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Resistance and Revolution as Lived Daily Experience: An Interview with Leila Khaled (Intro)

The protests and uprisings that have taken hold across the Arab world have given new contours to processes of politicization, as well as the use of the term “revolution.” Before 2011, references to “the revolution” around the Arab World would conjure images of Gamal Abdul Nasser, Abdul-Karim Qassim, Mu’ammar ...  Read More »

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Resistance and Revolution as Lived Daily Experience: An Interview with Leila Khaled (Part 1)

[This is Part 1 of a translated transcription of a series of interviews conducted by the author with Leila Khaled during the summer of 2007. Click here to read the Introduction to the interview.] As the question of the “statehood bid”—or rather UN membership—dominates discussions of Palestinian politics, Leila ...  Read More »

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An Interview with Ramy Esam

[This is the second installment in a series on artists of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Click here for the first interview.] Of all the artists who rose to fame during the demonstrations leading to the fall of deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, Ramy Essam was the most renowned. A twenty-three year old ...  Read More »

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Escaping Mumana'a and the US-Saudi Counter-Revolution: Syria, Yemen, and Visions of Democracy (Interview with Fawwaz Traboulsi)

Ahmad Shokr and Anjali Kamat (AS&AK): The Syrian people have been resisting for months now and keep coming out on the streets despite escalating repression. How would you characterize the uprising in Syria and where do you think it is heading? Fawwaz Traboulsi (FT): People I’ve talked to in Syria tell me ...  Read More »

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Interview with Ali Ahmida, Gilbert Achcar, and David Smith on Situation in Libya

AUDIO PLAYER BELOW The fall of Qaddafi's Tripoli to Libyan rebels has raised a host of new questions and intensified existing debates about the nature and fate of the Libyan uprising. As the peaceful uprising in Libya shifted towards an open rebellion in the face of a violent response by Qaddafi's regime, various ...  Read More »

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Democracy Now! Interview with Gilbert Achcar on the Libyan Rebels

This is an interview conducted with Gilbert Achcar on Wednesday, August 24, in regards to news of the Libyan rebels entering Tripoli. The interview addresses the events surrounding this development, highlighting the dynamics of the NATO intervention and discussing the identities and interests that make up the rebel ...  Read More »

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Religious Liberty, Minorities, and Islam: An Interview with Saba Mahmood

Saba Mahmood is an anthropologist who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and whose work raises challenging questions about the relationship between religion and secularism, ethics and politics, agency and freedom. Her book Politics of Piety, a study of a grassroots women’s piety movement in ...  Read More »

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The Suspicious Revolution: An Interview with Talal Asad

Not long after his return from Cairo, where he was doing fieldwork, I spoke with Talal Asad at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where he is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. Distinguished indeed: with books like Genealogies of Religion and Formations of the Secular, as ...  Read More »

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"The United States Is Not Qualified to Intervene on Behalf of Democracy in the Region": Al-Jazeera Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor

This interview was conducted with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad, on the role of the United States in Syria. After five months of continuous suppression of protests in Syria, resulting in nearly 2000 deaths and more than 15,000 arrests, the Syrian regime is facing growing regional and international pressures to ...  Read More »

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Haletna bel Romancy

Concert Review and Interview: Mashrou' Leila, Beirut Hippodrome, July 29, 2011. Yalla, conjure your stereotype. Humid, jasmine-scented nights; hot, diesel-loaded days; pockmarked buildings; the blue Mediterranean crashing on the popular Corniche boardwalk; Lebanese women; Lebanese men; the middle of 2011 in the ...  Read More »

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General Suleiman, Reggae & Defamation: Interview with Zeid Hamdan

On the old white door to his apartment, there’s a note from the neighbors saying “Welcome home”. But friends and family are not the only ones relieved to see Zeid Hamdan out of jail. Only a few hours after the Lebanese musician was detained on Wednesday for “defaming the president” in his 2010 song General Suleiman, ...  Read More »

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Al-Jazeera Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on the UN Security Council and Syria

This is a brief interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the UN Security Council and Syria, and the pressure that might be placed on the Syrian regime to halt its crackdowns on protesters. The interview comes after the Syrian regime entered and besieged the northern city of Hama, resulting in more ...  Read More »

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"The Real News" Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor on Islamists and the Egyptian Revolution

This is an interview conducted by TheRealNews.com with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam after the events of this past Friday in Tahrir Square. Hesham discusses some of the tensions underlying the conduct os Islamists vis-a-vis the larger struggle to institutionalize the revolution in Egypt.        Read More »

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On the Historical Study of South Asia and Sufism: An Interview with Nile Green

In the following conversation with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Professor of History Nile Green discusses some of the issues arising from the study of “Muslims of South Asia and the wider Persianate world.” The bulk of the interview addresses issues related to the ...  Read More »

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Breaking the Siege and the Diplomatic Impasse: An Interview with Huwaida Arraf

[This interview was conducted by Jadaliyya co-editor Noura Erakat. Huwaida Arraf is Chairperson of the Gaza Freedom Movement Coalition and Co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement.]  NE: Let's get some of the basics first—how many passengers were a part of the Freedom Flotilla II? How many ships ...  Read More »

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The Syrian People Will Determine the Fate of Syria: An Interview with Burhan Ghalyoun

[This interview was conducted by Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ibtisam Azem and first published in Arabic by Qantara. It was translated into English by Ziad Abu-Rish and Khuloud.] In the following conversation with Ibtisam Azem, a prominent Syrian opposition figure and Professor of Political Sociology at the Sorbonne, ...  Read More »

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Trafficking and Foreign Labor in the Gulf: An Interview with Pardis Mahdavi

Earlier this month, the US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, an inventory of the world’s efforts at combating the global trade in people. The 2011 report marks a turning point of sorts for US foreign policy. For the first time ever, the new TIP includes an assessment—if ...  Read More »

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The Syrian Revolution: Interview with Rosa Yaseen Hassan (Part 1)

In late June, a Jadaliyya affiliate sat with Syrian novelist Rosa Yaseen Hassan to talk about the Syrian revolution. The interview was conducted in Arabic by a Jadaliyya affiliate and transcribed/translated into English by Ziad Abu-Rish. This post represents Part 1 of the interview, in which Hassan discusses the ...  Read More »

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On Cultural Production and the Syrian Revolution: Part 3 of an Interview with Rosa Yaseen Hassan

In late June, a Jadaliyya affiliate sat with Syrian novelist Rosa Yaseen Hassan to talk about the Syrian revolution. The interview was conducted in Arabic and transcribed/translated into English. This post represents Part 3 of the interview, in which Hassan discusses culture and culture production in Syria during the ...  Read More »

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Entrevista al novelista egipcio Sonallah Ibrahim sobre la revolucion; la imaginacion como acto transitivo

[This interview was conducted in Arabic by Elliott Cola and translated/published in Spanish by www.rebelion.org]  Entrevista al novelista egipcio Sonallah Ibrahim sobre la revolución: La imaginación como acto transitivo [Traducción para Rebelión de Loles Oliván] El mes pasado el novelista egipcio ...  Read More »

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On Writing and Revolution: An Interview with Mohamed Salah Al-Azab

Chris Stone met with the writer Mohamed Salah al-Azab in Cairo on May 30, 2011, and the Arabic text can be found here.  When Chris mentioned that Jadaliyya was thinking of juxtaposing his interview next to one with Sonallah Ibrahim, Mohamed asked if his name had been brought with Sonallah, as they had apparently ...  Read More »

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On Resonance/Dissonance: An Interview with Khyam Allami

Khyam Allami, a London-based Iraqi musician, has just released his debut work, Resonance/Dissonance (available through Eka3 in the Middle East and Nawa Recordings everywhere else.) This interview was conducted by e-mail. You can see him live in concert on: Thu 7 July– Home for Cooperation (H4C), Nicosia, ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Rami Makhlouf in the New York Times

[From the New York Times. Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad was interviewed by the New York Times for their first story on the move to charity work by the Syrian Tycoon, Rami Makhlouf]   Reviled Tycoon, Assad’s Cousin, Resigns in Syria By ANTHONY SHADID BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s most powerful businessman, a ...  Read More »

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Democracy Now! Interview with Toby Jones on Saudi Arabia's Role in Bahrain and Yemen

This is an interview conducted with Toby C. Jones on Thursday, June 16, in regards to Saudi Arabia's counter-revolutionary role in both Bahrain and Yemen. Transcripts of the interview follow the below video. While the United States remains heavily involved in the Libya conflict, it has been noticeably silent on the ...  Read More »

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BBC Interview with Bassam Haddad on the Question of "Sectarianism" in Syria

This is an interview conducted by the BBC with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on the question of "sectarianism" in Syria. It was recorded a few weeks prior, but we have decided to publish it because of the magnitude that this topic has occupied in the past days.   Read More »

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The Imagination as Transitive Act: an Interview with Sonallah Ibrahim

Last month, the Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim sat down with Jadaliyya to talk about revolution, literature and the imagination. As always, the author was generous -- presenting a broad view of literature politics, and life. (Recorded in Cairo, May 14, 2011; the Arabic text can be found here. A Spanish translation ...  Read More »

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التخييل هو فعل صناعة الخيال : حوار مع صنع الله إبراهيم

في الشهر الماضي زارت " جدلية " بيت الروائي المصري صنع الله أبراهيم لتتحدث معه عن الثورة ، الأدب و أمكانيات التخييل. كما يفعل دائما أكرمنا المؤلف بتقديم رؤية شاملة ليس للإبداع و السياسة فحسب بل لحياة البشر أيضا. الترجمة باللغة الأنجليزية هنا و باللغة الأسبانية هنا إليوت كولا: هل كانت أحداث ...  Read More »

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How Do You Finance Social Justice in Egypt? Jadaliyya Interview With Journalist Wael Gamal

This is our third in a series of interviews we conducted in Cairo during our recent trip. We had the fortune to meet with a friend and prominent journalist, Wael Gamal, whose column in al-Shurouq's economy section is closely followed in Egypt and beyond--and is also published here on Jadaliyya (see video below). We ...  Read More »

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Iraq After Maliki's "100 Days": An Interview with Iraqi Organizer Uday al-Zaidi

On February 27, 2011, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gave his parliament 100 days to "reform" their sometimes totally nonfunctional ministries or face consequences, in response “to people’s demands” as he put it. Those demands have taken the form of some of the least noted events of the Arab Spring: ...  Read More »

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Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Egyptian Revolution: Interview with Blogger Wael Khalil

This is our second in our series of interviews we conducted in Cairo recently. We had the pleasure of catching blogger Wael Khalil on May 30th between tweets and blogging the post-revolution phase. Wael discussed the opportunities and concerns that many Egyptians have as the post-revolution period ...  Read More »

About the Interviews Page

Jadaliyya’s Interview Page is a hub for all interviews published on Jadaliyya, including those in print, audio, and video formats. It features three categories of interviews: interviews conducted for Jadaliyya publication; interviews featuring Jadaliyya Co-Editors; interviews published elsewhere but considered important enough to be republished on Jadaliyya.

 

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