Tag: Egypt

Sinai: War in a Distant Province (by Ellis Goldberg)

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by ELLIS GOLDBERG for NISRALNASR on JULY 16, 2015:  The July 1 battle in which the Egyptian Armed Forces regained control of a small border town from the self-proclaimed Sinai Province of the Islamic State (formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Supporters of Jerusalem) has heightened fear, anger, and above all self-congratulation among both […]

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WATCH: A Life Sentence for Hend Nafea

[ 0 ] July 21, 2015 |

by DALIA ALI and LAUREN FEENEY for NEW YORK TIMES VIDEO on JUNE 7, 2015:  Hend Nafea was sentenced to life in prison for protesting against Egypt’s military government. In this piece — filmed a day after the sentencing — she maintains her innocence.

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“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

[ 0 ] July 20, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 20, 2015: “One of the most visible public faces of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was Asmaʾ Mahfouz, a young woman who posted a video blog on Facebook calling for the January 25 protest in Tahrir Square “so that maybe we the country can become free, can […]

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WATCH: Nasser Rabat and Burak Erdim Discuss Medieval Global Cairo

[ 0 ] July 6, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (posted on JUNE 25, 2015):  Nasser Rabbat and Burak Erdim sit down to discuss architecture and the global city. Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erdim is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in […]

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Why Watching Soap Operas Won’t Make You Rich: A TV History of Egypt

Why Watching Soap Operas Won’t Make You Rich: A TV History of Egypt

[ 0 ] June 22, 2015 |

by ANDEEL for MADA MASR on JUNE 15, 2015:  Egypt has a very long art history. The role of cultural production in this society and the respect given to it has shaped Egypt’s personality over hundreds — if not thousands — of years. Living on a massive stockpile of cultural details, Egyptians have responded in […]

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WATCH: Prof. Sahar Aziz Comments on Morsi Death Sentence

WATCH: Prof. Sahar Aziz Comments on Morsi Death Sentence

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN via AL-JAZEERA and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL on JUNE 17, 2015:  Sahar Aziz, associate professor at Texas A&M School of Law, offers her political analysis of the death sentence (death by hanging) issued against former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and its adverse impact on the future of democracy in Egypt.  Is it political […]

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Authorities in Crisis: Sunni Islamic Institutions (by Hellyer and Brown for Carnegie Endowment)

Authorities in Crisis: Sunni Islamic Institutions (by Hellyer and Brown for Carnegie Endowment)

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

by H.A. HELLYER and NATHAN BROWN for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on JUNE 17, 2015:  The rapid rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS or Daesh) set off a debate about how Islamic the group really is and a search for an Islamic religious authority that could combat it. The existence […]

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WATCH: ISIS & the Middle East Generational Shift  (interview with Juan Cole)

WATCH: ISIS & the Middle East Generational Shift (interview with Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] June 15, 2015 |

by ELLIOT HILL for TheLipTV on JUNE 10, 2015:  Millennials in the Middle East are forming a clear generational gap between themselves and their elders, with the digital revolution effecting a sweeping advance of secularization. With majority populations under the age of 30, many countries are seeing a wide gulf between their social media savvy […]

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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced to Death, Pending Mufti Review

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced to Death, Pending Mufti Review

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 17, 2015:  Here’s a short compilation of analyses/reactions to the news that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to death, pending review by the Grand Mufti:   Morsi sentenced to death for prison break and espionage pending Mufti’s recommendation (Mada Masr, May 16, 2015) EXCERPT: Cairo Criminal […]

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Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests (by James Dorsey)

Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests (by James Dorsey)

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on MAY 16, 2015:  An Egyptian court has banned militant soccer fan groups or ultras as terrorist organizations in a bid to break the backbone of anti-government protests. The ruling at the request of Mortada Mansour, the controversial, larger than life president of Cairo’s […]

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