[This is the second installment in a series on artists of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Click here for the first interview.]
Of all the artists who rose to fame during the demonstrations leading to the fall of deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, Ramy Essam was the most renowned. A twenty-three year old ... Read More »
[The following statement was issued in Arabic by the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions on 5 September 2011. It was translated into English and first published as such by the MENA Solidarity Network.]
Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions
Over the coming few days hundreds of thousands of ... Read More »
Saba Mahmood is an anthropologist who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, and whose work raises challenging questions about the relationship between religion and secularism, ethics and politics, agency and freedom. Her book Politics of Piety, a study of a grassroots women’s piety movement in ... Read More »
Mohammad R. Salama, Islam, Orientalism, and Intellectual History: Modernity and the Politics of Exclusion since Ibn Khaldun. London and New York: I. B Tauris, 2011.
Jadaliyya: What made you write this book?
Mohammad Salama: There were a few reasons that compelled me to write this book. First, I am a Muslim who has ... Read More »
Not long after his return from Cairo, where he was doing fieldwork, I spoke with Talal Asad at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, where he is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. Distinguished indeed: with books like Genealogies of Religion and Formations of the Secular, as ... Read More »
Nezar AlSayyad. Cairo: Histories of a City. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
David Sims. Understanding Cairo: the Logic of a City out of Control. Cairo; New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2010.
Nezar AlSayyad’s Cairo: Histories of a City and David Sims’ Understanding ... Read More »
With states of emergency proving salient to the unfolding of the “Arab Spring” and continuing to permeate the political landscape—through opposition to long-standing emergencies as well as proclamations of new ones—it is worth reflecting on the genesis and underlying essence of emergency law. The ostensible ... Read More »
After a nearly three-week long sit-in, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) sent their forces—the same forces that are reportedly tasked with “defending us from our external enemies”—to violently attack peaceful demonstrators, clear a site of protest, and, with the help of a propaganda media machine, try to ... Read More »
This is an interview conducted by TheRealNews.com with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Hesham Sallam after the events of this past Friday in Tahrir Square. Hesham discusses some of the tensions underlying the conduct os Islamists vis-a-vis the larger struggle to institutionalize the revolution in Egypt.
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Once again I am perusing the cultural press and once again I am distressed. It is partly the same old disappointment in frivolous topics being overblown and muthaqqaf (or intellectual) responses to ideas and events being, as if by definition, politicized. It is partly the persistent perception of "the ... Read More »
What was originally announced as a “Friday of Unity” was anything but that. You can call it, the Friday of Disunity, The Friday of Bigotry and Reaction, the Friday of Religious Fanaticism.
For weeks, the Islamist forces, without exception, have been denouncing the Tahrir sit-in, spreading all sorts of cheap, filthy, ... Read More »
The Arab spring, as far as we can see, appears to require no guardian intellectual authority, no political leadership, no organized parties. In fact even after revolutionary success, those elements still fail to materialize: there is no party of the revolution anywhere, no leader emerges to embody its historical ... Read More »
[The following is the latest from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on the situation facing migrant workers and Libyan nationals fleeing Libya as refugees.]
Exiles from Libya Flee to Egypt: Double Tragedy for Sub-Saharan Africans
1. Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers and ... Read More »
[Originally published as an editorial in Al-Masry Al-Youm, July 23, 2011.]
Today marks 59 years since the July Revolution, an event that has defined the last half century of Egyptian history. Coming on the heels of another revolution, one popular in nature, this anniversary invites more reflection than ... Read More »
Below is a video produced by the Egyptian daily, Al-Masry Al-Yom, revealing the kind of crack-down that the protesters faced as they marched to commemmorate the anniversary of the July 23 Revolution. For more information on the march and the crack-down, see Hossam El-Hamalawy's post here. Read More »
The planned 23 July march on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces headquarters in Heliopolis started from Tahrir sometime close to 5pm. The march was initially around five thousand strong, but soon swelled to more than 20,000 protesters. I am giving here the most conservative estimate; some friends think the numbers ... Read More »
«هذا أوان الحرائق، لا ينبغي أن يُرى غير النُّور» (هوسي مارتي) وصف الفيلسوف الماركسي سلافوي جيجك الانتفاضات الشعبية التي تشهدها المنطقة العربية بالمعجزة. الوصف دقيق ما دامت الحالة التي يتحدّث عنها ينطبق عليها التعريف المألوف للمعجزة، بما هي حدث خارق لم يتنبّأ بحدوثه أحد.
قد يقال ردّاً على هذه المفرقعة التي أطلقها ... Read More »
Noah’s flood is coming nearer!
The city is sinking little…by little
And water rises
On the steps of houses
The post office
Statues (of our immortal ancestors)
The prison gate
The State House
The corridors of fortified barracks.
Birds ... Read More »
A Modern Museum for an Ancient Nation?
With the French Revolution came the first truly public museum in the world, the Louvre, which opened its doors in 1793. Private collections owned by wealthy individuals were made accessible to the middle and upper classes in major European cities roughly since the eighteenth ... Read More »
Many people in Suez proudly claim that they initiated Egypt’s “January 25 Revolution.” There were several demonstrations in opposition to Gamal Mubarak inheriting the presidency from his father as early as July 2010. Relations between the police and the people were tense after a police general was ... Read More »
While Hosni Mubarak awaits trial the security state he built is fighting for its survival and, with the help of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, may pull through. As the clock ticks toward September parliamentary polls, the champions of January 25th are struggling to raze Mubarak’s apparatus and erect an ... Read More »
The Arab Spring could not be more textured as different governments, political interests, and international relations have uniquely shaped each nation’s uprising. Still, certain patterns have been common to this turning point in the Arab world. These have included burgeoning protests, state-sponsored violence ... Read More »
فى حوار مع مجلة صندوق النقد الدولى (آى ام اف سيرفى IMF Survey)، اعتبرت راتنا ساهاى، وهى الخبيرة التى رأست بعثته إلى مصر للتفاوض على قرض بـ3 مليارات دولار قبل أسابيع، أن رفض قرض المؤسسة الدولية جعل الموازنة المصرية معرضة لمخاطر نمو أقل للاقتصاد ولخلق الوظائف بسبب تقليل الانفاق على الصحة والاسكان والتعليم «فى وقت يطالب ... Read More »
All Spring, Jadaliyya presented you with weekly offerings on poetry, fiction, music and art from the Arab world, a bouquet we called "Culture" because we didn't know a better word for the flowers we were finding. Summer is here and the flowers keep on blooming. Another week, and three more pieces to enjoy -- ... Read More »
[With the smoke of the Egyptian uprising still hanging in the air, Kareem Abdulsalam recently published his ninth diwan, Teargas Cannisters (Qanabil musila li-l-dumu', Cairo: Dar al-Kitaba al-Ukhra, March 2011). Abdulsalam's poetry captures the elation of a revolution half started and the dread of ... Read More »
[The January 25th Revolution in Egypt brought to the fore the artistic talents of many of the youth who participated in the sit-ins and demonstrations of Tahrir Square. This is the first installment of a series of short interviews with the artists of the Egyptian revolution. Samples of Nady's work appear below the ... Read More »
Thousands of demonstrators filled expressing anger and determination rallied in Tahrir Square on Friday, July 1. Sharp clashes between youth on the one hand and police and regime thugs on the other on Tuesday and Wednesday June 28 and 29 were the immediate impetus for the demonstration. But in addition to ... Read More »
Published by Jadaliyya on April 11 2011, Rabab el-Mahdi’s “Orientalising the Egyptian Uprising” precipitated a spirited discussion both in online comments on the article and offline discussions among Jadaliyya readers. While it is impossible to do justice to the article and the debates it has generated, the crux of ... Read More »
Egyptian, Arab and international socialists and progressive forces met in Cairo 3-5 June, to discuss the future of the Arab revolutions in light of imperialism, Zionism and global capitalism. The Forum in Solidarity with the Arab Revolutions was organized by a number of progressive groups in Egypt and represented ... Read More »
تقوم توجهات سياسية شتى اليوم بتوظيف شعار "الانتخابات أولاً" للهجوم على من يطالبون "بالدستور أولاً"، وعادة ما يستند هذا الشعار لاتهام المعسكر الأخير "بالالتفاف" على نتائج الإستفتاء، متجاهلين أن المجلس العسكري عينه قد التف على الاستفتاء بالفعل من خلال إعلان دستوري خرج عن حدود المواد ... Read More »