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    Egypt’s Coptic minority continues to face violence post-Tahrir

Egypt’s Coptic minority continues to face violence post-Tahrir

by Marina Elgawly

It was not so long ago that the eyes of the world were transfixed on Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt’s revolutionary movement, and its poignant calls for “peace, bread and social justice”. The recent bombing of a Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, however, serves as a reminder that as united as the social platform seemed, it […]

Book Review: Shadi Hamid’s ‘Islamic Exceptionalism’

by Adam Weinstein
Islamic Exceptionalism is an extension of an argument earlier asserted by Hamid which is that democracy in a Muslim society will rarely produce a liberal society, but might instead further introduce Islam into public life. This is said with the reminder that Islam – even Islamism – is not monolithic. As Hamid explains ‘for many Muslims, the point […]

Look who’s back: Businessmen in the Egyptian parliament

by Ferdinand Eibl

When businessmen turned out to be the big winners in the 23 April elections of committee heads in Egypt’s freshly minted parliament, I was struck by a strong sense of déjà vu. Once more politics under Sisi looks like an updated version of the late Mubarak period minus an established ruling party. To recall, politically connected entrepreneurs […]

May 23rd, 2016|Egypt|0 Comments|

Is there any hope left for Egypt’s revolutionaries?

by Yasmine Laveille

Already in early 2014, when I first started my fieldwork in Upper Egypt, ihbat, meaning disappointment, frustration or defeat, was felt by most young supporters of the 25 January 2011 uprising. Six months after the army’s ouster of President Morsi, it was obvious that counterrevolutionaries had taken advantage of popular discontent towards the Muslim Brotherhood to seize […]

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    Five Years after the Uprising: Youth in Egypt are using the internet for escapism, not political participation

Five Years after the Uprising: Youth in Egypt are using the internet for escapism, not political participation

by Heba Elsayed

Almost five years to this day, young Egyptians made global headlines as a (digital) force to be reckoned with: they were at the forefront of an uprising that disposed of a thirty-year dictatorship within 18 days. A plethora of accounts emerged of how youth not only faced the wrath of Mubarak’s police force on the ground, but […]

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