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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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The Discourse of Terror: An Interview with Judith Butler

[The following text is an extract from Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes’ recent book Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on US State Terrorism (Pluto, 2012), also featuring Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Edward S. Herman, Norman Finkelstein, and others.  Click here for more details.] To what extent, in your ...  Read More »

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The Pursuit of Heroes in Palestinian Cinema: An Interview with Annemarie Jacir

["When I Saw You" is being screened at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival this week. The next showing is Thursday 3 October 2013 at 8:30 PM at the Goethe Institute.] Where do young Palestinians today look for real heroes—individuals who are brave and noble and inspire others to be brave and ...  Read More »

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An Activist's Reflections on the Syrian Uprising: Interview with Abdul-Qader Al-Dhoun

This was not meant to happen in this manner. But it did. A twist of circumstances brought Abdul-Qader to my attention a few months ago as I was planning on interviewing Syrians with differing viewpoints. In the end, the other interviewee bailed. What remained is an account by a Syrian activist who is not a typical ...  Read More »

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Urbanists Can Never Afford to be Apolitical: An Interview with Nezar AlSayyad on Urbanization in the Middle East

In what ways is the study of cities important to the broader field of Middle East studies, and what are the broader trajectories of such forms of analysis? For insight into the issues that underpin such a question, the following interview was conducted on 30 August 2013 with Nezar AlSayyad, who is Professor of ...  Read More »

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On the Resurgence of Protests in Turkey: Intersections Interview with Turkey Page Co-Editor Jay Cassano

In the following interview on Aslan Media's Intersection podcast, Jadaliyya Turkey Page Co-Editor Jay Cassano talks with host Michael Brooks (who also produces The Majority Report) about why the past weeks have featured a resurgence of protests in Turkey. Together they discuss the trajectory of the movement that ...  Read More »

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"A Strike Against Syria Forecloses the Possibility of a Political Solution": Bassam Haddad on MSNBC's Chris Hayes Show

ALL IN with Chris Hayes on MSNBC Syria: The Case for War The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a U.S. military strike against Syria, in which Secretary of State John Kerry offered dire warnings about the consequences of inaction. Chris Hayes is joined by Senator Jim Rish, R-Idaho, Rep. ...  Read More »

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"Never and Forever": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses the Peace Process on Al Jazeera's "Empire"

2013 marks the twentieth year since the historic signing of the Oslo Accords on the White House Lawn. In the two intervening decades, Israel's settler-colonial regime has become more entrenched and a viable and just solution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict is more elusive than ever. Since assuming his post as ...  Read More »

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US Strike on Syria An "Uncalculated Adventure": Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on MSNBC

MSNBC Headine "Haddad: Mulling Syria strike is an 'uncalculated adventure'" Former State Department Spokesperson P.J. Crowley, Mouaz Moustafa from the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Bassam Haddad from George Mason University, Reuter's David Rohde and MSNBC military analyst and former army Colonel Jack Jacobs ...  Read More »

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As the United States Prepares to Strike Syria: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad on Democracy Now

As the United States continues to try to build an international coalition, Democracy Now interviewed Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Bassam Haddad, Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University. The interview includes commentary on the latest developments in the efforts to strike Syria for the regime's ...  Read More »

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Coming Full Circle? An Interview with Egyptian Journalist Ahmad Shokr

Since 30 June, Egypt has seen one of its worst turmoil in the country’s modern history, with hundreds killed, dozens of police stations and churches burned, and a divided population. The Muslim Brotherhood, who were in government two months ago, are now on the run and the military are fully back in charge. From Cairo, ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat, Discusses Law and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict on PBS THIRTEEN

In the documentary film, The Law In These Parts, Ra'anan Alexandrowicz examines the system of military law that has governed the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territory since 1967. The film features the military judges, prosecutors, and legal advisers who helped draft the law--years before the Occupation--and ...  Read More »

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Massacre in Cairo: Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Lina Attalah, and Chris Toensing on Democracy Now!

At least 525 people were killed in Egypt on Wednesday when security forces cracked down on two protest camps filled with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood says the actual death toll tops 2,000, and has called new rallies for today. The Egyptian military has defended the crackdown ...  Read More »

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The Brotherhood After 30 June: An Interview with the FJP’s Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery

Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery describes himself as “an academician by profession and a politician by necessity.” He received his doctorate in cultural studies from the University of Pittsburg in 2000. He wrote his dissertation on the historical conflict between Eurocentrism and Islamism. Soon after returning to Egypt, he ...  Read More »

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لا أبطال ولا أشرار: حوار مع طلال أسد عن مصر بعد مرسي

[تم تسجيل هذا الحوار مع طلال أسد يوم الخميس، الحادي عشر من يوليو (تموز) 2013. وأجرته عايشة كوبكجو، محرر مشارك في صفحة تركيا في “جدلية”. ] عايشة كوبكجو: قبل كل شيء، أود أن أشكرك على موافقتك على إجراء هذا الحوار المفتوح، والذي نأمل أن نتشارك فيه مع قراء “جدلية”. بعد التدخل العسكري في الثالث من يوليو (تموز) في مصر، زعم ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Discusses Resumption of Peace Talks on Al Jazeera's 'The Stream'

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are scheduled to resume this week in Washington. Secretary of State John Kerry is credited with breaking the lull since the last talks broke down over Israel's refusal to halt settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. Kerry, who traveled to the region six ...  Read More »

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De la détention politique à la société civile : Entretien avec Fatna El Bouih

Cet entretien est une invitation à découvrir Fatna El Bouih, qu’on peut appeler sans exagération la doyenne des prisonnières politiques marocaines modernes. Une dame qui a connu les affres de la disparition forcée et fut victime des années de plomb au Maroc (1956-1999). Fatna n’a pas hésité un instant à  nous ...  Read More »

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Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt After Morsi

[This conversation was recorded on Thursday, 11 July 2013. It was conducted by Jadaliyya Turkey Page Co-Editor Ayça Çubukçu with Talal Asad, and was transcribed by Huma N. Shah. You can read the Arabic translation here.] Ayça Çubukçu (AÇ): First of all, I would like to thank you for agreeing to ...  Read More »

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Painting the Peasant in Modern Turkey

The interwar period is recognized as a time in which the figure of the peasant took on incredible symbolic meaning worldwide within various political ideologies, nationalist or otherwise. In Republican Turkey, fostering links between the differentiated Anatolia countryside and urban centers was viewed as a critical ...  Read More »

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Military-Business Alliances in Egypt Before and After 30 June: Interview with Wael Gamal

[Please find both the Arabic video and an English translated transcription below.] I had the pleasure of conducting this interview with Wael Gamal, one of the more reliable and informed journalists who addresses critically political-economic variables in Egypt. In this interview, Wael addresses the less discussed ...  Read More »

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Quest for Legitimacy: An Interview with Senior Brotherhood Official Amr Darrag

Amr Darrag is a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood who most recently served as minister of planning and international cooperation in former Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s Cabinet. He formerly served as secretary general of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 2012 Constitution. Sharif Abdel ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Economic Challenges: An Interview with Amr Adly

  With Egypt mired in a revolutionary turmoil, the economic issues have yet to be addressed by any of the major political players in Egypt today! Whether an avowed dictatorship, a transitional military council, or a duly elected government, regime after regime have failed and collapsed in Egypt over the past ...  Read More »

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Rising Up Against Sexual Violence: An Interview with Yasmin El-Rifae of Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment

According to HarassMap, since 30 June, there have been 173 cases of mob sexual assaults reported at protests in Tahrir Square and in front of the Presidential Palace. The esclation of sexual assaults against women has led to a number of campaigns working to raise awareness and combating what they describe as an ...  Read More »

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Is The Egyptian Revolution Aborted? Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy

[I conducted this interview with Hossam El-Hamalawy despite a bad internet connection! Please find both the video and the edited English transcription below.] Hossam El-Hamalawy starts by rejecting the "coup vs. revolution" debate, and addresses briefly the short and long history of the military's ...  Read More »

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Feminism(s), Secularism, and Religions: Encounter Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi and Other Scholars/Activsts

The following episode of Encounter (hosted by David Rutlege) features interviews with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi, as well as Leila Ahmed, Ellen Armour, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Lisa Isherwood, and Ratna Osman--all of whom are feminist professors and/or activists. In "Beyond the Boundaries," they ...  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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