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Watch, See, Feel: Kasim Abid’s Whispers of the Cities

Whispers of the Cities, directed by Kasim Abid. Iraq/UAE, 2013. Iraqi filmmaker Kasim Abid’s documentary Whispers of the Cities, which premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in October, is the result of ten years spent observing life in the “conflict cities” of Ramallah, Baghdad, and Erbil. The director set up ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976

Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Abdel Razzaq Takriti (ART): I first encountered the Dhufar revolution in a seminar on social movements in the Middle East ...  Read More »

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Israel Wins in Mexico

Each year, the largest book fair in the Spanish–speaking world is held in Guadalajara (Mexico), the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL). The FIL is more than a great market for professional publishers in the Spanish language; it is also Mexico’s major cultural event and one of the greatest in Latin America. In ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Ralf Brand and Sara Fregonese, The Radicals’ City: Urban Environment, Polarization, Cohesion

Ralf Brand and Sara Fregonese, The Radicals’ City: Urban Environment, Polarization, Cohesion. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Sara Fregonese (SF): The book is based on the research project “The Built Environment: Mirror and Mediator of Radicalization?” which ran from 2008 to ...  Read More »

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NEWTONs You May Have Missed

With the fall semester coming to an end, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind you of some of the amazing NEWTON posts that you might have missed the first time around—especially those of you starting to think about your spring syllabi. If you wish to recommend a book or peer-reviewed article for a feature in ...  Read More »

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Protectors of the 'Failed State': 'Captain Phillips' and the Intrigue of Somali Pirates

Captain Phillips. Directed by Paul Greenglass. USA, 2013. Appearing in US theaters in mid-October, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greenglass, has been a smash at box offices, grossing nearly one hundred million dollars in its first several weeks. Greengrass’ cinematic style is perhaps best ...  Read More »

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Nothing to Declare: A Review

Dictaphone Group, Nothing to Declare, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 16-21 August 2013. The term “metaphor,” as an intellectual transfer between discursive planes, shares an etymological connection with “transport,” or the physical displacement of a body across space. Inherent to the two notions is an implicit ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Farha Ghannam, Live and Die Like a Man: Gender Dynamics in Urban Egypt

Farha Ghannam, Live and Die Like a Man: Gender Dynamics in Urban Egypt. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Farha Ghannam (FG): The study of gender in the Middle East has been largely approached through the question of women. While this focus has been very ...  Read More »

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Constellations: Searching for the Global Suburb

Conference Review: A Suburban Revolution? An International Conference on Bringing the Fringe to the Centre of Global Urban Research and Practice Suburbanization is the crucial aspect of twenty first century urban development, as now most global urban growth is in the form of peripheral or suburban development. This ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Asef Bayat, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam

Asef Bayat, editor, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Asef Bayat (AB): Well, for me the primary reason for producing this book was a realization that there was a major gap in the ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Wael Hallaq, The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament

Wael Hallaq, The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. [This is a special edition of NEWTON that coincides with the upcoming launch of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents of Islam page. CCI aims to engage with a range of topics related to Islam as ...  Read More »

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Les villes petites et moyennes dans les revoltes arabes: un etat des lieux

Les villes petites et moyennes dans les révoltes arabes: un état des lieux. Compte rendu de: Karine Benafla (dir.), Dossier « Villes arabes: conflits et protestations », Confluences Méditerranée, 85 (2013), 9-164. Une des dimensions singulières des révoltes arabes est leur territorialité, qui a ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Eliane Raheb, Sleepless Nights

Eliane Raheb, director. Sleepless Nights [Layali Bala Noom]. Itar Productions, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you create this film? Eliane Raheb (ER): The idea of executing the Sleepless Nights documentary came gradually. I first read the apology and the confessions of Assaad Shaftari back in 2002, when a ...  Read More »

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The Square: So Close Yet So Far

The Square. Directed by Jehane Noujaim. Egypt/USA, 2013. The Egyptian revolution has been hiccupping from crackdown to revolt. Meanwhile, it has collapsed from a climate of feverish utopia into violent party altercations often waged according to foreign interests. In a new documentary, The Square, Egyptian-American ...  Read More »

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Saloua Raouda Choucair: Reinventing Abstraction

Saloua Raouda Choucair. Edited by Jessica Morgan. London: Tate Publishing, 2013. One of the many myths of the Western canon is that European modern artists invented abstraction. Despite the known existence of pre-modern non-objective art among a number of non-Western cultures, twentieth-century European forays into ...  Read More »

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We Are All Complicit

An Enemy Of The People, written by Henrik Ibsen, dramaturgy/scenography and directed by Nora Amin. Lamusica Independent Theatre Group, Egypt, 2013. I don’t move my chair while watching a play. I don’t tend to wrestle with feelings of guilt watching a performance unfold. But I did both while watching An Enemy of the ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Noura Erakat and Mouin Rabbani, Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures

Noura Erakat and Mouin Rabbani, editors, Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures. Washington, DC: Tadween Publishing, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Noura Erakat and Mouin Rabbani (NE & MR): The book represents a compilation of articles and documents published by ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Nelida Fuccaro, Histories of Oil and Urban Modernity in the Middle East

Nelida Fuccaro, editor, Histories of Oil and Urban Modernity in the Middle East. Special issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (April 2013). Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this issue? Nelida Fuccaro (NF): It was my interest in the urban history of oil producing ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Elizabeth Thompson, Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East

Elizabeth F. Thompson, Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Elizabeth Thompson (ET): I have long wished for a bottom-up, people’s history of the Middle East. So I took the ...  Read More »

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She Who Tells a Story

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 27 August 2013 – 12 January 2014. On view this fall at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is She Who Tells a Story, an exhibit featuring the work of female photographers from Iran and the Arab World. Curated by Kristen ...  Read More »

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Revolutionary Memory: Bahman Ghobadi’s Rhino Season and Mohammadreza Farzad’s Falgoosh

Fasl-e Karkadan [Rhino Season]. Directed by Bahman Ghobadi. Iraq/Turkey, 2012. Falgoosh. Directed by Mohammadreza Farzad. Iran, 2012. Post-revolutionary nations, in particular those with strong state-sponsored cultural organs, very frequently have done much to advance the commemoration of revolutionary moments ...  Read More »

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Mais Darwazah's "The Dinner"

The Dinner. Directed by Mais Darwazah. France/Palestine/UAE, 2012. In Mais Darwazah’s film The Dinner (2012) a portrait of Amman is composed through the lives of its inhabitants: streets are bustling; stairways serve as meeting points; and doors lead to hidden worlds. As a life-long resident, Darwazah approaches her ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: H. Erdem Cipa and Emine Fetvaci, Writing History at the Ottoman Court

H. Erdem Çıpa and Emine Fetvacı, editors, Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? H. Erdem Çıpa and Emine Fetvacı (HEÇ & EF): The book grew out of a small symposium on ...  Read More »

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Lyrics Revolt

Lyrics Revolt. Directed by Shannon Farhoud, Melanie Fridgant, Rana Khaled, and Ashlene Ramadan. Torath Productions, 2012. The film is titled Lyrics Revolt. But, as the women from Torath Productions have demonstrated in their documentary, lyrics do much more than just revolt. They have played a significant role in the ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut

Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lara Deeb (LD) and Mona Harb (MH): Leisurely Islam began as a series of conversations about how Dahiya—the area ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer

Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer. Translated from the Arabic by the author. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What led you to write this novel? Sinan Antoon (SA): In March 2004, a year after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, I was reading the New York Times one morning and came ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Nathan Schneider, Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse

Nathan Schneider, Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Nathan Schneider (NS): I couldn't not. I happened to be the first reporter allowed to cover the planning meetings that led to Occupy Wall Street, and ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Ray Bush, Turmoil in North Africa

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New Texts Out Now: Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle, Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East

Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle, editors, Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle (CG & SH): When we first met at a memory studies workshop ...  Read More »

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Istanbul, Its People, and Their Limits

Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits. Directed by Imre Azem. Turkey and Germany, 2012. Almost exactly a year before the current protests in Turkey—commonly referred to as “Occupy Gezi,” after Gezi Park, located in the Taksim neighborhood of Istanbul—a film called Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits was screened in the ...  Read More »

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