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مينغ دي: قصيدتان

عمل للفنان الصينية وا دياو

مينغ دي Ming Di  ترجمة أسامة إسبر  قصيدتان     ما تقوله ورقةٌ واحدة     في الريح التي تهبُّ، تضربُ الأسئلةُ الموجَّهَة إلى السماء شجرةَ الحور البيضاء فتتشظّى الأجوبةُ ألفَ ورقة بيضاء، ألفَ فمٍ بريء، ألف عذر، عشرةَ آلاف عذرٍ بلا لون.  

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المدرسة الصينية في البناء والتربية

غرافيتي لبانكسي في مخيم كاليه سنة 2015

لا تتساوى الجدران في العظمة والشهرة. المثال الأعرق قدَّمه شيه هوانغ دي، الإمبراطور الذي شُيّد في حقبة حكمه سورُ الصين. أرفق هذا التشييد بمأثرةٍ تاريخية أخرى هي إحراق الكتب، ليستهلَّ الإمبراطورُ باسمه فجرَ التاريخ ويكونَ الأولَ في كل مضمار، مانعاً كلمة "موت" من التداول، معاملاً تلك البلاد الشاسعة في الشرق كأنها حديقةُ قصرٍ من قصوره، آمراً بتمتين الحدود الشمالية للإمبراطورية في وجه البرابرة، فسُيّجت الحدود بسورٍ شاهق بطيء البناء، وظهرهُ طريقٌ معبَّد تحرسه الأبراج. الكتب تصون الماضي، والعمارة ترنو إلى المستقبل. آنذاك، كان المجتاحون والمتسلّلون المحتمَلون في الصين هم المغول والتتار الذين حوّل السورُ العظيم وجهةَ حملاتهم ومذابحِ غزواتهم إلى الغرب (غرب ليس إلا شرقَ ...

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Reminiscing Gramsci

[Portrait of Antonio Gramsci at around thirty years of age from the early 1920s. Image by unknown via Wikimedia commons]

“What would Gramsci think of our current predicaments?” wondered the young leftist mayor of the Italian city of Cagliari, Massimo Zedda. “He would probably think that things have improved, but we also have many problems in Sardinia… That is why we need to organize.” With this proclamation, the blue-jeaned mayor declared 2017 the “Year of Gramsci,” and opened the conference “A Century of Revolutions: Gramscian Paths in the World.” It was a fitting moment to revisit the life and work of Antonio Gramsci on April 27, the eightieth anniversary of his death, in a year that also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and seven years into the turbulence of the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Mehammed Mack, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture

Mehammed Amadeus Mack. Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Mehammed Mack (MM): I wrote this book out of frustration that was both of a personal and academic nature. As a Gender Studies researcher who investigates sexual alterity and homo-eroticism in the Arab diaspora, and more importantly, as a human being familiar with queer Arab spaces, I felt there were huge holes, as well as blatant mischaracterizations, in the Euro-American media portrait of Arab/Muslim men and women. They are always portrayed as either never queer, incapable of sexual ...

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گيمر وبرتقال الوطن

[لوحة للفنان الفلسطيني كامل المغني]

تحت وطأة ما يسميه البعض بالحداثة وعملية التحدث التي تحمل بداخلها كل معاني الإستعمارية الرأسمالية نشهد اندثار كل ما لا يناسب قوالب هذه العملية. مع توغل رأس المال في واقع الكثيرين وتسلله في ثنايا الحياة اليومية تندثر عادات وممارسات كانت في الماضي جزءًا جوهريًا من الواقع المجتمعي. فيختفي بائع الحليب الذي كان يمر بالبيوت يوميًا وعربة الفول المتجولة، وتصبح فكرة التخصص في الطعام أمرًا ترفيهيًا، لأن المدن التي تعتلي الإعلانات المضاءة بناياتها توفر لنا راحة المركزية التي تجمع كل شيء في المكان ذاته. لذلك يتحول أي شيء آخر إلى مضيعة للوقت وإهدارًا للمالِ والطاقةِ في عالم يحسب كل شيء بمنطق الربح والخسارة. لكن في سياق هذا العالم الذي أصبح أكثر سرعةً وأكثر تنقلًا حيث ينتقل البعض من ...

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The Palestinian Litmus Test

After three years of unprecedentedly open debate, the membership of the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) membership is finally voting on the Palestinian call to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Voting continues through May. Unlike other organizations that have considered the issue, however, the MLA is not voting on whether or not to boycott. Instead, we are voting on a resolution (2017-1) that would commit the association not to endorse the boycott, even though a pro- boycott resolution—having been rejected by the Delegate Assembly in January—is no longer even on the table. To resolve not to endorse a non-existent resolution may seem a somewhat ...

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Introduction: Remembering Barbara Harlow

[Barbara Harlow speaking in 2012. Image via YouTube.]

In the opening pages of her 1996 book After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing, a book that focuses on Ghassan Kanafani, Roque Dalton, and Ruth First—all of them revolutionary writers, all of them assassinated—Barbara Harlow notes that all three of these writers were also “committed critics…at a time and place when criticism and commitment often challenged each other’s practices.” She goes on to suggest that “in their own work, as in their persistent example,” such writers “continue to give critical dissent a good name.”[1] These very words apply beautifully to Barbara Harlow herself, the model of a committed critic, whose work and whose “persistent example” ...

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Generations of Resistance

[Barbara Harlow. Image by Tarek El-Ariss.]

Barbara would understand that the task of remembering her is harder without a cat curled on my lap, perched on the desk, or emanating a spirit of companionship from somewhere in the house. "Scratches to the cats" was Barbara's sign-off to me on email exchanges. When she said no—shockingly, if rightly—to my first request that she supervise my dissertation, Barbara sent me home with the advice to crawl into bed with my two cats and to come back with a revised prospectus for her to reconsider. My dissertation cat died last week, just shy of twenty years since the day I brought her home from the shelter in Austin. I'm feeling all over again, if more intimately and ...

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Barbara Harlow and the Necessity of ‘Renewed Histories of the Future’

[Mural of Ghassan Kanafani at the entrance to Bethlehem. Image via arablit.org.]

[Editors’ Note: This essay will appear in Volume 13:3 of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, a themed issue on the gender and sexuality of borders and margins, in November 2017. It was first posted on the JMEWS website, and is reposted here with permission of the author and the journal’s editors.] Barbara Harlow’s commitment to struggles for liberation and justice was always at the same time a commitment to academic inquiry. She entwined them and located emancipatory potential in each even as both were subject to her criticism. She emphasized the contradictions and debates within these projects as generative of what she called “renewed histories of the ...

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Media on Media Roundup (May 9)

[Turkish citizens protest against the state's Internet censorship in 2011. Photo by Erdem Civelek, Wikimedia Commons]

This week’s Jadaliyya “Media on Media” roundup tackles several important themes influencing the MENA mediascape. On the eve of the second round of France’s elections, ISIS-operated An-Nur Media Center published posters urging members of the organization to target voters, candidates, and polling stations. A court in Ankara rejected Wikimedia Foundation’s appeal after the Turkish government banned Wikipedia for a site entry that accused Turkey of having links with ISIS. Europol began investigations into an alleged ISIS social network, Daeshbook, which is used to connect potential militants with one another. In Qatar, Al Jazeera news channel threatens to sue Russian outlet ...

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Art and Liberty: Redefining the Canon or the Next Record Sales?

[​Abdel Hadi El Gazzar,

In October 2016, two exhibitions were inaugurated in Cairo and Paris respectively, commemorating an Egyptian surrealist art and literature group, Art et Liberté.  I. Art et Liberté was co-founded by surrealist author Georges Henein in 1939. At the advent of World War II, artists and writers rallied around Henein and painter and writer Ramses Younan in their call for a perpetual revolution in art. The group aimed at gearing public opinion in Egypt away from the notion of modernization—regarded as a product of western imperialism—towards that of modernity, which saw art and daily life as malleable in their constant potential for improvement, “dans la mêlée,” as ...

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Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture

Farzin Vejdani, Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. [This review was first published in the Spring 2017 issue of the Arab Studies Journal. For more information or to subscribe, click here.] Making History in Iran is a much-needed examination of how various social and institutional changes during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shaped how the people of Iran wrote about, taught, and understood the past. Farzin Vejdani traces the gradual formation of modern historiography in Iran through periods of shifting patronage networks, the expansion of reading publics, and the ...

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حوار مع مظفر النواب - الجزء الأول

نُشِر هذا الحوار الذي أجراه سنان أنطون مع مظفّر النوّاب في «مجلة الدراسات العربية» (العدد ٢، خريف ١٩٩٦، ص. ٣-٢٦) بنسختها الورقيّة. وتعيد «جدليّة» نشره هنا بأجزاء مع المقدّمة. [بعد الأمسية الشعرية التي أحياها مظفّر النواب في جامعة جورجتاون في ١٩ أيار، ١٩٩٦ والتي ساهمت «مجلة الدراسات العربيّة» بالتحضير لها، وكان لي شرف تقديمه فيها، كان الشاعر يقف خارج القاعة يتلقّى التهاني من الجمهور. وقبل أن أقترب منه لأفاتحة بإمكانيّة إجراء حوار معه، طلب منّي أحد اللاجئين العراقيّين الذين قدموا من معسكر رفحة في ...

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Bombast of Mass Slayer

My name is Mass Slayer. I live in bombs and bullets, in cannons and rockets. I live in the nucleus of you. I could be an army, a lone wolf, or a terrorist band. I need not toil, pay individual visits, like the everyday Reaper. I stun as many as I can, in one go, I stun them on a street, in a bar, in a temple, in the battlefield, in the comfort of their homes-- and you could be there. Nothing pleases me though more than being in the news, and nothing pleases the news more than my ...

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عمر شبانة: سيرة لأبناء الورد

مقاطع مختارة من ديوان  "سيرة لأبناء الورد“  للشاعر عمر شبانة فلسطين/ الأردن، الصادر عن ”الأهلية“ في عمّان.  اسْمي الذي يليقُ بي -10- في غابة الأسماء كانَ الأنبياءُ، والصّعاليكُ، وتاريخٌ من الدّماء، حارقّ،  وكان ثمّة السيّد والعبيد،  كان الماء من زمزم، والنبيذ، وكلّ واحدٍ يقودني في غابة، وكل غابة تأخذني، من أذنيّ نحو غابة، تدور بي كأس هُنا، وموجةٌ من البكاء في الكأس،  كأنني هناك  وبين كأسين من الجنون

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أُمبرتو سابا، المجلَّد الثَّالث

أُمبرتو سابا، المجلَّد الثَّالث Umberto Saba (1883-1957) أُمبرتو سابا في سطور: أمبرتو سابا، الاسمُ المستعارُ لأمبرتو بولي، وُلِدَ في إصطاجانكو (تْريِيْستِه) في 9 آذار/ مارس 1883، لأبٍ من عائلةٍ بندقيَّةٍ نبيلة، كان يعمل وكيلاً تجاريَّاً، وأمٍّ يهوديَّةٍ من إصطاجانكو، هي حفيدة الشَّاعر والمؤرِّخ صموئيل ديفيد لوتزاتو، وقد اعتنق والدُه اليهوديَّة لأجل هذا الزَّواج، ومع ذلك هجرته زوجته عندما وُلِد أمبرتو، فعاش هذا طفولةً حزينة بسبب غياب الأب، وقد أمضى السَّنوات الثَّلاث الأولى من طفولته مع مربِّيةٍ ...

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When I Failed to Say Farewell to You…

It was winter and my Berlin nights were crowded with people yet full of loneliness. I don’t know what year it was. Maybe 2008. I was working as a journalist and producer for a German television station in Berlin.  My schedule used to vary from week to week. I would sometimes start early in the morning and other times late in the evening. I used to love the night shifts, they were more quiet and I had an excuse for not being able to sleep.  That night I decided, although it was not my habit, to ...

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رسالة إلى كامو

عزيزي السيد كامو، تحيات طيبة وبعد، لي الشرف أن أكون ضمن هذا الجمع، وأن أتحدّث عنك وعن أعمالك في هذا المحفل. فلقد قرأتك بإعجاب عندما كنتُ شابّاً يحلم بأن يكون هو الآخر كاتباً في يوم ما. كالعادة عند التحدّث أو الكتابة عن أي موضوع، فإن المرء يفكّر بالشكل الأنسب. وكما ترى، فقد قررت أن الرسالة قد تكون خياراً جيّداً لمحاولة قول شيء مختلف، أو قول ما قد قيل، ولكن بصيغة مختلفة. حين قرأت عنوان هذه الحلقة لأول مرة «كيف يمكن لأفكار كامو أن تقودنا إلى مستقبل هادئ؟» ولاحظت ثيمة المؤتمر «المتوسطيّة»، شعرت أنّني ...

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Barbara Harlow: The Formative Egyptian Period

In her late twenties, she arrived in Egypt of the late 1970s looking like a teenager who lost her way and ended up in teeming Cairo. Doris Shoukri, then chair of the department of English and Comparative Literature (ECLT) at the American University in Cairo (AUC), had interviewed her in Berlin in 1977 for her first teaching position as an assistant professor. Doris recalls Barbara, looking like a twelve-year-old blond waif with flowers in her hands. The animated discussion that followed at dinner ...

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Poetry and Partition: Barbara Harlow’s Insistence on the ‘Here-and-Now’ of Historical Reality

Barbara Harlow held a visiting position at the National University of Ireland in Galway in the spring of 1992. That same year, she published an essay in Polygraph titled “Drawing the Line: Cultural Politics and the Legacy of Partition,” which offered comparative readings of literature across three colonial contexts: Ireland, India, and Palestine.[1] During the fall semester, upon her return from Ireland to the University of Texas, Austin, where she had been employed since 1985, she taught an English ...

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The Occupation of Literature and Books That Are Difficult to Get

When I was one of Barbara Harlow’s beginning PhD students in Ethnic and Third World Literatures at the University of Texas at Austin, I had the temerity one day to ask her in her office how she justified sitting behind a desk, reading and writing, when she was so acutely aware of all the terrible things going on in this world, was so attuned to the “imperative to take sides,” as she would insist on any number of occasions. “We can’t afford to give up any space,” was her very quick reply, through her wry ...

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الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية

الرأسمالية ونظرية الرواية (الجدي، المأساوي والإشكالي) حوار مع الناقد والباحث الإيطالي غيدو ماتزوني Guido Mazzoni غيدو ماتزوني شاعر وناقد أدبي وباحث ومحرِّر لـ la parole e le cose، أبرز مجلة ثقافية إلكترونية في إيطاليا، وأستاذ في جامعة سيينا. نشر في 2011 كتابه “نظرية الرواية” الذي تُرجم مؤخراً إلى الإنكليزية وصدر عن جامعة هارفارد. الحوار التالي أُجْريَ معه بمناسبة صدور الترجمة الإنكليزية. أجرى الحوار: كريس فينويك كريس فينويك: ألقيتَ محاضرة في جامعة فريجي تلخّص فيها أفكاراً طرحْتَها في كتابك الجديد ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut

Toufoul Abou-Hodeib, A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut. Stanford University Press, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toufoul Abou-Hodeib (TAH): The book started with the idea of using extant homes as a material archive, which grew out of my experience as an architecture student and a practicing architect in Beirut in the 1990s and early 2000s. The frantic post-war reconstruction of Beirut in the 1990s was accompanied by a pace of deconstruction that literally ...

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يم القاهرة

القاهرة مثل اليَم. لا يمكن أن تدخلها دون أن تلتقطك أمواج الصخب الهائجة. هل تخيل أحد عند وضع أساس هذه المدينة في القرن العاشر أنها ستتعملق وتخرج عن السيطرة إلى هذا الحد؟ وهل تخيل أحد أنها ستأوي ما يزيد عن عشرين مليون شخص بين أضلاعها؟ القاهرة ليست أكبر مدن العالم بالطبع، ولا تماثل بعض مدن الشرق الأقصى تعددًا ومساحةً، لكن هذا لا ينفي أنها قنبلة موقوتة من المكعبات الخرسانية والطرقات الأسفلتية التي يطغى عليها اللون الرمادي القاتم متفوقًا على كل المحاولات الباهتة لطلاء هذه المدينة المكتوب لألوانها الفناء أمام ...

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