This issue coincides with the eighth anniversary of Jadaliyya, and ushers in a new era and concept for JadMag, one that was always part of its raison d’etre. Starting this fall, it will be published as a subscription-based magazine in both hard-copy and electronically. The cultivation of a steady readership will enable the JadMag team to produce a wide-ranging and an even more intellectually stimulating publication.
These magazines will be released twice a year, in addition to a third issue that will be specifically geared toward pedagogy on issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa. A fourth issue will be included in all subscriptions, and it can be any of our already published theme issues on JadMag.org. Starting in 2019, each JadMag will feature diverse content and offer unique articles or interviews that will not be found on Jadaliyya at the time of publication. Coupling timely content with the addition of essential readings lists, reviews of new books and scholarly articles, and topical pieces from Jadaliyya’s celebrated archives allows the JadMag project more ambitiously to function as a knowledge pro- ducer, a near-comprehensive source of analysis on the region, and a pedagogical resource par excellence.
For example, the article content in this issue ranges from Syrian refugees and alternative media in Morocco to recent protests in Iran and LGBTI freedoms in Turkey. Incisive interviews with Amr Hamzawy and Rabie Nasr provide a deeper dive into the state of Egyptian governance and the future of war-torn Syria. This issue also revisits Sara Pursley’s piece on the “artificial state” narrative, calling for a reexamination of Sykes-Picot and the establishment of Iraq’s borders. Salma Shamel’s article on the role of archives in the modern state and knowledge production along with a roundtable on political Islam after the Arab uprisings, four essential readings lists, and three reviews of recently published books provide excellent resources for educators. Finally, a group of Arabic articles on the Nakba, Muqtada al-Sadr’s political maneuvering in Iraq, a personal account of the US occupation of Iraq, and the normalization of ties with Israel and the BDS movement offer sharp analysis for Arabic speakers and students alike.
This kind of JadMag serves a dual function, overriding the limitations of the topical or geographical JadMags. Firstly, it will allow our team to produce content on a scale that is timely: coming out every six months, it will function as a faithful codex for the most impactful events and analysis in/on the Middle East and North Africa over the course of half a year. Such a format will enable readers to assess broader themes and trends across the region. Secondly, it provides an avenue for Jadaliyya readers to donate to and subsidize the costs of Jadaliyya, while receiving something evocative and useful in return.
JadMags will provide a resource unmatched elsewhere in the field: combining scholarship with passion, advocacy with practicality, and meaning with metrics, it goes beyond the abilities of traditional academic journals to meet the needs of educators, researchers, and students alike. The publication stands to evolve with its readers and their feedback. Subscribe today at www.TadweenPublishing.com or www.JadMag.org.