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ماذا فعلت «حماس» بالمناهج؟

بعد عقود قضوها مشتتين بين المناهج العربيِّة، كان قد أصبح للفلسطينيين في مطلع الألفيّة الجديدة منهاجهم التعليميّ الخاص والموحَّد في الضفة الغربيّة وقطاع غزّة. في حينه، لم تعجب المناهج الجديدة «أميركا» و«إسرائيل» اللتان اتهمتا السلطة الفلسطينيِّة بأنِّ تلك المناهج تحرِّض على العنف، وأنّها لا تتضمّن مبادئ السلام ...  Read More »

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A Fashionable Revolution: Veiling, Morality, and Consumer Culture in Iran

There has been a flurry of commentary recently that claims something of a “silent revolution” is underway in Iran today. It is supposedly a revolution against — or, at the very least, a flagrant disregard for — government prescriptions for public decency. It is situated on the surfaces of women’s bodies and assumes ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Zayde Antrim, Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World

Zayde Antrim, Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Zayde Antrim (ZA): I was originally motivated by what I saw as easy dismissals of the relationship between Palestinians and the territory ...  Read More »

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Conference: Reason and Esotericism in Shi'i Islam (April 4, University of Chicago)

The University of Chicago Shi'i Studies Group presents A Shi'i Studies Symposium: "Reason an Esotericism in Shi'i Islam" 4 April 2014, 8.45am - 6:00pm Coulter Lounge, International House, 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL Hermeneutics, Law, Theology, Heresiography, Epistemology, Politics, and ...  Read More »

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The Irrepressible Charm of the State: Dershane Closures and the Domestic War for Power in Turkey

The Turkish parliament's recent passing of a bill to shut down private prepatory schools (dershane) by 1 September 2015 is the last front in the all-out domestic war between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Gülen community. Initially announced by the Turkish prime minister on 9 September 2012, ...  Read More »

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (18 March)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to ...  Read More »

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Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: An Interview with Ayfer Karakaya-Stump

The former Ottoman world is home to many communities of Muslim religious minorities that have been variously deemed heterodox deviants from the acknowledged schools of Islamic law. Narratives about them have focused on a certain impurity or syncretism in their religious practices. One such group is the Kizilbash/Alevi ...  Read More »

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Looking Suspicious: The Profiling of Muslim Americans

Profiling is a tactic used by police and security agencies in which people are treated as suspicious because of their racial or religious identity and subjected to heightened scrutiny. By 2000, there was a bipartisan consensus in the United States that the pervasive use of such tactics was inherently discriminatory ...  Read More »

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In Turkey, Some Labels Keep on Giving

A recent speech gave Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a new opportunity to define and condemn his critics. Calling the students of Middle East Technical University who protested the construction of a highway near the campus “leftists,” “atheists,” and “terrorists,” he repeated his determination to crush ...  Read More »

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After Malcolm: Reconfiguring Our Maps and Histories

[This article is part of a six-person roundtable entitled “African American Muslims and the Black Freedom Struggle.” Click here for the introduction by Lindsey Stephenson and links to responses by Zareena Grewal, Abbas Barzegar, Mansa Bilal Mark King, Aminah B. McCloud, and Sohail Daulatzai. The initial question ...  Read More »

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Relevant Contributions

[This article is part of a six-person roundtable entitled “African American Muslims and the Black Freedom Struggle.” Click here for the introduction by Lindsey Stephenson and links to responses by Zareena Grewal, Abbas Barzegar, Mansa Bilal Mark King, Aminah B. McCloud, and Sohail Daulatzai. The initial question posed ...  Read More »

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Some Thoughts on African American Muslims and the Black Freedom Struggle

[This article is part of a six-person roundtable entitled “African American Muslims and the Black Freedom Struggle.” Click here for the introduction by Lindsey Stephenson and links to responses by Zareena Grewal, Abbas Barzegar, Mansa Bilal Mark King, Aminah B. McCloud, and Sohail Daulatzai. The initial question posed ...  Read More »

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Fires in the Masters’ House

[This article is part of a six-person roundtable entitled “African American Muslims and the Black Freedom Struggle.” Click here for the introduction by Lindsey Stephenson and links to responses by Zareena Grewal, Abbas Barzegar, Mansa Bilal Mark King, Aminah B. McCloud, and Sohail Daulatzai. The initial question posed ...  Read More »

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حول التَسَلسل في العالم العربي

افتتاحية إن التمرّد العربي الذي نشب سنة 2011 ينتمي إلى فئة نادرة من الأحداث التاريخية: إنه تسلسلُ تمرّدات سياسية، واحدٌ يفجّر الآخر، عبر منطقة من العالم برمّتها. كان هناك ثلاثة أمثلة سابقة فحسب: حروب التحرير الأميركية اللاتينية التي بدأت سنة 1810 وانتهت سنة 1825؛ الثورات الأوربية بين 1848- 49؛ وسقوط أنظمة الكتلة ...  Read More »

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مئة مفكر ومفكرة يطالبون باطلاق سراح الشاعر الفلسطيني أشرف فياض من السجن في المملكة العربية السعودية

[أصدر الموقعون أدناه المطلب التالي في 11 شباط (فبراير) 2014. وكتب المطلب كرد على قرار السلطات السعودية باعتقال واحتجاز أشرف فياض في عام 2013 لنشرة مجموعة شعرية في عام 2008.] نحن الموقعون في هذا البيان من أدباء وكتاب وفنانين وصحفيين وناشرين وناشطين حقوق وحريات عرب، نطلق حملة فلنتضامن مع اشرف فياض الشاعر والفنان ...  Read More »

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One Hundred Arab Intellectuals Demand the Release of Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh from Saudi Prison

[The following petition was issued on 11 February 2014 by the below signatories. The petition was organized in response to the Saudi authorities'  arrest and detention of Ashraf Fayadh in 2013 for a collection of poems he published in 2008.] As Arab authors, writers, artists, journalists, publishers, and ...  Read More »

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Reflections on the State of Islamic Studies

I have been asked to share my impressions about the state of Islamic studies in the North American academy. Given that the pioneers of this field include many of my mentors, and many of my own peers have struggled for years to help advance the field to its current state, my observations will not be dispassionate. And ...  Read More »

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NYC Event: Reflections on the Academic Study of Women and Islam (NYU, 31 Jan 2014)

Reflections on the Academic Study of Women and Islam: A Panel Discussion with Professors Lila Abu-Lughod and Suad Joseph Friday, 31 January 2014 5:30pm-7:30pm King Juan Carlos Auditorium 53 Washington Square South New York University The Hagop Kevorika Center for Near East Studes invites you to attend a ...  Read More »

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Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle: An Interview with the After Malcolm Project

The After Malcolm: Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle project is a unique digital archive initiative housed at Georgia State University in Atlanta. By documenting and digitizing a range papers, records, audio and visual material, and oral histories, the project aims to increase the awareness of the role of Islam in ...  Read More »

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Mipsterz: A Peripheral Debate?

About a month ago, Mipsterz (that is, Muslim hipsters) released a video by one of their members entitled “Somewhere in America,” set to the tune of Jay Z’s song by the same name. The video features young Muslim American women “being themselves.” The video elicited a number of multifaceted reactions from within the ...  Read More »

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (December 10)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Violence Against Copts in Egypt

The Egyptian Orthodox Christian community—the Copts—has been the target of violence and discrimination since the 1970s and especially following the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian state has done little to remedy the situation and has at times enabled the conflict between Muslims and Christians. ...  Read More »

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The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt

When Mohamed Salmawi, the spokesman for the committee appointed to draft Egypt’s post-coup constitution, appeared before the press on 29 October, the message was clear. There would be no place for Article 219 in the new constitution, and there would be no further discussion. The announcement followed two months of ...  Read More »

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (November 12)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam Page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup ...  Read More »

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Maroc, difficile dialogue entre islamistes et gauche radicale

Septembre et octobre 2013 : l’organisation islamiste Al-Adl wal-Ihsan (AWI, « Justice et spiritualité »), forte de dizaines de milliers d’adhérents et non reconnue par l’État, fait quelques appels du pied à la gauche. Son objectif est d’établir une dynamique commune pour lutter sur le front social. Les ...  Read More »

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Regulating Sex/Religion: Secular Citizenship and the Politics of Diasporic Difference

Jadaliyya is partnering with a number of scholars to form a Humanities Studio that will study, produce, and disseminate critical scholarship on sex, religion, secularism, and citizenship. The studio, part of the University of California Humanities Research Institute’s initiative on Religions in Diaspora and Global ...  Read More »

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معازف

  تعرف معازف عن نفسها بأنها ”مجلة إلكترونيّة متخصصة بالمقالات والدراسات والأبحاث والمراجعات التي تعنى بالموسيقى العالميّة والعربية بشكل خاص. أسسها ويحرّرها معن أبو طالب وأحمد الزعتري.” تعكس المواد المنشورة الجهود الجبارة التي تقف وراء هذا المشروع الغني. تحاور ”جدلية“ أسرة ”معازف“ للتعرف على ...  Read More »

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الآخر في عيون الجبرتي مؤرخ الحملة الفرنسية

الملخص* عبد الرحمن الجبرتي (1) (ولد في القاهرة عام 1756 - وتوفي فيها عام 1825). وهو مؤرخ مصري عاصر الحملة الفرنسية على مصر ووصف تلك الفترة بالتفصيل في كتابه ”عجائب الآثار في التراجم والأخبار“(2) والمعروف اختصاراً بـ«تاريخ الجبرتي» والذي يُعَدُّ مرجعاً أساسياً لتلك الفترة الهامة من الحملة الفرنسية. وتتلخص ...  Read More »

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إدانة مطران

محاكمة المطران منصور لبكي بجرم اغتصاب أطفالٍ بقيت طيّ الكتمان. كافة تفاصيلها منذ نشوئها وحتى بلوغها الحكم الأخير بالإدانة، بقيت كذلك. لماذا؟ لحماية شخص المطران اللبناني، أو لحماية المؤسسة الدينية؟ بلّغت الكنيسة الأم ابنتها اللبنانية بالإدانة، فكتمت بدورها الخبر. كان لبكي ليقضي بصمت سنوات حكمه حتى مماته متعبّداً في ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Elizabeth Thompson, Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East

Elizabeth F. Thompson, Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Elizabeth Thompson (ET): I have long wished for a bottom-up, people’s history of the Middle East. So I took the ...  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

 

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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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