Posts tagged "egypt"

Salafism for Dummies

by Alex Thurston Suddenly, Salafism seems to be everywhere: mainstream Salafism, political Salafism, Wahhabist Salafism, Arab Salafism, Islamist Salafism, radical Salafism, and at least one instance of salafist-fundamentalist cage-fighting-ism.

The First Draft of History: Wire Agency Reporting in Egypt

by Maurice Chammah The editors weren’t pleased. It was too complex...It would be easier, they decided, to frame the story as one of religious hatred.

Manufacturing Visions:
A Review of “The Virgin, the Copts and Me”

By Abhimanyu Das Namir Abdel Messeeh's highly entertaining documentary The Virgin, the Copts and Me is a curious beast, a bit like one of those clever New Yorker articles that start off making you think it'll be about Batman but end up being about the tax obligations of the 1%. Only, in this case, it's...

Our Daily Links: In the World

The latest issue of Cultural Anthropology features an article by Revealer writer Yasmin Moll (read the entire issue here) titled, "Building the New Egypt: Islamic Televangelists, Revolutionary Ethics, and 'Productive' Citizenship."  (You can read Yasmin's article and the entire issue here.  You can read Yasmin's articles for The Revealer here.)

Women’s Bodies, Mediating the Revolution

From Khaled Fahmy's article, "Women, Revolution, and Army" in the Egyptian Independent:
Ibrahim [Samira Ibrahim, Egyptian woman who successfully sued the army for "subjecting her to a 'virginity test'"] may not be aware that the humiliating virginity test she was subjected to last March in the Hykestep military prison was not the first of its...

Our Daily Links: While You Were Eating Fruitcake Edition

Worth the Wait: It may have taken 1,500 years but the Talmud finally has an index. Early Adopters: I've long said that religion and porn are the two first groups to adopt new technologies. In "Christianity and the Future of the Book" at The New Atlantis Alan Jacobs writes, "Religious communities have been the...

Liberalism Killing the Copts

Reuters reports that Egypt's Coptic Christians are receiving an unprecedented amount of foreign support; subsequently they fear "a backlash from Muslims who could resent special attention to a minority at a time when all Egyptians are suffering economic hardship and political uncertainty."  Which reminds us of a provocative article by Marc Michael that Al Jazeera posted in November.  Of...

Daily Links: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Media in the West love the narrative that godless, Communist Russia eventually fell to the relentless, holy hand of capitalism (to be specific, the one at the end of Ronald Reagan's right arm).  Now that communism is gone, lookee there!  Russians are flocking to view Our Lady's Belt. Visitors are required, because of the outrageously...

Give Us This Day Our Daily Links

Minority Rights are a "Special Privilege;" Next to Newt's Godliness; Tebowing the Spotlight; Catholic Attitude; Because Your Military Rulers Said So; The Sui Juris of Citizenship

Religious Ghettoization of Egypt

From Marc Michael's "Is liberalism killing the copts?" at Al Jazeera:
Imperial liberalism not only reinforced lines of fracture in local social fabrics, but often engineered them, by inventing traditions and mythological pasts, linguistic and ethnic groupings. To this day a majority of Copts subscribe to the “Hamitic Hypothesis”: that Copts are a separate race...

Muslim Drag

Amy Levin: What would Muslim drag look like? Something like this? Yesterday, the AHA Foundation shared a link on their twitter account to an article titled “Egyptian Women’s Group Calls on Men to Try the Veil.” Aliaa El Mahdy, an Egyptian university student, created a facebook page called “Resounding Cries,” which asks Egyptian...

Our Woman in Cairo

Yasmin Moll, a Ph.D. student in socio-cultural anthropology at NYU, has been our woman in Cairo, reporting what she saw during and after the protests that led to the end of Hosni Mubarak's 30 year reign.  I asked Yasmin last week what she thought of George Friedman's analysis of the events.  Friedman, editor and CEO...