Jadaliyya's managing editor, Kylie Broderick, interviews Arash Davari and Sina Rahmani on their article, "Divorce, Iran-America Style". In it, Arash and Sina talk about the historical evolution of the relationship between Iran and America, recent tensions between the two states, and why Iran occupies a unique position in the mindset of American politics.
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In a conversation with Status host and Jadaliyya Managing Editor Kylie Broderick, Dr. Dina El Khawaga speaks to 20 years of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society & Citizenship's initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa. "[...] Usually we talk about civil society as a victim, and we want to do the contrary. We want always to underline the fact that there are a lot of success stories that we forget to tell about civil society and civil initiatives," says Dr. El Khawaga.
Managing Editor of Jadaliyya, Kylie Broderick, sat down with the founding director of Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), Seteney Shami, to talk about networking, knowledge production, and scholastic communities.
In 2017, Dr. Ahmad Dallal published a primer on ISIS, entitled The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, and the "Extinction of the Grayzone". In August 2018, Tadween Publishing's Managing Editor, Kylie Broderick, spoke to him about the ongoing significance of the book, the study of ISIS and its animating principles, whether such studies remain relevant given ISIS' loss of territoriality, what interested Dr. Dallal in pursuing an understanding of this group, and more.
This interview is part of the "Tadween Talks" series, which explores the books published by Tadween, catches them up to the present, connects them to ongoing challenges in the region, and asks the authors to opine directly on the meaning of their books.
Kylie and Sunaina discuss how the situation in Palestine has evolved since her book was published in 2013, whether hip hop still provides a viable form of alternative politic for the post-Oslo generation, how the rising popularity of online solidarity movements such as #freeahedtamimi and BDS are affecting the conversation and activism of resistance, among a number of other topics.
In an interview with Omar Shanti, the winner of MedReset Project's Young Writers Prize, Jadaliyya Managing Editor helps unpack Maghrebi haraga migration, the impact it has on the lives and communities of those experiencing outwards flows of migration, global capital configurations, and more.
It is a deceptively innocent, straightforward question – what is Islam? Yet, this question has invited assumptions, debates, laws, and wars that have picked up in both speed and power over the course of the last few centuries, particularly as imperialist countries saw fit to curate the world in the vision most suitable for its unchecked power. Over the course of the twentieth century in particular, the broad corpus Orientalist scholarship developed alternative depictions of Islam as either a tribe of enmity or an ally of creed. As a belief system that is fundamentally oppositional to Christianity, it became simply known in the umbra of a mortal enemy. More recently, through a scholarly push for humanistic universalism, it has been cast as a fraternal twin of the Abrahamic faiths, defined on the basis of its doctrinal similarities.
This paper provides a frank overview of the political fallout that occurs through the European institutional othering of the Mediterranean, which couches predatory interests within the rhetoric of security and paternalistic, humanitarian concerns for engaging with the Mediterranean.
Reflections on the Interconnectedness of Student Activism and Solidarity against the Corporate University
Since late 2019, students in the University of California (UC) system have provided an inspiring model of activism and solidarity, persisting in their ongoing grade strike during greater than normal adverse conditions that have worsened in this time of sequestration. The UC student activists have provided a call to attention for their boycott which has expanded beyond the bounds of the UC system, inviting all of us to think critically about what we are capable of doing as graduate students and workers in our own ecosystems. As a graduate student, I find myself dwelling on the ways in which student activism and solidarity can be construed as counterweights to a corporate university logic—a logic which values fundraising and cultivating its brand above imparting a quality education, evidenced by its denying of its responsibility in providing monetary resources/salaries to its faculty and student workers.
The Western tendency to essentialize any entity or ideology as “the other” has functioned as the myopic apparatus through which it has viewed the outside world since the dawn of its global predominance.
[Conference Report] The 17th Annual Duke-UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference
The 2020 conference brought together graduate students across many disciplines – from religious studies to sociology – as well as activists and scholars working outside the academy who are thinking through how their interests in Islamicate topics and Muslim communities relate to the broad question posed by this year’s conference: who speaks for Islam? As graduate students of UNC-Chapel Hill, we have been similarly preoccupied by this question as we face potential threats to our academic freedom in the current political environment, as well as with an eye to how governments across the world continue to demonize Muslims. This conference provided a forum to discuss how power impacts and is mutually impacted by Islam before a large and engaged audience.