباحث ومحرِّر لـ la parole e le cose، أبرز مجلة ثقافية إلكترونية في إيطاليا، وأستاذ في جامعة سيينا. نشر في 2011 كتابه “نظرية الرواية” الذي تُرجم مؤخراً إلى الإنكليزية وصدر عن جامعة هارفارد. الحوار التالي أُجْريَ معه بمناسبة صدور الترجمة الإنكليزية. أجرى الحوار: كريس فينويك كريس فينويك: ألقيتَ محاضرة في جامعة فريجي تلخّص فيها أفكاراً طرحْتَها في كتابك الجديد “نظرية الرواية”. هل يمكن أن تحدثنا بتفصيل أكبر عن نظريتك في الرواية وكيف تختلف عن النظريات السابقة؟ غيدو ماتزوني: هناك عنصران يُعرِّفان الرواية: يرتبط الأول بلعبة ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (May 8)

[President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meeting with Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah on Sunday, 7 May, 2017. Photo from the Official Facebook page of the Egyptian Presidency.]

[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 Women workers must receive annual pay increases during unpaid maternity leave: Egypt's constitutional court Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled on Saturday that women who take extended unpaid maternity leave should still receive full annual pay increases Internet Revolution Egypt Facebook admin released on bail Ahmed Abdel ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (May 6)

[Nablus, Palestine–26 August 2006, in the Jabal Shamali neighborhood of Nablus, soldiers of the Israeli Occupation Force (IOF) launched a sixteen-and-a-half-hour incursion, wherein they killed one young boy, hospitalized at least twelve with many more injured, and destroyed twenty homes and apartments. Photo taken by Michael Loadenthal, uploaded via 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 Palestine@jadaliyya.com.] Occupation and Occupation Forces Israeli Tear Gas Canister Sets Off Fire In Nablus-Area Village The fire caused severe damage to the marketplace in which it started, and eventually burned eight warehouses. One local claimed that the damage would amount to millions of shekels.  The Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Warned Israel That They Had 24 Hours To ...

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Cities Media Roundup (April 2017)

[A view of Beirut by Benutzer:Robysan 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] Environment, Infrastructure and Governance 24/7 Water Supply in Beirut: Fantasy or Reality? As climate change leads to a decrease in the volume of available water in Lebanon, a challenge made more difficult by the unforeseen influx of more than a ...

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Art and Liberty: Redefining the Canon or the Next Record Sales?

[​Abdel Hadi El Gazzar,

In October 2016, two exhibitions were inaugurated in Cairo and Paris respectively, commemorating an Egyptian surrealist art and literature group, Art et Liberté.  I. Art et Liberté was co-founded by surrealist author Georges Henein in 1939. At the advent of World War II, artists and writers rallied around Henein and painter and writer Ramses Younan in their call for a perpetual revolution in art. The group aimed at gearing public opinion in Egypt away from the notion of modernization—regarded as a product of western imperialism—towards that of modernity, which saw art and daily life as malleable in their constant potential for improvement, “dans la mêlée,” as ...

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Barbara Harlow: The Formative Egyptian Period

In her late twenties, she arrived in Egypt of the late 1970s looking like a teenager who lost her way and ended up in teeming Cairo. Doris Shoukri, then chair of the department of English and Comparative Literature (ECLT) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), had interviewed her in Berlin in 1977 for her first teaching position as an assistant professor. Doris recalls Barbara, looking like a twelve-year-old blond waif with flowers in her hands. The animated discussion that followed at dinner ...

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Poetry and Partition: Barbara Harlow’s Insistence on the ‘Here-and-Now’ of Historical Reality

Barbara Harlow held a visiting position at the National University of Ireland in Galway in the spring of 1992. That same year, she published an essay in Polygraph titled “Drawing the Line: Cultural Politics and the Legacy of Partition,” which offered comparative readings of literature across three colonial contexts: Ireland, India, and Palestine.[1] During the fall semester, upon her return from Ireland to the University of Texas, Austin, where she had been employed since 1985, she taught an English ...

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The Occupation of Literature and Books That Are Difficult to Get

When I was one of Barbara Harlow’s beginning PhD students in Ethnic and Third World Literatures at the University of Texas at Austin, I had the temerity one day to ask her in her office how she justified sitting behind a desk, reading and writing, when she was so acutely aware of all the terrible things going on in this world, was so attuned to the “imperative to take sides,” as she would insist on any number of occasions. “We can’t afford to give up any space,” was her very quick reply, through her wry ...

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DARS Media Roundup (March-April 2017)

[This is a bi-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 Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons, by Marwan Barghouti In his op-ed article in the New York Times, jailed ...

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"Born Again" in Deir Nidham: Against the Illegal Military Occupation, from a Black-American Prophetic Christian Perspective

Tactics of Racial Supremacy We had just left Ofer Prison. My work as a scholar-activist, committed to Palestinian justice, placed me there. We had been journeying all day with two of our Israel-based colleagues who specialize in advocating justice within a profoundly unjust Israeli carceral system. The detention facility, which is at once a juvenile prison and a courthouse, was an incomparable spectacle. The courtyard, a “holding area” for families waiting to enter the “courtrooms” where their ...

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Jadaliyya Monthly Edition (April 2017)

This is a selection of what you might have missed on Jadaliyya during the month of April 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.   الظاهر بيبرس وإبنه بركة خان Announcing the #IslamophobiaIsRacism Syllabus Violence: Theirs and Ours Moment of Glory Turkey’s ...

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مراجعة كتاب: صُنع العدو: أو كيف تقتُل بضمير مرتاح؟

ما العدو؟ هل هو معطى سياسي أم اجتماعي أم ثقافي؟ مَنْ يحدّدُه؟ وما الدور الاجتماعي والسياسي الذي يؤدّيه في المجتمعات المعاصرة؟ هل يجب على الهُوية أن تُبنى بالضرورة ضدّ "الآخر"؟ في كتابه الصادر عن "المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات"، بترجمة نبيل عجان، يوضّح الباحث والأكاديمي والدبلوماسي الفرنسي بيار كونيسا أنه لا يهدف إلى تحديد طريقة مقبولة أو غير مقبولة للقتل، لكنه يرنو إلى تحليل كيفية نشوء علاقة العداوة، وكيف يُبنى الـمُتخيَّل قبل الذهاب إلى الحرب. استـهلَّ كونيسا (وهو أستاذ في ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya May (1-7)

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.   Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide Arabian Tragedy, or Noir? خمس قصص قصيرة للكاتب الإسباني خوان خوسية مياس Toward A Vocabulary for Syria’s ...

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هنا تونس… قطار الثورة خرج عن السكة

ثورة لم يكتمل مسارها شغل ،حرية ،كرامة وطنية :هذا ما صدحت به حناجر المحتجين حتى بحت منذ ست سنوات ضد النظام السابق لزين العابدين بن علي و هذا ما تصدح به حناجر محتجين مازالوا يخرجون إلى الشوارع التونسية يوميا يطالبون بالتنمية والتشغيل . فمنذ ثورة 2011 لم تنقطع الاحتجاجات الاجتماعية في تونس سيما في المحافظات الأقل نموًا. محافظة تطاوين جنوب البلاد التونسية شغلت كل التونسيين و تشد إليها الانظار منذ اكثر من شهر فالوضع فيها متفجر و الغضب على أشده. بنفس غاضب و بصوت مرتفع و نبرة تخفي في طياتها يأساً و إحباطاً ...

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فاكهة السُّوْر

صُبْحَ كَشَفْتِ لنا، صرنا ليلاً. ولولا لَيْلُكِ، ما كنّا أهلاً للصباح. أدَبُ السالكِ إليكِ ألّا يَجِدَ. ما تابَ من اطمأنَّ، ولا اهتدى الواصل. حَمَّلْتِ القاطفَ لهفةً إلى ما لم يَرَ. ولو عادَ، لَشَغَلَتْه فاكهةُ السُّوْرِ عن خزائن الأعماق. اسمُكِ يُرقى إليه سهَراً، يوصَد على سِرّه بالحسرة، يقشَّر رنينُه بطرفَي أُنملتَينِ، ويُبَلُّ به رِيْقُ المُلبّي هديلَ الفجر. كثيرٌ من الأسرى يعضّون على ذكراه، فينكتم الأنينُ إلى أن يكلَّ الجلّاد ويتفتَتَ السوط. بنقطةِ الباءِ مَسَحوا جبينَ المسحور، فقام يهذي حتى ...

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The Muslim Ban and MESA

Last year we watched as the condition of academic freedom eroded in Egypt, Gaza, Turkey, and elsewhere in the Middle East. The situation for scholars in Turkey, in particular, has reached a low that none of us could have imagined, with hundreds of those who signed the peace petition protesting the government’s actions in southeast Turkey losing their jobs. Our colleagues on the MESA Committee for Academic Freedom have been indefatigable in documenting abuses of academic freedom by the Turkish government ...

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Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi

One day in Suriçi, 1 March 2017: from Melik Ahmet Avenue to Balıkçılar, from there to Dağkapı, we follow the destruction and reconstruction. From Melik Ahmet Avenue, we are moving on to Balıkçılar. There are several police and task forces ahead on one of the narrow streets to the right. Mostly female police, wearing bulletproof jackets, are waiting with long black batons in their hands. The street entrance is closed. Thinking that he might be a journalist, I approach someone holding a camera in his ...

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