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Commemorating Janet Abu-Lughod

The year 2013 was one of deep loss. One of the most profound of these was the death of the path-breaking and prolific sociologist, demographer, and urbanist Janet Abu-Lughod. Her passing is painful, but as a thinker, writer, researcher, scholar, woman and activist, the model she offered remains very much alive. Born ...  Read More »

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Before Theory: In Memory of Janet Abu-Lughod

There is a lively debate in urban studies nowadays about the Eurocentricity of the field’s canonical theories. The efforts to trace new geographies of theory are heterodox and heterogeneous, but they have often relied on postcolonial thought and its critique of the universal histories and categories produced by ...  Read More »

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In Memoriam

The swirl of articles and books in graduate school, perused and ingested during a few years to shape and inform one’s courses and research, felt unending at times. On the other hand, there are some scholars whose books stop you cold as you realize they are just what you have been searching for, as they lead to many ...  Read More »

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A Scholar Open to the World

Janet Abu-Lughod was a remarkable woman whom I had the privilege of knowing over a long period of time. A person of enormous intellectual curiosity, she approached the task of learning with an openness that was admirable. Throughout her scholarly life, she listened to her interlocutors and wrestled with all the ...  Read More »

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The Janet Abu-Lughod I Knew

I first met Janet L. Abu-Lughod in December 1990 when I invited her to be a keynote speaker for the biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) held that year in Berkeley, California. The conference theme, “First World/Third World,” was right down Janet’s ...  Read More »

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A Gentle and Generous Mentor: Janet Abu-Lughod

I first met Janet Abu-Lughod at a meeting of the Arab American University Graduates (AAUG). AAUG was co-founded in 1967 (disbanded in 2007), by Janet’s husband, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, a leading political scientist of the Arab world. A graduate student at Columbia University at the time, I was rather in awe of scholars ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: VJ Um Amel, A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising

Laila Shereen Sakr (VJ Um Amel), “A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising,” Middle East Critique Volume 22, Issue 3 (2013). Jadaliyya: What made you write this article? Laila Shereen Sakr/VJ Um Amel (LSS/VJUA): The idea for the article came from a discussion I had over a year ...  Read More »

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Cairo: The Myth of a City on the Verge of Explosion

Cairo is a crowded city. It is a truism that is easy to find in reportage about the city, which almost invariably begins with a description of Cairo as teeming, noisy, dusty, and polluted. Vendors and parked cars take over sidewalks for lack of space, while pedestrians walk amongst traffic. Shouts and car horns drown ...  Read More »

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القومية العربية في مصر: العرب من تابعين إلى أعداء

ثار كثيرون لدى عرض فيلم "المهاجر" ليوسف شاهين في دور السينما بالقاهرة، وكان أبرزهم بالطبع الأزهر الذي رفض تجسيد شخصية النبي يوسف. ولكن كان هناك المثقفون العلمانيون من ذوي النزوع القومي أيضاً. تساءل هؤلاء وقتها: من هذا الإسرائيلي ـ يوسف ـ الذي أتى ليعلِّم المصريين الزراعة؟ الحديث بالطبع عن قصة توراتية ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 10)

[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 (January 2014)

[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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Letter Concerning Indictment of Dr. Emad Shahin

[The following letter was issued by theCommittee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).] February 4, 2014 Adel Abd al-Hameed Minister of Justice Lazoghly Square, Ministry of Justice Cairo Arab Republic of Egypt by fax: 20 2 795 8103 by ...  Read More »

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الأنظمة التسلطية لا تسقط طوعا

أسهب الصديقان أشرف الشريف وعمرو عادلي،  في شرح الخلل البنيوي المصاحب لإعادة تأسيس النظام التسلطي فى مصر وأنه يحمل فى ثناياه بذور فنائه بسبب تناقضاته الهيكلية. وبالرغم من أن الصديقين كليهما يتفقان حول حتمية سقوط هذا النظام فإن الاختلاف (وليس الخلاف) بينهما يكمن فى المدى الزمني لهذا السقوط. فبينما يرى ...  Read More »

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References: Artists Activating the Archive

REFERENCES Artists Activating the Archive December 2013 - January 2014 Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo   References—a group exhibition recently held at the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo—presents four artistic projects that were developed over a year using research and archival processes. Nada ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (February 3)

[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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البقاء ليس دائما للأفضل

نشر صديقي أشرف الشريف مقالاً في جدلية يستشرف فيه الوضع السياسي المستقبلي في مصر مع تأكد أنباء ترشح الفريق أول عبد الفتاح السيسي للرئاسة، وظهور علامات عدة على استقرار الأمر (ولو مرحلياً) للتحالف الدولتي السلطوي الحاكم، وقد اختار أشرف مدخل الاقتصاد السياسي لتحري التناقضات البنوية التي ستواجه مشروعات إعادة إحياء ...  Read More »

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Sisi, the Presidency, and the Officers

The military’s recent statement tasking General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with taking steps toward a presidential bid appears to confirm the widely-held belief that de facto military rule over Egypt is here to stay. For many, this statement reflects the success of Sisi’smonths long efforts to pave the way ...  Read More »

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أهل التحديث يا ليل: عن أساطير التحديث الاقتصادي في مصر القادمة

من الملفت للنظر أن نرى، أنَّ بعض التحليلات التي تنتقد أفكار التغيير الثوري في مصر وتروج لوهم التحديث السلطوي القادم تدَّعي بنفسها الواقعية والعقلانية المترفعة فوق التفكير الخيالي الساذج للثوريين أصحاب النوايا الحسنة والتي تقود إلى الجحيم. بينما في حقيقة الأمر نجد أن هذه التحليلات، وما يتنج عنها من مقترحات وتصورات ...  Read More »

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Different Policies, the Same Game: Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Egypt

Past Treatment of Refugees in Egypt Continuing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade has caused a sudden, periodic rise in the number of first Iraqi, then Libyan, and most recently Syrian refugees to Egypt. However, the predominant refugee groups in the country since the 1990s have been ...  Read More »

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استقراء الإشاعة: بناء الخطورة وطقوس المكافحة

   "وعلم دمنة أن ذلك الصوت قد أدخل على الأسد ريبة وهيبة. فسأله: هل راب الملك سماع هذا الصوت؟ قال لم يربني شيء سوى ذلك. وقال دمنة: ليس الملك بحقيق أن يدع مكانه لأجل صوت. فقد قالت العلماء: إنه ليس من كل الأصوات تجب الهيبة". (كتاب كليلة ودمنة- حكاية الأسد والثور ) في الرابع والعشرين من يوليو 2011، ...  Read More »

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مختارات من الصحافة العربية 27 كانون الثاني

مختارات من الصحافة العربية (من 12 إلى 25 كانون الثاني 2014)  . دولة بغداد ترحب بكم يكتب عمر الجفال عن التخبط السياسي في العراق وخطورة تبعات العمليات العسكرية في الأنبار بالإضافة إلى تبعات استحداث محافظات وأقاليم جديدة. . نفط أربيل يدفع بالشرق الأوسط نحو صدام محتمل يناقش أحمد رشيد الخلافات بين ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Constitutional Drafting: A Comparative Review

On 3 December 2013, Amr Moussa, the head of the Egyptian Committee of 50 tasked with amending the suspended Constitution of 2012, presented the new Egyptian draft constitution to the interim president of Egypt, Judge Adly Mansour. The draft will be put to a referendum within thirty days of its submission to the ...  Read More »

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We Emptied Our Pockets out of Joy (VIDEO)

[To mark three years since the outset of the January 25 Revolution, Mosireen collective released the following video with the text below.] These are images you have never seen before, or maybe you have, but you did not pay attention to them. Even though these are images of everyday life, they hide sites of pain, ...  Read More »

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Egypt Media Roundup (January 27)

[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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Ammar Abo Bakr: Committing Murder, then Marching in the Funeral Procession

Street art has played an important role throughout the Egyptian revolution. As many observers have pointed out, such art is more than mere representation that inspires mobilization. It is that, certainly, but it is also an act of protest in and of itself. It is not only artists who make this claim. With each of their ...  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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Egypt News Update (25 January 2014)

[This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Three-Way Commemoration of Egypt's Revolution Anniversary; Twenty-Nine Dead in Clashes Thousands take to streets to celebrate January 25 Revolution despite fears of terrorist attacks; Police disperse Brotherhood protests ...  Read More »

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Letting Go of Revolutionary Purity

Three years have passed since the outset of the January 25 Revolution. Egypt remains a nation wrongfully imprisoned. The year 2013 in particular has brought the believers in January 25’s promise even more disappointments than the previous year. An authoritarian military regime reasserted its openly harsh rule first by ...  Read More »

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Egypt News Update (24 January 2014)

[This is a collection of news updates on Egypt compiled from multiple sources by the editors.] Cairo Hit By Four Bomb Blasts on Friday, Killing Six Large blast at central Cairo police headquarters on Friday morning is followed by smaller explosions in Dokki, Talbiya and Haram. Four separate bomb attacks took place ...  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: 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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