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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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The Visual Emergence of the Occupy Gezi Movement, Part Three: Democracy’s Workshop

[Part one of this series can be found here.] [Part two of this series can be found here.] Those who constituted the Occupy Gezi movement comprised an eclectic array of constituencies, each bearing its own list of grievances and demands. So while they came together for various social, cultural, political, and ...  Read More »

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المصريّون والإخوان

لم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر تتجه نحو ثورتها الثانية. كل يوم مرّ بها منذ انحسار المنافسة الإنتخابية بثنائية محمد مرسي وأحمد شفيق أكّد على ذلك. ولم يكن هناك شكّ بأن مصر التي يعطي شعبها عادةً الفرص، كانت تنتظر اكتمال المصيبة كي لا يناقشها برفضها مجادلٌ، فتمتلك كافة البراهين على فساد حكمٍ ستخرج لإسقاطه، خاصةً وأنه حكمٌ متسلّح ...  Read More »

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May/June Culture

Jadaliyya's Culture Bouquet returns with the first of two summer editions.  Mona Kareem translates a poem by the late Syrian poet Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain. Elisabeth Jaquette translates a short story by Youssef Idris. Maymanah Farhat considers Kamal Boullata's monograph on painter Hani Zurob in a brief post ...  Read More »

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Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain: O Stones, Listen to the Music

[Riyadh Alsalih Alhussain (1954-1982) was born in the Syrian city of Dara’a on March 1954 to a poor family. Growing up as a deaf-mute, he struggled with his education and decided to quit school. He worked as a journalist from 1976 until his death in Damascus in 1982. He published three poetry collections and this poem ...  Read More »

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Linah Alsaafin on Social Media and Palestine

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting, and Twitter? Linah Alsaafin (LAS): ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Eyad Houssami, Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre

Eyad Houssami, editor. Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre. Foreword by Elias Khoury. London: Pluto Press, 2012. Innana Mahkoumoun Bil Amal: Kitabat Fi Al Masrah. Beirut: Dar Al Adab, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What led you to commission and compile this collection? Eyad Houssami (EH): As a theater director, I am ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy, Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa

Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy, editors, Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook. London and New York: Routledge, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this collection? Mounira Soliman and Walid El Hamamsy (MS & WH): The idea for this book came from our ...  Read More »

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Al-Mutanabbi Street: Locating Contemporary Iraqi Culture

The last installment of the three-part exhibition titled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here opened on Monday 13 May at the Cambridge Arts Council. The exhibition features artists' responses to an explosion that took place in Iraq on 5 March 2007, at al-Mutanabbi Street, an important artery in historic Baghdad and home to ...  Read More »

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وين كنتوا قبل؟

في الذكرى الخامسة والستين لنكبة فلسطين   [رسم أمل كعوش خاص بجدلية]  Read More »

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Windows to Refuge: Camp Life through the Eyes of Palestinian Youth in Lebanon

“The pact that binds us to photographers puts our sight in their hands.” (From the introduction to Lahza, a book of Palestinian children’s photographs by ZAKIRA, Amers Editions, Beirut, 2009.) The Project These photographs were taken in July 2012 by Palestinian youth living in four out of the twelve refugee camps ...  Read More »

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April Culture

Jadaliyya's April culture bouquet arrives with a special focus on the visual arts.  Mehri Khalil contributes the first installment of a series of posts on the reopened galleries for Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, and the Louvre Museum. Rima Chahrour profiles ...  Read More »

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Bassem Sabry on Social Media in Egypt

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Bassem Sabry (BS): At the risk ...  Read More »

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Social Media Bouquet from Syria

[This is part of a collection of multi-media items that have circulated on Syrian social media networks over the past two years of the uprising. The collection does not necessarily reflect the views of Jadaliyya, but represents salient themes and recurring motifs.] Point Zero On 26 September 2012, an explosion ...  Read More »

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Women Under Seige: Stateless in Lebanon

Lebanon, and its capital Beirut, are often represented by the media as islands of freedom in the Middle East. The well-heeled neighborhoods of Achrafieh and Downtown are reminiscent of a Parisian boutique; while nightlife in Gemmayze and Hamra could compete with the scene in Berlin. But, behind the glossy images of ...  Read More »

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March Culture

In Jadaliyya's monthly culture bouquet Ella Shohat re-members Baghdad elsewhere, Sinan Antoon translates poems by Iraqi poets Saadi Youssef and Salah Faik, Samia Halaby writes on Abed Abdi and liberation art, and John Halaka contributes to the series Visuals in 1500. Ella Habiba Shohat, "Remembering A Baghdad ...  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. 

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