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Sophia Hoffman, Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis Before the Storm (New Texts Out Now)

Sophia Hoffman, Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis Before the Storm (New Texts Out Now)

After finishing my post-graduate studies in London in 2004, I trained as a journalist and then moved to Damascus to pick up some foreign correspondence work. I quickly became gripped with curiosity about how politics worked in Syria, both in the day to day, and on the international level. Everyday life in Syria seemed governed by a mix of intense fear and relaxed, easy-going attitudes that I really wanted to understand better.

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The Year in Art 2018

The Year in Art 2018

Seeking to gauge the year in art, Jadaliyya’s Culture page invited artists, writers, and other cultural practitioners to share their thoughts on some of the most impactful shows of 2018. Together, the reviews below reflect how curatorial practices, particularly in the context of institutions (museums, biennials, and universities), are rapidly changing in order to meet the current demands of criticism and art historical discourse.

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NEWTON Bouquet, "All Things Syria"

NEWTON Bouquet, "All Things Syria"

For our December NEWTON bouquet, we chose to focus on Syria, in the wake of both a devastating year, and the announcement by US President Donald Trump that US military personnel will soon withdraw. The NEWTON selections comprising this last Bouquet of 2018 discuss the current conflict in terms of migration and displacement, gender and sexuality, and authoritarianism, as they relate to Syria's past, present, and/or future.   

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Essential Readings: Uprisings, Resistance, and Popular Mobilization (by Asef Bayat)

Essential Readings: Uprisings, Resistance, and Popular Mobilization (by Asef Bayat)

Middle East studies has traditionally paid more attention to the elite power than the people in subverting that power. The recent Essential Reading compiled by Lisa Anderson in Jadaliyya guides us to a fine collection of publications on the states and regimes in the Middle East since the 1970s. However, serious works on contentious politics, social movements, and resistance in the region have been quite recent.

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Essential Readings: Revolutions in the Contemporary Middle East by Jack Goldstone

Essential Readings: Revolutions in the Contemporary Middle East by Jack Goldstone

The Arab world reeled from revolutions during the 1950s and 1960s. These decades included the Egyptian Nationalist Revolution of 1952 led by Gamal Abdul Nasser, the September 1 Revolution in Libya led by Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the 14 July Revolution in Iraq that overthrew the Hashemite monarchy, and the Algerian Revolution of 1954-1962 against French colonial rule.

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