Arab Studies Journal

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, 2016

Arwa Salih''s the Premature: Gendering the History of the Egyptian Left
This article examines the intellectual legacy of the Egyptian Marxist Arwa Salih (1953-97) in order to trace an intimate history of the Egyptian left. Gender relations among comrades have underpinned the movement that has enveloped women's rights in...
A Tale of Two Communists: The Revolutionary Projects of the Lebanese Communists Husayn Muruwwa and Mahdi 'Amil 1
This article deals with two communists and their intellectual and social development in light of their political commitment in "revolutionary times." It follows the changing and sometimes synchronous notions of enthusiasm, commitment, hope, despair,...
Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt
COUNTING ISLAM: RELIGION, CLASS, AND ELECTIONS IN EGYPT Tarek Masoud New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (xxii + 276 pages, bibliography, index) $34.99 (paper)In Counting Islam, Tarek Masoud asks how Islamists have performed in Egyptian electoral...
Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt
CULTIVATING THE NILE: THE EVERYDAY POLITICS OF WATER IN EGYPT by Jessica Barnes Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014 (xvii + 230 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $24.95 (paper)Publications on society-environment relationships and environmental...
Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800
DISABILITY IN THE OTTOMAN ARAB WORLD, 1500-1800 Sara Scalenghe New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014 (xiv + 203 pages, bibliography, index) $90.00 (cloth)Sara Scalenghe's fascinating new book is a groundbreaking addition to a field still in its...
Editor's Note
The Arab world and the broader Middle East offer profound lessons on the inextricability of knowledge and power. In the midst of civil war, foreign intervention, and ongoing occupation, those of us who study the Middle East or call it home confront two...
Food Security in the Middle East
FOOD SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST Edited by Zahra Babar and Suzi Mirgani New York: Oxford University Press, 2014 (xxiii + 379 pages, appendices, notes, index) $35.00 (paper)It has been remarkably undernoticed that many of the recent protests which unfurled...
Group Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf: Rethinking the Rentier State
GROUP CONFLICT AND POLITICAL MOBILIZATION IN BAHRAIN AND THE ARAB GULF: RETHINKING THE RENTIER STATE Justin Gengler Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015 (226 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $30.00 (paper), $75.00 (cloth)While...
Inviolable Sheikhs and Radical Subjects: Bahrain''s Cyclical Sovereignty Crisis
The King is Head of State, and its nominal representative, and his person is inviolate.Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain (2002), article 33aThe system of government in the Kingdom of Bahrain is democratic, sovereignty being in the hands of the people,...
Islamic Law on Peasant Usufruct in Ottoman Syria, 17th to Early 19th Century
ISLAMIC LAW ON PEASANT USUFRUCT IN OTTOMAN SYRIA, 17TH TO EARLY 19TH CENTURY Sabrina Joseph Leiden: Brill, 2012 (vii + 202 pages, bibliography, index) $136.00 (cloth)Sabrina Joseph's Islamic Law on Peasant Usufruct in Ottoman Syria, 17th to Early 19th...
Lebanon''s Al-Akhbar and Radical Press Culture: Toward an Intellectual History of the Contemporary Arab Left
In short, this left-wing radicalism is precisely the attitude to which there is no longer in general any corresponding political action.1In December 2010, Robert F. Worth of the New York Times asked al-Akhbar editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin about the...
Leg over Leg, or the Turtle in the Tree, concerning the Fariyaq, What Manner of Creature Might He Be
LEG OVER LEG, OR THE TURTLE IN THE TREE, CONCERNING THE FARIYAQ, WHAT MANNER OF CREATURE MIGHT HE BE Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq Edited and translated by Humphrey Davies New York: New York University Press, 2013-14 Four-volume set (1,920 pages, bibliography,...
Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi' Ite South Beirut
LEISURELY ISLAM: NEGOTIATING GEOGRAPHY AND MORALITY IN SHI' ITE SOUTH BEIRUT Lara Deeb and Mona Harb Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013 (xii + 286 pages, maps, images, bibliography, index) $24.95 (paper)If any Arab city suffers inordinately...
Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction: Who Writes Iran?
LITERARY SUBTERFUGE AND CONTEMPORARY PERSIAN FICTION: WHO WRITES IRAN? Mohammad Mehdi Khorrami New York: Routledge, 2015 (xii + 249 pages, bibliography, index) $145.00 (cloth)M. Mehdi's most recent book, Literary Subterfuge and Contemporary Persian Fiction:...
Literature, Gender, and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Egypt: The Life and Works of 'A''isha Taymur
LITERATURE, GENDER, AND NATION-BUILDING IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY EGYPT: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF 'A''ISHA TAYMUR Mervat F. Hatem New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (xv + 234 pages, bibliography, index) $105.00 (cloth)Among the sea of monographs addressing...
New Approaches to Arab Left Histories
This special section in the Arab Studies Journal presents articles drawn from two seminars held at the German Orient-Institut in Beirut (OIB) and the American University of Beirut (AUB), in 2012 and 2013, respectively.1 The seminars resulted from research...
On Time: Technology and Temporality in Modern Egypt
ON TIME: TECHNOLOGY AND TEMPORALITY IN MODERN EGYPT On Barak Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013 (360 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $29.95 (cloth)At the heart of the story modernity tells about itself lies a claim about...
Shattered Dreams of Revolution: From Liberty to Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire
SHATTERED DREAMS OF REVOLUTION: FROM LIBERTY TO VIOLENCE IN THE LATE OTTOMAN EMPIRE Bedross Der Matossian Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014 (xii + 178 pages, notes, index) $24.95 (paper)The 1908 Constitutional Revolution, sometimes referred...
Sovereignty from Below: State Feminism and Politics of Women against Women in Tunisia
This article proposes a model of women's rights in Tunisia that transcends the law-focused state sovereignty paradigm that many gender scholars associate with state feminism. Instead, it theorizes an insurgent, dissociative feminist sovereignty paradigm,...
The Anatomy of a Crisis: On Mahdi 'Amil''s Naqd Al-Fikr Al-Yawmi
Crisis and Its Narratives: The Arab Marxist TraditionAmong the many shocks that the contemporary Syrian revolution has produced, the bitter and acrimonious segmentation of leftist opinion on the popular uprising may be the most noteworthy in terms of...
The Animal in Ottoman Egypt
THE ANIMAL IN OTTOMAN EGYPT Alan Mikhail New York: Oxford University Press, 2013 (336 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $49.00 (cloth)The Animal in Ottoman Egypt covers an astonishing amount of ground. It opens our eyes to dynamics of...
The Barber of Damascus: Nouveau Literacy in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Levant
THE BARBER OF DAMASCUS: NOUVEAU LITERACY IN THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY OTTOMAN LEVANT Dana Sajdi Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013 (312 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $60.00 (cloth)Historians of the Arab provinces of the Ottoman...
The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post - Cold War Order
THE GLOBAL OFFENSIVE: THE UNITED STATES, THE PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION, AND THE MAKING OF THE POST - COLD WAR ORDER Paul Thomas Chamberlin New York: Oxford University Press, 2012 (xi + 324 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $36.95...
The Leftist, the Liberal, and the Space in Between: Ziad Rahbani and Everyday Ideology
Intellectual history has long dominated the study of ideologies in the Middle East. Since Albert Hourani's famous Arab Thought in the Liberal Age (1962), a number of scholars have linked ideological formation to intellectual life in the nahda period,...
The Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission: The Promises of a Human Rights Archive
In an enigmatic sense, which will clarify itself perhaps (perhaps, because nothing can be sure here, for essential reasons), the question of the archive is not, we repeat, a question of the past. It is not the question of a concept dealing with the past...
The Paper Trail of a Liberation Movement
In March 1986, a lieutenant named 'Isa from the Algerian military accompanied Samih Shubayb, head of the Archives and Documents Section at the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Research Center, to a Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) base in the Algerian...
Trial of the Status Quo: The Politics of Mediated Justice in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
The Lebanese media landscape is widely acknowledged to be a battleground for privatized outlets aligned with political elites.1 Each outlet vies for hegemony in a crowded and competitive marketplace of competing narratives. Lebanese outlets may, on occasion,...
Urbicide in Palestine: Spaces of Oppression and Resilience
URBICIDE IN PALESTINE: SPACES OF OPPRESSION AND RESILIENCE Nurhan Abujidi London: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics, 2014 (xvi + 258 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps, photographs) $155.00 (cloth)Urbicide in Palestine describes...
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