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Studying Social Streams: Cultural Analytics in Arabic

One of the challenges of studying technology is learning how to deconstruct the tools from the political ideologies held by those who develop them. As Timothy Mitchell explains in his book Colonising Egypt, the practice of science and systems of ordering national standards are modern projects that enable governments ...  Read More »

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Civil Society in Revolt: From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street

As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) celebrates its first anniversary and Arab revolts continue to unfold, it seems a propitious time to ask why the Arab Spring has been such an inspiration for the global left. What was so novel in the occupation of Tahrir square? Do these uprisings signal a new form of political mobilization ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 29)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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نظرة داخل البيت السلفي

معلوم أن المحن تٌوحد ضد الخطر المشترك أما وقت الرخاء فيظهر فيه الخلاف بين المصالح أو الأيدلوجيات أو الأولويات وحتى على مستوى التيار الواحد أو الأحزاب الكبرى التي تتأسس في ظروف استثنائية عقب الثورات أو الاحتلال تجد الاجتماع بسبب الظرف الاستثنائي ومع مرور الوقت يحدث انفصال بين الأجنحة المختلفة التي سرعان ما تنفك عن ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Constituent Assembly: Contempt and Counterrevolution

The constitution has taken center stage this week in Egypt’s fraught political transition. On Tuesday, Cairo’s Administrative Court referred the matter of the Constituent Assembly’s legality to the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the SCC is not expected to rule on the matter for at least two months. Advocates for ...  Read More »

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مقطع من رواية التماسيح

ومع أننا ظللنا نتعامل بطريقة عادية... يخطر لي الآن أن مساحة وجودنا المتقلصة تلك – الأماكن التي ضاقت علينا في التسعينيات – هي نفسها أماكن التظاهر التي تحاصرنا فيها قوات الأمن إذا خرجنا، ولا يكفي ألف وخمسمئة شهيد أو أكثر وعام كامل لجعلها تتسع... في المساء أفكر في مون من حيث تصلني أخبار الأحداث وأضحك من أن الاحتجاجات ...  Read More »

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Currency Crisis in Iran; Copts in Egypt

It is no secret that the lives of ordinary Iranians, the wage earners and the poor, have been adversely affected in recent months by the soaring prices of staple goods. The country is now facing a currency crisis, as the Rial has plunged by nearly 60 percent over the past three months. Popular disaffection with the ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 22)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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محكمة جنايات القاهرة وقضية موقعة الجمل

ملاحظة حول قرار محكمة جنايات القاهرة في قضية "موقعة الجمل" حكمت محكمة جنايات القاهرة ببراءة ٢٤ متهماً في قضية "موقعة الجمل".  "موقعة الجمل" (٢-٣ فبراير ٢٠١١)  تشير إلى الهجوم على متظاهري التحرير من قبل أشخاص مستخدمين من قبل النظام السابق بلباس مدني، والذي أدى إلى مصرع ١٤ ...  Read More »

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ميليشيات الإخوان الإلكترونية: تحميل الأيديولوجيا على الفيسبوك

أثناء مرحلة الإعادة للانتخابات الرئاسية في يونيو 2012 كانت هناك "ميمة" تدور على الفيس بوك تحتوي على صورة لحسن البنا الذي أسس جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في 1928 وكان نصها "على فكرة أنا مش إخوان وبختلف معاهم في مواقف كتير ولكن بحترمهم" التوقيع تحت المقولة كان منسوباً لحسن البنا، هذه الميمة إن أردت أن ...  Read More »

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Hossam El-Hamalawy on Social Media and Protests in Egypt

[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East and North Africa.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting, and Twitter? Hossam El-Hamalawy ...  Read More »

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الهامش الاحتجاجي يسقط المركز التسلطي: العملية الثورية لا تنتصر إلا بالتضامن العالمي

ظهر كتاب" التهميش والمهمشون في مصر والشرق الأوسط" من تحرير حبيب عائب –راي بوش عن دار العين للنشر في خضم اندلاع الثورات العربية 2011-2012 (وربما تستمر في بلد أو تستأنف في آخر أو تنفجر دون سابق إنذار!)، والسودان والجزائر شاهدتين على ذلك. الكتاب مكون من ثلاثة أقسام، الأول: الهامشية، الفقر، والاقتصاد ...  Read More »

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الربيع العربي: الصحة والرعاية في المرحلة الانتقالية

أدّت الانتفاضات التي شهدتها منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا مؤخرًا إلى بروز عدد من التغيرات السياسية التي طالت جميع بلدان المنطقة تقريبًا وزرعت   Read More »

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October Culture

Jadaliyya's October culture bouquet features: Marilyn Hacker translates Five Poems by Rachida Madani. Maymanah Farhat introduces Helen Zughaib's "Stories My Father Told Me." Mai Serhan writes on "Huda Lutfi: The Artist and the Historical Moment". Andre Naffis-Sahley translates "Glory to ...  Read More »

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Huda Lutfi: The Artist and the Historical Moment

Huda Lutfi is a cultural historian. She is also a visual artist; but if you want to cut through classifications and simplifications, if you want to get to the heart of who she is and what she does, nothing reveals more about this historian turned artist than her home address: Champollion Street, in the heart of ...  Read More »

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Power, Rebirth, and Scandal: A Decade of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

No other library in the world today courts as much international awe and controversy as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – the resurrected library of Alexandria that was unveiled ten years ago to commemorate its forebear lost in antiquity to a fire. A UNESCO project that started off as an idea by Alexandrian academics in ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 15)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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An Overview of the Egyptian Legal System and Legal Research

The Arab Republic of Egypt lies in the northeastern part of Africa. Whilst most of the country is located in Africa, the easternmost part, the Sinai Peninsula, is considered part of Asia and is the only land bridge between the two continents.  Egypt is divided into two unequal parts by the Nile River, and its ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret, and Eric Denis, Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East

Myriam Ababsa, Baudouin Dupret and Eric Denis, editors. Popular Housing and Urban Land Tenure in the Middle East: Case Studies from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Cairo and New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Myriam Ababsa (MA), Baudouin ...  Read More »

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Text of Manal El-Tibi's Resignation Letter to Egypt's Constituent Assembly

[The following letter was originally issued in Arabic on 24 September 2012 by human rights activist Manal El-Tibi at the time of her resignation from the Constituent Assembly, the body tasked with writing a new Egyptian constitution. The report was translated into English by Bassem Sabry and published by Ahram Online ...  Read More »

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Martyrdom at Maspero: Searching for Meaning

One year ago, nearly thirty Egyptians, almost all Coptic Christians protesting against sectarian violence, were murdered as they marched on Maspero, the Egyptian Radio and Television Union building in downtown Cairo. The events of that day are seared into my memory despite the fact that I was thousands of miles away ...  Read More »

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Justice Denied: Egypt's Maspero Massacre One Year On

"The moment I saw my brother laying on the ground covered with blood, after he was run over by an armoured military vehicle, fails to leave my memory, even one year later. Especially as I was hit when I tried to pick him up," says Wael Bishay, brother of Ayman, forty, who died in the 9 October Maspero ...  Read More »

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A Firsthand Account: Marching From Shubra to Deaths at Maspero

The march from the Cairo district of Shubra was huge, like the numbers on 28 January. In the front row was a group of men in long white bibs, “martyr upon demand” written on their chests. A tiny old lady walked among them, waving a large wooden cross: “God protect you my children, God protect you.” The march ...  Read More »

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Egypt’s Withering Paternalism and the Future of Its Political Economy

The 25 January revolution can be considered the final showdown of the Nasserist socio-political order, which has been slowly decaying since the 1967 defeat. Nasserism was based on a paternalistic authoritarian state where political rights were sacrificed for social and economic ones. The collapse of the remnants of ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 8)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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Egypt Monthly Edition on Jadaliyya (September 2012)

This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on Egypt. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of Egypt-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that ...  Read More »

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عن أزمة حزب النور وتحديات الحركة السلفية في مصر

تلاحقت الأزمات داخل حزب النور بشكل أثار دهشة الكثير من المتابعين الذين وقفوا متعجبين أمام مشهد الإنقسامات التنظيمية داخل الحزبو التي أثمرت عن إزدواجية وتصارع على مقاعد رئيس الحزب وتشكيل الهيئة العليا للحزب بين فريقين يتنازعان الشرعية وتبودلت الإتهامات من كلا الطرفين بخصوص المخالفات اللائحية المتعلقة بإجراء ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (October 1)

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to egypt@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every ...  Read More »

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(a(version)s) interviews: Mohamed Abdelkarim and Rough Americana

It was October of 2011: sixty-seven years after one of the first compositions involving sampled sound, a haunting mutation of Egyptian zaar music, was created in Cairo by Halim El Dabh.1 I was holed up in a soundproof studio in Ashkal Alwan, between the echoes of the sea bouncing off the mountains above Beirut, beyond ...  Read More »

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دستور الثورة..الوصاية مستمرة

     القراءة الأولية لمسودة باب الحقوق والحريات فى الدستور الجديد تظهر أن القيود الثلاثة المفروضة على حريات الأفراد والجماعات المشكلة لقوام هذه الأمة والتي نشأت فى خضم عملية بناء الدولة الحديثة عبر زمنيّ الاستعمار والتحرر الوطني مازالت حاضرة فى ذهن كتّاب دستور الثورة. نعني بهذه القيود أشكال ثلاثة ...  Read More »

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Population(July 2016 est.): 94,666,993
GDP($US trillions, 2016 est.)$1.105 
Unemployment: 13.1% (2016 est.); Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 34.3% (2013 est.)
Internet Users (/million, 2015)31.767 (35.9%)
Exchange Rate(2016 est.)$342.8 billion 
GDP Growth Rate(2016 est.)2.51% 
Military Expenditures(2015)1.73% of GDP 
Health Expenditures (/GDP, 2014)5.6% 
Population Growth Rate (2016 est.):  2.51%
Age Structure (2016 est.)0-14 years: 33.21%; 15-24 years: 19.24%; 25-54 years: 37.47%; 55-64 years: 5.91%; 65 years and over: 4.17% 
Literacy (2016 est.): 73.8% 

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