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Filming Revolution: An Interview with Alisa Lebow

[Alisa Lebow, a filmmaker and film scholar who teaches at the University of Sussex, is the Creator/Director/Producer/Writer of Filming Revolution, an interactive data-base documentary archive about independent and documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution, which was launched in October 2015.] Anthony ...  Read More »

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City Talks: Timothy Mitchell on the Materialities of Political Economy and Colonial History

[City Talks provides a platform for conversations around the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental transformations that define the historical and contemporary geographies of the Middle East and beyond. Bringing together voices from critical scholars, activists, and artists, it seeks to explore the ...  Read More »

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الكهرباء في الحقبة الأولى للاستقلال في لبنان

[هذا الجزء الثاني من مقابلة أجراها المركز اللبناني للدراسات مع محرر جدلية والباحث زياد أبو الريش، وهي  تركّز على قطاع الكهرباء ومسائل تتعلق بمؤسسات الدولة في بداية عهد الجمهوريّة اللبنانيّة. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنه تم إجراء هذه المقابلة قبل انطلاق الحراك الكبير في بيروت في شهر أيلول 2015. أما الجزء الأول فناقش ...  Read More »

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Men of Capital in Mandate Palestine: An Interview with Sherene Seikaly

Historians of the Middle East have long ignored the middle class in general and the activities of Arab capitalists in particular. For many, capitalism is synonymous with colonialism, and prevailing narratives have not been able to accommodate entrepreneurs who resist characterization as “comprador” allies of colonial ...  Read More »

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On Hitler and the Mufti: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Participates in Al-Jazeera International Discussion Show

In this interview on Al-Jazeera International's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani, forensic scholar Norman G. Finkelstein, and Greg Roman of the Middle East Forum discuss and debate Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's widely dismissed and derided statement that Adolf Hitler had no intention of ...  Read More »

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Misprints: An Interview with Paul Qaysi

The beginnings of this conversation took place over a year ago when I met Paul during my Architecture of Memory exhibit at the Middle East Center for the Arts at MANA Contemporary in New Jersey. Paul came out to see the exhibit and we spent a long time talking about our works, shared experiences, and ...  Read More »

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إلياس سحّاب، منذ وُلد في يافا

إلياس سحّاب، الكاتب والصحافي والناقد الفنّي، هو رجلٌ تعرفه بيروت والعالم العربي كلبناني الجنسية، فلسطينيّ الهوى، ووهّابي الموسيقى. وله في كلّ تعريفٍ من هذه التعريفات قصةٌ، وتاريخ. ولد في يافا، وله فيها ذكريات. حنّ إليها طويلاً، وعمل من أجل التحرير. تركها وهو لا يزال في العاشرة من عمره، لكن السنين لم تقو على أن ...  Read More »

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Cairobserver's 5th Issue Launch: University

Cairobserver's 5th issue, titled 'University' reflects on architectural education, reform of higher education in Egypt, the evolution of alternative education, the relationship between authorities and university faculty, the representation of university life in Arabic literature and cinema, the development of fine ...  Read More »

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Shady El Noshokaty: Colony - Latitude

Colony - Latitude is the first in a fifteen-part art project by Shady El Noshokaty. It consists of a sculpture, drawings, diagrams and an animated video. Like his previous multi-faceted projects, it takes an intimate personal experience as an entry point to explore the relationship between minds, physical existence ...  Read More »

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Navigating the Law and Misuse of Title VI: A STATUS/الوضع Special Segment

In this second episode of "Reclaiming Academic Freedom," host Tareq Radi speaks to Omar Shakir, Yaman Salahi, and Nadia Ben Youssef, three lawyers who discuss the legalities of academic freedom and the legal challenges they face both in the United States and the Palestinian 1948 ...  Read More »

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Beyond the Exotic in Ottoman Baths

Bath houses or hammams were fundamental fixtures of cities and towns throughout the Ottoman world. Western travelers and writers were drawn to the exotic allure of bath houses as spaces associated with leisure and eroticism, which featured prominently in orientalist tropes concerning Europe’s Islamic other. This ...  Read More »

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مقابلة مع الشاعرة العراقية لميعة عباس عمارة

"قد لا أكون شاعرة كبيرة ولكني لم أكن يوماً إنسانة صغيرة" الشاعرة لميعة عباس عمارة تستعيد مسيرتها الشعرية ومحطات مهمة في تاريخ العراق الأدبي والسياسي والاجتماعي اتسم شعر لميعة عباس عمارة بجرأة ورومانسية مرهفة، ولغة محكمة التراكيب والمفردات،  مما جعلها تحتل مكانة في خارطة الشعر العربي كإحدى أهم ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on AJE Inside Edition Panel on Escalating Violence in Palestine

Amid escalating protests and violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and Israel, Al-Jazeera English Inside Edition interviewed Gideon Levy of Ha'aretz, Sari Bashi of Human Rights Watch, and Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani on the subject of Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territories. ...  Read More »

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Ankara Bombings: Democracy Now! Interview with HDP’s Hisyar Ozsoy and Turkey Page Co-Editor Asli Bali

As many as 128 people died in Turkey Saturday when nearly simultaneous explosions ripped through a pro-peace rally in the country’s capital of Ankara. More than 245 people were injured. The bombs went off just as Kurdish groups, trade unions and leftist organizations were preparing to begin a march protesting the ...  Read More »

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Loeterman’s Documentary on Palestine (1913): Seeds of Conflict

This interview was conducted following the national airing of 1913: Seeds of Conflict on PBS in the United States. 1913 is an hour-long, educational documentary based on the book 1913 Jerusalem by Amy Dockser Marcus. The film explores the social and cultural climate of Palestine during the waning years of the Ottoman ...  Read More »

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Battlefield Syria: An Interview with Omar Dahi

Last week, Russian jets began carrying out airstrikes in Syria. With the military buildup in Bashar al-Assad's western coastal heartlands, Moscow’s military intervention has brought a new dimension to an already catastrophic civil war driven by internal and external state and non-state actors. This week, we talk to ...  Read More »

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Netanyahu at the UN: Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview by Al-Jazeera America

On 1 October 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly. His speech came one day after Palestine President’s Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the Assembly where he indicated that a lack of adherence to the Oslo Accords would render them null and ...  Read More »

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LCPS Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish on Electricity in Early Independence Lebanon

In the following interview with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Jadaliyya Co-Editor Ziad Abu-Rish discusses the history of electricty in Beirut during the early independence period, and some of the legacies and insights of the period. The interview was conducted over email, ...  Read More »

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NPR's 'Here and Now' Interviews Jadaliyya Co-Editor Rosie Bsheer About Redevelopment in Mecca

In this interview with NPR's Here and Now, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Rosie Bsheer discusses urban redevelopment in Mecca following the tragic stampede that killed over 700 pilgrims in Mecca on 24 September 2015. Bsheer explains the political and economic motivations behind the nature of redevelopment there ...  Read More »

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The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA): Interview with George Arbid

The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA) was established in 2008 to raise awareness about contemporary architecture and urbanism within civil society. In an interview I held on 25 June 2015 at the offices of the ACA in Beirut, George Arbid, the co-founder and current director of the ACA, discussed the work of the ACA ...  Read More »

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Roznama 4: A Competition for Upcoming Egyptian Artists

Roznama is an annual exhibition for Egyptian artists under the age of 30. It is organized by Medrar to encourage experimentation in the field of visual arts vis-a-vis orthodox approaches taught at local art academies. Starting 2014, Medrar developed Roznama into a competition, where an independent jury selects ...  Read More »

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The Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, the first of its kind in the region

This summer witnessed the graduation of the first class from the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, founded by acclaimed dancer Karima Mansour. Despite facing a number of hurdles over the years, including the Culture Ministry withdrawing its support halfway through the program in favor of a series of non-specialized ...  Read More »

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ما آلت إليه الثورة المصرية: لقاء جديد مع الروائي المصري صنع الله ابراهيم

 كان الروائي الكبير صنع الله ابراهيم قد تحدث لـ "جدلية" في ربيع 2011 بعد أشهر من اندلاع ثورة  25 كانون الثاني/ يناير عن حلم الشعب المصري بالتغيير وإجباره الرئيس الأسبق حسني مبارك على التنحي عن الحكم. بعدها انقضى عامان عرف المصريون خلالهما حكم المجلس العسكري ثم حكم الرئيس الأسبق محمد مرسي ...  Read More »

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Ali Abdel Mohsen: This is not Sci-Fi

Ali Abdel Mohsen (b. 1984) is one of the most exciting artists coming out of Cairo over the past few years. Through three solo drawing exhibitions and several experiments with sound, installation and video, he managed to develop a signature style. Much of his work is inspired by his hometown, but the details in his ...  Read More »

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Understanding the Migrant & Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean: Interview with Omar Dahi

[Omar Dahi, Co-Editor of Jadaliyya’s Syria page, addresses the current refugee crisis at 33:37] On today’s show, we’re looking at the ongoing crisis in Europe as thousands of people are making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. We get into the politics of what exactly to call this crisis with Al-Jazeera ...  Read More »

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Yemen, Battered and Forgotten: An Interview with Hisham Al-Omeisy

Three years after a popular uprising against Ali Abdullah Saleh's thirty-three years of autocratic rule in Yemen forced him to stand down, the country is now embroiled in a bitter civil war and a Saudi-led military intervention with catastrophic consequences for the population. It has been more than five months since ...  Read More »

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Ahmed Badry: The Provisionary That Lasts

The Provisionary That Lasts includes two huge valves that one cannot turn simultaneously, a hybrid pair of headphones, a plug and a series of drawings, all inspired by popular designs to solve everyday problems. Egyptian artist Ahmed Badry enlarges these designs and makes impeccable prototypes from cardboard, which he ...  Read More »

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A Perfect Metaphor? The Trash Crisis in Lebanon: An Interview With Ziad Abu-Rish

On Tuesday, Lebanese security forces arrested and beat up protesters staging a sit-in at the office of the environmental ministry in Beirut. For the past two weeks, thousands of people have been protesting the government’s inability to provide basic services and demanding an end to the widespread corruption and ...  Read More »

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The Moroccan Non-Exception: A Conversation with Ahmed Marzouki, Former Tazmamart Detainee

[The following is the first installment in "The Moroccan Non-Exception" Jadaliyya roundtable. Read the introduction here.] Twenty-five years ago, Morocco seemed to embark on a serious effort to confront past human rights violations and uphold the rule of law. King Hassan II made a solemn pledge to turn the ...  Read More »

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The Good, the Bad and the Crimson Shoe

The Good, the Bad and the Crimson Shoe is the first major show for artists Mohamed El Maghraby and Ahmed Tawfig. The show is curated by Medrar for Contemporary Art and is based on a selection from two new series the artists have been working on. Maghraby's study of architecture, as well as the aesthetics of the ...  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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