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“Til Sect Do You Part?” On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

In August 2017, a Christian man and a Muslim woman (Boutros and Marwa) made headlines when they married in Lebanon. Why? One might assume that the interreligious nature of the couple prompted this media attention. However, that was far ...

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آخر أيّام المدينة - الجزء الاول

"آخر أيّام المدينة" أو "الحضارة في آخر أيامها" كما قال "آخر الرجال المحترمين" بدأ حضور "المدينة" في السينما المصريّة يأخذ شكلًا مميزًا خلال السبعينيات كنتيجة للفترة الساداتيّة التي وُعدت ووعَدت ...

[An image of Ahmed Ouyahia, current Algerian prime minister. Image from Wikimedia Commons]

Game of Mustaches: A Song of Mustache and Technocracy

It was the second unexpected sacking of an Algerian prime minister in less than three months. After Abdelmalek Sellal, Abdemajid Tebboune's turn came with no going-away party. The prime ministers fell one after the other, and one wondered ...

Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Jean-François Pérouse, Istanbul Planète, La Ville-Monde Du Xxie Siècle. Paris: La Découverte, 2017. This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] ...


واقع الآثار في سوريا: مقابلة لمجلة الوضع مع مصطفى السكاف

أجرت كيتي الحايك لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع مصطفى السكاف، عالم آثار سوري، مدير ومشارك في تأسيس مركز الآثاري السوري، مدماك . يدرس حالياً لنيل شهادة الماجستير في جامعة بروكسل الحرة (يو إل بي). في عام 2010  تخرج من قسم علم الآثار في جامعة دمشق وبدأ رسالة ماجستير في علم الآثار الإسلامية والكلاسيكية. منذ عام 2007 شارك مصطفى في عدد من البعثات الأثرية في سوريا كالبعثة "لفرنسية السورية في المدن "الميتة" لشمال سوريا (2008-2010)، وشارك في عمليات تنقيب في مواقع مختلفة في لبنان. وفي نهاية 2013 وبسبب التدمير الواسع للتراث الحضاري السوري، شارك مصطفى في تأسيس “مدماك” مركز دراسات الآثاري السوري كمركز بحث توثيقي مستقل. في عام  2014 شارك  في ...

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Political Economy Summer Institute: Call for Letters of Interest

[Photograph of 2017 researchers and instructors session. Image by Bassam Haddad]

Over the course of four days in June 2017, and in conjunction with the Arab Studies Institute and George Mason University, the Political Economy Project held its second Political Economy Summer Institute (PESI) at GMU. The summer institute brought together, for the second consecutive year, a diverse collection of scholars and graduate student fellows from around the world for a series of workshops on the foundational concerns of critical political economy, with special attention devoted to conducting research in the contemporary Middle East. The institute served not only as an overview of critical debates and fundamental concepts for student participants, but ...

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آخر أيّام المدينة - الجزء الاول

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"آخر أيّام المدينة" أو "الحضارة في آخر أيامها" كما قال "آخر الرجال المحترمين" بدأ حضور "المدينة" في السينما المصريّة يأخذ شكلًا مميزًا خلال السبعينيات كنتيجة للفترة الساداتيّة التي وُعدت ووعَدت بـ"الانفتاح" كثمن للتطبيع مع دولة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، ومن بعدها الفترة المباركيّة على نفس النهج، مع التركيز على سياسات الدولة القُطريّة والخصخصة. فكان هذا التناول الفني ظاهرة مصاحبة للتحوّلات السياسية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية والثقافية والدينية في مصر. لعّل من أبرز تلك الأفلام التي دمجت كل أبعاد تلك الفترة –والقائمة تطول- كان فيلم "البريء" (1986) من إخراج عاطف الطيب (1947 – 1995)، بطولة الراحل –الحاضر- أحمد زكي ...

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Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Jean-François Pérouse, Istanbul Planète, La Ville-Monde Du Xxie Siècle. Paris: La Découverte, 2017. This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] in Istanbul, a city Jean Baudrillard described as the “capital of the twenty-first century” (p.14). The author aims to disenchant this megacity, to understand it in all its complexity, and to go beyond its romantic and touristic perceptions by providing a reading of the city from below. The objective of the author is clear: to go off the beaten tracks and look to the everyday life of ordinary urban citizens. He also aims to explain the ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 11)

[Egyptian and American paratroopers conduct joint training exercises. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 UN committee calls torture in Egypt a systemic practice The UN Committee Against Torture describes abuse of human rights in Egypt as routine practice in an annual report presented to the UN General Assembly. The report revealed the results of a five-year investigation launched in 2012 following complaints submitted by ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (10 September)

[Destruction in Gaza. Photo taken by gloucester2gaza and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons]

[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 An Israeli Mayor And Police Forces Raided A Mosque In Lod During Eid Prayers The mayor of the city, Yair Revivo, was escorted into the mosque by Israeli police. The Israeli forces and the mayor then continued to physically assault the Muslim worshippers.  Israeli Occupation Forces Raided Al-Jazalun Refugee Camp And Detained At Least ...

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قصائد للشاعر الايطالي أرتورو أونوفري

[صورة للشاعر الايطالي ارتورو اونوفري]

أرتورو أونوفري Arturo Onofri 1885-1928   أرتورو أونوفري في سطور: شاعرٌ ومؤلِّفٌ إيطاليٌّ، وُلِدَ في روما في 15 أيلول/ سبتمبر 1885، وعاش فيها حتَّى وفاته في الخامس والعشرين من كانون الثَّاني/ ديسمبر 1928. ينحدرُ أونوفري من عائلةٍ برجوازيَّةٍ، وقد عاش على الدَّوام حياةً راغدةً كرَّسها لنشاطه الأدبيِّ الذي بدأه باكراً إلى جانب عمله في الصَّليب الأحمر. ويمكن القول إنَّ الهويَّة الثَّقافيَّة لأونوفري قد تشكَّلتْ عبرَ قراءاتِه هنري برجسون وويليام جيمس وتأثُّرِه بشعراء الحركتين الرَّمزيَّة والغروبيَّة وتعاليمهم. بدأ بنشر قصائده الأولى في عام 1904 في مجلَّة "الحياة الأدبيَّة"، أتبعَها بعد ثلاثة أعوامٍ بمجموعاته الشِّعريَّة الثَّلاث الأولى: ...

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Egypt’s Power Game: Why Cairo is Boosting its Military Power

[Egyptian Tank in the streets of Cairo, February 2011 in the aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Graffiti by protesters on Tank (near wheels) were masked or painted. Essam Sharaf]

Recent spending patterns in Egypt pose a dilemma. While experiencing the worst economic crisis in decades, which involves a dwindling of resources, a sharp currency devaluation and an acute shortage of foreign exchange, levels of military spending in Egypt have dramatically increased. How can the two trends be reconciled? Why would a cash-strapped government spend massively on guns when its population of 90 million needs more bread and jobs and services? This peculiar pattern began to take shape as soon as Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi became president in 2014. High-profile arms deals signed during his first two years in power include a 5.2 billion Euro agreement with France to ...

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'The King Is Good, the Political Class Is Bad': A Tired Myth

[An image from a protest in Al-Hoceima on 18 May 2017. Image by Samia Errazzouki]

Following this year’s “Throne Day” speech on 29 July 2017, commentators were unanimous: Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s offensive against political parties was more violent than ever. In Morocco, however, the “crisis,” “weakness,” and “dysfunction” of parties is a repeated refrain. After the death of King Hassan II, new tonalities have enriched the refrain, which have been injected into the discourses held by a wide range of enunciators, including ordinary citizens, the media, actors of “civil society,” international organizations, representatives of different parties, the king, and even a group of researchers. This quasi-consensus on the diagnosis of the “sick ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 28 - September 3)

[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.]   Jordan’s Long War Economy Israel’s Big Business of War War Economies Roundtable: Introduction Invisibility and the Toxic Economy of War in Iraq Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program) جرائمُ نموذجيّة وقصص أخ

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Palestine Media Roundup (3 September)

[Razor wire Wall, Occupied Palestine. Picture taken by scottmontreal and 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.] The Occupation Forces  Eleven Palestinians Have Been Detained In Overnight Raids Throughout West Bank Those arrested include teens from around Hebron, Jenin, as well as Bethlehem. At least two other Palestinians were taken from East Jerusalem.  Israeli Authorities Have Finalized A Deal To Purchase 17 Additional F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets Though the ...

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Cities Media Roundup (July-August 2017)

[Tyre, Lebanon by Heretiq 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 Development More Affordable Housing Ahmed Kotb reports for Al-Ahram Weekly on the challenges facing the great need for affordable housing in Egyptian cities.  بالفيديو والصور .. دماء في "جزيرة الوراق" "القصة ...

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“Til Sect Do You Part?” On Sectarianism and Intermarriage in Lebanon

In August 2017, a Christian man and a Muslim woman (Boutros and Marwa) made headlines when they married in Lebanon. Why? One might assume that the interreligious nature of the couple prompted this media attention. However, that was far from the case. In my current research on Lebanese social responses to interreligious and intersectarian marriages/long-term relationships, I have had no difficulty locating people to interview. Mixed couples are more common than people often imagine, and exist to varying ...

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قصائد مختارة للشاعر والروائي تشارلز بوكوفسكي

 [ترجمة أسامة إسبر] الجيل الأخير كان من الأسهل بكثير أن تكون عبقرياً في العشرينيات، لم يكن هناك إلا ثلاث أو أربع مجلات أدبية وإذا نشرْتَ فيها أربع أو خمس مرات يمكن أن يفتح لك صالون ”جيرتي“ أبوابه وقد تحظى بلقاء مع بيكاسو لتناول كأس نبيذ أو ربما فقط مع ميرو. وإذا أرسلتَ عملك ممهوراً بختمٍ بريديٍّ من باريس ستحصل على فرص أفضل للنشر ذلك أن كثيراً من الكتاب يذيّلون مخطوطاتهم بكلمة ”باريس“ وبتاريخ. وإذا وُجِد راعٍ ستمتلك الوقت كي تؤلف وتأكل وتشرب وتقوم بنزهات في السيارة إلى إيطاليا وأحياناً ...

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Game of Mustaches: A Song of Mustache and Technocracy

It was the second unexpected sacking of an Algerian prime minister in less than three months. After Abdelmalek Sellal, Abdemajid Tebboune's turn came with no going-away party. The prime ministers fell one after the other, and one wondered who could be next to take the challenge. But, with hardly time to ask the question, he has appeared. The Man in the Iron Mustache, Ahmed Ouyahia, is back. In the black-suited trappings of a technocrat, he is round and smiling, yet still harsh. At a time of economic ...

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DARS Media Roundup (July-August 2017)

[This is a bi-monthly roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Resistance, Subversion and Social Mobilization 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 Freedom in the Middle East: There Are Still Reasons to Be Positive, by Rayan ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (September 4-10)

[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.] Egypt’s Power Game: Why Cairo is Boosting its Military Power Jordan’s Long War Economy 'The King Is Good, the Political Class Is Bad': A Tired Myth وزارة الصمت الوطني: عن الارشيف المفترض لوزارة الداخلية في بلاد الواق واق Isr

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Call for Papers: Arab Studies Journal Special Issue

 Visualizing Change: Graphic Arts and Literature in the Contemporary Arab World Guest Editors: Eid Mohamed and Barkuzar Dubbati This special issue focuses on the rise of graphic literature and arts in the Arab world as a means of expression, representation, and political resistance against ideological hegemony. We are interested in scholarly works that examine the intersectionality of the literary and artistic production created before, during, and after the Arab uprisings and the ...

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The Politics of the Public Sphere and Navigating State Interactions: The Case of al-Midan Theatre

The history of Israel and the country’s founding lends itself to a complicated understanding of the public sphere. In 1948, Zionist forces expelled upwards of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes; however, fifteen percent of the Palestinians who lived on the land that would subsequently become the State of Israel remained.[1] This segment of the Palestinian population, or ’48 Palestinians, were often forced into neighboring majority Arab villages or corralled into certain neighborhoods in “mixed ...

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Precarities of Academic Freedom: On Detention In Iran - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Homa Hoodfar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Noura Erakat speaks with Homa Hoodfar about her ordeal and more broadly about the precarious status of academic freedom and knowledge production.  In early 2016, Homa traveled to Iran for personal and professional reasons. After a month-long stay, just one day before her departure, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard confiscated her travel documents and prevented her from leaving. They arrested her three months later. Professor Hoodfar spent 112 days, or ...

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وزارة الصمت الوطني: عن الارشيف المفترض لوزارة الداخلية في بلاد الواق واق

كان الصمت السبيل الأنجح في إدارة وتوجيه الرأي العام في العراق. وإن شئتم الدقة فإن فرض الصمت هو التعبير الأمثل، كان هذا شأن وزارة الداخلية دائما، وبالأخص في العهود الجمهورية "المجيدة" ولا شك. وفي التحديد إشارات سائبة يمكن أن تُفيد أني بصدد أن أكتب مدحا مجانيا لحكومات العهد الملكي؛ على الاقل إن كلامي لن يتعلق بتلك العهود، وما كانت عليه حال وزارة الداخلية فيها. مع ذلك، فإن ورقة مهملة محفوظة في وزارة التخطيط، كان لصديق عمل هناك، في عقدين متتاليين، أن يطلع عليها، وهي عبارة عن مطالعة كتبت لصالح موظف ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (September 4)

[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 UN Human Rights Council statement slams Egypt website blocks Two UN officials issued a joint statement expressing their “grave concern” over the Egyptian ...

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Syria Media Roundup (August 31)

[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 Offensives target ISIL on Lebanon-Syria border (19 August 2017) Lebanese army starts operation near Ras ...

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Education in the Time of Virality

Wide-spread access to the internet has facilitated access to news and information at rates unseen in earlier eras. As individuals have the ability to post and spread political information, social commentary, and other thoughts at will, it has caused an information overload for users of social networking sites. In a fight for views, reposts, and clicks, creators, both corporate and not, have been forced to develop new tactics to inform their audiences. This response to a new mode of information ...

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