JADMAG Issue 6.2: Spring 2018

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This issue coincides with the eighth anniversary of Jadaliyya, and ushers in a new era and concept for JadMag, one that was always part of its raison d’etre. Starting this fall, it will be published as a subscription-based magazine in both hard-copy and electronically. The cultivation of a steady readership will enable the JadMag team to produce a wide-ranging and an even more intellectually stimulating publication.

These magazines will be released twice a year, in addition to a third issue that will be specifically geared toward pedagogy on issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa. A fourth issue will be included in all subscriptions, and it can be any of our already published theme issues on JadMag.org. Starting in 2019, each JadMag will feature diverse content and offer unique articles or interviews that will not be found on Jadaliyya at the time of publication. Coupling timely content with the addition of essential readings lists, reviews of new books and scholarly articles, and topical pieces from Jadaliyya’s celebrated archives allows the JadMag project more ambitiously to function as a knowledge producer, a near-comprehensive source of analysis on the region, and a pedagogical resource par excellence.

For example, the article content in this issue ranges from Syrian refugees and alternative media in Morocco to recent protests in Iran and LGBTI freedoms in Turkey. Incisive interviews with Amr Hamzawy and Rabie Nasr provide a deeper dive into the state of Egyptian governance and the future of war-torn Syria. This issue also revisits Sara Pursley’s piece on the “artificial state” narrative, calling for a reexamination of Sykes-Picot and the establishment of Iraq’s borders. Salma Shamel’s article on the role of archives in the modern state and knowledge production along with a roundtable on political Islam after the Arab uprisings, four essential readings lists, and three reviews of recently published books provide excellent resources for educators. Finally, a group of Arabic articles on the Nakba, Muqtada al-Sadr’s political maneuvering in Iraq, a personal account of the US occupation of Iraq, and the normalization of ties with Israel and the BDS movement offer sharp analysis for Arabic speakers and students alike.

See a peek here.


Table of Contents


Return to Syria: A Proposal from Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

by David L. Suber and Roshan De Stone 

No Love Lost and Love Gained: On the Morocco-Iran Rift

by Samia Errazouki

 Understanding Religion in (New) Turkey

by Sinem Adar 

How the United States and Israel Praise Each Other as National
Security Exemplars to Validate Their Own Action

by Hedi Viterbo

Tunisia and the International Community since 2011: Rentierism, Patronage
and Moral Hazard

by Riccardo Fabiani

The Detention of Palestinian Children and Its Impact on Their Education and Development

by Leo Wiggen-Bush 

Education Controversy in Wartime Syria 

by Motaz al-Hinawy and Basileus Zeno

The Life Span of Alternative Media: Cases of Lakome and Mamfakinch in Morocco

by Fadma Aït Mous and Driss Ksikes

Workers and Officers in Egypt: The Other Failed Revolution 

by Zeinab Abul-Magd

Misreading Qazvin in Washington: On the Protests in Iran

by Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi


A Critical Forum About LGBTI+ Prohibitions in Turkey


 by Elif Sarı

What Exactly Does Public Security Secure?

by Evren Savcı

Homophobia and Transphobia: State-Sanctioned Rights and Freedoms?

by Sinan Göknur

The LGBTI and the Rhetoric of Repression

by Mehmet Sinan Birdal

Resisting Against the State of Emergency with Love

by Demhat Aksoy

“Foreign Powers,” Colonialism, and Homophobia

by Elif Sarı



Who Told You History is an Open Buffet? On Facts, Fiction and Absence

in the Archives

by Salma Shamel

Roundtable on Political Islam after the Arab Uprisings

by the Critical Currents in Islam Page Editors

Essential Readings on Political Islam

by Peter Mandaville 

Essential Readings: Migration and the Gulf 

by Pardis Mahdavi and MESPI

Essential Readings: The Arab State

by Lisa Anderson and MESPI

Reading Postrevolutionary Iran

by Arang Keshavarzian



 وجة آخر للنكبة

ياسر عاشور

"شجرة الهشاشة العراقية: "المهدي" إلى الضحية ب"ماركس

صفاء خلف


منال الشيخ

بين مكافحة التطبيع العربية، وال"بي دي إس" العالمية

by Sharif S. Elmusa



Sara R. Farris, In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of

Femonationalism - A Review

by Catherine Rottenberg

Forced Dispersion: A Demographic Report on Human Status in Syria

(New Texts Out Now)

by Rabie Nasr

Voice of the Muslim Brotherhood: Da’wa, Discourse, and Political Communication (New Texts Out Now)

by Noha Mellor



An Interview with Amr Hamzawy: Reflections on the Future of Democracy

in Egypt and Beyond

conducted by Sumaya Almajdoub

Research on Syria and What Syrians Want: A Conversation with Rabie Nasr

conducted by Bassam Haddad 

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