Entery Denied. →
"What is your father’s name?"
"What is your father’s father’s name?"
"Where was he born?"
"You have Palestinian passport?"
"You have American passport only?"
"You have family in Ramallah?"
"You don’t have family there?”
"Who do you know in Ramallah?"
"You were born…
"A Bitter Disappointment," Edward Said on His Encounter with Sartre, de Beauvoir and Foucault →
In 1979, Edward Said was invited by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to France for a conference on Middle East peace. It was in the wake of the Camp David Accords that ended the war between Egypt and Israel, that the author of “Orientalism” and ardent supporter of the Palestinian people, was invited to contribute with other prominent thinkers. Said offered effusive praise for Sartre when recounting his adventure, writing for the London Review of Books: “He was never condescending or evasive, even if he was given to error and overstatement. Nearly everything he wrote is interesting for its sheer audacity, its freedom (even its freedom to be verbose) and its generosity of spirit” But despite admiring Sartre and de Beauvoir, Said was disappointed after meeting his intellectual heroes. Upon arriving in France, Said received a mysterious note informing him that, for security reason, the proceedings were to be held in the home of Michel Foucault. Upon arriving, Said encountered de
But the dissapointment for Said was in Sartre, de Beauvoir and even Foucault’s unflinching support of Israel.
What they say: “post-race”
What they mean: “leaving minorities behind”
What they say: “post-feminism”
What they mean: “leaving women behind”
Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.
"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.
History of Arab Literature - تاريخ آداب اللغة العربية →
Jirjī Zaydān was born in Beirut, Lebanon, into a Syrian Orthodox family of modest means. After a mediocre experience at local schools, he moved to Egypt to study at al-Qaṣr al-ʻAynī medical college, but he abandoned medicine in favor of a literary and publishing career. He founded Dar al-Hilal printing and publishing house and in 1892 brought out the weekly al-Hilal magazine, which continues publication to this day. Al-Ahram newspaper and al-Hilal became the most long-lived and influential media advocates for Egyptian national causes and modernizing progress based on Western models. Zaydān was one of the most influential media figures of his generation. With Zaydān as editor, publisher, and contributor, al-Hilal reached a wide regional audience. His commitment to national pride, intellectual curiosity, and energetic entrepreneurship derived from the book Self-Help by the Scottish author Samuel Smiles, which had been translated into Arabic in 1886. Zaydān did not limit himself to popular journals. His History of Arabic Literature consists of four volumes, of which the first two volumes are presented here bound together and covering the pre-Islamic period to the 11th century. In his support for modernization, Zaydān ran afoul of some contemporaries who claimed he was a Mason. The …
"يجب عليك أن تكون صبوراً. إن فوجي جبل غريب الأطوار، إنه لا يحب أن يُظهر أفضل ما عنده مباشرة. يجب أن تتحول إلى عبد لهذا الجبل بشكل أساسي. فما عليك إلا الانتظار سواء كان الجو ماطراً أو مثلجاً أو حتى لو تعرضت لأشعة الشمس الحارقة. ولكن عندما تحين اللحظة المناسبة يمكن للجبل أن يظهر منظراً تدعوه ببساطة مذهل. إن سحر المشهد يرسل بقشعريرة تسري في الجسم لتشعر بها أسفل عمودك الفقري. لست أدري كم من تلك اللحظات العديدة فاتتني في حياتي، لذلك أعتزم أن أبقي دوما آلة التصوير معي على جبل فوجي لأتأكد من أننّي لم أفوت أي فرصة. (..) جبل فوجي آلهة لها قدرة على فتن الرجال. (..) وإن لم استطع رؤية أرواح وجنيات غاباته فعلى الأقل أتمنى أن أرى بعض الأشباح."
المصوّر أوياما يوكيو٫ أبرز مصور لجبل فوجي في العالم أجمع، الذي كرّس أربعين سنة من حياته لتصوير مناظر الجبل المختلفة بدءًا من العام ١٩٧٦.