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A Letter to Foucault: Selectively Narrating the Stories of Secular Iranian Feminists

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [This is part six of a book symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, consisting of six reviews and a response by the ...  Read More »

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Woman Healers - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Rola Yasmine

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mohamad Ali Nayel speaks with Rola Yasmine about women’s health issues in Lebanon and the impact of patriarchy within the medical field.   Rola Yasmine is a feminist, nurse and researcher based in Beirut and working on sexuality and gender and their intersections. ...  Read More »

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Why a Turkish Woman Artist Must Dare to Disappoint - A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Ozge Samanci

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Julie Hakim Azzam speaks with Ozge Samanci about her difficult journey to actualize her dream to be an artist in her debut graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in Turkey. Ozge Samanci is author of the debut graphic novel, Dare to Disappoint: Growing up in ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Marwan M. Kraidy, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World

Marwan M. Kraidy, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Marwan Kraidy (MK): I was inspired by a desire to grapple with enduring and fundamental issues of power and resistance, as well as an intense ...  Read More »

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The Price of Love: Valentine’s Day in Egypt and Its Enemies

[This Valentine’s Day, Jadaliyya is proud to republish Aymon Kreil's article "The Price of Love: Valentine's Day in Egypt and Its Enemies" from the Fall 2016 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. This month the Arab Studies Journal is offering discounted subscriptions through 28 ...  Read More »

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خطوات مرحة في شارع البهلوان

زينات صدقي فنانة تشكيليّة مهووسة بفنها وعاشقة لجمال الجسد الأنثوي العاري، أما لولا صدقي فمنقبة محافظة قليلة الكلام ومتزوجة من رجل متدين جداً .. زينات تجد في لولي الموديل الأنسب للوحتها القادمة نظراً لوجهها الجميل وجسمها الرائع الفتان. ولكن لولي ترفض أن تُرسم بدون البرقع والنقاب، فهي مخلصة لزوجها الغيور المتدين، فتقترح ...  Read More »

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Revisiting the “Blue Bra” Incident: Towards a New Agenda for Researching Politics and Popular Culture in Egypt

December 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of an iconic moment in the Egyptian revolution, when soldiers were filmed and photographed brutally beating a female protester in Tahrir Square, dragging her by her abaya to reveal her torso and her blue bra. The photograph became iconic because it was emblematic of the ...  Read More »

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مختارات من شعر المرأة العربية المعاصرة: كتاب صدر حديثاً بالأسبانية

"إذا أخذنا الحرّيّة معياراً لمكانة المرأة ودورها في المجتمعات الإسلاميّة العربية فسوف نرى أنّ المرأة لا تزال موضوعاً شرعيّاً، تعيش سجينةً في قفَصٍ من الألفاظ الدّينيّة تدور حول الحلال والحرام، وحول الممنوع والمسموح. وهي في ذلك موضوعٌ ذكوريّ، تابعة لسلطة الذّكَر، وليست كينونةً مستقلّة سيّدة نفسها وإرادتها ...  Read More »

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The Turkish State of Emergency and LGBT+ Kurds

After the end of the peace negotiations between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK) in July 2015, Kurdish cities witnessed massive destruction. The destruction was accompanied by racist and sexist graffiti messages by Turkish government forces in many of the wrecked areas. Then, ...  Read More »

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Reflections on Authoring the Chapter on Young Women for the 2016 Arab Human Development Report

After a long delay, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has finally published its latest Arab Human Development Report, ADHR 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Development in a Changing Reality. In this text, we would like to share our misgivings with the final product—more specifically the chapter we were ...  Read More »

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Arab Studies Journal Announces Fall 2016 Issue: Editor's Note and Table of Contents

ARAB STUDIES JOURNAL VOL. XXIV, NO. 2 EDITOR'S NOTE A wedding party walks the shattered streets of Aleppo. A flash mob dances in a public square in occupied Ramallah. These scenes inspire the imagina-tions of millions as they travel through social media. They are shocking and comforting at once. The Arab world we ...  Read More »

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Migrant Worker Repression and Solidarity in Lebanon

In the weeks and months following the al-Qa` bombings that occurred near the Lebanese-Syrian border on 27 June 2016, the Lebanese government has intensified its repressive measures against Syrian refugees. This has taken place in the form of illegal curfews, political hate speech, and arbitrary arrests. In the week ...  Read More »

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لمّا يسارع الرجال لتصويب كلام النساء

اعتاد الكثير من الرفاق في التقدّمية والطليعية، من أصحاب مطالب الحرية والعدالة والمساواة عامةً، على أن النساء يتوجّهن إليهم بالكلام لما يطالبن بحقّ من حقوقهن. اعتادوا، كما المسؤولين، لغةً تطالب وقد ترتجي، يجب أن تفنّد وتبرهن، تسوق الأمثال الدالّة على الأهلية، تعد بعدم الخروج عن "الإجماع والتوافق"، تتبنّى ...  Read More »

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Finger on the Nuclear Button: Gender, Responsibility and Nuclear Custodianship

Recent discussions of the upcoming US presidential elections have raised questions about Donald Trump’s emotional fitness to be in charge of the US nuclear weapons program. This article is an analysis of the gendered assumptions that determine questions of responsible custodianship of nuclear weapons, both within and ...  Read More »

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الحركة النسائية في المغرب: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

تقدم هذه المقابلة لبرنامج الوضع بين نعيمة بنواكريم و فاتح عزام نقاش وتقويم لصراع الحركة النسائية المغربية من أجل المساواة وحقوق الإنسان الخاصة نعيمة بنواكريم مديرة قسم المراقبة والحماية في المجلس الوطني لحقوق الإنسان في المغرب .نشطت لسنوات في عدد من منظمات وشبكات حقوق الإنسان وحقوق النساء في المغرب، وبينها لجنة ...  Read More »

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Fear and Loathing in Orlando

The drumbeats have started. Almost immediately after a mass shooting that left over fifty people dead on Latin night in a Florida gay nightclub, Pulse, the news shifted to the identity of the shooter himself. As soon as his name and the fact that his father immigrated (long ago) from Afghanistan was announced, ...  Read More »

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رسامة الكاريكاتير السورية سحر برهان

[ هذه المساهمة ضمن ملف خاص حول رسامي كاركاتير عرب في زمن ما بعد موجة الثورات الأخيرة. انقر/ي هنا للاطلاع على جميع مواد الملف، الذي أعده لـ”جدلية“ أوس داوود يعقوب.]   على الكاريكاتير أن يكون أكثر إضحاكًا اليوم. وأن يُظهر ويُبرز التناقض فيما يحدث حولنا بسخرية بهدف الإضحاك. الإضحاك ليس بهدف التسلية بالطبع وإنما ...  Read More »

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What A Queer Urban Future Looks Like: Beirut

The conditions of possibility for queer life and queer cities are never singular. Instead, these conditions of possibility are radically different for gender conforming and gender nonconforming people, and for cis men and women. They are also different for racialized displaced persons and refugees, and for racialized ...  Read More »

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ISIS and Women: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Rafia Zakaria

In this interview with STATUS/الوضع host Katty Alhayek, journalist and author Rafia Zakaria discusses her articles on ISIS and women, and the challenges that she faces when sharing her perspective on these issues with a wider audience.  Rafia Zakaria is an attorney and political philosopher. She is a ...  Read More »

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هِبَة: ولادي وأَسْراري ودَهَباتي وسِشْواري

[هذه القصّة هي واحدة من بين مجموعة قصصيّة (لم تُنشر بعد) كتبتها الباحثة بإيحاء من سِيَر حيوات أموات وثّقتها خلال سيرورتها البحثيّة.] عُمري لَمّا مُتِتْ كان خَمْسِة وْتَلاتين سَنِة، عِنْدي وَلَدين وبِنْتْ؛ حَلا، وعَلي، وخالِد. كُنْت في البيتْ لَحالي، لِوْلاد بِالمَدْرَسِة وعُمَر زوجي بِالشُّغُل وِاليوم أَنا بِإِجازِة. ...  Read More »

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Speaking of Palestine: Solidarity and Its Censors

Since October 2015, clashes, protests, and shootings have intensified in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. As the Israeli occupation approaches its fiftieth year, many are calling the current wave of Palestinian resistance the third intifada. It is almost impossible to describe the complexity of Israeli territorial ...  Read More »

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Turkey Media Roundup (March 15)

English Crackdown on Journalism After Seizing Zaman Newspaper, What's Next for Turkey? Mustafa Akyol argues that all of Turkish media, not just a few newspapers like Zaman, is under threat by the current regime in Turkey. Tightening The Grip: Turkey's Media Takeover Al Jazeera’s “The Listening Post” examines the ...  Read More »

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Kamel Daoud: Sexual Demonization and the Secularist Select

In a controversial NYT op-ed, the Algerian journalist and prize-winning author Kamel Daoud weighed in on the infamous events of last New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany. He wrote of the sexual harassment and rape authored by Muslim migrants and refugees as symptoms of a “sick” relationship with sex and women in ...  Read More »

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Persian Translation of Nicola Pratt's 'How the West Undermined Women’s Rights in the Arab World'

 چگونه غرب حقوق زنان در جهان عرب را تضعیف کرد؟ این مقاله بر پایهٔ بخشی از یک پژوهش نوشته شده است  که در دو سال گذشته در مورد کنش‌گری زنان در مصر، لبنان و اردن از زمان استقلال تا بهار عربی انجام داده‌ام. {برای این پژوهش} بیش از صد روایت شخصی از فعالان زنان طبقهٔ متوسط از نسل‌های مختلف ...  Read More »

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The 'Taharrush' Connection: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Sexual Violence in Germany and Beyond

New Year’s Eve 2016 witnessed the collective public sexual harassment and assault of dozens of women during celebrations in Cologne, Germany, reportedly by more than one thousand men. Similar, smaller-scale incidents were reported in other German cities, like Hamburg and Stuttgart. In the aftermath of the attacks, ...  Read More »

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"مترجماً الخوف منهن في "ترجمة النساء

في كتابه "ترجمة النساء.. حواش على بعض أخبارهن وأحوالهن"، ينقب اللبناني وضاح شرارة في النصوص وما وراءها، وفي فنون تناولت حياة المرأة في الغرب والشرق، مستعيناً بالأدب وبالفلسفة، ودراسات في الثقافة الاجتماعية تقترب من الأنثروبولوجيا، حتى لا نقول علم الاجتماع. مادة الكتاب مقالات نشرها شرارة خلال أكثر من ...  Read More »

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The Fantasies of Kamel Daoud

[This collective letter, translated by Muriam Haleh Davis, was originally a response to Kamel Daoud’s piece, “Cologne, lieu de fantasmes,” in which he purports to analyze the allegations of sexual violence committed by refugees in Germany that occurred on New Year’s Eve. Both articles – Daoud’s piece and the ...  Read More »

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How the West Undermined Women’s Rights in the Arab World

This article is based on some of the research that I have conducted over the past two years on women’s activism in Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, from independence until the Arab uprisings. I collected over one hundred personal narratives from middle class women activists of different generations. This research was ...  Read More »

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الساعة العاطلة لا تظهر في الصورة

بحوث في الأمومة لإيمان مرسال يجّدُّ الإنسان فجأة في بحثه عن دلائل لحياته وعلاقاته بأهله ومحيطه، عبر دفاتر قديمة ربما، رسائل ومنقول شفاهي وصور. النص الأدبي والصورة هي من ضمن مفاتيح الشاعرة إيمان مرسال في مشروعها قيد البحث والكتابة حول موضوع الأمومة. هذه المفردة التي تبدو لأول وهلة مثل كتلة صلدة ملساء، ولكنها ما أن ...  Read More »

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Manifesto Against the Woman

Weeks before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Indian theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty published her book, Feminism without Borders, in which she discusses the hegemony of Western feminism and its deadly transnational effects. In doing so, Mohanty did not reveal a truth that other feminists had somehow missed. She did, ...  Read More »

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