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September Culture Bouquet

Almost a decade ago, Saadi Youssef began his poem "Imru' al-Qays' Grandson" by asking: "Is it your fault that once you were born in that country? / Three quarters of a century / and you still pay from your ebbing blood / its tax." He ended the poem with an even more vexing question: "What is it to you / now when you are asked to do the impossible?" As this long hot summer ends, we would not be mistaken to imagine these lines could be about ...

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Revolutionary Street Art: Complicating the Discourse

The graffiti and street art of revolutionary Egypt have been researched many times over by now. Journalists and scholars have explored the phenomenon in its many aspects—as evolving visual text, as political rhetoric and as an act of protest in its own right. The claims about ...

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Samih al-Qasim: The Last Train

[The late Palestinian poet, Samih al-Qasim, was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a compelling orator and correspondent. The collection of his letters with Mahmoud Darwish is a uniquely great accomplishment ...

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September Culture Bouquet

Almost a decade ago, Saadi Youssef began his poem "Imru' al-Qays' Grandson" by asking: "Is it your fault that once you were born in that country? / Three quarters of a century / and you still pay from your ebbing blood / its tax." He ended the poem with an even more vexing question: "What is ...  Read More »

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Khaled Takreti: Modern Life

Syrian artist Khaled Takreti has spent the greater part of his twenty-year career exploring a personal history that stretches between Beirut, where he was born in 1964; Damascus, where he lived before moving to the United States in his early thirties; and Paris, where he has resided since 2004. The episodic nature of ...  Read More »

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Samih al-Qasim: I Will Engrave Our Names on the Wind

[While well-known as a poet, the late Samih al-Qasim was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a remarkable public speaker and letter writer. Over a period of two years—from May 1986 to May 1988—al-Qasim exchanged a series of extraordinary letters ...  Read More »

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Samih al-Qasim: The Last Train

[The late Palestinian poet, Samih al-Qasim, was also a talented essayist, writing regularly in the Arabic-language press of Palestine/Israel. He was also a compelling orator and correspondent. The collection of his letters with Mahmoud Darwish is a uniquely great accomplishment of modern epistolary literature. ...  Read More »

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Samih al-Qasim: Two Poems

  1. “RAFAH’S CHILDREN” (1971) To the one who digs his path through the wounds of millions To he whose tanks crush all the roses in the garden Who breaks windows in the night Who sets fire to a garden and museum and sings of freedom. Who stomps on songbirds in the public square. Whose planes drop bombs on ...  Read More »

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ABOUNADDARA’s Take on Images in the Syrian Revolution: A Conversation between Charif Kiwan and Akram Zaatari (Part Two)

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من إنجيل العراق الضائع

عراقنا الذي في الهباءاتِ، ليَتَقَدّسِ اسْمُكَ، ليأتِ جحيمكَ، لتكُنْ مشيئتُكَ، كما في السماء كذلك على الأرض. موتنا كفافنا أعطِنا كلّ يومٍ. ولا تغفر لنا خياناتنا، لأننا لا نغفر لمن خاننا. ولا تدخلنا في التجربة، فقد تعبنا. . . آمين    Read More »

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Revolutionary Street Art: Complicating the Discourse

The graffiti and street art of revolutionary Egypt have been researched many times over by now. Journalists and scholars have explored the phenomenon in its many aspects—as evolving visual text, as political rhetoric and as an act of protest in its own right. The claims about the protest street art and graffiti that ...  Read More »

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Khalil Sweileh: from Barbarians' Paradise

[The following excerpts are from Khalil Sweileh’s Barbarian’s Paradise (Jannat al-barabira) (Cairo: Dar Al-‘Ayn, 2014). The book is structured as a journal chronicling life in Damascus; the entries start in April 2012 and end in December 2013. The narrator moves through Damascus, both present day and past, describing ...  Read More »

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Call for Submissions: Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art Submission Deadline: 1 December 2014 Description The Association of Modern and Conctmporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) is currently accepting submissions for the 2015 Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in ...  Read More »

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نفس الكتاب".. جرحٌ تعجز الكتابة عن لَأْمِه"

المراسلات دوائر لا تكتمل بغير العداوة أو الموت، تُشبه حركتها خفقان القلب ومداعبة اليد لكلب الزّمن، يجري لاهثا خلف حلول الطّريق، دون أنْ يجد الماء في البئر. هكذا يؤوب الجنس الرّسائليّ دوماً إلى صيغة من صيغ العطش: الرّسالة الأولى، ثمّ ماذا؟ الرّسالة الأخيرة، ما الحلّ؟ أيّا يكن الحلّ المفترض، فإنّ كلّا من عبد الكبير ...  Read More »

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Call for Artists: International Juried Exhibition—Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video (Deadline: 21 September 2014)

For Immediate Release Contact: Sasha Ali | Exhibitions Manager pr@cafam.org | 323.937.4230 x25 Call for Artists: International Juried Exhibition—Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video LOS ANGELES — The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation announce a collaboration for a juried ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

Erin Runions, The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erin Runions (ER): Living in New York City in 2001 and after, I was involved in the anti-war movement that protested the wars in Afghanistan ...  Read More »

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ملف من الأرشيف: محمد شكري

["ملف من الأرشيف" هي سلسة تقوم "جدلية" بنشرها بالعربية والإنجليزية بالتعاون مع جريدة ”السفير“ اللبنانية. الملفات لشخصيات أيقونية تركت أثراً عميقاً في الحقل السياسي والثقافي في العالم العربي.]           الاسم: محمد شكري الشهرة: الشحرور الأبيض تاريخ الولادة: ...  Read More »

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Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab: 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 published in ...  Read More »

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Studio Visit with Doa Aly

Doa Aly May 2014 Cairo, Egypt   In May, Egyptian artist Doa Aly opened her Cairo studio to the crews of Medrar.TV and Vernissage TV for a day. Aly shared with us her artistic processes and how her interests have developed since her first painting show in 2002 to her more recent drawings ...  Read More »

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An Excerpt from Sinan Antoon's "Ave Maria"

[The events of Ave Maria take place in a single day. Two characters from an Iraqi Christian family who are drawn together by the situation in the country under the same roof in Baghdad narrate these events. Youssef is an elderly man in his seventies. He refuses to emigrate and leave the house he himself built and ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Anthony Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics

Anthony C. Alessandrini, Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Finding Something Different. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Anthony Alessandrini (AA): This book started as a way to bring together and expand on a lot of pre-existing work I had been doing on ...  Read More »

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لا أسئلة شائكة في بيت غسّان كنفاني: آني وليلى في نضال الماضي والحاضر

يدخل المرء إلى منزل عائلة غسّان كنفاني في ساقية الجنزير في بيروت، شاعراً بالهيبة. ففي هذا البيت التي تسكنه الزوجة آني والإبنة ليلى، لم يتحوّل النضال إلى ذكريات. هنا، التتمة تسبق الذكرى. السياسة لم تتوقف عند زمن الفدائيين الأوائل، وإنما استمرت في الطباعة والنشر، في التعليم والتربية، وفي المقاطعة والعيش. هنا، لا ...  Read More »

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The Wonder Box

The Wonder Box Traveling Peep show  April - May 2014 Cairo Mahatat, a Cairo-based initiative for “community art” and art in public spaces, brought together a group of artists, technologists, architects, musicians, and storytellers to revive the bygone traveling peep show genre in Egypt. “The Wonder ...  Read More »

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Ismail Shammout: 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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It Might Be Too Late To Save Iraq's Christians

It Might Be Too Late To Save Iraq's Christians, Says Author Author of a Booker-nominated novel on the plight of Christians in Iraq, Sinan Antoon says the forced eviction of Mosul’s Christians "was coming" for many years. On his Facebook page at the beginning of the week, novelist and professor Sinan Antoon ...  Read More »

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Magdi Mostafa: The Surface of Spectral Scattering

  Magdi Mostafa: The Surface of Spectral Scattering May - June 2014  Townhouse Factory Space, Cairo   For his latest project, Egyptian sound artist Magdi Mostafa created a multi-channel, site-specific sound and light installation spanning six hundred square meters at the Townhouse Factory ...  Read More »

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Anis Sayigh: 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 published in ...  Read More »

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Hany Rashed: Toys

Hany Rashed: Toys April - May 2014 Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo   For his ninth solo exhibition, Cairo-based artist Hany Rashed experiments with plastic as a material, building on his interest in painting, street photography, and pop culture. Rashed creates a world where everything around him—from cars and people ...  Read More »

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Malak Helmy: Lost Referents of Some Attraction

Malak Helmy: Lost Referents of Some Attraction April 2014 Sharjah Gallery, The American University in Cairo   This solo show, curated by Beirut for the AUC Sharjah Gallery, presents works from the past five years of Malak Helmy's practice. Lost Referents of Some Attraction brings together three films, an ...  Read More »

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فصل من رواية نوكيا

عندما تخلع المدينة ثيابها لا تعود إليها أبداً. طرطوس تتغير، تتوسع، تتضخم حتى كورنيشها قضم قضمة طويلة من شطّها ومدّ لسانه محاولاً أن يتذوق جزيرة أرواد، أستغرب من نفسي وأنا أتكلم عن التغيير المكاني، نادراً ما سمعتُ عن الذين عناهم الأمر من جيلينا، فقط كبار السن - الذين جلسوا على الطاولات يرمون نردهم لعلّهم يقبضون على ...  Read More »

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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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مقطع من رواية سِفر الاختفاء

[مقطع من رواية "سفر الاختفاء" صدرت الشهر الماضي عن دار الجمل بيروت - بغداد وهي الرواية الثانية للكاتبة]   أشعر بغضب عليك! ذاكرتك المرصعة في رأسي فيها شروخ. هل أنا الذي لا أذكر كل ما قلته أنت لي؟ أم أنك قلت ما لم يستوعبه عقلي؟ كنت صغيراً عندما بدأت أسمع حكاياتك. ولما استنجدت بها، اكتشفت شروخها. بدأت ...  Read More »

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Do Not Compel Me to Sing

I Left My Shoes in Istanbul, directed by Nigol Bezjian. Lebanon/Turkey, 2013. Nigol Bezjian’s I Left My Shoes in Istanbul begins with its protagonist protesting that he has no desire to go on the journey that lies at the heart of the film. It ends with the haunting voice of a singer, begging the listener, “Do not ...  Read More »

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