Arab Studies Journal

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring

A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics, and Religion in Saudi Arabia
A MOST MASCULINE STATE: GENDER, POLITICS, AND RELIGION IN SAUDI ARABIA Madawi Al-Rasheed Cambridge: Ca mbridge University Press, 2013 (xii + 333 pages, works cited, index) $78.79 (cloth), $26.99 (paper)A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics, and Religion...
Analyzing Authoritarianism in an Age of Uprisings
ANALYZING AUTHORITARIANISM IN AN AGE OF UPRISINGS Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria Joshua Stacher Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012 (xiv + 211 pages, bibliography, figures) $24.95 (paper)Business Networks in Syria: The...
And Then We Work for God: Rural Sunni Islam in Western Turkey
AND THEN WE WORK FOR GOD: RURAL SUNNI ISLAM IN WESTERN TURKEY Kimberly Hart Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013 (x + 292 pages, bibliography, index, photographs) $24.94 (paper)Kimberly Hart's And Then We Work for God is a richly descriptive...
Aren't We Human? Normalizing Palestinian Performances
You see, there are two models of Arab governance. The old Nasserite model, which Hamas still practices, where leaders say: "Judge me by how I resist Israel or America." ...The new model, pioneered in the West Bank by Abbas and Fayyad is: "Judge me by...
Colonial Copyright: Intellectual Property in Mandate Palestine
COLONIAL COPYRIGHT: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN MANDATE PALESTINE Michael D. Birnhack Oxford: Oxford Universit y Press, 2012 (x vi + 336 pages, bibliography, index) $99.75 (cloth)Even scholarly readers may assume that a book on copyright law sounds most...
Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: On the Politics of Art, Aesthetics, and Affect
Traditional music must remain; it is a base and we listen to it. But the logic of our music is different. Traditional music is to show the identity of the people, their huwiya, but that is not the intention of our music. Our music is to show the problems...
Damascus: Ottoman Modernity and Urban Transformation, 1808-1918, Vols. 1 and 2
DAMASCUS: OTTOMAN MODERNITY AND URBAN TRANSFORMATION, 1808-1918, VOLS. 1 AND 2 Stefan Weber Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus Universit y Press, 2009 (1,200 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps, enclosed plans) $245.00 (cloth)Stefan Weber's two-volume...
Debating Lebanon's Power-Sharing Model: An Opportunity or an Impasse for Democratization Studies in the Middle East?
In spite of its small size, Lebanon is a divided state that is home to eighteen different ethno-religious groups.1 Its political system operates through a power-sharing arrangement organized along state-recognized sectarian lines. The arrangement purports...
Editors' Note
In "Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: The Politics of Art, Aesthetics, and Affect," Sophie Richter-Devroe and Ruba Salih introduce the imperatives, questions, and ideas that inspired the special issue we are featuring here. Encompassing...
Grievability as Political Claim Making: The 100 Shaheed-100 Lives Exhibition1
Organizing the 100 Shaheed-100 Lives memorial exhibition in 2000-2002 at the Sakakini Cultural Centre of Ramallah represented, for me, a vortex of heartbreak, exhilaration, frustration, and manic work, as well as pride in an achievement. Yet one of the...
Imagined Empires: A History of Revolt in Egypt
IMAGINED EMPIRES: A HISTORY OF REVOLT IN EGYPT Zeinab Abul-Magd Berkeley: Universit y of California Press, 2013 (ix + 201 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $29.95 (paper)In Imagined Empires, Zeinab Abul-Magd develops an extended case study...
Imagined Museums: Art and Modernity in Postcolonial Morocco
IMAGINED MUSEUMS: ART AND MODERNITY IN POSTCOLONIAL MOROCCO Katarzyna Pieprzak Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010 (x xix + 177 pages, bibliography, index, i llustrations) $75.00 (cloth), $25.00 (paper)"I am not interested in national museums...
Intifada 3.0? Cyber Colonialism and Palestinian Resistance
Following in the footsteps of international organizations, including the United Nations, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and the International Telecommunications Union, on 2 May 2013, Google replaced the words "Palestinian Territories"...
Jerusalem's Separation Wall and Global Message Board: Graffiti, Murals, and the Art of Sumud
All this graffiti that you see on the wall, even when it's not political, is not an act of adjustment. It's an act of resistance!Shopkeeper from East Jerusalem, 9 February 2011Israel's "security fence" ( geder ha-hafrada) or Palestine's "apartheid wall"...
Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948
LAND OF PROGRESS: PALESTINE IN THE AGE OF COLONIAL DEVELOPMENT, 1905-1948 Jacob Norris Oxford: Oxford Universit y Press, 2013 (256 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations) $125.00 (cloth)The dominant view of British policy in Mandate Palestine has...
"My Struggle Embraces Every Struggle" : Palestinians in Israel and Solidarity with Afro-Asian Liberation Movements
Before he was an internationally acclaimed poet, Mahmoud Darwish spent his twenties as an editor and columnist for al-Ittihad and al-Jadid, the Arabic-language publications of the Israeli Communist Party. In February 1962 he reported on the second Afro-Asian...
Nasser's Gamble: How Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power
NASSER'S GAMBLE: HOW INTERVENTION IN YEMEN CAUSED THE SIX-DAY WAR AND THE DECLINE OF EGYPTIAN POWER Jesse Ferris Princeton, NJ: Princeton Universit y Press, 2013 (x + 342 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps) $45.00 (cloth)The 1962-70 Yemeni...
On Delusion, Art, and Urban Desires in Palestine Today: An Interview with Yazid Anani
Yazid Anani is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and the Masters Program in Urban Planning and Landscape at Birzeit University. He obtained his PhD in spatial planning from TU Dortmund University in Germany in 2006. Anani chaired...
Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook
POPULAR CULTURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: A POSTCOLONIAL OUTLOOK Edited by Walid El Hamamsy and Mounira Soliman New York: Routledge, 2013 (x v + 284 pages, bibliographica l references, index) $125.0 0 (cloth)The edited volume Popular Culture...
Refractions of Civil Society in Turkey
REFRACTIONS OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN TURKEY Daniella Kuzmanovic New York: Palgrave Macmi llan, 2012 (x iv + 211 pages, bibliography, index, i llustrations) $85.00 (cloth)In Refractions of Civil Society in Turkey, Daniella Kuzmanovic offers an ethnographic...
Shiism and Politics in the Middle East
SHIISM AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST Laurence Louëër, translated by John King Cambridge: Ca mbridge University Press, 2013 (xii + 333 pages, works cited, index) $78.79 (cloth), $26.99 (paper)As the debate about a rising "Shi'i crescent" continues,...
Shrines in the Early Modern Middle East
SHRINES IN THE EARLY MODERN MIDDLE EAST The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: Architecture, Religion and Power in Early Modern Iran Kishwar Rizvi London: I. B. Tauris, 2011 (x v + 267 pages, bibliography, index, illustrations, maps, plans) $100.00 (cloth)Architecture...
Technology and National Identity in Turkey: Mobile Communications and the Evolution of a Post-Ottoman Nation
TECHNOLOGY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY IN TURKEY: MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AND THE EVOLUTION OF A POST-OTTOMAN NATION Burçce CÇelik London: I. B. Tauris, 2011 (v ii + 209 pages, bibliography, index) $100.0 0 (cloth)In contrast to the scholarship on the Ottoman...
The Contemporary Syrian Novel in Translation
THE CONTEMPORARY SYRIAN NOVEL IN TRANSLATION Cinnamon Samar Yazbek Translated by Emily Danby London: Haus Publishing, 2012 (226 pages) $16.95 (paper)In Praise of Hatred Khaled Khalifa Translated by Leri Price London: Transworld Publishers, 2012 (x v...
The Emergence of Minorities in the Middle East: The Politics of Community in French Mandate Syria
THE EMERGENCE OF MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: THE POLITICS OF COMMUNITY IN FRENCH MANDATE SYRIA Benjamin Thomas White Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011 (xiii + 256 pages, maps, illustrations, bibliography, index) $40.0 0 (paper)The ongoing...
The "Hidden Transcript" of Resistance in Moroccan Tazmamart Prison Writings
This death made us realize the seriousness of the situation. We were sentenced to die from hunger, cold, vermin, and illness without succor, mercy, or any other resources except our faith, youth, and our ability to endure and fill time.1IntroductionThis...
The Social and Economic Origins of Monarchy in Jordan
THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ORIGINS OF MONARCHY IN JORDAN Tariq Moraiwed Tell New York: Palgrave Macmi llan, 2013 (x + 221 pages, notes, index,) $90.0 0 (cloth)In this impressively researched study, Tariq Tell enriches our understanding of the Hashemite...
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