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Quick Thoughts: Elyse Semerdjian on Standing Rock

[On 4 December 2016, the operators of the North Dakota Access Pipeline were informed they no longer had permission to pursue construction plans under Lake Oahe, the main water source of the nearby Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The announcement crowned many months of activism led by the inhabitants of Standing Rock, ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Mouin Rabbani on Aleppo and the Syria Conflict

[The ongoing full-scale assault by the Syrian military, Russian air force and allied militias on eastern Aleppo, which forms the most significant remaining opposition stronghold in the country, appears to portend a strategic turning point in the Syrian conflict. Jadaliyya turned to Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, former head ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad Addresses Aleppo Today on Democracy Now!

"Nothing Short of a Slaughter": 1 Million Syrians in Aleppo Under Siege with No Hospital, Food" As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed, we speak with Syrian analyst Bassam Haddad and get an update ...  Read More »

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Quick Thoughts: Thomas Serres on the Algerian Succession

[Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in office since 1999, is widely reported to be in failing health and has not been sighted in public for over two years. His current condition raises questions about the presidential succession in Algeria, as well as broader issues concerning the stability, policies and ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on 2016 US Elections and Israel/Palestine Policy

In this edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the impact the US presidential election is likely to have on American policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rabbani argues that continuity in Washington's increasingly uncritical and unconditional support for ...  Read More »

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Why Is a Moroccan History Professor Being Charged with "Endangering State Security?"

In August 2015, Maati Monjib was returning home to Morocco from his summer vacation. But before he could clear customs and leave the airport to return to his home in Rabat, Moroccan police apprehended and detained him, notifying him that he faced the charge of “endangering state security.” Until legal matters were ...  Read More »

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The Red Sea in History: An Interview with Alexis Wick

The body of water now known as the Red Sea was surrounded for nearly four centuries by the Ottoman Empire's well-protected domains. During that time, it became a space of not only geological and geographic but also historical coherence. While the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and other maritime spaces ...  Read More »

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Interview on US-Russian Ceasefire in Syria with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani

In this interview with Al-Jazeera English, Jadaliyya Co-Editor and former head of political affairs for the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Mouin Rabbani discusses the recent US-Russian agreement to establish a ceasefire in Syria and use this as a springboard for the delivery of humanitarian ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta, Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings

Deen Sharp and Claire Panetta, eds. Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (New York: Urban Research, 2016).  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Deen Sharp (DS): The idea for this book grew out of two articles that I wrote for Jadaliyya in 2012.  The first was published ...  Read More »

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Caliphate, An Idea Throughout History: An Interview with Hugh Kennedy

What is a caliphate? Who can be caliph? What is the history of the idea? How can we interpret and use it today? These are the themes discussed in Hugh Kennedy’s new book, The Caliphate (Pelican Books), which aims to find the long-term historical context for the idea of caliphate. Tracing the history from the choosing ...  Read More »

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Neo-Ottoman Architecture and the Transnational Mosque: An Interview with Kishwar Rizvi

Mosques are enduring architectural and institutional features of Muslim communities throughout the world, and thus it is natural to encounter large mosque complexes that occupy prominent positions within the cityscapes of the Middle East and beyond. Yet among the many historical mosques and buildings in the region’s ...  Read More »

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Interview with Khalida Jarrar, Prominent Palestinian Activist and Parliamentary Member, After her Release from Prison

Khalida Jarrar is a longtime Palestinian activist, feminist, and leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She served as the Director of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association between 1993 and 2005 and has been a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) ...  Read More »

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Introduction: Interviews with Students for Justice in Palestine Chapters

I conducted the following interviews with a number of chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine over email in the spring and summer of 2016. The aim was to use this space to allow student activists involved in the Palestine movement to speak to the non-student sectors of the movement about their organizing ...  Read More »

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Interview with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley

The following interview is part of a series of long-form interviews with chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine. The aim is to create a space for chapters to articulate their political perspectives and experiences on campus organizing, as part of a broader project to create a public archive of post-2000 ...  Read More »

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Interview with Temple Students for Justice in Palestine

The following interview is part of a series of long-form interviews with chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine. The aim is to create a space for chapters to articulate their political perspectives and experiences on campus organizing, as part of a broader project to create a public archive of post-2000 ...  Read More »

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Interview with University of Santa Cruz Students for Justice in Palestine

The following interview is part of a series of long-form interviews with chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine. The aim is to create a space for chapters to articulate their political perspectives and experiences on campus organizing, as part of a broader project to create a public archive of post-2000 ...  Read More »

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On Turkey's Coup and Counter-Coup: An Interview with Osman Sahin

On Friday, the whole world was abuzz about what was happening in Turkey and whether there was a coup underway. A few short hours later, President Erdogan, ironically using the same methods he had denounced for years when used against him, beseeched his supporters to “Go to the streets and give them your ...  Read More »

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The Gulf Centre for Human Rights' 2015 Report: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Kristina Stockwood

In this Quick Thoughts interview for STATUS/الوضع, Nour Joudah speaks with Kristina Stockwood about the Gulf Center for Human Rights' 2015 report entitled "Human Rights Defenders in Prison and in Peril throughout the Gulf and Neighboring Countries." Kristina Stockwood is a human rights advocate who has been ...  Read More »

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The Situation in Gaza: An Interview with Brian Barber

Brian K. Barber, PhD, is a New America Fellow in Washington, DC, a Professor of Child and Family Studies, and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict at the University of Tennessee. His primary field of research has been Palestine, and he has based his work on long residencies and ...  Read More »

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Drawn to Palestinian Memory: Baddawi, a Graphic Novel - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Leila Abdelrazaq

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, Julie Hakim Azzam speaks with author Leila Abdelrazaq, who discusses her graphic novel based on her father's childhood in the Baddawi refugee camp in Lebanon. Leila is a Chicago­-based Palestinian author, artist, and organizer. She graduated from DePaul University in 2015 ...  Read More »

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Yemen's Political Economy: An Anthropologist's Perspective - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Martha Mundy

 In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Moe Ali Nael interviews anthropologist Martha Mundy, who weighs in on the  political, economic, and social challenges in Yemen. Martha Mundy taught at Yarmouk University, UCLA, the American University of Beirut, Université Lyon 2 Lumière, and the London School ...  Read More »

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Night in Gaza: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Mads Gilbert

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, the Norwegian physician Mads Gilbert speaks with Malihe Razazan about his new book Night in Gaza, detailing his work and experience in the besieged Gaza Strip during Israeli attacks. Mads Gilbert is a medical doctor at the University Hospital of North Norway. Since 1981, ...  Read More »

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Covering the Migration Crisis in Greece - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Kostas Kallergis

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, Nada Ghandour-Demiri speaks with the Greek journalist and producer Kostas Kallergis, who provides insights on the migration crisis in Greece and reflects on the role of journalists in covering this topic. Kostas Kallergis is a Greek journalist and producer who, in the last year, ...  Read More »

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Yemen Quietly Being Killed: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Safa Al Ahmad

In this broad-ranging and incisive STATUS/الوضع interview with journalist and filmmaker Safa Al Ahmad, she delves into her recent coverage of Yemen reflecting on the humanitarian disaster there, the various actors on the ground, and the gendered dimensions of covering this conflict. Safa Al Ahmad is a Saudi freelance ...  Read More »

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Why Bombing ISIS is not a Solution - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Rami Khoury

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Moe Ali Nayel speaks with columnist and author Rami Khoury, who gives a wide-ranging diagnosis of ISIS's rise and outcomes. This conversation is a follow-up to ASI’s workshop “Understanding the ISIS Phenomenon" held at the American University of Beirut.  Rami George ...  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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Sectarianism in the Gulf - A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Toby Matthiesen

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Mona Kareem speaks with Toby Matthiesen about sectarianism in the Gulf after the Arab uprisings. Toby Matthiesen gained his doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2011. He is the author of Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring ...  Read More »

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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April 2016): 14–15. It is a follow-up of our first public ...  Read More »

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The Human Right to Dominate: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Nicola Perugini

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Noura Erakat interviews Nicola Perugini about his newly co-authored book The Human Right to Dominate.  Nicola Perugini is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. He has been assistant Professor at and Director of the Human Rights Program at the Al Quds Bard ...  Read More »

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Syrian Refugees and the Map of a Dangerous Journey: A STATUS/الوضع Conversation with Alia Malek

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Malihe Razazan speaks with Alia Malek about Malek's article "The Road to Germany $2400" which recently appeared in Foreign Policy.  Alia Malek is a journalist, civil rights lawyer, and author of A Country Called Amreeka: Roots, American ...  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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