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On Racial Literacy: "A White Side of Black Britain"

France Winddance Twine, A White Side of Black Britain: Interracial Intimacy and Racial Literacy. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. Despite the central role they play in our lives, the intimate spaces of family life have unfortunately remained beyond the reach of most sociological research. This empirical blind ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Adam Hanieh, "Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States"

Adam Hanieh, Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Adam Hanieh: Although this book is very much focused on the political economy of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Steven Salaita, "Israel's Dead Soul"

Steven Salaita, Israel’s Dead Soul. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Steven Salaita: I'd been wanting for a long time to systematically explore the idea of Israel's soul being in some sort of crisis. The decline of Israel's soul is a notion much ridiculed ...  Read More »

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Listen

Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice. Compiled and edited by Alia Malek. San Francisco: McSweeney’s Books/Voice of Witness Series, 2011. Listen: I didn’t know I wasn’t an American until I was sixteen and in handcuffs. (Adama Bah) This time I got pulled out of the car by officers, thrown onto the hood of ...  Read More »

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وحدها شجرة الرمان...رواية العراق بحق

أمامي رواية، لم اقرأ مثلها منذ سنوات، لا على الصعيد العربي، ولا على الصعيد العالمي. إنها رواية مذهلة، عنوانها «وحدها شجرة الرمان» (المؤسسة العربية للدراسات والنشر)، بقلم الكاتب العراقي سنان أنطون. لو لم أسمع به من قبل، لقلت إنه إسم مستعار، أو لا أدري. فقد بدا لي مستغرباً جداً أن يلم كاتب مسيحي بطقوس غسل الموتى ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Khalid Medani, "Strife and Secession in Sudan"

Khalid Medani, “Strife and Secession in Sudan,” Journal of Democracy 22.3 (July 2011): 135-149. Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Khalid Medani: I wrote the article “Strife and Secession in Sudan” because I felt very strongly that the analysis of the politics in Sudan has long been characterized by ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Amal Ghazal, "Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism"

Amal N. Ghazal, Islamic Reform and Arab Nationalism: Expanding the Crescent from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (1880s-1930s). New York: Routledge, 2010. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Amal Ghazal: I wanted to find a topic that bridged my two fields of study, Middle East Studies and African ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: The Back to School Edition

Just in time for the new semester, we are happy to present a series of eminently teachable texts in the latest edition of NEWTON: James Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History and The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know Stephen Sheehi, Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims Saadia Toor, ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: James Gelvin, "The Modern Middle East" and "The Arab Uprisings"

James L. Gelvin, The Modern Middle East: A History, Third Edition. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. James L. Gelvin, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write The Modern Middle East: A History ...  Read More »

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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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