Posts tagged "egypt"

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...

Seeing God in Tahrir: Ethics of the Revolution

by Yasmin Moll Many commentators both inside and outside Egypt have focused on the anticipated role of the Muslim Brotherhood in a post-Mubarak Egypt. In many of these analyses, the Brotherhood is used as a metonym for the projected role of Islam in the public sphere. However, while the Brotherhood will certainly play a formative role...

Friday’s Reflections: Egypt Rises…And Triumphs

Yasmin Moll: After 30 years of autocratic rule, Mubarak stepped down today. The announcement came around 6 pm Cairo time. I had just finished giving an interview to a documentary filmmaker where I expressed great fear that Mubarak will continue to defy the demands of millions of Egyptians and cling to power. I have never been...

We Are All Egyptians

by Yasmin Moll There are tens of thousands of Egyptians in Tahrir today. And there are millions of Egyptians who are not. If we believe some international media outlets and domestic opposition papers, these groups make up two distinct camps: those for democracy and those for Mubarak. And if we believe the state press, the dividing line...

Women’s Rights in Egypt

"The Mubarak regime is more dangerous to women than the Muslim Brotherhood." Listen to renown feminist Dr. Nawal El Saadawi and NYU graduate student Yasmin Moll on the Brian Lehrer show on NPR. You can read today's exclusive article by El Saadawi at Women's Media Center here.

Not Another Iran

One storyline that’s making the rounds in the wake of ongoing protests in Egypt is that an applicable comparison can be made to Iran’s “green revolution” of 1979.  Ayaan Hirsi Ali has an op-ed in today’s New York Times titled, “Get Ready for the Muslim Brotherhood” that states as much, warning the U.S. that it...

Let My People Go

In a recent interview Egyptian-born journalist Mona Eltahawy tells Bill Maher (notoriously anti-religion, Maher so often perfectly demonstrates the confounding problem the left has with articulating religious tolerance) that Egypt has less chance of becoming a theocracy than is assumed in U.S. commentary.

Whose Revolution Is It Anyway?

Slate gives us a don't-miss slideshow of Mubarak's biggest U.S. fans.  Gawker tallies up the conspiracy theories they're spinning.

Mubarak’s Reality: Baksheesh

Hosni Mubarak didn't contrive his I'm the preventer of chaos reality all alone.  The tyrannical dictator of Egypt, who today told ABC's Christiane Amanpour that he'd love to step down but can't, has for three decades been appreciated (both politically and financially) by the West for what he is not:  another critical voice...

Egyptian Experience

My friend Sam is in Egypt.  Here's an excerpt from his recent blog post which can also be read at AOLNews:
They had us empty our pockets in the middle of the half open gazebo type station. The mob began to form around us as we were searched and questioned. Someone from the mob...