Arab Studies Journal

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring

A City Consumed: Urban Commerce, the Cairo Fire, and the Politics of Decolonization in Egypt
A CITY CONSUMED: URBAN COMMERCE, THE CAIRO FIRE, AND THE POLITICS OF DECOLONIZATION IN EGYPT by Nancy Y. Reynolds Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012 (xvii + 355 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $45.50 (cloth)A City Consumed...
A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran
A SINGLE ROLL OF THE DICE: OBAMA'S DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN by Trita Parsi New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012 (ix + 240 pages, notes, index) $27.50 (cloth), $17.00 (paper)With the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the White House in 2008, expectations...
Dangerous Weddings: Palestinian Poetry Festivals during Israel's First Military Rule
Colorless, tasteless, and voicelessWould our poems beIf they did not carry the lanternFrom door to door.And if simple folks don't graspTheir meaningsWe would better waft them away,We would better let our silence stay.-Mahmoud Darwish (1964)1These lines...
Diaspora Politics and Developmental Empire: The Syro-Lebanese at the League of Nations
We grant readily that France has made certain investments in Syria and that she has been paying some of the bills of this adventure in mandatory rule. But . . . the more Syria becomes indebted to France, the less is she likely to free herself of the...
Editors' Note
We can scarcely believe that two decades have passed since the publication of the ^rst issue of the Arab Studies Journal. We are proud and humbled to have published groundbreaking work by scholars at the onset of their careers as well as at the pinnacle....
Egyptian Colloquial Poetry in the Modern Arabic Canon: New Readings of Shi'r Al-'Amiyya
EGYPTIAN COLLOQUIAL POETRY IN THE MODERN ARABIC CANON: NEW READINGS OF SHI'R AL-'AMIYYA by Noha M. Radwan New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 (xii + 240 pages, bibliography, index) $85.00 (cloth)Noha Radwan's study of three Egyptian colloquial poets-Fu'ad...
Emigration and the Resilience of Politics in Lebanon
We would not be able to live without emigration, but if emigration became too vast, it could be the end of us.-Michel Chiha!e politicians are all thieves. But don't people vote for the politicians? !e people are all donkeys. But aren't there many Lebanese...
From Empire to Empire: Jerusalem between Ottoman and British Rule
FROM EMPIRE TO EMPIRE: JERUSALEM BETWEEN OTTOMAN AND BRITISH RULE by Abigail Jacobson Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2011 (xv + 262 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $34.95 (cloth)Recent works by Michelle Campos, Salim Tamari,...
Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress
GENDERED PARADOXES: EDUCATING JORDANIAN WOMEN IN NATION, FAITH, AND PROGRESS by Fida J. Adely Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012 (ix + 228 pages, bibliography, index) $25.00 (paper)In Gendered Paradoxes, Fida J. Adely provides an ethnographically...
Global Arab World Migrations and Diasporas
Don't live in the world as if you were renting or here only for the summer, but act as if it was your [mother's] house.-Nazim HikmetThis article provides a comprehensive overview of the quantitative dimensions of contemporary Arab world migrations and...
Global Palestine
GLOBAL PALESTINE by John Collins New York: Columbia University Press, 2011 (xi + 219 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations) $35.00 (cloth)In his book Global Palestine, John Collins sets out an ambitious agenda of theorizing the Palestinian experience...
Israeli Cinema: East/west and the Politics of Representation, New Edition
ISRAELI CINEMA: EAST/WEST AND THE POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION, NEW EDITION by Ella Shohat London: I. B. Tauris, 2010 (viii + 377 pages, bibliography, general index, name index, illustrations) $90.00 (cloth) $32.00 (paper)Israeli Cinema: East/West and...
Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History
JURIDICAL HUMANITY: A COLONIAL HISTORY by Samera Esmeir Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012 (xv + 363 pages, bibliography, index) $55.00 (cloth)Today human rights provides a dominant framework for thinking about humanity-one in which humanity...
Mixing, Separation, and Violence in Urban Spaces and the Rural Frontier in Palestine
From its inception, the Zionist project entailed a spatial relocation of Jews from small towns in Eastern Europe to Palestine, where they were to become a population firmly rooted in rural agriculture and physical labor. Conquest of the land (kibush...
On Iraqi Nationality: Law, Citizenship, and Exclusion
On the eve of the Iran-Iraq War in 1980, Saddam Hussein's regime waged a wide-scale campaign of expulsion of so-called Iraqis of Iranian origin, or taba'iyya iraniyya (often referred to as taba'iyya).1 These Iraqis were Shi'i Arabs and Kurds whose family...
Picturing Algeria
PICTURING ALGERIA by Pierre Bourdieu, edited by Franz Schultheis and Christine Frisinghelli New York: Columbia University Press, 2012 (xvi + 238 pages, bibliography, list of photographs, notes) $27.50 (cloth)In a poignant interview included in Picturing...
Responsible Mothers, Anxious Women: Contraception and Neoliberalism in Morocco
Dressed in a white lab coat and black hijab, Amal sat behind her desk in the counseling room of a clinic that specializes in reproductive and maternal healthcare located just outside Rabat, Morocco. Amal was not only the sole counselor who checked in...
Situating Salafism: Between the Local, the National, and the Global
SITUATING SALAFISM: BETWEEN THE LOCAL, THE NATIONAL, AND THE GLOBALGlobal Salafism: Islam's New Religious Movement by Roel Meijer, editor New York: Columbia University Press, 2009 (400 pages, glossary, bibliographies, index) $37.00 (cloth)Salafism in...
Street Life: Rebels, Rulers, and the Right to the City
STREET LIFE: REBELS, RULERS, AND THE RIGHT TO THE CITYRebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey New York: Verso, 2012 (ix + 187 pages, notes, index) $19.95 (cloth)Dubai: The City as Corporation by Ahmed Kanna Minneapolis:...
Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement from Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Empire
TELL THIS IN MY MEMORY: STORIES OF ENSLAVEMENT FROM EGYPT, SUDAN, AND THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE by Eve M. Troutt Powell Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012 (xvii + 246 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $40.00 (cloth)Tell This in My...
The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza
THE LEAST OF ALL POSSIBLE EVILS: HUMANITARIAN VIOLENCE FROM ARENDT TO GAZA by Eyal Weizman New York: Verso, 2011 (218 pages, index, illustrations) $26.95 (cloth)In that historical moment after the September 11 terrorist attacks, American politicians...
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