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Kateb Yacine: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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Khalil Al-Sakakini: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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July Culture Bouquet

July has been quite eventful and cruel. Neymar is out and the Caliphate is in and on. And we have a colorful bouquet for our readers. Elliot Colla examines the military-literary complex and the pervasive network of embedded iterature. Sonja Mejcher-Atassi curates a conversation between Charif KIwan and Akra Zaatarai. ...  Read More »

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Ahmed Fouad Negm: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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Sheikh Imam: A Profile from the Archives

[”A Profile from the Archives“ is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was ...  Read More »

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Saadi Yousef: At Kerak Citadel

 At Kerak Citadel   Always, at sunset, the castle walls begin to breathe. The war is over—it has been two or twenty centuries now. But then suddenly when night falls, the war comes back. Soldiers in their towers light their candle, far from the gusting wind And alone, they cry to themselves. The ...  Read More »

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Embedded Poetry: Iraq; Through a Soldier's Binoculars

Critics and reviewers greeted Brian Turner’s Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005) with effusive and unanimous praise. His poems were read as “dispatches from a place more incomprehensible than the moon. . . observations we would never find in a Pentagon press release.” I read the poems back then and was not ...  Read More »

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Port Said in the Evening, Port Said in the Morning

On Sunday, 1 May, 2005, on the eve of Sham al-Nessim, five decidedly non-mainstream musical groups celebrated the age-old Egyptian holiday before an audience of nearly five hundred people. Most of the audience members were from the cities along the Suez Canal and Cairo. State media was conspicuously absent; there was ...  Read More »

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Sargon Boulus: An Attempt to Reach Beirut by Sea

An Attempt to Reach Beirut by Sea Sargon Boulus   One distant evening while I smuggle a fountain through the wreckage or bribe a night with a mediocre poem You bleed in the cold trenches of the ceasefire from your thousand battlefronts I wanted to lay out a path with a carpet of my breaths to where you ...  Read More »

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Muhammad al-Maghut: Roman Amphitheaters

Roman Amphitheaters Muhammad al-Maghut   1. Nothing is left of the revolution’s bells save echoes Nor of poetry’s horse save the bridle Nor of freedom’s road save fixed and flying checkpoints I have spent my childhood, youth and the entire length of the march to freedom and liberation, amid rifles, machine ...  Read More »

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Badr Shakir al-Sayyab: Whorehouse

Whorehouse By Badr Shakir al-Sayyab   Baghdad? It’s a giant whorehouse. The singing girl’s glances Like a clock ticking on the wall In a train station departures hall. O corpse flung on the ground, Its worms are a wave of flame and silk.   Baghdad’s a nightmare, a rotten ruin Swallowed up by ...  Read More »

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Fadwa Toukan: A Profile from the Archives

["A Profile from the Archives“  is a series published by Jadaliyya in both Arabic and English in cooperation with the Lebanese newspaper, Assafir. These profiles will feature iconic figures who left indelible marks in the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. This profile was originally ...  Read More »

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Three Poems by Ahmad Shamlou

Three Poems Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000) Translated from the Persian by Sheida Dayani   The Secret A secret was with me; I told the mountain. A secret was with me; I told the well.   On the lengthy path, Alone and lonesome, I told the black horse I told the stones…   With my old ...  Read More »

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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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قصائد رلى الجردي

  قصائد رلى الجردي     سريرُ النّارنجِ  أنا سريرُ النّارنجِ وهو يستفيق أتحلّى بالخناجرِ واسمي سوريَّة أنا طلاءُ الأرضِ والخبزُ المنفجرُفي الأفواهِ،  الجدران المجدَّلةُ  أنا اخضرارها أغرقُ بحِنّائي أنا أوردةٌ بنَفْس اللونِ بِذاتِ الطّول لا أفصلُ ...  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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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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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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مَسْقَطُ الرّأْس

 ها أنتَ منذ سنوات طويلة كلما تفاقمَ شظفُ العيشِ وضاقتْ بك الآفاق شعرتَ أنّ ما يعوزك هو هنالك في البلاد التي سقط رأسك فيها، البلاد التي ترعرعتَ فيها. البلاد التي ألفتها وعرفتها. نعم، أنتَ تتظاهر أمام رَهْطكَ وأصهارِكَ أنك على ما يُرام وأنك تُمْسِك بإحكام بزمام حياتك. تبعث إلى أهلك بصورة لك تبدو فيها مسترخياً على ...  Read More »

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Salah Faik's "What is a Poem?"

Salah Faik's "What is a Poem?" Translated by Suneela Mubayi   Me, vagrant? No: I took off my shirt and covered pebbles that felt cold As I came back from the cars of a stalled train i chanced on the ribs of cats upon benches, beneath them letters forgotten by lovers one of them left me a ...  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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كتب: الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً

فصل من كتاب: الرنين المطوّق: العروض قديماً وحديثاً  استقرار التدوين لا يفصلُ بين العَروضيّ (342/954)  وابن عبد ربّه[1] (328/939) إلا سنوات قليلة، لكنّ المكانَ يفصلُ بينهما: فالأوّل مشرقيّ، والثاني أندلسيّ. زد على ذلك، أنّ نِظرةً إلى مُؤلَفيْهما في العَروض، لن تجدَ إلا الفَصْلَ بينهما ثانيةً: فالـ ...  Read More »

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أدورنو والموسيقى الجماهيريّة/ الجزء الأول

تضم هذه المقالة جزءان، نحاول أن نتناول من خلالهما موقف ثيودور أدورنو من الموسيقى "الخفيفة" أو الجماهيريّة. سنتناول في النص التالي: خلفية عن حياة أدورنو، موقف مدرسة فرانكفورت من جدليّة التنوير، "صناعة الثقافة" وأخيراً موقف أدورنو في الموسيقى الجماهيريّة بشكل خاص. ليهيّئ هذا الجزء سياق الجزء الثاني، ...  Read More »

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For Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

(On 19 October, 2013, Amiri Baraka visited the Cape Ann Museum. This is the text of the welcome given to him by the poet, novelist and translator, Ammiel Alcalay.) If performance, image, object and sound-making are forms of knowledge, then what we now call art gives a unique view of how things in the world are or are ...  Read More »

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Negm Mat

On 3 December, the Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm died in Cairo at the age of 84. With his passing, the world lost a literary giant whose words have inspired poets, activists and intellectuals in Egypt and the Arab world since 1967. His colloquial verse was alchemy—turning the melody of everyday speech into protest ...  Read More »

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صيد العنقاء

              صيد العنقاء محمد إقبال  صياغة: حميد العقابي إهداء  إلى : م. إقبال عصفورٌ يخطفُ من عينِ النسرِ سماءَه يعبرُ في السرّ فضاءَه يثقبُ غيماً يملأ كأسَه بالنورِ ........................... ........................... ظلُّ العصفورِ ...  Read More »

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Sheikh Imam Remembers Negm

1962 was the definitive turning point in my life. That was the year I met Ahmed Fouad Negm, the year my entire life changed course, the year Negm and I began our journey together, the journey that made us who we are. Negm had just gotten out of prison. Back in 1959, he’d gone in on forgery charges, if I remember ...  Read More »

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الرماديون والبحر

كلما يممتُ صوب البحر بللني المطر ورجعت أبكي للرمال... يحدثُ أن يولد المرء رمادياً في عالم الوسط، لا يطال البياض ولا يطأ السواد، يترنح بينهما على برزخ الرفض ومحاولات الانصهار. يُدرك كلماتي جيداً كل من يحمل تاريخ 1948 فوق خيمته... الخيمة التي تطورت مع تطور تعايشنا لتغدو طوابق، ترتفع شاهرة نفسها صرخة في وجه الوجود، ...  Read More »

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Sargon Boulus: Two Poems

  Two Poems Sargon Boulus Translated by Sinan Antoon Times (The song of a Sumerian who lived for a thousand years) Before, times like these have come before Times when we witnessed hurricanes that never stopped uprooting trees: alluvium gushing forth and mud swept away to the end of the ...  Read More »

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تجاعيد؛على جبين الريح

تجاعيد؛على جبين الريح           1 الريح أمٌّ عمياء تتعثر بالجثث لا أكفان سوى الغيوم لكن الكلاب أسرع   2 القمر مقبرةٌ للضوء والنجوم نسوةٌ يبكين

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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: eew@jadaliyya.com. 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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