Urabi and Nasser: The Parallel Paths

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Nasser is one of the best known leaders of Egypt. Viewed initially as a hero of the people, he was the first native Egyptian to lead the country in centuries. His memorials and marks are still scattered all over the Egyptian land. While this leader is the one to gain all the fame, there was […]

The Origins and Results of the Bombardment of Alexandria

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After weeks of building tension marked by a threatening European naval presence in the waters just outside Alexandria and violent civilian riots, Britain brought an end to the Urabi Revolt. In the early morning, a fleet of British ironclad ships in the port of Alexandria started furiously unleashing their artillery on armed fortifications in the […]

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 […]

Leslie Johnson

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New Media: 1919 // 2011 “New media” was a big part of both the 1919 and 2011 Revolutions. The phrase, “new media”, can be used to explain new forms of communication used to express people’s feeling towards the revolutions in ways that were not typical like newspapers and on TV. The most dominate forms of […]

Denshawai: More Than a Pigeon

Egyptian Swift Pigeon

Denshawai: More Than a Pigeon             Some actions made in one culture can be completely taboo in another. This can be as simple as differences in table manners, to differences in the sacredness of objects or living organisms. Two that have many differences between each other are the British and Egyptian cultures. In the early […]

Egyptian Representatives

First Egyptian parliament session after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak

In the time that Egypt was controlled by the British, the Egyptians saw a contradiction between their representatives’ views and the views of those with power. Democracy was hindered by foreign influence, class differences, and strategic military placement. The three major groups that participated in the recent revolution have had a history with representation. Before […]

Egyptians and Technology


From the 1881 revolution to the 2011 uprising Egyptian’s have constantly used the technology of the era to contribute to political causes. Technology has allowed all groups of Egyptians to enhance their quality of life despite social difficulties such as illiteracy and unemployment. The accessibility and growth of technology has facilitated protest and overthrown regimes. […]

Ramifications of Denshawai Judicial Decisions


The greatest travesty committed during the Denshawai incident was not the incident itself, it was how the matter was resolved. The incident itself was just the spark to the fire. Six egyptians were wounded, including the wife of Abd-el-Nebi, the prayer leader of the Denshawai mosque. In retaliation for being fired upon, the villagers struck […]

1882 and 1956, A Shift in World Powers


The 1882 British conquest of Egypt and the 1956 Suez Canal Crisis were both events that seem to be parallels in history.  They were centered on the Suez Canal, sparked by an uprising and involved foreign Western powers invading Egypt.  The British conquest of Egypt, also known as the Anglo-Egyptian war of 1882, was started […]

Family & “Bain al-Qasrayn”

When translated into English, Bayn al-qasrayn literally means “between two palaces.” This movie was based off the novel titled Bayn al-qasrayn, which was published in 1956 depicting the cultural and political transition Egypt was undergoing at the time. The story of Bayn al-qasrayn occurred during 1917-1919 in Cairo, beginning in World War I and ending […]