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[Still from Step by Step, directed by Usama Mohammad. Image from Berlinale.]

Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa)

Title: Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa) Filmmaker: Ousamma Mohammad Date: 1979 Country: Syria Duration: 22 min Other recommended films: Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) and Sacrifices (2002)  When the food is ready just call me Stretched out in my hut Greater than me O Hafez (x2) Bless your father and his dad (x2) Greater than me O Hafez (x2) Three roses for a fine lad You’re the master, I’m your slave x2 Here’s my handkerchief and a wave God willing we ...

[Political cartoon from Curzio's page, posted with permission.]

Mediums of Outrage: Curzio’s Political Cartoons on Morocco

There is a widely held perception that the Moroccan king Mohammed VI is beyond the reach of criticism. That view was quickly shattered in light of the “Daniel Gate” scandal following the king’s pardon of a convicted Spanish pedophile, Daniel Galván Viña, in the midst of ...

[Political cartoon from Curzio's page, posted with permission.]

Laughing Through the Tears: Satirical Theatre From the Peninsula

There is a genre of satirical theatre from the Arab world that is correctly presumed dead. Famous among millions, Egyptian plays like Madrasat al-Mushaghibeen [The School of Criminals], Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga [A Witness Who Saw Nothing], and Al ‘Eyal Kebret [The Kids Have Grown ...

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Do You See It?

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Witnessing Gezi (Video)

Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi Camera, director: Emin Özmen Director: Barış Koca Editor: Soner Emanet Original soundtrack: Berkant Kılıçkap Subtitle: Engin Önder Graphic Design: Ozan Şanal Organization: Agence Le Journal Gezi Tanıklığı / Witnessing Gezi was created with the recordings of photojournalist ...  Read More »

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محمود درويش: إلهي لماذا تخلّيت عنّي؟

بينما كان قراؤه، شرقاً وغرباً، يحتفلون بذكرى ميلاده في الثالث عشر من آذار، صادرت إدارة معرض الرياض للكتاب دواوين محمود درويش (1941-2008) بعد اعتراض محتسبين من هيئة الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر على ما وصفوه بعبارات ”زندقة وكفر وإلحاد.“ ويبدو أن قصيدة ”إلهي لماذا تخلّيت عني؟“ من ديوان ”ورد أقل“ كانت القصيدة التي ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: VJ Um Amel, A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising

Laila Shereen Sakr (VJ Um Amel), “A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising,” Middle East Critique Volume 22, Issue 3 (2013). Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Laila Shereen Sakr/VJ Um Amel (LSS/VJUA): The idea for the article came from a discussion I had over a year ...  Read More »

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أحمد فؤاد نجم

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Tornistan (Gezi Park Animated Film)

Tornistan. Written and directed by Ayçe Kartal. Turkey, 2013. Ayçe Kartal’s animated short film Tornistan has been gaining critical acclaim since its release this fall, thanks to its unique aesthetic interpretation of the Turkish media’s coverage of the Gezi Park protests of June 2013. The film, whose name translates ...  Read More »

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ساعة المستقبل

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Jadaliyya Launches a New Page: VOX POPULI صوت الشعب

Jadaliyya is proud to announce the launch of a new page, Vox Populi [صوت الشعب/Sawt al-Sha‘b or Voice of the People]. Featuring popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East, Vox Populi seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging ...  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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معازف

  تعرف معازف عن نفسها بأنها ”مجلة إلكترونيّة متخصصة بالمقالات والدراسات والأبحاث والمراجعات التي تعنى بالموسيقى العالميّة والعربية بشكل خاص. أسسها ويحرّرها معن أبو طالب وأحمد الزعتري.” تعكس المواد المنشورة الجهود الجبارة التي تقف وراء هذا المشروع الغني. تحاور ”جدلية“ أسرة ”معازف“ للتعرف على ...  Read More »

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Yaser El Manawhly - The Monetary Fund

With witty political commentary and folk-ish oud melodies, Egyptian musician Yasser El Manawahly channels the spirit of Sheikh Imam into the contemporary political and social issues of Egypt. In this song, Yasser takes on the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Talk of an IMF loan has been widespread among Egyptian ...  Read More »

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Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa)

Title: Step by Step (Khutwa, Khutwa) Filmmaker: Ousamma Mohammad Date: 1979 Country: Syria Duration: 22 min Other recommended films: Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) and Sacrifices (2002)  When the food is ready just call me Stretched out in my hut Greater than me O Hafez (x2) Bless your father and ...  Read More »

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Mediums of Outrage: Curzio’s Political Cartoons on Morocco

There is a widely held perception that the Moroccan king Mohammed VI is beyond the reach of criticism. That view was quickly shattered in light of the “Daniel Gate” scandal following the king’s pardon of a convicted Spanish pedophile, Daniel Galván Viña, in the midst of serving a thirty-year prison sentence for ...  Read More »

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On Nostalgia and Material Culture in the Hijaz: An Interview with Sarah Al Abdali

Born in Jeddah, Sarah Mohanna Al Abdali hails from a family with a rich Hijazi history and has grown up with a deep appreciation of the land, architecture, and heritage of the coastal region of Saudi Arabia, which is a recurring theme in her work. With the ever-changing physical landscape, Al Abdali feels alienated ...  Read More »

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Aesthetic Explorations of the Mundane: An Interview with Salwa Aleryani

While urban sociality seems at times to be ruled by the constancy of everyday practices, at others that reliability is revealed as artifice by the capricious instability of our economic and political structures. The routine intimacies of our lives are punctured by the dysfunction of the material foundations that make ...  Read More »

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Laughing Through the Tears: Satirical Theatre From the Peninsula

There is a genre of satirical theatre from the Arab world that is correctly presumed dead. Famous among millions, Egyptian plays like Madrasat al-Mushaghibeen [The School of Criminals], Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga [A Witness Who Saw Nothing], and Al ‘Eyal Kebret [The Kids Have Grown Up] retain iconic, if “vintage” status in ...  Read More »

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REVOLUTION

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I'm Still Alive ... لم أمت

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عودة المومياء ... The Mummy Returns

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July/August Culture

As the end of summer approaches and lazy days become few and far between, Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet offers a combined selection of posts in preparation for fall.  Beeta Baghoolizadeh contributes a Visuals in 1500 entry on the nineteenth-century marriage contracts of Mashhadi Jews in Iran. Maymanah ...  Read More »

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Revolution Bookshelf: Blacklist

Ahmed Sabry Abul-Futuh, Agendat Sayyid al-Ahl. Cairo: Dar El-Ain, 2012. Thug Revolution Again, revolutions are not stories. At the same time, societies process and frame events like revolutions by way of narrative. Stories are how we remember past events and how we understand our present moment. They inform how we ...  Read More »

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Course Announcement: Middle East Photography Preservation Initiative

Applications are currently being accepted for Middle East Photography Preservation Initiative Amman 2014 Workshop date: 20-28 January 2014 Workshop venue: National Library of Jordan in Amman Distance mentoring: February to September 2014 Follow-up meeting: Fall 2014 Please submit your applications to ...  Read More »

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Call for Stories: Independent Documentary Searching for Love Stories from Pre-1948 Palestine

Call for Stories: Independent Documentary Searching for Love Stories from Pre-1948 Palestine I am presently conducting research for a new documentary film. The film is a journey in search of love stories set against the tumultuous changes of early twentieth-century Palestine. It unravels a different geography of ...  Read More »

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ملف من الأرشيف: غسان كنفاني

 "ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم ”جدلية“ بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.        الاسم: غسان  الشهرة: كنفاني  اسم الأب: فائز  مكان الولادة: ...  Read More »

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The Kurdish Music Industry: History and Politics

Ottoman History Podcast Episode #116 features the research of Alev Kuruoğlu on the development of the Kurdish music industry in Turkey and abroad. The episode is a historiographical mixtape that allows listeners to hear recordings of Kurdish artists within their historical context. Throughout the discussion, Kuruoğlu ...  Read More »

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Snapshot: Tunis

Asmaa, a biological engineering student at a university in Tunis, chose to have her portrait taken in her bedroom. She sees her bedroom, which is covered with street-style graffiti, as the place that best reflects her personality. She comfortably sat on her bed with her legs folded and jokingly said, “I’ve always ...  Read More »

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صباح الأسئلة

[ولد عقيل علي عام ١٩٤٩ في الناصرية، العراق وتوفي مشرَّداً  ببغداد يوم  ٢٠٠٥/٥/١٥. مارس أعمالاً يدويّة عديدة في الناصرية وبغداد. تُرجم بعض قصائده إلى الألمانية والفرنسية. القصائد ادناه من ديوانه ”جنائن آدم“ وقصائد أُخرى، الطبعة الأولى ٢٠٠٩ (دار الجمل بغداد-بيروت) مع مقدمة من الباحث والكاتب كاظم جهاد. أنظر ...  Read More »

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With Our Ideas We Take Our Portrait: Reflecting on the Work of George Azar

George Azar is a Lebanese-American photographer and filmmaker who has been documenting life in the Levant since 1981. At that time he left California to photograph the Lebanese civil war with an eye to the complexity of the human experience of those events. When the first intifada began in 1987, Azar documented life ...  Read More »

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الإنترنت والديمقراطية الهاشمية

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Al-Manial’s Tragedy in Photos

Hundreds of people, including supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and residents of Cairo's al-Manial district, clashed for hours on al-Gamaa bridge on the night of 5 July 2013, using rocks, sticks, and guns. The chaotic scene started around 10 p.m., as Morsi's supporters were returning from a march nearby ...  Read More »

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What is Vox Populi?

Vox Populi features popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East. It seeks to highlight silenced and/or underrepresented cultural forms and conduits while challenging official and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups—which includes street art, graffiti, popular non-commercial songs, hip hop, DIY YouTube series, etc.—the page aims to capture new and changing forms, spaces, and avenues of political socialization and mobilization. Through interviews, analysis, individual and institutional profiles, video snippets, films, music videos, and visual and street art, Vox Populi communicates and showcases important trends about/from the region that are often left out in what is otherwise serious analytical treatments.

Featured material does not necessarily constitute an endorsement by Jadaliyya. Rather, it reflects trends, patterns, and emergent spaces for alternative forms of expression. 

If you wish to contribute to this page, send your material to VoxPopuli@Jadaliyya.com

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