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A Portrait of Moustafa Fathi

A pioneering painter who also taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus between 1966 and 1987, Moustafa Fathi (1942-2009) was widely respected for his research of Levantine folk art in addition to his analysis of Syrian visual culture as a complete record of social advancement that stretched back to ...  Read More »

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خمسة أسئلة عن التنوع البيبليوغرافي

يواجه قطاع النشر، وبخاصة في العالم العربي، الكثير من الصعوبات، فمن جهة لا تجد دور النشر الصغيرة أي فرصة للاستمرار في ظل واقع القراءة المزري الذي يلقي بثقله على مبيعات الكتب، ويخلق نوعاً من التحدي المالي الخانق لكل من يعمل في هذا المجال، ومن جهة أخرى تحتكر مؤسسات النشر الكبيرة الأسماء اللامعة للمؤلفين، وتسيطر على سوق ...  Read More »

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مهرجان واشنطن العاصمة للسينما والفنون الفلسطينية في دورته الخامسة

مهرجان واشنطن العاصمة للسينما والفنون الفلسطينية في دورته الخامسة أفلام حول معاناة الفلسطينيين في الداخل المحتل وفي الشتات يُفتتح مهرجان واشنطن العاصمة للسينما والفنون الفلسطينية في دورته الخامسة لهذا العام بين 1 و4 تشرين الأول\أكتوبر في واشنطن العاصمة. وسيتم أثناء المهرجان عرض أفلام تعالج الواقع الفلسطيني في ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: ABE Journal: Architecture Beyond Europe

Jadaliyya (J): What made you start the journal Architecture Beyond Europe, and who are the scholars involved in its editorial work? Mercedes Volait (MV): Several related concerns prompted the launch of the journal in 2012. One is that modern architecture outside the West features poorly in the literature devoted to ...  Read More »

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The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA): Interview with George Arbid

The Arab Center for Architecture (ACA) was established in 2008 to raise awareness about contemporary architecture and urbanism within civil society. In an interview I held on 25 June 2015 at the offices of the ACA in Beirut, George Arbid, the co-founder and current director of the ACA, discussed the work of the ACA ...  Read More »

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Roznama 4: A Competition for Upcoming Egyptian Artists

Roznama is an annual exhibition for Egyptian artists under the age of 30. It is organized by Medrar to encourage experimentation in the field of visual arts vis-a-vis orthodox approaches taught at local art academies. Starting 2014, Medrar developed Roznama into a competition, where an independent jury selects ...  Read More »

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الموسيقى الفولكلورية المصرية: بين التقليد والحداثة

مقابلة مع النجمة الشابة الصاعدة دينا الوديدي وشريكتها الموسيقية نانسي منير حول المشهد الموسيقي الحالي في مصر، المشاريع الأخيرة والمشكلات التي واجهتهما كموسيقيتين شابتين وكأنثيين. تتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا.عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن ...  Read More »

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Fifth Annual DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival Runs October 1-4, 2015

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival (DCPFAF) is pleased to announce the full program for the fifth annual festival, which will take place between 1-4 October 2015. The festival will feature ten films, discussions with filmmakers from as far as Chile and Palestine, a musical program featuring a seven-piece ...  Read More »

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قصائد: عبير خليفة

              بلا تبعات حوافُ الحزن لا تُرى والفرح مُسْكرٌ فلا أميّزُ بين مهرّجٍ ومُبتسم. إنّها لسنواتٍ سبعٍ عجاف القحطُ لم يتكرّر ولم أبكِ خلالها كمَطر. التطاولُ عليكَ مباح لأنّكَ في البارحة تكملُ ما تفعلُه تقول: أحبكِ ثمّ تموت بينما يكفي أنْ تتراجعَ خطوةً ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Negar Mottahedeh, #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life

Negar Mottahedeh, #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Negar Mottahedeh (NM): Writing ‪#‎iranelection was for me about the witnessing of a sea-change brought about in our life as global ...  Read More »

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The Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, the first of its kind in the region

This summer witnessed the graduation of the first class from the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, founded by acclaimed dancer Karima Mansour. Despite facing a number of hurdles over the years, including the Culture Ministry withdrawing its support halfway through the program in favor of a series of non-specialized ...  Read More »

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في سرِّه ــ وبحنقٍ حاد ــ شتم بكلمات بشعة إله الضجر. كشبحٍ ملامحه ضبابية كان هناك، منفيّاً عن كل أنواع الكلام، ليتسلى هذا الصمت القاسي بانتهاك مزاجه لساعات طويلة، ما لبث أن زفر ثم بصق على البلاط.إلا أنّ نصف بصقته سالتْ على بزّته ذات اللون البني الباهت. صار الوقت عصراً وهو منذ الصباح الباكر منتصبٌ كأحمق في هذه ...  Read More »

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Leila Sansour’s Open Bethlehem: Making Palestine Legible and Bethlehem Accessible

Open Bethlehem. Directed by Leila Sansour. Palestine, 2014 Towards the end of her new documentary Open Bethlehem (Palestine, 2014), filmmaker Leila Sansour discusses her aim to make Palestine “more important and palatable” to the White House and to US citizens. She stands outside the gated capitol of the United ...  Read More »

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September/15 Culture

Following a summer hiatus our monthly culture bouquet is back. On display this month:  * Khaled Al-Hilli translates a short story by the Ghaib Tu`ma Farman. * Taline Voskeritchian writes about an orphan photograph. * Anni Weaver translates a short story by Ghassan Kanafani. * Sharif Elmusa offers a poem about ...  Read More »

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An Elegy by al-Ma`arri

[“This is my father's crime against me, which I myself committed against none” (hādha janāhu abī ʿalayya wa-mā janaytu ʿalā aḥadin). So declares the tomb in Maʿarrat al-Nuʿmān, Syria, of pre-modern poet and iconoclast Abuʾl-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī (d. 1058 AD). The implication is as somber as the plaque it adorns: ...  Read More »

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Ghassan Kanafani: The Horizon Beyond the Gate

The Horizon Beyond the Gate Ghassan Kanafani Translated by Annie Weaver 1 Before reaching the top of the ladder, he stopped to catch his breath. No, it’s not possible that he could be so worn out...he knows well that he’s not tired at all. Carrying nothing more than a small basket and his ladder, the car had ...  Read More »

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Ghaib Tu`ma Farman: The Old Man's Word

The Old Man’s Word Ghaib Tu`ma Farman Translated by Khaled Al-Hilli [As a pioneer of contemporary Iraqi fiction, Ghaib Tu`ma Farman (1927-1990) may have been too geographically removed from the literary center to enjoy the critical acclaim offered to authors of his stature. Born in Baghdad 1927, he came of ...  Read More »

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Two Figures on a Bench, in a Park, Tiflis, 1914

When I was growing up in Amman, where my parents had finally landed as refugees from Palestine, we had a valise where we kept folds of photographs, faded images with wrinkled edges, the oldest ones—just a handful--going back to the early 1910s. The valise was a repository of the cruel itinerary of both branches of my ...  Read More »

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An Update of Our Fall

AN UPDATE OF OUR FALL The hair delicate The waves combed it As if composing lines Lamenting the deed The mouth is turned away From the salt and sand The ear a pearl’s shell The murmurs of the tale still wet To us he shows Not his bright face But his back At us he looks Not with the keen eyes But ...  Read More »

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ما آلت إليه الثورة المصرية: لقاء جديد مع الروائي المصري صنع الله ابراهيم

 كان الروائي الكبير صنع الله ابراهيم قد تحدث لـ "جدلية" في ربيع 2011 بعد أشهر من اندلاع ثورة  25 كانون الثاني/ يناير عن حلم الشعب المصري بالتغيير وإجباره الرئيس الأسبق حسني مبارك على التنحي عن الحكم. بعدها انقضى عامان عرف المصريون خلالهما حكم المجلس العسكري ثم حكم الرئيس الأسبق محمد مرسي ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Hamid Dabashi, Can Non-Europeans Think?

Hamid Dabashi, Can Non-Europeans Think? Chicago: University of Chicago Press and London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Hamid Dabashi (HD): This book is the most recent culmination of years of thinking about the thorny relation between knowledge and power, which was the subject of ...  Read More »

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الشاعرة الأميركية لورين كلاينمان: قصائد مختارة

الشاعرة الأميركية لورين كلاينمان: قصائد مختارة  لورين كلاينمان شاعرة ولدتْ في أميركا وكاتبة لها جذور في نيوجيرسي. تستكشف قصائدها نتائج الحب والخسارة، وكيف يؤثران في صوت الفرد الداخلي والخارجي.تحمل إجازة في الأدب الإنجليزي من جامعة درو، وحصلت على الماجستير في الكتابة الإبداعية والنقدية من جامعة سسيكس في المملكة ...  Read More »

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سَلَميّة، أمُّ القاهرة

بين انقضاء أجل ربيع وبدء فصلٍ حائرٍ من الغبار، بين انتصارات أحلام اليقظة وفوحانات الهزائم الدهرية القِدم، بين أنهارٍ ممددّةٍ على خرائط دروس الجغرافية وعطشٍ طفوليِّ الشغف، بين قصائد وأغانٍ تمشّط شعر الريح الضجرة وحناجر تصرخ بجمرٍ مطفأ .. بين هذا الركام الآدمي المدثّر بسماءٍ مشققة ذات عيون من طين وآذانٍ لم تند منذ عصورٍ ...  Read More »

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Ali Abdel Mohsen: This is not Sci-Fi

Ali Abdel Mohsen (b. 1984) is one of the most exciting artists coming out of Cairo over the past few years. Through three solo drawing exhibitions and several experiments with sound, installation and video, he managed to develop a signature style. Much of his work is inspired by his hometown, but the details in his ...  Read More »

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Inheriting More than Loss

Siamak Vossoughi, Better Than War. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 2015. [Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction] What is it like to grow up in a country that routinely threatens to wage war on the place you are from? What happens to your sense of your self in the world? The Iranian ...  Read More »

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We Are, You Are

Graphic 1 City-centers are named as such because they gather people. They should not belong, be managed, or be controlled by a few. They should not be accessible only to a few. They are where all inhabitants walk, meet, stroll, buy, stop, and rejoin. City-centers are also where we protest. They are where we contest ...  Read More »

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Ahmed Badry: The Provisionary That Lasts

The Provisionary That Lasts includes two huge valves that one cannot turn simultaneously, a hybrid pair of headphones, a plug and a series of drawings, all inspired by popular designs to solve everyday problems. Egyptian artist Ahmed Badry enlarges these designs and makes impeccable prototypes from cardboard, which he ...  Read More »

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From Fragmentation to Totalization

For nearly ten years, Oussama Diab has worked through various painting styles, often combining different forms and techniques in a single composition. In neo-expressionist paintings that reimagine Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (1503-06), for example, Diab repaints the sixteenth-century portrait using the appropriation ...  Read More »

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Place as Provisional: Site-Specific Art Commissions in Sharjah

Two metaphors, both equally decrepit, are alternately deployed in discussions of “place” in the Gulf Arab states: on the one hand, the notion of a tabula rasa, and, on the other hand, an attachment to a codified narrative of historical and cultural sitedness. Rem Koolhaas exemplified the former stance in his ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Amira Jarmakani, An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror

Amira Jarmakani, An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror. New York: New York University Press, 2015. J: What made you write this book?   Amira Jarmakani (AJ): The impetus for this book came when a dear friend and colleague, Evelyn Alsultany, sent me a link to a website called ...  Read More »

Syrian Population Regression

Population: ~ 22.5 Million

2011:  5,800+ (killed)

2012:  60,000+ (killed) and 500,000+ (external refugees)

2013:  100,000+ (killed), 2,000,000+ (external refugees), and 8 million+ displaced



Syria Map and Stats

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Population: 22,517,750
GDP: $107.4 billion 
Unemployment: 8.3%; Youth Employment (ages 15-24): 19.1%
Internet Users: 4.469 million 
Exchange Rate: ~ 98.00 Syrian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate: 3.2% 
Military Expenditures: 5.9% of GDP (World Rank: 10)
Health Expenditures: 2.9% of GDP (World Rank: 180)
Population Growth Rate: 0.913% 
Age Structure: 0-14 years: 35.2%; 15-64 years: 61%; 65 years and over: 3.8%
Literacy: 79.6%
Religious Demographics: Sunni Muslim 74%; other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%; Christian (various denominations) 10%
Ethnic Demographics: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%

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