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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] ...

الكتابة كفعل تحرري: حوار لمجلة الوضع مع أميرة سلمي

أجرى ضياء علي لمجلة "الوضع" هذا الحوار مع أميرة سلمي، محاضرة في معهد دراسات المرأة في جامعة بيرزيت، لها عدة أوراق بحثية ودراسات.  تركز المقابلة حول موضوع رسالة الدكتوراة التي قدمتها الضيفة والتي تتناول موضوع الكتابة كفعل تحرري عند غسان كنفاني وايمي سيزير. 

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Al Jazeera Targeted in the Gulf Crisis - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Adel Iskandar

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Adel Iskandar about the future of Al Jazeera following the ongoing confrontation between Qatar and several GCC states led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. With the situation continuing to be moving at a slow burn, it is far from certain what will happen next. Find out more in this Status/الوضع interview with Malihe Razazan. Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP), Al-Jazeera: The Story of the ...

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War Economies Roundtable: Introduction

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The concept of a war economy has varied considerably.  Historically, the term referred to a marshalling of national resources to support a state’s prosecution of war. Walter Oakes argued that “a war economy exists whenever the government’s expenditures for war (or ‘national defense’) become a legitimate and significant end-purpose of economic activity” (Oakes 1944: 12). Oakes and other scholars saw war economies as logical developments of capitalism in the core countries. In the decades of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, the term has come to embrace a complex array of material exchange and political violence. These range from the international ...

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Follow the Money, Uncover the Power Dynamics: Understanding the Political Economy of Violence’

In the 1976 drama-documentary about the Watergate scandal, All the President’s Men, the informant, “Deepthroat,” tells the journalists from The Washington Post to “follow the money.” This is also good advice when it comes to the political economy of violence. Follow the money: some people lose it; some people gain it–some for survival purposes, others for combat purposes, a lot purely because the opportunity arose. Understanding the different methods of accumulation and dispossession that are part of the political economy of violence is central to uncovering the origins, development, and aftermath of a variety of conflict contexts. I prefer the term “political economy ...

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Israel’s Big Business of War


The Arab revolutions of 2011 turned violent conflicts have renewed scholarly interest in exploring the role political economy may have played in their causes, dynamics, and consequences. Of great significance within those broad lines of inquiry is the phenomenon of “war economy,” and its multiple manifestations, as a dominant system within ongoing wars, as well as possibly shaping the context of post-conflict reconstruction. There is less attention, however, to the idea that a “war economy” may be a central and ongoing part of states’ economies, rather than an abnormal event that occurs during periods of violent conflict. Israel is a case in point for the latter. ...

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جرائمُ نموذجيّة وقصص أخرى

[لوحة للفنان السوري عيسى بعجانو]

 ماكس أوب 1 كنّا في الباص منحشرين كما لو في علب السردين. كان ذلك الرجل قذراً للغاية. وكانت رائحته كريهة، وخصوصاً رائحة قدميه. أؤكد لكم، يا سادة، أنه لم يكن هناك من طريقة لتحمل رائحة قدميه. علاوة على ذلك كان قمصيه متسخاً جداً، وقبة القميص سوداء كالفحم. كان ينظر إلي. لقد كان قميئاً ومقرفاً. أردت أن أغير مكان جلوسي، ولعلكم لن تصدقوا ذلك، إلا أن ذلك الرجل لحقني! كانت رائحة القمامة نفسها تفوح منه، وبدا لي فمه عشاً للصراصير. ربما دفعتهُ بشكلٍ قوي، ولكنهم لن يحملوني مسؤولية أن عجلات الباص قد دعسته. 2 كان ذلك الفنان سيئاً للغاية، سيئاً إلى درجة أن ما من أحد رآه إلا وتمنى- وأنا متأكد من هذا- أن يقتله. ولكن في اللحظة نفسها التي تمنيتُ فيها أن أقتله، وقع من السقف ...

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New Texts Out Now: Tamir Moustafa, الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? TM: Research for this book began in 1997, when I was a Ph.D. student studying in Cairo.  I was fascinated by the fact that the Egyptian courts had become such an important forum for opposition activists to contest the results of the 1995 Maglis al-Shaab elections.  The newspapers were filled every day with coverage of cases that exposed election fraud and manipulation.  I was at a loss for understanding why an entrenched, authoritarian regime would allow the courts to even hear such cases.  And, at the time, there was very little research on the functions, dynamics, and politics of courts in ...

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Palestine Media Roundup (August 27)

[12/08/1987 First Intifada, Palestinian uprising against Zionist occupation of their land. In its first year, fifty-three Palestinian children. Image uploaded via Creative 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] The Occupation Forces A Palestinian That Was Shot And Detained By Israeli Forces Remains In Critical Condition Raed al-Salhi has undergone several surgeries since being shot and detained by Israeli authorities earlier this month during a raid on the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern West Bank.  Israeli Forces Shot And Wounded A Palestinian With ...

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Visualizing Palestine: #NoAccountability

In July 2014, Israel began a military assault on the Gaza Strip, including an indiscriminate bombing campaign and a brutal ground invasion. In total, the assault killed 1,545 Palestinian civilians, including 556 children, and made 11,166 families homeless. Three years on, no justice has been attained for victims and survivors of the attack. While five hundred Palestinian complaints were filed with Israeli military courts over the 2014 Gaza war, only three soldiers were convicted as of August 2016, for minor felonies such as credit card theft. Military commanders and politicians—those most responsible for the massive loss of life—were never held accountable for their ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory

Toufic Haddad, Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory.  London: I.B. Tauris and Center for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, 2016.  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufic Haddad (TH): I wrote this book because I wanted to research the profound transformations Western donor aid was having on Palestinian political and economic life across the 1967 Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) since the signing of the 1993 Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Western donors have been central actors in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but their role is too ...

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Academic Challenges

Thought pieces from academics making the decision to leave the academy have increased in number over the recent years. Al-Diwan brings you a small selection of articles and blog posts from such scholars as they highlight the complexities in choosing to leave academia and why they have made this decision. This piece was originally featured on Tadween's Diwan blog.         Why I Left Academia: Part I by Allison Harbin In a four-part series, Dr. Allison Harbin recalls the moment beginning of the story that would forever change her perspective on academia and her own Ph.D. journey. She writes about the difficulties and stresses of navigating ...

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The Current Protests in Morocco - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Miriyam Aouragh

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Khalil Bendib speaks with Miriyam Aouragh, who navigates the ongoing anti-government protests in Morocco. It has been over eight months since Moroccans took to the streets in mass protests, which began in the Moroccan countryside as a local social mobilisation movement. Turning into a collective national outcry and a comprehensive trial of state policies to define their shortcomings and fragility, the current wave of protests appears to be the biggest challenge to ...

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Jadaliyya Launches New Political Economy Page

We are especially excited today to launch the new Political Economy Page on Jadaliyya. This page is co-produced with the Political Economy Project. It serves as a space for producing critical work in political economy, as well as a resource for researchers, educators, and students interested in the field. We will regularly review and publish submissions related to any facet of political economy in accordance with the mission statement of the Political Economy Project, with some variation that is intended ...

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Invisibility and the Toxic Economy of War in Iraq

In April 2008 a small US engineering firm—Stafford, Texas-based MKM Engineers—brought to a close almost two decades of toxic cleanup work on a former US military facility just west of Kuwait City. Seventeen years earlier, in July 1991, a defective heating unit on a military vehicle loaded with 155mm artillery shells at Camp Doha caught fire and ignited a devastating inferno. The blaze injured several dozen people and damaged scores of other vehicles, including several highly prized M1A1 tanks.[1] ...

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Jordan’s Long War Economy

At dawn on 17 September 1970 two divisions of the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF), plus newly formed internal security units from the Government Intelligence Directorate (GID), attacked the capital Amman. Over the previous year, sporadic violence flared between JAF units and the Palestinian fida’iyyun as multiple efforts at negotiation and resolution faltered. The fighting lasted longer than the Jordanian command expected, encompassing many parts of the country and not ending until July 1971 in the city of ...

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تامر مصطفى: الصراع على السلطة الدستورية: دور المحكمة الدستورية العليا في السياسة المصرية

    جدلية: ما الذي دفعك إلى تأليف هذا الكتاب؟     تامر مصطفى: بدأ البحث من أجل تأليف هذا الكتاب سنة 1997 حين كنت طالب دكتوراه في القاهرة. ولقد سحرتني حقيقة أن المحاكم المصرية كانت منتدى مهماً للناشطين المعارضين كي يطعنوا في صحة نتائج انتخابات مجلس الشعب في 1995. وكانت الصحف تمتلئ يومياً بتغطية للقضايا التي فضحت الغش والتلاعب بالانتخابات. وكنت مشوشاً حيال فهم لماذا يسمح نظام استبدادي متأصّل للمحاكم حتى أن تستمع لقضايا كهذه. وفي الوقت نفسه هناك القليل من الأبحاث حول وظائف ...

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Visualizing Palestine: Justice Denied

For victims and survivors of the 2014 assault on Gaza, Israel’s own military courts are the only place to seek legal recourse. These courts do not offer a genuine avenue for justice to Palestinians.  Of the 500 Palestinian complaints which were filed with Israeli military courts in relation to the 2014 Gaza war, 196 were dismissed immediately, 133 were lost in the system, and only 31 were brought forward for criminal investigation. Three soldiers were eventually convicted for minor felonies such ...

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Egypt Media Roundup (August 28)

[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.]  Political Rights 2 rights lawyers released following interrogation in case against civil society organizations Rights lawyer Malek Adly was released after being investigated in ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (August 14 -27)

August 14 - 27 Organizer: Virginia Rally an Affront to People in Dearborn, AP News More than one hundred people, including Muslim and Christian congregational leaders, participated in a gathering in Dearborn. Read More ‘Meet a Muslim’ Events Hope to Dispel Misconceptions, AP News Question and answer sessions are expanding nationwide, intending to breakdown stereotypes and build positive relationships. Read More Editing the Qurʾān in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe, Institute for ...

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Nuclear Ruminations

I was in Japan this August for two reasons. First, to give a talk at a conference hosted by Princeton University and the Prefecture of Hiroshima titled “Global Hiroshima: The History, Politics and Legacies of Nuclear Weapons.” Second, I wanted to attend the peace ceremonies commemorating the seventy-second year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a strange time to be travelling in Japan. North Korea had just tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 that ...

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Manich Msamah and the Face of Continued Protest in Tunisia

“Capitalism protects politicians and politicians protect capitalism, and both are cowards.” -- Taieb Henchir, Manich Msamah member, discussing the Economic Reconciliation Law. On 19 July 2017 the Tunisian parliament approved seven articles of the Economic Reconciliation Act, which was recently renamed the Law of Administrative Reconciliation in response to two years of protests spearheaded by the youth grassroots movement Manich Msamah (“I do not forgive,” in Tunisian dialect: مانيش مسامح). At eight ...

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Last Week on Jadaliyya (August 14-20)

[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.] تونسيات محرومات من اختيار أزواجهن قصص قصيرة للكاتب الفنزويلي غابرييل خيمينيز إيمان مشاهدات يومية واجتماعية من السويداء: من حركة الاعتصام... إلى اغتيال البلعوس

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Vox Populi Relaunches on Jadaliyya!

The new and refreshed Vox Populi page has officially relaunched as of 21 August 2017. In the rejuvenation process, we focused on building on our existing mission but made some adjustments in order to ensure sustainable content. Each month, Vox Populi ( will focus on a different thematic subject, which we will analyze through the variety of pieces and roundups we produce that month. Below is our mission statement:  Vox Populi features popular artistic and ...

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