“Spectacle and political power in Egypt”
The military's responses to recent unrest shows it is learning to use manipulate events to its own political advantage.
“The Arab media paradox”
Despite the general Arab decline in the press freedom rankings, the region’s media have, in many ways, actually become freer, ... Read More »
Music has been one of the most invigorating and beautiful forms of activism across the Middle East and North Africa during the revolutions and uprisings of 2011. People have rallied around the musicians and their messages, from rappers like Morocco's El Haked or Tunisia's El Général to singers like Syria's Ibrahim ... Read More »
Egypt’s tumultuous uprising of 2011 was about many things, but among the most central was a demand by legions of political activists and large crowds of mobilized citizens that public authority in the country be reconstructed to operate in a clearly accountable manner, fully governed by the rule of law. Egyptian ... Read More »
Nezar AlSayyad, Cairo: Histories of a City. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.
Jadaliyya (J): Why did you write this book?
Nezar AlSayyad (NA): Cairo has fascinated me since I was first exposed to the city’s Islamic heritage in 1973, and it has continued to keep me under its spell. This love affair began to ... Read More »
Women's rights and the regulation of gender and sex norms in the Arab world have long been put under the spotlight by local and international activists in addition to local and international politicians and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). This year, the ongoing uprisings in the Arab world have brought into focus ... Read More »
Our tactical debates should solve protesters’ problems, instead of dividing movements.
In the midst of Yet Another Tactical Debrief, this time on the recent Move-In-Day-turned-street-semi-battle-then-mass-arrest at Occupy Oakland, I ended up tossing out on Twitter a cluster of successful movement moments, some of ... Read More »
يُعامل التاريخ على يد المؤرخين المحترفين كسلسلة من الأحداث المترابطة منطقياً، وغالباً ما تتحوّل معالجات كهذه إلى ما يشبه الحتميات التاريخية لدى آخرين. بيد أن ما يغيب عن التاريخ باعتباره سلسلة من الأحداث المترابطة منطقياً يتمثل في استبعاد الغرائبي، واللامعقول، والاستثنائي، باعتبار أن مكان هذه الأشياء كلها الهامش لا ... Read More »
حققت جماعة "الإخوان المسلمون" فوزاً كبيراً في الانتخابات التشريعية المصرية الأخيرة، والتى تعد بحق أول انتخابات نزيهة تجري في مصر منذ ثورة يوليو ١٩٥٢. لم تكن النتائج مفاجئة بنظر الكثيرين، فتاريخ الإخوان النضالي وتنظيمهم وقاعدتهم الشعبية كانت عوامل واضحة ومؤشرة إلى فوزهم المحتمل.
بدا المشهد يوم الثالث ... Read More »
Bulaq: Among the Ruins of an Unfinished Revolution. Directed by Davide Morandini and Fabio Lucchini. UK/Italy/Egypt, 2011.
“Bread, freedom, and social justice” has been one of the most memorable chants from Egypt’s year of mass protests. Although world and Egyptian media have been fixated on the symbolic Tahrir ... Read More »
Pascale Ghazaleh, editor, Held in Trust: Waqf in the Islamic World. Cairo and New York: American University of Cairo Press, 2011.
Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book?
Pascale Ghazaleh (PG): This book brings together articles written by scholars from different countries, working on different ... Read More »
Anyone who read Egypt’s state-run newspapers on Sunday morning would have come away with the unambiguous message that Egyptians responded to calls for a national strike over the weekend with their best asset: industriousness. “And the strike fails,” read the headline of Al-Ahram’s top story, which lauded ... Read More »
Appearing on state television after the fall of Mubarak for the first time in his career, the famous Egyptian Islamic televangelist Amr Khaled told the program host that he had seen God in Tahrir. “I saw God in Tahrir,” he said. “When you entered Tahrir Square you immediately noticed a different spirit. It is as ... Read More »
I was in Lebanon, about six months into my dissertation fieldwork. As the crowds in Tahrir grew day by day, and all the world watched, I felt at first that I was watching an important symbolic act that would surely fail. Who could imagine that Mubarak, who had the support and blessing of the United States, would ... Read More »
For many people, it is compelling, if not intuitive, to think of Egypt’s parliamentary elections as a logical extension of what Egyptians started on 25 January 2011. Elections, the conventional reasoning goes, are a critical step in Egypt’s transition toward a democratic form of governance that is poised to replace ... Read More »
The Egyptian military produces a staggering array of manufactured goods: kitchen cutlery, flat-screen televisions, agricultural and household chemicals, refrigerators, industrial machinery, railway cars, and election booths. And while many of the military’s factory webpages make a concerted attempt to promote their ... Read More »
كانت مناقشة مشروع تعديل قانون السلطة القضائية مناسبة لحلقة جديدة من مسلسل الصراع القديم المتجدد بين جناحي العدالة. البداية جاءت تزامنا مع اجواء ثورة 25 يناير 2011 والرغبة في تدعيم دولة القانون حيث شكل رئيس مجلس القضاء الأعلى لجنة لإعداد مشروع قانون السلطة القضائية. وبعدما انتهت اللجنة من أعمالها عرض المشروع على كل ... Read More »
How to write ethnographically about Egypt after the January 25th Revolution? This problem dogged the convening of a panel at the AAA in November 2011 and the compiling of this “Hot Spot on Egypt” in the most direct of ways. We wanted to hear from Egyptian ethnographers or ethnographers living in Egypt. This ... Read More »
Nelly Hanna, Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early Modern Capitalism (1600–1800). Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011.
Raouf `Abbas Hamid and `Asim el-Dessouky, The Large Landowning Class and the Peasantry in Egypt, 1837-1952. Translated from the Arabic by Amer Mohsen with Mona Zikri. Edited by Peter Gran. ... Read More »
في ٦ فبراير عن "لجنة إلغاء ديون العالم الثالث"
قررت ”لجنة إلغاء ديون العالم الثالث“ (CADTM) خفض تصنيف صندوق النقد الدولي وذلك بسبب مسؤوليته والدور الذي لعبه في تدهور مستوى معيشة الشعوب في بلدان تخضع لسياسات تقشف فرضها صندوق النقد الدولي بشكل واضح أو أملاها من وراء الكواليس. وشهدت الدول التي إتبعت ... Read More »
For a couple of centuries now, we have had to make due with Samuel Johnson’s famous phrase: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Thanks to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, we can now revise this phrase for the twenty-first century. Tthe last last refuge of a scoundrel, it appears, lies in taking up the battle against ... Read More »
Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt a Year after January 25th.
On January 25, 2011, Egyptians from all social backgrounds marched to public squares across Egypt and began an 18 day revolution that captivated the world. Calls rang out in Tahrir for “Dignity, Freedom, and Social Justice.” Stereotypes of Arabs as ... Read More »
سعود عمر، هو عضوٌ في نقابة عمال قناة السويس، ترشح للانتخابات البرلمانية كمستقل عن دائرة مدينة السويس الساحلية. لكن قبل أن يتوجه الناخبون إلى صناديق الإقتراع في الدورة الثانية يومي 14 و15ديسمبر(كانون الأول)، تم استبدال الأرقام المخصصة للمرشحين بشكل مفاجئ، رغم أن العديد من الناخبين يعتمدون على هذه الأرقام للتصويت ... Read More »
Joshua Stacher, Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012.
Jadaliyya: What made you write this book?
Joshua Stacher: The central reason for writing this book was to understand the differences in how executive power operates in autocratic political ... Read More »
[This interview appeared in a series of articles in the journal Cultural Anthropology.]
Julia Elyachar (JE): Jadaliyya has quickly become the go-to place for information and analysis of what is going on in Egypt and the region. Moreover, Jadaliyya is the place where writing of a kind that we associate with ... Read More »
[The following press release was released by the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt.]
The Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM) has decided to downgrade its rating of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due to the heavy share of responsibility the IMF has for the deterioration of ... Read More »
Wednesday’s massacre of Ahly Club fans in Port Said’s football stadium was the latest in a tragic crescendo for young Egyptians who continue to clash heavily with Egypt’s Central Security Forces.
And though the clashes have been continually analyzed since they began in January of last year, in my opinion the most ... Read More »
The Legal Agenda is a critical and multidisciplinary non-governmental organization, based in Lebanon, that monitors and analyzes law and public policy in Lebanon, specifically, and the Arab region, generally. The Legal Agenda publishes a quarterly magazine, organizes regional conferences, commissions studies, and ... Read More »