What Does Egypt Think of the U.S?


“The scenario the United States would prefer, and that might well best serve the interests of the Egyptian people, is a slow transition, allowing sufficient time for the widest range of parties, forces, and interests in Egypt to organize and coordinate, and for a true stable multi-party democracy to emerge, with this democracy coalescing around […]

How the 2011 Revolution Affected Women’s Rights


    Revolutions throughout history have had many different goals; whether they want to change the government, gain rights for a certain group of people, or in some other way progress, they act as an empowering mechanism of (hopefully positive) change. The 2011 revolution in Egypt was a monumental event, bringing groups together to overthrow […]

Is Internet Enough?

          Around the world, societies have struggled with oppression. The people’s voice has been taken, and no good, simple solution has been found to this problem. An Egyptian activist by the name of Wael Ghonim believes to have a simple solution, “ ’If you want to free a society, just give […]

Leslie Johnson- The Three Elements of Egyptian Society: Liberals, Islamists, and the Military.

  In this class, we have mainly focused on three elements in Egyptian Society dealing with revolutions: Liberals, Islamists, and the Military. They are all depicted differently when explained by the three different elements; however, the Liberals and the Islamists see the liberals as secularists, the Islamists as either terrorists or extremists, and the Military […]

“Now we can lead revolutions”: A Snapshot of Egyptian Feminism

  The trope of the marginalized Arab woman isn’t new. It seems to be almost common knowledge these days—life for women in the Middle East can be hard. From lacking female representation in government, to laws restricting female possession of property, to the practice of female genital mutilation, to religious family law limiting women to the […]

The Differing Trends of the Disgruntled Youths in Al-Karnak and The Square

The ideas of revolution and youth are two concepts which historically have found themselves linked in the narrative of development and change. Disestablishment and uprising are tied with the romanticized spirit of the young masses breaking from the status quo and demanding something to change. From Che Guevara to the Tehran University protestors, the ideal […]

Evolving Perception of the Muslim Brotherhood by the Egyptian government


Since its founding in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been viewed with an ever-changing eye by the Egyptian government, despite several attempts to disband the Brotherhood by the government, and an untold number of killings and political imprisonments. The Muslim Brotherhood has experienced several period of relative peace and have wielded significant political power on […]

The 2011 Revolution, the Household & Family Life

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In the 2013 documentary The Square, there’s a scene where we get a peek into Magdy’s home- we see his family, and we hear the opinions of some of his family members. While this scene is one of the most personal (and even touching) points of the documentary, it also reveals a larger truth about the […]

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, […]

The Love of Conspiracies

The Egyptian people are known for their fondness of conspiracy theories and recently some of these theories have circled around the involvement of the world’s superpower, the United States in Egyptian and Middle Eastern political affairs. Public opinion polls of the Egyptian people show that though there have been spikes in support for the American […]