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الممثل مصطفى سعد الدين في لقطة من مسلسل (قلم حمرة) ٢٠١٤

المِثلية والهوية الجِنسِيَّة في الفن الشعبي السوري

   في السنوات الثلاث الأخيرة، اكتسب موضوع المثلية الجنسية في سوريا تغطية إعلامية متزايدة وبُعداً سياسياً عالمياً، مع انتشار أخبار اضطهاد تنظيم داعش للرجال المثليين وصور إعدامهم عن طريق رميهم من أعلى أسطح الأبنية. كما هو الوضع في مُعظم دول العالم، تهميش مجتمع الميم"َLGBTQ" [تسمية تُشير إلى مجتمع المثليات والمثليين ومزدوجي الميول الجنسية والمتحولين جنسياً] ليس جديداً على المجتمع السوري، حيث القوانين تُجرم كافة النشاطات والممارسات الجنسية خارج إطار الزواج ...

[Ouzville in Progress. May 2017. Image by Camille Reynolds.]

The Changing Face of Street Art in the MENA Region: Diminishing the Voice of the People?

Street art in all of its forms has long been associated with subversive goals and a compelling aesthetic. Created by individuals and communities who strived to push back against oppressive systems of power, contribute to civil and political discourses they were otherwise ...

[Ouzville in Progress. May 2017. Image by Camille Reynolds.]

Anti-ISIS Music in Iraq

 Soon after the withdrawal of most of the US military from Iraq, bequeathing a weak and corrupt clientele government in Baghdad, ISIS took over several Iraqi small towns before occupying Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in June 2014. The Iraqi army was already suffering ...

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Vox Populi's September/October Issue Is Here!

For Vox Populi’s September/October issue, we chose to focus on the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting themes of activism, expression, and representation. Now more than ever, we must recognize the fight for queer justice as an intersectional struggle, occurring across several different fronts – one of those being ...  Read More »

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Vox Populi Roundup (September/October)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on organic issues around the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Vox Populi Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to ...  Read More »

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We are Here and We Will Not be Denied: An Interview with Poet Omar Sakr

In January 2017, Omar J. Sakr released his debut book, a collection of poems entitled These Wild Houses. The following interview touches upon themes of intersectionality, identity, and representation, particularly relating to Omar’s background growing up as a queer Muslim Arab Australian. Camille Reynolds: I would ...  Read More »

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Queer Arab Joy in Anya Kneez: A Film Review

Anya Kneez, a short documentary directed by Mohamed Abdouni and produced in association with Cold Cuts, premiered in June 2017 at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, with an additional screening held in Mar Mikhael, Beirut at AR_KA. The eleven-minute film provides an intimate look into the complex life of Abdouni’s ...  Read More »

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مقطع مترجم عن اللغة الإنجليزية من رواية غوابا للكاتب سليم حداد

  [مقطع رواية غوابا الصادرة بالإنجليزية للكاتب سليم حداد ترجمة ديمة ياسين]    ابتدأ هذا الصباح بالعار. لم يكن هذا بالشيء الجديد، سوى ان إحساسي بالعار هذه المرة يتعمق بشكل مخيف كلما تذكرت أحداث الليلة الماضية. يتجهم وجهي، يتشنج جسدي وأدفن أصابعي في كفيَّ حتى يعكس الألم في يديَّ ما أشعره في داخلي. ...  Read More »

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Taqarub: How one Facebook Page Helped its Founder Find Safety

To this day, a statue of Abu Nawwas (756-814 AD) is still standing on an important street running aside the east bank of the Tigris, along with two parks in Baghdad that are named after him. After all, Abu Nawwas was one of the most celebrated Arab poets, who also happened to be unapologetically homosexual. He ...  Read More »

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مشروع ليلى وأزمة علم القوس قزح في مصر

   في السنوات القليلة الماضية، كُتبت العديد من المقالات والدراسات المختلفة التوجهات، عن المثلية الجنسية في الشرق الأوسط. منها ما كان متضامناً ومنها ما كان رافضاً للفكرة من أساسها، ومنها ما اعتبر نفسه وسطياً برفضه العنف ضد المثليين، لكنه في ذات الوقت عرف المثلية الجنسية على أنها اضطراب نفسي يجب علاجه. وقد ...  Read More »

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المِثلية والهوية الجِنسِيَّة في الفن الشعبي السوري

   في السنوات الثلاث الأخيرة، اكتسب موضوع المثلية الجنسية في سوريا تغطية إعلامية متزايدة وبُعداً سياسياً عالمياً، مع انتشار أخبار اضطهاد تنظيم داعش للرجال المثليين وصور إعدامهم عن طريق رميهم من أعلى أسطح الأبنية. كما هو الوضع في مُعظم دول العالم، تهميش مجتمع الميم"َLGBTQ" [تسمية تُشير إلى مجتمع ...  Read More »

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Vox Populi Relaunches on Jadaliyya!

The new and refreshed Vox Populi page has officially relaunched as of 21 August 2017. In the rejuvenation process, we focused on building on our existing mission but made some adjustments in order to ensure sustainable content. Each month, Vox Populi (voxpop.jadaliyya.com) will focus on a different thematic ...  Read More »

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Vox Populi Roundup (August)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on organic issues around the Middle East and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Vox Populi Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to ...  Read More »

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2017 ماذا شاهد السوريون/ات خلال رمضان

    اعتادت الدراما التلفزيونية السورية أن تُسيطرعلى سوق العرض الرمضاني العربي. لكن هذه السنة كان الوضع مُغاير، فقد تأثرت الدراما السورية إلى حدّ كبير بالأحداث السياسية التي تشهدها سوريا والمنطقة عموماً. مما أدى لخروج ثلث الأعمال السورية من المنافسة الرمضانية هذا العام. كان التسويق من العوامل الأساسية ...  Read More »

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George Wassouf: the People's Champ

Whenever memories take me back to the time when the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) had just ended, one sound always echoes along the scenes: it is the special voice of that one singer who will always function as an anchor pinning down that particular slice of my remembrance of the past. Born in 1961 Kafroun, a Syrian ...  Read More »

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Anti-ISIS Music in Iraq

 Soon after the withdrawal of most of the US military from Iraq, bequeathing a weak and corrupt clientele government in Baghdad, ISIS took over several Iraqi small towns before occupying Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in June 2014. The Iraqi army was already suffering from a lack of proper training and was ...  Read More »

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لقاء مع فنان الغرافيتي والكوميكس العراقي سجاد عباس

 ديمة ياسين: كيف يعرف سجاد عباس عن نفسه؟  سجاد عباس: أنا من مواليد العراق بغداد 1993، دبلوم معهد فنون جميلة/ بغداد 2014 قسم الفن التشكيلي فرع الرسم.  نفذت العديد من رسوم الغرافيك في بغداد منذ عام 2011.  اشتركت في العديد من المعارض المشتركة في معهد الفنون الجميلة في بغداد.  عملت ...  Read More »

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The Changing Face of Street Art in the MENA Region: Diminishing the Voice of the People?

Street art in all of its forms has long been associated with subversive goals and a compelling aesthetic. Created by individuals and communities who strived to push back against oppressive systems of power, contribute to civil and political discourses they were otherwise excluded from, and expand upon the boundaries ...  Read More »

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Do You See It?

DOWNLOAD VIDEO BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW content_images/file/Do you see it_.mp4  Read More »

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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 »

What is Vox Populi?

Vox Populi features popular artistic and aesthetic expressions that emanate from the Middle East. It seeks to highlight silenced, underrepresented, and/or subversive cultural forms and conduits while challenging hegemonic and mainstream cultural production and narratives about the region. This is accomplished by exploring the actual conditions of reception and consumption of cultural products among popular cultures in the Middle East as they relate to questions of inequality, power, and difference. In addition to showcasing the independent work of ordinary citizens and groups, the page aims to capture new and changing forms, spaces, and avenues of political and social transformations. 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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