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Tarek El-Ariss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181936

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181936.001.0001

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(p.146) Chapter 5 Cyber-Raiding
Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals

Tarek El-Ariss

Princeton University Press

Focusing on the Internet as a space of regression and harassment following the Arab uprisings, this chapter traces the violence perpetrated against Arab authors, activists, and intellectuals online to the emergence of fiction as hyperreality principle. Investigating the relation between reading practices and knowledge production, and continuing the examination of the function of the author as leaking subject in the digital age, it focuses on the act of fragmenting the work itself through online campaigns and perverse literary performances. Specifically, it examines a hashtag campaign—in fact, a hashtag ghazwa (tribal raid)—launched on Twitter against a Saudi author, Badriah Albeshr [al-Beshr] (b. 1967), who was accused of apostasy for passages in her novel Hend and the Soldiers (2010).

Keywords:   online harassment, Arab authors, activists, leaking, hashtag campaign, Badriah Albeshr, apostasy

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