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Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: An Interview with Ayfer Karakaya-Stump

The former Ottoman world is home to many communities of Muslim religious minorities that have been variously deemed heterodox deviants from the acknowledged schools of Islamic law. Narratives about them have focused on a certain impurity or syncretism in their religious practices. One such group is the Kizilbash/Alevi ...  Read More »

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In Conversation with Nadia Ayari

Since the start of her artistic practice over a decade ago, Nadia Ayari has engaged painting and the history of its development with marked intensity and seriousness. Adding to the complexity that one finds in her usage of the medium is her subject matter, which is not easily decipherable; figural but somehow ...  Read More »

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'The Family Duress Was a Campaign of Torment': An Interview with Asli Igsiz

WHY? Aslı Iğsız is a scholar who teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the US. At the same time, however, she is also the daughter of retired General Hasan Iğsız, who has been sentenced to life on the charges of ...  Read More »

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What’s Happening in Turkey? A Roundtable with the Turkey Page Editors

Those who have followed the political scene in Turkey over the past few weeks have watched the unfolding of a number of overlapping major events. Among the breaking stories are those related to the corruption crisis, which has resulted in a significant challenge to the power of the AKP government; the open conflict ...  Read More »

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JAD FOR REEL Podcast (عن جد) – Episode 4

The fourth episode of ‘An Jad/For Reel, Jadaliyya’s monthly audio podcast, covers Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, developments at the Arab Studies Institute, reverberations of academic boycott, and gender. It begins with a roundup of some of Jadaliyya’s hottest December and January pieces and takes a look at the development of ...  Read More »

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حوار مع ديبيش شاكرابرتي القانون هو الذي يحمي الأسس الحقيقية للحداثة

ديبيش شاكرابرتي Dipesh Chakrabarty من مفكري الحداثة وهو يدعو إلى فهم جديد لها في سياقاتها المختلفة، ويدعو أيضاً إلى "حداثة بديلة" يتحدث عنها باستفاضة في كتابه ”مواطن الحداثة: مقالات في صحوة دراسات التابع“، الذي صدر حديثاً في ترجمة عربية لمجيب الرحمان وصدر عن ”كلمة“. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، هو مؤرخ متخصّص في ...  Read More »

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ارفُض، شعبك يحميك

لقد رأت المؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية منذ النكبة واحتلال فلسطين إلى يومنا هذا، الضرورة  القصوى في الربط بين العسكري والسياسي. ففي آب 1948، عمّم رئيس أركان الجيش، يعكوف دوري، أمراً يعلم فيه أقسام الجيش عن قيام وحدة ”الأقليّات“. قبل أن يشغل دوري ذلك المنصب، كان ولسنوات رئيس فرق ”الهاجانا“ الصهيونية. وأشار دوري ...  Read More »

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كتب: مقابلة مع ديمة الشكر

[ضمن سلسلة "كتب“ التي تعنى بالإصدارات الجديدة، تنشر ”جدلية“ حواراً مع الناقدة ديمة الشكر وفصلاً من كتابها الصادر حديثاً ”الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً“، الشارقة، دائرة الثقافة والإعلام، ٢٠١٣.] جدلية: كيف تبلورت فكرة الكتاب وما الذي قادك نحو الموضوع؟ ديمة الشكر: تبلورت فكرة الكتاب خلال ...  Read More »

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Writing about Palestine: An Interview with Selma Dabbagh

In her debut novel, Out of It, British-Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh explores the conflict in Palestine from a compelling intimate angle–the struggle between the personal and the political. Through her characters, she focuses on what it means for individuals to constantly weigh up the competing demands of the ...  Read More »

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Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle: An Interview with the After Malcolm Project

The After Malcolm: Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle project is a unique digital archive initiative housed at Georgia State University in Atlanta. By documenting and digitizing a range papers, records, audio and visual material, and oral histories, the project aims to increase the awareness of the role of Islam in ...  Read More »

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الأدب والثّورة: حوار مع حسين الواد بمناسبة الذّكرى الثّالثة للثورة التونسيّة

نوري ڤانة: أوّلا، كيف تعرّف بنفسك؟  حسين الواد: من مواليد منتصف القرن العشرين بالمكنين (جهة الساحل الشرقي) لأسرة تدهورت أوضاعها في عهد الاستعمار الفرنسي. تعلقت بأبي قضية مع "الجندرمة" الفرنسية سرعان ما تطوّرت إلى حكم بالإعدام ففرار من المعتقل لتستقر على المؤبد. عرفت، باكراً جداً، أن فساد أصحاب النفوذ ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Terrible Three: Interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy

Nearly three years after the fall of Mubarak, with the deep state and the military openly back in control, Egypt seems to have come full circle. How did that happen and what is the situation on the ground really like, with Egyptians going to the polls yet again to vote on a new constitution? Vomena's Khalil Bendib ...  Read More »

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The Whisper Strategy (Drama and Power Relations in Syria): An Interview with Donatella Della Ratta

We have heard a lot about the spring of Syrian drama, which flourished in the decade that preceded the 2011 uprising and perhaps even before. Some argue that the regime indirectly worked with directors and actors to serve a political goal, while others think that Syrian directors, actors, and scriptwriters were able ...  Read More »

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النصّ هو الذي يختار المترجم

أعلنت دار التكوين في سوريا عن إصدارها لـ "الأعمال الأدبيّة" لليورنادو دافنشي، وهذا هو نص الإعلان:  صدرت عن دار التكوين في دمشق الكتابات الأدبية لأشهر فناني النهضة الإيطاليين والعالميين على الإطلاق "ليوناردو دافنشي"، وهي تضم جميع الكتابات والملاحظات والمسوَّدات التي كتبها ليوناردو وجمَّعتها ...  Read More »

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Proverbs, Politics, and Paris: An Interview with Nancy Kricorian

Nancy Kricorian loves proverbs, especially Armenian ones. She has been collecting them for years, finding them in various books and corners of the internet and then saving them in her ever growing collection, which she shares through social media. Her current favorite—“Law is written for the rich, punishment for the ...  Read More »

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Demanding Equality: Interview with Steven Salaita on the ASA Academic Boycott

The American Studies Association (ASA) recently became the second US-based scholarly association to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The 800-member Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS) was the first. A group of ASA scholars proposed the boycott resolution to the ASA’s Community and ...  Read More »

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الصراع على الحيز المديني: حوار مع ديفد هارفي

لماذا تهم الصراعات المدينية في مشاريع التغيّر الاجتماعي؟ ما أهمية استعادة الحيز العام في الحركات الاجتماعية؟ كيف نعيد التفكير بما هو ممكن في هذه اللحظة العالمية المظلمة من التفاوتات المدينية الحادّة واللامساواة الاجتماعية؟ من أجل أجوبة عميقة لهذه الأسئلة، أجرينا مقابلة مع ديفد هارفي David Harvey في 24 تشرين ...  Read More »

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What Do You Miss Most? Syrian Refugees Respond

[Editor’s note: The following statements and pictures are part of ongoing research on the Syrian refugee population conducted by Rochelle Davis, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and a team of researchers. Click here to read an article published in the summer of 2013 by Rochelle Davis and Abbie Taylor ...  Read More »

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New Paradigms in Israel and Palestine: Interview with Noura Erakat and Leila Farsaikh

In early November 2013, the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats of the European Parliament organized a two-day conference to debate New Paradigms in Israel & Palestine. The organizers understood that this latest round of negotiations faciliated by US Secretary of State John Kerry would ...  Read More »

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Media On the Margins: An Interview With Rania Abouzeid About Reporting on Syria

Jadaliyya's "Media on the Margins" is a monthly show dedicated to the stories behind the news, on the fault-lines of journalism, and the fringes of public discourse. In each episode, Malihe Razazan speaks to reporters, editors, citizen journalists, and photographers to unpack their craft, interrogate their ...  Read More »

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The Conflict in Syria is a War on Development

As Syria has descended into a brutal civil war much of the media coverage seems focused on military advances, the nature of the political and military opposition, and more recently the prospects for a political settlement. Less attention is being paid to other aspects of the conflict, in particular the extent of the ...  Read More »

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The Khsara Club, Arab Women Who Don't Get Married in Time: An Interview with Suha Araj

It is not easy to talk about sex in any community and that could not be more true for the Arab and Arab-American one. So when the characters in the short film, “The Cup Reader,” openly grappled with the regulation of sex and virginity to the cascading laughter of a diverse audience at the DC Palestinian Film Festival, ...  Read More »

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Bodies and Borders: An Interview with Ella Shohat

Scholar Ella Habiba Shohat has long dealt with the real and imaginary boundary lines that inform some of the most insidious conflicts of our times. She defines herself as an "Arab-Jew" of Jewish-Baghdadi background, who has made the United States her adopted home, where she is Professor of Cultural Studies ...  Read More »

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On Why Struggles over Urban Space Matter: An Interview with David Harvey

Why do urban struggles matter in projects of social change? What is the importance of reclaiming public space in social movements? And at this gloomy global moment of extreme urban disparities and social inequalities, how do we re-think what is possible? For insights on these questions, we interviewed David Harvey on ...  Read More »

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JAD FOR REEL Podcast (عن جد) – Episode 2

This episode of Jad For Reel عن جد covers Turkey, Algeria, Palestine, Syria, the Arabian Peninsula, refugees, and gender. It begins with a round up of the hottest articles on Jadaliyya in October as well as a conversation with Jadaliyya Co-Founder Bassam Haddad, on the ezine’s third year anniversary. ...  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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The Iraq That Is Not There: An Interview with Ahmed Habib

“Why would I teach my son Arabic, Ali? Iraq is gone, finished.” This is what a friend from Iraq now living in the United States told me a while ago, and I really did not know what to say. Although the specifics of contact with Iraq may differ—it might be about visiting Iraq, talking about it, or about “the region” as ...  Read More »

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Egypt Between "Simulacra" and "Secular Criticism:" An Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Adel Iskandar on France24

As Mohammed Morsi prepares to stand trial, Jadaliyya co-editor Adel Iskandar speaks to France24's The Interview on the former president’s short stint in office. He discusses why Morsi’s failure was inevitable and why his deep entrenchment with the Muslim Brotherhood prevented him from being a president for all ...  Read More »

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The People Want: An Interview with Gilbert Achcar

As we are nearing the third anniversary of the Tunisian uprising, which ignited historic upheavals in the Arab world, Professor Gilbert Achcar investigates the social and economic roots of the social explosions in his new book, The People Want: A Radical Exploration of The Arab Uprising. The title of Achcar’s book is ...  Read More »

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Collaboration and Creativity: Dina Omar on the Third Annual Students for Justice in Palestine-National Conference

  Eight years have passed since Palestinian civil society first called for an international campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.  Pushing for Israeli compliance with international law and Palestinian rights, the BDS Movement has given rise to a vast network of student groups ...  Read More »

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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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