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Toward A Vocabulary for Syria’s Opposition

One of the many casualties of Syria’s drawn-out conflict has been empathy. This crisis is particularly acute for what many dub the Syrian “opposition” (al-mu‘aradah). For international observers, the passing of time has seemingly dulled ...

[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 ...

[novinite المصدر: موقع]

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 ...


Between the World and Algeria: International Histories of the Algerian War of Independence

Darcie Fontaine, Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Jennifer Johnson, The Battle of Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Jeffrey James Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. [This review essay was first published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. For more information or to subscribe, click here.]  The history of Algeria is undergoing a boom, especially the history of what ...

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Toward A Vocabulary for Syria’s Opposition

One of the many casualties of Syria’s drawn-out conflict has been empathy. This crisis is particularly acute for what many dub the Syrian “opposition” (al-mu‘aradah). For international observers, the passing of time has seemingly dulled the horror of their suffering and purpose. First, no single actor has successfully positioned itself as the primary defender of the Syrian Revolution. The result is that civil, political, and military actors, with widely diverging visions of Syria’s future, claim to embody the goals of what was, in 2011, a leaderless, spontaneous phenomenon. In addition, the very term opposition conjures a binary that does not exist today. Not all parties ...

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Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture

Farzin Vejdani, Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. [This review was first published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. For more information or to subscribe, click here.] Making History in Iran is a much-needed examination of how various social and institutional changes during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shaped how the people of Iran wrote about, taught, and understood the past. Farzin Vejdani traces the gradual formation of modern historiography in Iran through periods of shifting patronage networks, the expansion of reading publics, and the ...

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يم القاهرة

[المصدر: موقع ويكيميديا]

القاهرة مثل اليَم. لا يمكن أن تدخلها دون أن تلتقطك أمواج الصخب الهائجة. هل تخيل أحد عند وضع أساس هذه المدينة في القرن العاشر أنها ستتعملق وتخرج عن السيطرة إلى هذا الحد؟ وهل تخيل أحد أنها ستأوي ما يزيد عن عشرين مليون شخص بين أضلاعها؟ القاهرة ليست أكبر مدن العالم بالطبع، ولا تماثل بعض مدن الشرق الأقصى تعددًا ومساحةً، لكن هذا لا ينفي أنها قنبلة موقوتة من المكعبات الخرسانية والطرقات الأسفلتية التي يطغى عليها اللون الرمادي القاتم متفوقًا على كل المحاولات الباهتة لطلاء هذه المدينة المكتوب لألوانها الفناء أمام الغبار المتوغل بأغوار المجتمع حتى رئاته. ولا يمر يوم دون أن يستيقظ التراب ولو قليلًا ليذكّر هذه المدينة أن لولا النيل لما كُتب لها البقاء، ففي الصحراء الزوال هو ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (April 17-23)

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. الظاهر بيبرس وإبنه بركة خان Foucault and Iran Foucault: Against the Ideology of Enlightenment New Texts Out Now: Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, eds. Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

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ما التنوير؟ غوغل، ويكيليكس، وإعادة تنظيم العالم

[novinite المصدر: موقع]

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 بها الملفات الصغيرة، وفي جَمْع وكالة الأمن القومي للبيانات الوصفية (الميتاداتا) الخاصة بالبريد الإلكتروني والمكالمات الهاتفية، وفي الطبيعة الغريبة للإعلانات التي تظهر في جداول بحث غوغل والفيسبوك. لكن لا حاجة كي يشير المرء إلى وكالة الأمن القومي من أجل إلقاء اللوم. وبقدر ما هو من الصعب تقسيم العالم بين رقمي على نحو صارم ومتناظر، فإن مهمة غوغل في "تنظيم معلومات العالم" تتضمن الآن بصورة متزايدة تنظيم الحياة نفسها. ونعرف جميعاً ...

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Turkey After the Referendum: A Roundtable

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

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 branch. Most significantly, it does away with the position of prime minister, thereby transforming the presidency from being a ceremonial position as head of state into the sole leadership position of the executive branch. Opposition politicians and dissident journalists have described the referendum as an effort to create one-man rule for current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma ...

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Yemen's War [Ongoing Post]

[Image from Wikipedia.]

[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 Rabbuh Mansur Hadi returned to Aden from exile in mid-November after his government was reestablished in the southern city. This move, alongside a renewed ground campaign and the continued aerial bombardment throughout northern Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, prompted Ansar Allah—the movement commonly known as the Houthis—and the faction of the General People’s Congress party loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, to establish ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (April 24)

[Egyptian-American activist Aya Hegazy and Ivanka Trump at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo from the official Twitter page of Ivanka Trump.]

[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 Wife of jailed journalist Hesham Gaafar received phone calls from 2 men seeking LE120,000 for his release The wife of detained journalist Hesham Gaafar said she received phone calls from two individuals claiming to be a police officer and a prison official demanding a large sum of money in exchange for her husband’s ...

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Syria Media Roundup (April 24)

[Image of people walking down a street in Deir Ez-Zor. 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 Islamic State Attack on Rebel Base in Syria Sparks Rare, Close Battle (10 April 2017) U.S.-backed Syrian fighters and American forces clash with militants inside the base. 'No one knows how to go on': 40,000 residents of rebel-held Damascus neighborhood face starvation behind government siege (11 ...

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A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists

[Cover of Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment]

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part six of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s Foucault in Iran builds a chapter-by-chapter defense against critics skeptical of Foucault’s engagement with the Iranian Revolution of 1979. But the pit stop the author takes in the fourth chapter linking Iran’s women’s ...

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Jerusalem: A City for All?

The legal, bureaucratic, and physical manifestations of racism are often just complex enough to seem invisible or accidental (at least to those not directly affected). The 2020 municipal plan for Jerusalem pulled back the curtain a little when it explicitly set out a "demographic target of 60% Jews and 40% Arabs." Visualizing Palestine's latest visual untangles a complex web of discriminatory Israeli policies and practices connected to this goal.

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Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program)

  General Internships At ASI Summer/Fall 2017

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‘Optimism of the Intellect’? How to Stay Hopeful in the Wake of Turkey’s Referendum Results

Following the constitutional referendum in Turkey, which resulted in a narrow victory for the “Yes” camp (with fifty-one percent of the voters approving the constitutional changes that grant President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unprecedented powers), pundits rushed to portray a grim picture, mourning “the death of Turkish democracy.” In an op-ed for Foreign Policy, titled “RIP Turkey, 1921-2017,” Steven Cook claimed that with this victory, Erdoğan not only “permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern ...

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New Texts Out Now: Behrooz Ghamari, Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution

Behrooz Ghamari, Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution. New York: OR Books, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Behrooz Ghamari: (BG): Originally, I did not conceive this as a book. Every New Year’s Eve I began writing little vignettes and character portraits about my years as a political prisoner in Iran. I was released from prison on New Year’s Eve of 1985, so that was the significance of the day for me. For one day every year I removed myself from the routines of everyday ...

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Media on Media Roundup (April 25)

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes shaping the Middle East mediascape. A leaked video allegedly showing Egyptian soldiers killing detainees in the Sinai Peninsula caused a great deal of debate surrounding Egypt’s human rights record. In Lebanon, a Hezbollah-organized media tour of the country’s demarcation line with Israel generated controversy regarding Lebanon’s relationship to Israel and Hezbollah’s military power. Following a referendum extending ...

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Berkeley Event--6 Days, 50 Years: 1967 and the Politics of Time (28 April 2017)

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, the Centers for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa arbara will host contemporaneous events to address this significant milestone. [There is a panel discussion at 10 am followed by a keynote at 3:30 to be delivered by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat.]

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 25)

[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 Defense Sec. Mattis Hails U.S.-Saudi Relations as War Pushes Yemen to Brink of Famine “In Riyadh, Secretary ...

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Revisiting ‘Foucault in Iran’: A Response

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is the final installment of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the author. The symposium was originally published by The SCTIW Review, and is reposted here with their permission.] First, I would like to thank SCTIW Review for organizing this ...

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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 world. The travel ban constitutes a US policy to sanction the very people that previous administrations as well as the current one have bombed. As borders close, the number of refugees fleeing the horrors of war in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq increases. In this tautology, the new ...

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The Origins of the Lebanese National Idea, 1840-1920

Carol Hakim, The Origins of the Lebanese National Idea, 1840–1920. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. [This review was orginally published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. For more information on the issue, or to subscribe to ASJ, click here.] Against teleological accounts that locate the origins of national ideas in a distant past and trace their evolution along a linear path into the present, Carol Hakim’s Origins of the Lebanese National Idea cautiously ...

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Visualizing Campus Collective Action for Palestine Solidarity

As a thirteenth year of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) draws to a close across campuses in over two hundred cities around the world, Visualizing Palestine shares two new data visualizations on the impact of campus activism. Timeline of North American Campus Divestments, Then and Now In 1959, the African National Congress (ANC) launched its call for an international boycott of apartheid South Africa. It took eighteen years for the first university, Hampshire College, to respond to the call. But ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (April 23)

[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 Leveled Land Near Border With Gaza Witnesses reported seeing numerous Israeli vehicles, including bulldozers, cross the border gate into the Gaza Strip ...

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مجلة حميد العقابي الافتراضية

على عكس الكثير من الكتّاب ظلّ الشاعر والروائي العراقي حميد العقابي يرفض كتابة مقالات بشكل دوري في الصحافة لأسباب عديدة أهمّها عدم استقلالية غالبيّة الصحف العربيّة والعراقيّة عن قرار الأحزاب والشخصيّات السياسيّة، ومنذ أخذ موقع فيسبوك بالانتشار، تحوّل جدار حميد العقابي على الموقع الأزرق منبراً لآرائه في الأدب والسياسية، فضلاً عن تعليقاته على التحوّلات التي تطرأ في المجتمع، ومواقف المثقفين، لاسيما العراقيين منهم، تجاه أبناء جلدتهم. وقد كتب العقابي على صفحته في فيسبوك العديد من المنشورات والشذرات المهمّة ...

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