Between Two Palaces and Pre-Revolutionary Egypt: Egyptian society and political landscape through the family of Sayed Abdel Gawad

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Through his famous trilogy which would later be adapted to film, Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz depicts the daily life of a middle class family in Cairo, from 1917 through 1944. Bayn al-Qasrayn, the first portion of the trilogy in film, directed by Hassan Al Imam, offers critical commentary on Egyptian society as a whole set […]

Comedy as revolution: Bassem Youssef and the rise and fall of Egyptian satire


The rise of Bassem Youssef from a thirty-seven year old cardiothoracic surgeon to one of the most popular television personalities in Egypt within a matter of months reflects his image as the voice of the 2011 Egyptian revolution post-Mubarak (Gladstone). The question, however, was why Youssef was considered such a danger to the Egyptian government, […]