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The Refugee Crisis in Greece- A STATUS/الوضع Interview with Georgia Arapidou

In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Eleni Makkas speaks with Georgia Arapidou about the refugee situation in Greece after the EU-Turkish Agreement (2016), told from the perspective of a Greek asylum lawyer.  Georgia Arapidou is a legal counselor and attorney for the Association for the Social Support of ...  Read More »

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Two Video Installations by Dictaphone Group (Houston, 18-23 April 2017)

This year's installment of Houston's CounterCurrent Festival will feature two video installations by the Lebanon-based Dictaphone Group, a research and performance collective that creates live art events based on multidisciplinary study of space. The two video installations on display in Houston tackle ...  Read More »

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ثمن انعدام الجنسية: اللاجئون الفلسطينيون الفارون من سوريا

"لا يكاد الفلسطينيون يستوعبون مأساةً أصابتهم حتى تعاجِلُهم أختها."  Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza, New York, 2009: xi ارتبطت المأساة والمقاومة بتاريخ الفلسطينيين منذ صدور وعد بلفور عام 1917، ولا غرابة في وجود علاقةٍ عضوية بين الانتفاضات العربية الراهنة والمقاومة الفلسطينية. غير أن الانتفاضات العربية قد ...  Read More »

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مدن: آلتا

قبل عشر سنوات وفي واحد من الصباحات الخريفية الكئيبة أبلغني أحدهم بأنّي قد حصلت على موطن جديد. قال بأنّ مدينة صغيرة تُدعى آلتا، ترتفع بمقدار 65 متراً عن سطح البحر وتقع في عنق النرويج على الخارطة ستكون موطني ومحط رحالي. كنت يومذاك ضيفاً على محطة استقبال اللاجئين في العاصمة النرويجية أوسلو مع عشرات العراقيين الفارّين من ...  Read More »

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Displacement and Identity: Exploring Syrian Refugees’ Lived Experiences

Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, the perception of national identity among Syrians has changed radically. Many factors have contributed to this: the country became de facto divided among different groups; thousands of non-Syrian jihadists, such as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (also known as ISIS), have ...  Read More »

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Task Force on Population Movement Yemen Report (March 2017)

 [The following report summary was published by the International Organization on Migration’s Displacement Tracking Matrix on 15 March 2017. For the full report, click here.]   Task Force on Population Movement | TFPM Yemen | 13th Report – March 2017 The Task Force for Population Movement (TFPM), ...  Read More »

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إسطنبول.. لجوء في انتظار اللجوء

في محل صغير يتسع لأربع كراسي داخل أزقة حي الفاتح القديم بمدينة إسطنبول يقضي الشاب السوري عُبادة نداف (25 عامًا) وقته في قص شعر رؤوس الزبائن من أهالي الحي. قبل قدومه إلى تركيا في أغسطس 2013 عمل عُبادة حلاقًا في مسقط رأسه حلب، ثم مع اشتداد رحى الحرب في سوريا نزح إلى مدينة غازي عنتاب التركية، ومن هناك انتقل إلى ...  Read More »

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Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat Interview on Trump’s Immigration Ban and U.S. Middle East Policy with Common Policy

Jadaliyya Co-Editor,  Noura Eraka joins Common Policy a podcast of the Hauenstein Center of Grand Valley State University, to discuss her work in international law and refugee law, as well as on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also addresses President Trump’s demand for “extreme vetting” of ...  Read More »

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Islam, Muslims, and the Trump World Order

As Muslim communities in the United States and around the world confront the terrifying prospects that a Donald Trump presidency holds for their lives and liberties, a long-simmering conflict within the American political establishment has reached its boiling point. Recent policy debates surrounding the ban on Muslim ...  Read More »

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الغرب والسوريون: مبيعات الأسلحة الأمريكية والأوروبية للشرق الأوسط 2011- 2014

كَثُر الحديث في أوروبا والولايات المتحدة في العامين المنصرمين حول أعباء استضافة اللاجئين السوريين وغير السوريين، بينما غاب ذكر منحى آخر من تورط البلدان الأجنبية في الصراع ألا وهو حجم مبيعاتها للسلاح في الشرق الأوسط. فبين عامي 2011 و2014، وبناءً على تقديرات متحفظة، فقد كسبت أوروبا 21 بليون يورو من صفقات تجارة السلاح ...  Read More »

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Specters of Palestine: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

There are at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a number that represents a quarter of Lebanon’s total population. This is the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the world. Syrians are not the only refugee population in Lebanon. When considered alongside Palestinian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Sudanese ...  Read More »

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Trump’s Travel Ban: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What May Happen Next

On 27 January 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Trump’s travel ban (or “Muslim ban,” as it has come to be called—not inaccurately, since it clearly targets Muslim-majority countries) has of course received a huge ...  Read More »

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Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani Discusses Trump Orders Concerning Refugees on Al Jazeera

In this 28 January 2017 edition of Al Jazeera English's Inside Story, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Mouin Rabbani discusses the consequences of US President Donald Trump's newly-announced orders suspending and restricting US refugee policy. The program, presented by Hashem Ahelbarra, also features Brad Thomas, a supporter of ...  Read More »

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استراحة مخيّم: روايات من مخيم الرشيدية والبحر

لا نعرف الكثير حول سبب تواجد المخيمات الفلسطينية حيث هي اليوم. كما لا نعرف المسارات التي اتخذها سكانها من فلسطين إلى تلك المخيمات. كثيراً ما نظن أنّ اللاجئين، نقلوا عند وصولهم، مباشرة إلى الخيام التي أصبحت في وقت لاحق "مخيمات." انطلاقاً من أفكار حول اللجوء وسُبل كتابة تاريخ مغاير للمخيمات الفلسطينية في ...  Read More »

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ذاكرة المستقبل

كنت جالساً البارحة بمفردي، وهذا بحد ذاته الآن شيء لا ينصح به لكل السوريين في المهجر، أتابع الأخبار. لا شغف ولا إثارة كانت تأتي من جميع القنوات الاخبارية أوصفحات التواصل الاجتماعي. على الرغم من أن معظم الأخبار كانت تركّز على مدينتي الجريحة. ليس فقط على المدينة، بل أكثر تحديداً على بعض الأحياء التي قضيت فيها سنين ...  Read More »

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The Death of a Nomad

In Western Sahara, any news item is also a potential item of propaganda. Words, like individuals, have ideological mass. Thus former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” in a speech following his March 2016 visit to the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, was the subject ...  Read More »

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Conflict Medicine: A Manifesto

Contemporary protracted conflicts across the Middle East have presented health systems and professionals with unprecedented challenges. The objective of this manifesto on conflict medicine is to highlight the need for a better understanding of the different pathways of injury and re-injury within the changing ecology ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities

Anaheed Al-Hardan, Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Anaheed Al-Hardan (AH): Much of the interdisciplinary literature that can be brought under the broad label of Middle East Studies ...  Read More »

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Empty Promises? Radical Policy Shift Needed on Refugees and Migrants

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly brought together for the first time all UN Member states to work on a more “coordinated and humane approach” to large movements of refugees and migrants. Described as an “historic opportunity to come up with a blue print for a better international response,” the timing of ...  Read More »

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Why the Life of Haytham Matters

Haytham is a war child who lives with his family in Khan Eshieh camp, home to some nine thousand Palestine refugees and one of the most embattled areas of the Syrian capital, Damascus.  His story is increasingly common among UNRWA students in Syria. "I had to escape and hide when rockets fell near the ...  Read More »

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Resolving to Divest: The History of SJP at UCLA's Divestment Campaign

This article reviews the history of Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA’s campaign to pass a divestment resolution through the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC). In what follows, we briefly historicize campus Palestine activism, review the history of SJP at UCLA, and then provide a detailed ...  Read More »

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The Western Sahara and Football: A Path toward Self-Determination?

In April this year, a story appeared on an Algerian football website,  Le Competiteur, noting that the country’s national football team was planning a friendly match against Western Sahara. The question for the article was how Algeria’s regional rival Morocco would respond. Following incomplete decolonization by ...  Read More »

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A Brief History of Fortress Europe

Three days into 2016, the European border crisis claimed its first victim: a two-year-old boy who drowned off the coast of the Greek island of Agathonisi. Compared with the public outcry that the photos of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach provoked the previous August, the reaction to the fact that ...  Read More »

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Announcing the New Issue of Middle East Report (Spring 2016): Life in Exile

Middle East Report No. 278 (Spring 2016) LIFE IN EXILE The Middle East is once again the world’s biggest producer of refugees, due primarily to the catastrophic war in Syria. The region has also long hosted the greatest number of refugees on earth—indeed, the exodus of Syrians is the latest of a nearly unbroken ...  Read More »

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أهلاً بكم في ليسبوس

  أرى الشاب من الليلة الماضية، يجلس لوحده، يدخّن، ويبحلق في البحر الأسود الممتد أمامه. هاتفه مُطْفأ في يده. بجانبه أكثر من عشرة شباب ينامون تحت بطانيّات رمادية. وعلاماتها الكبيرة التي تشير إلى المفوضية العليا لشؤون اللاجئين في الأمم المتحدة ترفرف في الريح. «هل أنت بخير؟» «نعم، الحمد لله. وأنت؟» «جيّد. هل ...  Read More »

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غبار الشجاعيّة

”رضينا بالهمْ والهمْ ما رضيش بينا.“ جلست ابتسام  تضحك في الغبار وحجابها المطرّز بالورود يؤطر وجهها العريض اللمّاح. لقد شهدت من الهم في خمس وأربعين سنة عاشتها في غزّة ما يجعل الضحك ردة الفعل الوحيدة. مات زوجها في الانتفاضة الثانية بعد أزمة ربو سبّبها الضغط النفسي الذي تعتقد هي أن مصدره كان صوت دبّابة ...  Read More »

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Zaatari Refugee Camp: A Makeshift City

Unlike Lebanon, which also hosts a large number of refugees, Jordan has opened refugee camps in the North of the country to control the arrival and settlement of refugees. Established in late July 2012, the Zaatari camp, which has nearly 80,000 inhabitants today, is the most famous space of settlement of Syrian ...  Read More »

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التعليم في سوريا أثناء الحرب: مقابلة لبرنامج الوضع

في سلسلة من ثلاث مقابلات لبرنامج الوضع باستضافة من كاتي الحايك, يتحدث كتاب وناشطون سوريون عن منظوراتهم حول واقع التعليم في سوريا، وكذلك للسوريين في بلدان مجاورة. يركز كل ضيف على التعليم في مواقع مختلفة: في مناطق تحت سيطرة المعارضة، مناطق تحت سيطرة النظام وأخرى تحت حكم داعش. صبر درويش كاتب وصحفي سوري٬ له العديد من ...  Read More »

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Layers of Siege: The Chain of Complicity from Syria to Europe

Syrians are being subjected to multiple layers of siege. In the first layer, the military and other armed groups have surrounded and entrapped up to one and a half million people within the country. Most of Syria's borders are closed to those fleeing violence, marking a second layer of siege. And finally, Europe is ...  Read More »

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Changing the Status Quo: What Directions for Palestinians?

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research has issued today five papers and a final report on: Changing the Status Quo: What Directions for Palestinians? The papers address five proposed directions for Palestinian to take in order to change the status quo: popular resistance, boycott, ending security ...  Read More »

About the Critical Currents in Islam

The Critical Currents in Islam (CCI) Page poses important questions about what makes movements and practices “Islamic,” and critically deconstructs the notion of an eternal, unchanging religion. With this in mind, we also seek to highlight the variation and nuances of these Islamic movements and practices as they occur within communities across the globe. Our goal in designating a space for the study of Islam within Jadaliyya is to examine the ways in which Islam is but one of a multiplicity of factors that interact in the cultivation of political, economic, and sociocultural arrangements, often yielding varied outcomes across the breadth of Islamic societies.

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