Podcast Archive

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Dr. Michael Barak, researcher for the Middle East Network Analysis Desk at the MDC as well as the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the IDC, spoke with Diwaniyya about the extensive use of social media by jihadi organizations across the Arab world.

May 2015

33: Recruitment for ISIS via Social Media
MDC research assistant and Steinhardt Israel intern Linda Dayan speaks with us about recruitment for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

April 2015

Dr. Brandon Friedman speaks to Diwaniyya about the EU3+3-Iranian nuclear negotiations.  He describes Iran's ambitions, the status of the current round of negotiations, and what's at stake in the absence of a deal.

June 2014

This podcast is an in-depth analysis by Dr. Benedetta Berti of the Syrian Revolution.  It examines the preconditions to the Syrian Revolution, the actors in the revolution, their goals and tools. 

March 2014

This podcast focuses on Bedouin identity and culture, with a comparison of Bedouin history in Israel and Jordan.  Yoav Alon, a professor of Middle East History at Tel Aviv University, is featured on this podcast.
February 2014

Turkish expert and Moshe Dayan Center researcher, Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, is featured in this podcast of Diwaniyya.  Hay discussed the developments in Turkey from the Gezi Park protests to the passing of the new internet laws, and what these internet laws mean for the future of Turkey. 

September 2013

Dr. Brandon Friedman speaks to Diwaniyya about the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to refuse a seat on the UN Security Council, the Iranian nuclear file, and Saudi Arabia's uneasy partnership with the United States.

August 2013

From gang rape in Tahrir Square to sexual violence in war-torn  Syria, the political upheaval in the Middle East has seen the perpetration of heinous abuses of women’s rights. At the same time, it has drawn attention to the systemic gender inequality and everyday abuses women suffer across the region.

July 2013

In this episode of Diwaniyya, Duygu Atlas speaks about the social conditions leading up to the protests, which began as an small environmentalist demonstration against the redevelopment of a small park in Istanbul and ballooned into one of the most prolonged periods of civil unrest in recent Turkish history. 

May 2013

Bab al-Hadid ("Cairo Station," 1958) offers a glimpse into life in Cairo in the late 1950's, a period of rapid social change. Youssef Chahine, the great Egyptian auteur who directed and starred in Bab al-Hadid, considered it his masterwork. In this episode, Joel Gordon, an expert on Egyptian cinematic history, discusses Bab al-Hadid and the life of Youssef Chahine.

April 2013

Kurds are found in parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. What aspects of identity have Kurdish groups in Turkey and Iraq mobilized in decades-long campaigns for autonomy, independence, and recognition? Ceng Sagnic, a Kurdish language instructor at Tel Aviv University, discusses the different aspects of Kurdish identity in this episode of Diwaniyya.

December 2012

Uzi Rabi, director of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and head of the Department of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, discusses Egypt’s prospects for democracy, as protests and rioting continue after the constitutional referendum.
Mira Tzoreff, an expert on Egypt and a researcher at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, discusses the controversial draft constitution and the tumultuous social and political situation in Egypt.

July - August 2012

Shimon Shamir, the former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt and Jordan, discusses the Muslim Brotherhood's vision of an Egyptian society based on conservative interpretations of Islamic law, and the organization's potential to change government and social structures.
Shimon Shamir, the former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt and Jordan, speaks on the history and ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and its role as a counterweight to the Egyptian state in the 20th century. 

June 2012

Our very first Arabic language podcast explores the place of Syrian Kurds in the current popular uprisings, as well as civil and cultural rights for Kurds in Syria. Our guest, Kamal Sido is a Syrian Kurdish consultant for the human rights organization the Society for Threatened Peoples.

May 2012

In this second installment of The Body Series, we explore the stories of slaves who lived in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century: the story of Shemsigul; the story of an African eunuch who escaped to freedom; a woman who was kidnapped into slavery, and the stranger who saved her; and an ex-slave who became a prostitute and was murdered in a crime of passion.

April 2012

We speak with Samir Ben Layashi, Esti Webman, and Ofra Bengio about their personal experiences of Jews in Arab lands. Samir relates his upbringing as a Muslim in the Jewish quarter of Meknes, Morocco, Esti discusses her childhood in Cairo and subsequent escape to Israel, and Ofra relates her youth in Aleppo and her families flight to Israel after anti-Jewish demonstrations.

March 2012 - April 2012
Diwaniyya's two-part special, Women in Public Life in the Middle East:

In the final part of our series on Women in Public Life in the Middle East, Diwaniyya brings you special insight into the role women play in Moroccan politics, with guest expert Dalit Atrakchi from Bar Ilan University, and excerpts from a talk with Maguy Kakon, the first Jewish woman to enter Moroccan politics.
In this episode of Diwaniyya, part of our special Women in Public Life in the Middle East, Dayan Center Researcher Mira Tzoreff discusses women's roles in the recent Arab Spring uprisings.

February 2012

For hundreds of years, the Sunna and Shi'a sects of Islam have had a tenuous relationship, but they have also experienced periods of reconciliation. In this first installment of our Book Series, Dayan Center researchers Ofra Bengio and Meir Litvak discuss their new edited volume, The Sunna and Shi'a in History (Palgrave Macmillan). They explore the origins of the Sunni-Shi'i rift and trace the relationship of the two sects through history, highlighting their political and cultural differences.

January 2012

Jamal Al-Din Al-Afghani was a contentious figure whose ideas formed the foundation of both Islamist thought and Islamic Reformism. He spent his career wandering throughout the Middle East, India and Europe — and he was often exiled for his controversial ideas. In this first installment of Diwaniyya's Biography Series, former Dayan Center Director Martin Kramer discusses the life and legacy of the man whose friend, Wilfrid Blunt, called a "wild man of genius."

December 2011 - January 2012
The Diwaniyya Christmas Special: a series of short interviews about Palestinian and Arab-Israeli Christians. The Christmas Special is part of the Minorities in the Middle East Series.

On Christmas Eve, Diwaniyya visited Bethlehem and spoke with Christians from all over the world about what spending Christmas in Bethlehem means to them. We also asked them how the town's Christmas celebrations have changed in light of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and demographic changes. (Produced and edited by Shoshi Shmuluvitz)
Rima Haj, a 21-year old Arab-Christian student at Tel Aviv University, tells us about Christmas in Nazareth, her home town, and her experiences in Tel Aviv.
Daphne Tsimhoni, an expert on Palestinian Christian society and history, discusses the status of the Christian minority in the Holy Land in modern history.
In this Diwaniyya Short, we discuss the Arab-Israeli Christian identity crisis with Wadie Abunassar, founder and director of the International Center for Consultations, an Arab-Jewish think tank.
Father David Mark Neuhaus, an Israeli Jesuit Catholic priest, discusses the various Christian communities in the Holy Land, their relationship to each other and to their denominational counterparts abroad, their religious lives, and their minority status.

November 2011

The hammam, or public bathhouse, has special social and symbolic significance in the Middle East. It is a stage on which cultural notions of cleanliness and dirt, purity and impurity, gender segregation, and male rites of passage are played out. In this first installment of The Body Series we talk about what the seemingly mundane act of bathing can reveal about cultural values and anxieties.

September- October 2011
Diwaniyya's five-part series on Palestinian Nationalism and the UN Bid for the recognition of Palestinian statehood:

The final installment of this series is a telephone interview with Avi Issacharoff, Palestinian and Arab Affairs Correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. Avi discusses what the UN bid might mean for Fatah, both domestically and regionally.
Meir Litvak, Director of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and Senior Research Fellow at the Dayan Center, sheds light on the impact the UN vote could have on Hamas-Fatah relations and future negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Asher Susser, Senior Researcher at the Dayan Center, and Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Head of the Palestinian Society for the Study of International Affairs, discuss Palestinian history and nationalism, and the implications of the UN vote on the recognition of Palestinian statehood.
Diwaniyya spoke with Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Ramallah-based Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research, about his work examining the attitudes and political opinions of Palestinians.

August 2011

Throughout their long history, the Berbers, an ethnic minority of North Africa, have alternately accepted and rejected new political regimes, religious beliefs and cultural norms—all the while maintaining a coherent identity. In this first installment of the Minorities in the Middle East Series, we discuss the significance of language, history and culture to the Berber minority, and the struggle for Berber rights in Morocco and Algeria.