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Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi

One day in Suriçi, 1 March 2017: from Melik Ahmet Avenue to Balıkçılar, from there to Dağkapı, we follow the destruction and reconstruction. From Melik Ahmet Avenue, we are moving on to Balıkçılar. There are several police and task forces ahead on one of the narrow streets to the right. Mostly female police, wearing bulletproof jackets, are waiting with long black batons in their hands. The street entrance is closed. Thinking that he might be a journalist, I approach ...

Arabian Tragedy, or Noir?

The first page of the preface to Farah Al-Nakib’s Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016) begins with the author sitting in a community garden in Kuwait. She is chatting with one Maryam, who is explaining the garden’s origins by ...

مدن: آلتا

قبل عشر سنوات وفي واحد من الصباحات الخريفية الكئيبة أبلغني أحدهم بأنّي قد حصلت على موطن جديد. قال بأنّ مدينة صغيرة تُدعى آلتا، ترتفع بمقدار 65 متراً عن سطح البحر وتقع في عنق النرويج على الخارطة ستكون موطني ومحط رحالي. كنت يومذاك ضيفاً على محطة استقبال اللاجئين في العاصمة ...

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Des bidonvilles aux villes de béton : une somme sur l’évolution urbaine d’Alger

Recensé: Rachid Sidi Boumedine, Bétonvilles contre bidonvilles. Cent ans de bidonvilles à Alger (Alger : APIC éditions, 2016) Il est rare, en Europe ou aux Etats-Unis, que les professionnels de l'urbanisme soient en même temps des chercheurs occupant une position centrale dans le champ académique des études ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Michèle Jolé, Histoire turque de l’Institut d’urbanisme de Paris. Des étudiants de 1919 à 1969

A propos de : Michèle Jolé, Histoire turque de l’Institut d’urbanisme de Paris. Des étudiants de 1919 à 1969 (Institut français d’études anatoliennes/ Openeditionbook: Istanbul, 2017) Jadaliyya (J.) : Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait écrire ce livre? Michèle Jolé (M.J.): La question est particulièrement pertinente. Je ...  Read More »

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Municipal Politics in Lebanon

The municipal system has been a key pillar of debates on administrative decentralization, economic development and political participation in Lebanon. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, activists sought to stop the demolition of the 1924 Barakat Building on the basis that it was a heritage site. In response to ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (May 2017)

[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 ...  Read More »

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De-Escalation Zones in Syria: Not an Alternative for Refugees

On 3 May 2017, Iran, Turkey, and Russia signed a proposal in Astana for the creation of “de-escalation zones” in Syria.  Fighting—including aerial attacks—would cease and humanitarian assistance would be made available. One such de-escalation zone already exists under the military control of the Turkish-led ...  Read More »

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Corruption and Reform in Tunisia: The Dangers of an Elitist Analysis

On May 24th, a wave of high-profile arrests rocked Tunisia. A range of prominent businessmen, entrepreneurs in the parallel economy, as well as high-ranking officials in the customs services were arrested in what the Head of the Government Youssef Chahed described as the beginning of a new crack-down on corruption in ...  Read More »

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نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس قنبلة موقوتة

ربما أرجأ الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، قليلاً، نقل السفارة الأميركية من تل أبيب إلى القدس، غير أن هذا الموضوع يبقى قنبلة موقوتة في العلاقة الفلسطينية ـ الأميركية الهشة أصلاً. تنبه الفلسطينيون إلى مخاطر هذه القضية مع الفوز المفاجيء لترامب في الإنتخابات الرئاسية فسارعوا لمحاولة التواصل مع طاقمه ولكن من دون ...  Read More »

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Beirut Event: Heritage Watch Day for Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche (18-21 May)

Heritage Watch Day:  Heneine Palace & Dalieh of Raouche  By Save Beirut Heritage & The Civil Campaign to Protect the Dalieh of Raouche 18-21 May 2017 Beirut, Lebanon Beirut has two of 50 selected sites worldwide listed on the 2016 World Monument Watch List. By listing Beirut’s Dalieh of ...  Read More »

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Call for Applicants: The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice (Beirut, 7 June 2017)

Call for Applicants "The Spatial Turn in Questions of Justice" Social Justice and The City Program Issam Fares Institute American University of Beirut Does your research bring up issues of social or spatial (in)justice? Does it invoke social issues such as unemployment, mobility problems, unaffordable ...  Read More »

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حي البتاويين في بغداد: بؤس قاع المدن

وسط بغداد، على بُعد بضعة أمتار من نصب الحرية، تقع منطقة البتاويين التي تنحصر بين شارع "أبو نواس" الشهير ونهر دجلة غرباً، وتحدها ساحة التحرير شمالاً، ومنطقة الكرادة جنوباً، وتتمركز في وسطها أشهر دور السينما والفنادق والمحال التجارية والشركات الضخمة بمختلف أنواعها، القائمة على جانبي شارع السعدون الذي يقطعها ...  Read More »

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The Master Plans of Baghdad: Notes on GIS-Based Spatial History

In 1967 the state planning office Miastoprojekt Krakow from socialist Poland delivered the master plan of Baghdad which, together with its amendment that followed in 1973, provided the legal framework for the development of the Iraqi capital during the oil-boom era. With the 1973 plan about to be replaced by a new ...  Read More »

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Task Force on Population Movement Yemen Report (May 2017)

[The following report summary was published by the International Organization for Migration on 14 May 2017. For the full report, click here.] The Task Force for Population Movement (TFPM), co-led by IOM and UNHCR is a Technical Working Group of the Yemen Protection Cluster. The TFPM implements an ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (April 2017)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi

One day in Suriçi, 1 March 2017: from Melik Ahmet Avenue to Balıkçılar, from there to Dağkapı, we follow the destruction and reconstruction. From Melik Ahmet Avenue, we are moving on to Balıkçılar. There are several police and task forces ahead on one of the narrow streets to the right. Mostly female police, wearing ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut. Stanford University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufoul Abou-Hodeib (TAH): The book started with the idea of using extant homes as a material archive, which grew out of my experience as an architecture ...  Read More »

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Arabian Tragedy, or Noir?

The first page of the preface to Farah Al-Nakib’s Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016) begins with the author sitting in a community garden in Kuwait. She is chatting with one Maryam, who is explaining the garden’s origins by recalling that some years ago she wondered ...  Read More »

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يم القاهرة

القاهرة مثل اليَم. لا يمكن أن تدخلها دون أن تلتقطك أمواج الصخب الهائجة. هل تخيل أحد عند وضع أساس هذه المدينة في القرن العاشر أنها ستتعملق وتخرج عن السيطرة إلى هذا الحد؟ وهل تخيل أحد أنها ستأوي ما يزيد عن عشرين مليون شخص بين أضلاعها؟ القاهرة ليست أكبر مدن العالم بالطبع، ولا تماثل بعض مدن الشرق الأقصى تعددًا ومساحةً، ...  Read More »

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Jerusalem: A City for All?

The legal, bureaucratic, and physical manifestations of racism are often just complex enough to seem invisible or accidental (at least to those not directly affected). The 2020 municipal plan for Jerusalem pulled back the curtain a little when it explicitly set out a "demographic target of 60% Jews and 40% ...  Read More »

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مدن: آلتا

قبل عشر سنوات وفي واحد من الصباحات الخريفية الكئيبة أبلغني أحدهم بأنّي قد حصلت على موطن جديد. قال بأنّ مدينة صغيرة تُدعى آلتا، ترتفع بمقدار 65 متراً عن سطح البحر وتقع في عنق النرويج على الخارطة ستكون موطني ومحط رحالي. كنت يومذاك ضيفاً على محطة استقبال اللاجئين في العاصمة النرويجية أوسلو مع عشرات العراقيين الفارّين من ...  Read More »

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Straight Lines

Living Cities, Tate Modern. Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II, Whitechapel Gallery, 23 August 2016 – 8 January 2017 Gideon Mendel: Dzhangal, Rivington Palace, 6 January - 11 February 2017   In a corner of the Living Cities display, at Tate Modern’s Switch ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (March 2017)

[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 ...  Read More »

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The World in the City and the City in the World: Reading the Janet Abu-Lughod Library

For a young scholar, a figure like Janet Abu-Lughod can seem almost impossibly prolific. Among the fields to which Abu-Lughod made celebrated contributions, we find urban sociology, world systems theory, studies of colonialism, and racial injustice (from Palestine, to the United States, to Morocco!), the history of ...  Read More »

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Dark Beirut: The (In)Visibility of Electricity

As filmmakers and researchers working on electricity in Beirut, it is tempting to become too attached to the visible, namely electricity wires that drape the city like garlands, dangerously gaping down at pedestrians, changing their paths, forcing detours. The ubiquity of wires stretching like lianas from rooftops, or ...  Read More »

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أريحا

هل تمتلك المدن شهوات كالانسان؟ هل تشتهي مدينة ما أن ترقد بسلام في أعمق بقاع الأرض بعيداً هناك وتتمتع بشمسها وهوائها ورهبانها ونخيلها وسكانها الطيبين؟ أريحا، مدينة القمر كما يعني اسمها. اختارت أن تطل من بعيد بهدوء على الكون لا تبغي شيئاً سوى السكون والصمت. فهل كتب لها ذلك؟ اختارت أن تكون في المكان الأكثر ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (February 2017)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and economic action—despite the spatial turn that has informed social sciences and ...  Read More »

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Growing Sustainability at Beirut Design Week 2016 (Video)

Growing Sustainably is a documentary film made during Beirut Design Week 2016. It focuses on four initiatives that took place over the course of that year. Each project represents a certain aspect of sustainability. The Beirut Makers, a collective of over a dozen designers and makers, are featured as an example ...  Read More »

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Cities Media Roundup (January 2017)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance

CFP: Scar-Cities: Middle East Urbanisms between Violent Environments and Disrupted Governance At the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference in London, 29 August  to 1 September 2017.  Panel affiliated to the Urban Geography Research ...  Read More »

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عشوائيات ومجتمعات مسوّرة وفضاء عام: عن السياسات الثقافية العالمية والمشهد المعماري المأزوم في مصر

"لربما كان كبح الغضب عبر فهمه وامتصاص أسبابه هو واحد من أهم الضرورات الأخلاقية للفن البرجوازي. لا يهم حقاً إن كانت تلك الخلافات والتناقضات والتقرحات التي أنتجت هذا الغضب قد سويّت مؤقتاً باستخدام آليات اجتماعية معقدة أو تم التنفيس عنها عبر التفكّر المتسامي"  منفريدو تافوري[1] من حيث يقف الناظر للعالم ...  Read More »

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The Cities Page is a Jadaliyya platform promoting critical understandings and investigations of urban life and space, beyond the dominant formal and physical narration on cities. The Cities Page publishes works from different fields that deepen our understanding of the social production of diverse urban geographies and the contestation around them. It aims to consolidate an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to reading and writing about space and cities, incorporating historical, social, cultural, political, legal, economic and technological dimensions. It welcomes contributions in various formats, languages, and on various urban geographies and histories.

Contact Cities Page Editors via Cities@Jadaliyya.com

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The Cities Page Editors invite submissions that critically explore related topics, and are eager to feature debates within the field. Specifically, we welcome:

  • Essays exploring the relationships between space, power and social justice, and spatial practices and the built environment, etc.
  • Reviews of books, films, exhibits, blogs, and pundits
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Submissions should conform with the general Jadaliyya submissions guidelines. The Cities Page accepts submissions in Arabic, English, French, and Turkish.

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