In late November 2014, Cairo based journalist and author Ahmed Naji and comic and storyboard artist Ayman Al-Zorkany launched their new novel, titled The Use of Life at Medrar in Cairo. The novel which develops over three time periods and is inspired by life in Cairo was published by Dar Al Tanweer. It follows a non ... Read More »
Composer and musician Maurice Louca is an exciting and distinct voice coming out of Cairo, Egypt. Having been part of numerous bands over the past decade including: Bikya, Alif Ensemble and Dwarfs of East Agouza, in addition to his solo compositions (Garraya, 2011), he has made a name for himself locally and ... Read More »
Status is an evolving, critical, collaborative, and independent monthly Audio Journal combining analysis, reporting, and satire. It will feature interviews/conversations, on-the-scene reports, reviews, informed commentary, and readings. Interviews from the region and beyond feature activists, journalists, scholars, ... Read More »
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind / If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? — Shelley
Even in winter, some flowers will bloom. Their blossoms may be fragile, sad and short-lived, but the strongest of all flowers are those which fight the ice. Each petal reminds us that the dead land is yet not dead, and that ... Read More »
I remember when electricity came to my village. I must have been about seven or eight. The government installed a transformer in the village center. The thing was housed in a metal locker. The villagers called it ‘The Clock.’ At first, The Clock was a thing of contention. It was installed in the winter and ... Read More »
Beneath the walls, walls.
And beneath them, walls.
Ur, Jericho, Ninevah, Nimrud—
On the debris where the sighs of lovers went to die
Where chattered then vanished the teeth of captives, stripped bare
There, now are hills that bloom each spring
Now home to crickets and ants,
Refuge to sparrows in the late ... Read More »
[This translation is an excerpt of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s twenty-page essay, “Jerusalem: Time Embodied.” It was published by the Modern Library (al-Maktaba al-‘Asriya) press in Beirut in 1967 in a collection of his literary and social criticism entitled, The Eighth Journey. Jabra wrote these recollections of his ... Read More »
Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.
Naomi Davidson. Only Muslim: Embodying Islam in Twentieth-Century France. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012.
Joan Wallach Scott. The Politics of the Veil. Princeton: Princeton ... Read More »
صدر العدد 101 (شتاء 2015) من مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية متضمناً عدداً من المقالات والدراسات والشهادات والتحقيقات، وتناول بشكل خاص التطورات في القدس، في مقالة في باب "مداخل"، لنظمي الجعبة، وتحدث فيها عن استيطان القدس، بعنوان: "استيطان القدس: تنفيذ خطط قديمة"، وتحقيق لعبدالرؤوف أرناؤوط بعنوان: ... Read More »
In this interview, Mouad Belghouate, who also goes by El-Haqed, discusses his work as both a rapper and activist in the Febraury 20th Movement in Morocco. Samia Errazouki asks Mouad to reflect on his time in prison, his relationship with other prisoners, and the growth of the rap industry in Morocco.
Please ... Read More »
لا ينج الحديث عن الثقافة والأدب والفنون، باعتبارهم "تعابير" ثقافية عن مجتمعاتها من سؤال "الجسد"، فإذا كان الفن يُنظر إليه "على أنه مرآة للقدرات البشرية في مرحلة تاريخية معينة، بوصفه الشكل المتفوق الذي تُعرف فيه ثقافة ما عن نفسها"، وجب علينا تناول تمثلات الجسد في كل هذه الأجناس الثقافية، ... Read More »
[Jadaliyya co-editor Sinan Antoon wins the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Corpse Washer. Here are excerpts from the press release]
The 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation was awarded to Sinan Antoon, for his translation of his own novel The Corpse ... Read More »
Third eye is a group exhibition, showcasing the work of five upcoming Egyptian photographers. Photographer and curator Hala Elkoussy selected Tasnim Abdelrahman, Amr Adel, Sherifa Hamed, Nadia Mounier and Ziad Hassan to take part in a three-month workshop and the exhibition, hosted by Mashrabia Gallery in December ... Read More »
يُشكّل «عمر» (2013)، الفيلم الجديد للمخرج الفلسطيني هاني أبو أسعد، لحظة سينمائية متفرّدة بحدّ ذاتها في المشهد السينمائي الفلسطيني العربي. لحظة متفرّدة، لأنه يُساهم في تفعيل آلية اشتغال سينمائيّ فلسطيني متحرّر من سطوة التقاليد الصارمة في مقاربة الموضوع الفلسطيني، ومتفلّت من خطابية تُسيء إلى «القضية» وناسها أكثر مما ... Read More »
Egyptian singer, producer and actress Nadah El Shazly performed parts of her new album in the making at 100Copies Music Space in March. Shazly has a formal education in community psychology and theater, but she has been developing her musical talent since she was a child. She used to sing in her ... Read More »
“And Before It Falls, It Is Only Reasonable to Enjoy Life a Little” is one of several episodes making up Rana Hamadeh’s long-term research project “Alien Encounters”. “Alien Encounters” was initially inspired by Sun Ra's 1974 film ‘Space is the Place’, which proposes an African-American exodus towards outer space in ... Read More »
The 25th edition of The Youth Salon (Salon of Young Artists) is curated by Egyptian artist Khaled Hafez and showcases over four hundred works at the Cairo Opera House Grounds and Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum in Cairo. The salon is an annual competition and mega exhibition started by the Culture Ministry in 1989 to support ... Read More »
Tout de suite après le massacre aux bureaux de Charlie Hebdo, les commentateurs se sont émus d’une attaque sur « l’Occident et la démocratie » « les valeurs fondamentales de la République française. » Ces valeurs « républicaines » sont invoquées avec unanimité, sans débat, comme ... Read More »
Dirty gold is the color that smothers every surface of Sara Rahbar’s New York City studio. Disembodied casts of the artist’s own anxiously clenched hands and feet are laid out, clinically, on long tables alongside bullet casings, rifle butts, chains, and other found objects. With the same studied intensity that won ... Read More »
Sahand Hesamiyan’s Khalvat (2014) resembles a futuristic vessel. Composed of a circular shell, the thin ribs that begin at the work’s oculus create a sense of propulsion as they extend into narrow piers. With triangular pieces adjoined to its lattice frame at forty-five degree angles, the projectile sculpture appears ... Read More »
Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. New York: Pantheon, 2014.
Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?
Hisham Aidi (HA): This book grows out of two experiences.
The first: in the early 2000s, I was working as a cultural reporter covering Harlem and the South Bronx, writing ... Read More »
Lebanese artist, musician, filmmaker and radio presenter Gheith Al-Amine takes us on a tour of his home-studio in Beirut, Lebanon. He talks about his latest video work which was shown at the 2014 Berlinale. It is a performative audio-visual tribute to Egyptian composer and singer Sheikh Imam, performed with a ... Read More »
إنْ أكلتني الرّيحُ ، أصير كثيباً، تمرّين بي كغزال أَحفظُ لدمِها من ذئب الغضا، تلتقط الكلأ بشفاهٍ ذاهلة عن الكلام.
تهبني العتمةُ عينَيْ بومةٍ ترى فأرَ غيابكِ ، فقلبي كفكِّ عجوزٍ، أُسْقِطُه بكأسِ بكاء قبل النّوم ، فلا أجترّ كبقرة حلوبٍ الأحلام.
أرفعُ بصمتكِ ... Read More »
“Trayvon”, a solo show by Alexandrian artist Mona Marzouk, takes its name from the much publicized Trayvon Martin case. But the inspiration for the new painting series was Egyptian courtrooms, the roles they have played over the past four years in supposedly “upholding” justice and their representation in local media. ... Read More »
The great Iraqi poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab died fifty years ago today, on December 24, 1964. During his short life, Sayyab changed the language and form of Arabic poetry for good: in part, by breaking centuries' old meters and remaking the rhythms of verse; in part, by engaging intensely with a number of traditions ... Read More »
I remember the village winter, where drops of light came sprinkling
Through the gaps in the clouds, like melodies
Sliding between the strings of an instrument set atremble by the darkness
It had sung before--in the morning...why am I being so calculating?...as a child I would simply smile
At my nights and days, ... Read More »
From the new room, my bier
calls on me to write a poem.
So I write
what’s in my blood, and I cross out
until the unruly idea gives in.
My new room
is spacious, more spacious than my grave.
If fatigue descends over
wakefulness, sleep is sweeter—
springing up even from eyes of stone,
even from the lonely ... Read More »
[This poem is purported to the be the last Sayyab composed during his life. We each translated it independently. Here, we present the two results, side by side. Between them and beyond them somewhere lies the beauty of the original.]
1. A Crutch in Hell
I continue to circle
Round the millstone of my pain
A ... Read More »
[Sayyab's correspondence contains some of his most profound statements on poetry, modernity and contemporary politics of the era. Here, we present to you three letters, addressed to Suhayl Idris, Yusuf al-Khal, and Adonis, respectively.]
To My Brother Dr. Suhayl Idris:
Greetings! The letter that you just ... Read More »
هو الشعور ذاته ينتابني عندما أكون أمام طلب أو رغبة في الكتابة عن أسماء خلدت نفسها بنفسها بأعمالها، وهذا ما حدث مع بدر شاكر السياب أيضاً وأنا أحاول جاهدة أن أكتب شهادتي عنه. بعدما كتب الكثيرون وكُتب الكثير عنه ما الذي سأكتبه لم يُكتب وما الذي سأضيفهُ! ورغم ذلك أجد أن ذاكرتي تلحّ علي لأبدأ في نقطة بدأ منها معظم ... Read More »