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Adunis, Mistranslated (Part One)

Adonis, Selected Poems. Translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010. Adunis (1930-) is one of the most influential and dominant Arab poets of the modern era and a perennial Nobel contender since the late 1980s. A number of his individual works have been ably ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: 5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering (Deadline: April 21)

5th National RAWI + Mizna Literary Gathering Call for papers, workshops, performances, panels and more Deadline April 21 Theme: "New Beginnings" Minneapolis, Minnesota September 18-21 RAWI's Fifth National Gathering, held in partnership with Mizna, will take place at Open Book, ...  Read More »

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The truth is I was forced to return to Beirut without knowing if he was still hiding there. Maybe he’ll come back. Pounce on me. Keep me from sleeping. He sneaks in from the balcony or from the stairs or the street corners. I hated my home because of him. I can’t stand the empty rooms,  the benches where no one ...  Read More »

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Teaching Arabic in the US after 9/11

On 9 May 2013 I was stabbed in front of the US Embassy in Cairo. My attacker was a young college-educated Egyptian man who had come from his village that day to kill an American in “revenge over U.S. policies in the Middle East.” At the time, I was living in Egypt and conducting research as part of my ...  Read More »

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Announcing the Third Issue of B|Ta'arof Magazine: An Iranian Cultural Arts Publication

The third issue of B|ta’arof magazine, the Street Culture Issue, brings together popular and high art, searching for the extraordinary in the everyday. Its pages feature previously unseen work by Iranian visual art giant Ardeshir Mohasses and up-and-coming L.A. based artist Samira Yamin, interviews with scholar/writer ...  Read More »

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Violence Lointaine

Violence Lointaine April 2014 Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival - D-CAF Talee'a Theatre, Cairo, Egypt   Theatre director Omar Ghayatt (Egypt) along with musician Maxime Denuc (France) and choreographer DeLaVallet Bidiefono (Congo) presented their new performance "Violence Lointaine" for the first ...  Read More »

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Book Launch Event: Leisurely Islam (10 April, Harvard University)

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program at Harvard University is pleased to present an author talk by Lara Deeb - Associate Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College and Mona Harb - Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics, American University of Beirut Moderated by Susan Kah, Associate ...  Read More »

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Tamara Al-Samerai: Make Room For Me

Make Room For Me An exhibition by Tamara Al-Samerai 21 January - 12 February 2014 Gypsum Gallery, Cairo   Kuwaiti artist Tamara Al-Samerai's recent solo show is loosely inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Al-Samerai engages with the book as a story about societal values that tackles ...  Read More »

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A Civilian Snapshot of Iraq: NPR Interview with Sinan Antoon on His 'The Corpse Washer'

In the following interview on 30 March epsiode of NPR's All Things Considered, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Sinan Antoon discusses his self-translated The Corpse Washer. In his comments, Antoon highlights some the ideas and processes that went into both the writing of the original Arabic version as well as English translation. ...  Read More »

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Andeel Interview by Hany Rashed Mohamed Kandeel (aka Andeel) was long known as the youngest political cartoonist in Egypt, working with a range of newspapers, from Al Dostour and Al Masry Al Youm to Egypt Independent and Mada Masr. Yet he has also been working on a number of other creative projects, specifically ...  Read More »

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The Vagabond

They saw him arrive one summer evening. It was hot, very hot. Man and beast seemed to sleep in the shade of the walls. Wrapped from head to toe, barely able to open an eye, they seemed forever petrified into statues, turned in on themselves, alone in the silence of the high plains.  No one suspected, nothing ...  Read More »

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غزة في أعمال الفنانة الفلسطينية رنا بشارة

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا] لدى تناولنا لأعمال الفنانة افلسطينية رنا بشارة ضمن سياق العلاقة الكولونيالية بين المستعمِر والمستعمَر، ثمة محورين يجب أن نتحرك عبرهما، وتنبني من خلالهما نظرتنا لحالة الحوار الفني التي ...  Read More »

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Shaima Kamel: Cinderella's Tales

Cinderella's Tales An exhibition by Shaima Kamel 16 February - 20 March 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   In this exhibition, Shaima Kamel attempts to highlight the contrast between the idealized images of certain media and the reality of Egyptian society. Kamel argues that although little girls idolize such ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement: Palestinian NGOs in Israel Reject the "Sectarian Representation Law"

[The following statement was issued by the undersigned and published by Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel on 27 February 2014] We, the Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel, absolutely reject the new law enacted by the Knesset on 24 February 2014, which replaces Arab representation on ...  Read More »

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Hello, Zimo

Hello, Zimo November 2013 Beirut, Lebanon   Samer Saem Eldahr (aka Zimo) is a musician and visual artist from Aleppo, Syria. Five years ago, he began working on a project that has now become a hit in the Arab underground music scene: Hello Psychaleppo. The two albums that he released so far mix classical ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Rawia Bishara, Olives, Lemons & Za’atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking

Rawia Bishara, Olives, Lemons & Za’atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cooking. Lanham, MD: Kyle Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you decide to write this book? Rawia Bishara (RB): Olives, Lemons & Za’atar has been a long time coming. My restaurant, Tanoreen, is now fifteen years old and I have been, in ...  Read More »

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Mahmoud Darwish: My God Why Have You Forsaken Me?

While his readers were celebrating his birthday on the 13th of March, the authorities at the Riyad Book Fair confiscated Mahmoud Darwish’s books after members of the Committee for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue complained about “blasphemous passages.” One poem from his 1986 collection Fewer Roses was ...  Read More »

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Reclaiming and Redefining Rights: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

[The following report was published by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights on 23 February 2014] Reclaiming and Redefining Rights -- ICPD+20: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Rights Executive Summary The year 2014 was meant to be the year that ended the Program of Action adopted by the Cairo Conference for ...  Read More »

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محمود درويش: إلهي لماذا تخلّيت عنّي؟

بينما كان قراؤه، شرقاً وغرباً، يحتفلون بذكرى ميلاده في الثالث عشر من آذار، صادرت إدارة معرض الرياض للكتاب دواوين محمود درويش (1941-2008) بعد اعتراض محتسبين من هيئة الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر على ما وصفوه بعبارات ”زندقة وكفر وإلحاد.“ ويبدو أن قصيدة ”إلهي لماذا تخلّيت عني؟“ من ديوان ”ورد أقل“ كانت القصيدة التي ...  Read More »

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عن المشهد الموسيقي في غزة واستحالته

[ هذا المقال جزء من ”أصوات من أجل غزة" وهو ملف خاص تنشره جدلية على مدار شهر كامل. للإطلاع على بقية المقالات اضغط/ي هنا]  تحدثت عبر سكايب مؤخراً إلى صديق غزاوي عاد من لندن إلى غزة قبل حوالي عامين. بعد تعطش شديد عن أخبار المنطقة في لندن التي سكنها وأسكنها، بدأ يخبرني عن غزة. قال إنها مثل سجن كبير، يدور ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: India: Wounded States (Special Issue of Warscapes)

India: Wounded States. Special issue of Warscapes, edited by Bhakti Shringarpure and Aruni Kashyap. February 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this special issue? Warscapes (W): Since the inception of Warscapes we have had a stream of submissions from India that recount experiences of military ...  Read More »

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About Human Breakage and Fragility

Nezar was a twenty-three year-old man with a Schizoid personality disorder. He became a regular visitor to my clinic after he entered my office once by mistake. I started to follow his case since that incident, and we developed a strong treatment relationship when I got to know him. He was in a state of severe autism ...  Read More »

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MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks

MEETING POINTS 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks February — March 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo   Meeting Points 7 is a series of exhibitions taking place between September 2013 and June 2014 in Zagreb, Antwerp, Cairo, Hong Kong, Beirut, Vienna, and Moscow. Organized by the Young ...  Read More »

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In Conversation with Artist 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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قصائد المهمّشين

قصائد المهمّشين لإدواردو غاليانو إدواردو غاليانو من الكتاب الكبار في أميركا اللاتينية، غير أنه لا ينتمي إلى تيار الواقعية السحرية، بل إلى تيار أطلق عليه تسمية جديدة هي "الماركسية السحرية".  في هذه المختارات من ثلاثية ذاكرة النار يحاول غاليانو أن يوقظ تاريخاً من سباته، أو بالأحرى أن يستعيده من هامش ...  Read More »

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of e-cadernos entitled "Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema"

Call for Papers “Reflections on Palestinian Women and Cinema” Editors: Shahd Wadi and Júlia Garraio The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014 In 2011 we organized a cinema and debate-cycle entitled ‘Palestinian Women and Cinema’ in Lisbon and Coimbra, Portugal. This initiative made us realize the extent to ...  Read More »

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Cairo Event -- Translation as Mourning: Lecture by Sinan Antoun (AUC Tahrir Square, March 4)

Center for Translation Studies in collaboration with the Department of English and Comparative Literature presents:  "Translation as Mourning" (in English) by Sinan Antoon, Author and Translator, Associate Professor at New York University Tuesday 4 March 2014 6pm Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir ...  Read More »

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The Passions of the Trash Drive: A Group Exhibition

"The Passions of the Trash Drive: A Group Exhibition" An exhibition by Malak Helmy November - December 2013 Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo    For Malak Helmy’s recent exhibition, Nile Sunset Annex was extended onto its roof to accommodate a gleaming salt structure and amorphous blue sculptures ...  Read More »

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Reading Event: al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (Washington DC, 5 March)

Busboys and Poets, Split This Rock, George Mason University, School of Art and Corcoran School of Art + Design Present: Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Commemorative Readings Wednesday, March 5, 2014  /  6-830 PM. Busboys and Poets 14th and V Streets Washington, DC Free and Open to the Public Light ...  Read More »

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Ghosts of Yogas Past and Present

My Facebook feed has recently been saturated with posts and articles regarding yoga in the United States. It has been very frustrating to read about how white people teaching and doing yoga is apparently “traumatic” for South Asian Americans. I grew up in a village eight hours away from Mumbai. As someone from a ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update

A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.


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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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