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New Texts Out Now: Stephen Sheehi, "Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims"

Stephen Sheehi, Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims. Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Stephen Sheehi: Undoubtedly, the assault on decency, sanity, and justice under the Bush regime inspired the book at the most immediate level. More compelling than the ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Saadia Toor, "The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan"

Saadia Toor, The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan. London and New York: Pluto Press, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Saadia Toor: I felt compelled to write this book because of the increasingly disturbing discourse on Pakistan in the West, both within the media and within ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Nadine Naber, "Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism"

Nadine Naber, Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism. New York: New York University Press (Nation of Newcomers Series), forthcoming in 2012. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Nadine Naber: As part of my work in Arab American Studies for the last fifteen years, this book is, in part, an ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Mohammad R. Salama, "Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History"

Mohammad R. Salama, Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun. London and New York: I. B Tauris, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Mohammad Salama: There were a few reasons that compelled me to write this book. First, I am a Muslim who has ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Launches "New Texts Out Now" (NEWTON)

Jadaliyya is delighted to announce the launching of its newest section: New Texts Out Now (NEWTON); click here to access the page directly. NEWTON features interviews with writers of recently published and forthcoming books, articles, and translations, along with short excerpts from these new works. We hope it will be ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Hamid Dabashi, "Brown Skin, White Masks"

Hamid Dabashi, Brown Skin, White Masks. New York and London: Pluto Press, 2011. JADALIYYA: What made you write this book? HAMID DABASHI: This book is very much a product of the Bush era (2000-2008) — a record of my fears and trembling at the sight of a criminally delusional man at the helm of an imperial killing ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Paul Amar, "Middle East Masculinity Studies"

Paul Amar, “Middle East Masculinity Studies: Discourses of ‘Men in Crisis,’ Industries of Gender in Revolution,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 7.3 (Fall 2011): 36-71. Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Paul Amar: I began drafting this article two years ago in order to seek ways out of the impasse ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Ahmed Kanna, "Dubai, the City as Corporation"

Ahmed Kanna, Dubai, the City as Corporation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.         Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Ahmed Kanna: This is my first book. It emerged from my dissertation research. When I first started studying anthropology in ...  Read More »

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New Additions to the Literature on Cairo

Nezar AlSayyad. Cairo: Histories of a City. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. David Sims. Understanding Cairo: the Logic of a City out of Control. Cairo; New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2010. Nezar AlSayyad’s Cairo: Histories of a City and David Sims’ Understanding ...  Read More »

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A Creature Which Would Be Impossible If It Did Not Exist: "Midnight's Children" Turns Thirty

Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, which turns thirty this year, opens with one of the most celebrated bouts of throat-clearing in literary history: I was born in the city of Bombay...once upon a time. No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Doctor Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August ...  Read More »

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Haletna bel Romancy

Concert Review and Interview: Mashrou' Leila, Beirut Hippodrome, July 29, 2011. Yalla, conjure your stereotype. Humid, jasmine-scented nights; hot, diesel-loaded days; pockmarked buildings; the blue Mediterranean crashing on the popular Corniche boardwalk; Lebanese women; Lebanese men; the middle of 2011 in the ...  Read More »

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Rap Rage Revolt

Two months ago the private radio station Mosaïque FM asked Rachid Ghannouchi whether he preferred rap music or mizwid (Tunisia’s most popular sha‘bi or folk music, whose name derives from the main instrument that accompanies the singing, i.e., the goatskin bagpipe). Ghannouchi, leader of Ennahda (Renaissance), the ...  Read More »

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Bodies Moving to Memory

antinormanybody. Curated by Barrak Alzaid. Organized with the support of Kleio Projects & International Resource Network. June 23 – August 10, 2011. Kleio Projects: 153½ Stanton Street, New York, NY. I wandered the Lower East Side on a sweaty summer morning in search of Kleio Projects Gallery, curiously located ...  Read More »

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Hope, Translated

Laila Lalami, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin, 2005. Tahar Ben Jelloun, A Palace in the Old Village. Translated by Linda Coverdale. New York: Penguin, 2011. Already, the narratives of the Arab Spring dominating the American media have a nebulous relationship with the human stories ...  Read More »

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Sowing the Arab Spring

Rami Zurayk, Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring. Charlottesville, VA: Just World Books, 2011. Is there a link between the decline in the availability of hearty village bread in Lebanon and the Arab revolutions of the past several months? In Food, Farming, and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring, Rami ...  Read More »

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Yaffa is not an Orange: The Limits of Archetypes

Salt of this Sea [Milh Hadha al-Bahr]. Written and directed by Annemarie Jacir. Palestine/Belgium/France/Spain/Switzerland, 2008. Salt of this Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr), released in 2008, is Annemarie Jacir’s first feature film, and her second work to debut at the Cannes Film Festival. An epic work, the concerns of ...  Read More »

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عند حافة الجرح

  في غاليري « آرت لابوراتري»  البرلينية إلتقى الألم العراقي بالفلسطيني في معرض جمع أعمال كل من الفنان العراقي فاضل العكرفي ( مواليد 1957، البصرة) والفنان الفلسطيني عيسى ديبي (مواليد 1967، حيفا). تجارب مختلفة للتعبير عن الألم  تميزها محاولة الجمع بين الشخصي والسياسي والإجتماعي على نبض الألم. ...  Read More »

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Palestine in Scare Quotes: From the NYT Grammar Book

When I feel the need for my blood pressure to go up, I read the New York Times’ coverage of Israel-Palestine. The extent to which the Times’ reporting (or misreporting) is deeply slanted, selective, and misleading has been thoroughly documented in Richard Falk’s and Howard Friel’s Israel-Palestine on Record: How the ...  Read More »

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سوريا تشهد ثورة شعبية سلمية لأجل الحرية والكرامة

  أكد الكاتب والمفكر السوري جاد الكريم جباعي أن الاحتجاجات التي تشهدها سوريا لم تنحسر لأن إصلاحات النظام مراوغة وغير مقنعة، معتبراً أن السلطة لم تقم بأي إصلاح سياسي جدي حتى الآن.. وهي تعلم جيداً أن الإصلاح السياسي الجدي سينهي النظام الشمولي الذي تنتمي إليه وتدافع عنه، وسيضع حداً لرموز الفساد ...  Read More »

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Traffic Jam

Pardis Mahdavi, Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011. In the ten years since Bill Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) into law, human trafficking has been transformed from a public policy backwater into a critical component ...  Read More »

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آصف بيات في كتابه "الحياة كسياسة: كيف يغير أناس عاديون الشرق الأوسط"

آصف بيات باحث متميز في الحركات الاجتماعية ونشاط الطبقة العاملة والفقراء وسياسات المكان في الشرق الاوسط وقد صدر له حديثاً كتاب بعنوان "الحياة كسياسة: كيف يغير أناس عاديون الشرق الأوسط" . بيات متخصص في علم الاجتماع وكانت أعماله نتيجة بحوث ميدانية كما أنها، في ذات الوقت، متطورة من الناحية النظرية. وتعد ...  Read More »

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From Dance to Transcendence

Dunia: Kiss Me Not on the Eyes. Directed by Jocelyn Saab. Egypt/Lebanon/France, 2005. It might seem that a dance film about female circumcision can only devolve into a cliché-laden take on an over-exhausted (and over-analyzed) subject, but Dunia: Kiss Me Not on the Eyes manages to encompass both the drama of dance ...  Read More »

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Revisiting Arna's Children

Arna’s Children. Directed by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel. Israel-Palestine, 2004. It has now been two months since the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis. I have not yet found the words to follow that statement. For me, as for many, the horror of this assasination has compelled a revisiting of Arna’s Children, ...  Read More »

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Algeria's Impact on French Philosophy: Between Poststructuralist Theory and Colonial Practice

Pal Ahuluwalia. Out of Africa: Post-Structuralism’s Colonial Roots. New York: Routledge, 2010. Jane Goodman and Paul A. Silverstein (eds). Bourdieu in Algeria: Colonial Politics, Ethnographic Practices, Theoretical Developments. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. Christopher Wise. Derrida, Africa and the ...  Read More »

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Translating Palestine: Dispatches from the 2011 Palestine Festival of Literature

Finally, on our way to Jerusalem, the first stop of Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest). There are some twenty of us mainly from the UK, persons engaged in literature, writing, publishing, and teaching. We’re young and old; white and black; from the US, UK, Pakistan, and beyond; speakers of smooth-English as ...  Read More »

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Essential Readings: Iran

In recent years, there has been a deluge of popular English-language writings by Iranians in exile, as well as hand-wringing public policy books by U.S.-based think tank pundits, all insisting on the same basic message: Iran represents a geo-political problem of unparalleled importance. While the stated goal of these ...  Read More »

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Prose of a Growing Movement

Yassin Alsalman, The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe. Write or Wrong / Paranoid Arab Boy Publishing, 2011. www.iraqi­sthebomb.com It’s a good time for a lyric exposé from an Iraqi-Canadian aged 25. Not that there could be such a thing as a bad time for one. With the “Arab Spring” turning the volume up, so to speak, of ...  Read More »

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A Critique of Reporting on the Middle East

I’ve spent most of the last eight years working in Iraq and also in Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries in the Muslim world. So all my work has taken place in the shadow of the war on terror and has in fact been thanks to this war, even if I’ve labored to disprove the underlying premises of this war. In a ...  Read More »

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The Long and Invisible Road

Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel. Directed by Michel Khleifi & Eyal Sivan. Belgium/France/Germany/UK, 2003 Today Palestinians commemorate the nakba, or day of catastrophe. At the same time, the state of Israel seeks to criminalize this expression of an autonomous Palestinian national ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Review Roundtable on "The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict"

“Reports come and go. This is one of the tragic truths of the literature of human rights violations. Hard-working researchers scour the rubble of war zones for fragments of evidence — of war crimes, crimes against humanity, other violations of life and freedom — only to watch their findings sink into the oblivion of ...  Read More »

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