The cinematic love letter to Cairo that none of its residents will see

Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City documents life in the Egyptian capital over 10 years, but authorities have refused him a permit to show it Ruth Michaelson, Wednesday 12 July 2017 Ask a Cairo resident to describe the most frustrating thing about living in the Egyptian capital, and they will likely tell you about the noise, the […]

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The City Always Wins

by Omar Robert Hamilton A debut novel that captures the experience of the Egyptian revolution like no news report could Sam’s review History changes as invisibly as the future, though more painfully in having tasted what is lost.  The City Always Wins is astonishing, intelligent throughout and alternately inspiring and saddening, a novel of the Egyptian Arab Spring that covers the […]

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The Egyptian Military in Popular Culture: Context and Critique

Dalia Mostafa, Palsgrave Macmillan, 2017 ebook £52.99, ISBN 978-1-137-59372-6 Hardcover £66.99, ISBN 978-1-137-59371-9 This book examines a key question through the lens of popular culture: Why did the Egyptian people opt to elect in June 2014 a new president (Abdel Fattah al-Sisi), who hails from the military establishment, after toppling a previous military dictator (Hosni Mubarak) with the breakout of the […]

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Rewriting Narratives in Egyptian Theatre

Translation, Performance, Politics Edited by Sirkku Aaltonen and Areeg Ibrahim 2016 – Routledge, 288 pages Hardback. ISBN: 978-1-13-894644-6, £85 This study of Egyptian theatre and its narrative construction explores the ways representations of Egypt are created of and within theatrical means, from the 19th century to the present day. Essays address the narratives that structure theatrical, textual, and performative representations and the […]

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CairoComix: Excavating the political

12 October 2015, Mada Masr By Jonathan Guyer “All comics are political,” wrote Allen Douglas and Fedwa Malti-Douglas in their seminal 1994 study Arab Comic Strips. But whether for children or adults, the forms of political expression in comics are never straightforward. Translated editions of Superman project cultural imperialism as well as the human need for heroes and villains. A comic advertising Stella beer […]

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Between Exile and Elegy, Palestine and Egypt: Mourid Barghouti’s Poetry and Memoirs

Author: Tahia Abdel Nasser1 Source: Journal of Arabic Literature, Volume 45, Issue 2-3, pages 244 – 264 Publication Year : 2014 DOI: 10.1163/1570064x-12341286 ISSN: 0085-2376 E-ISSN: 1570-064x Document Type: Research Article Subjects: Middle East & Islamic Studies Keywords: Egypt; Palestine; revolutionary poetics; exile; Mourid Barghouti/Murīd al-Barghūthī; Arabic elegy; memoirs This article reads the migration of poetry and memoirs by the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti (Murīd al-Barghūthī) in the context of Egypt’s January 25, 2011 Revolution. At the start of 2012, […]

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“We Are the Eight Percent”: Inside Egypt’s Underground Shaabi Music Scene

By Soraya Morayef Jadaliyya, 29 May 2012   In the heated den of the Greek Club on Emad el-Din Street in downtown Cairo, sweating bodies heave and move to the infectious reggaeton fused with a tabla beat, as Amr Haha, DJ Figo, and Sadat swing their mics back and forth, bantering, ad-libbing, and cheering. One takes a swig out of his […]

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Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel: Egypt, 1892-2008

By Hoda Elsadda Edinburgh University Press Publication Date: Jul 2012 Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm Extent: 304 pages Series: Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature A nuanced understanding of literary imaginings of masculinity and femininity in the Egyptian novel Gender studies in Arabic literature have become equated with women’s writing, leaving aside the possibility of a radical rethinking of the Arabic […]

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Imaging the “New Man”: Gender and Nation in Arab Literary Narratives in the Early Twentieth Century

Hoda Elsadda From: Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies Volume 3, Number 2, Spring 2007 pp. 31-55 Abstract The emergence of the New Woman in Egypt as a central trope in the nationalist narrative of nation-building and modernity has been the subject of scholarly interest for more than a decade, yet there has been little research on her logical counterpart: the […]

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Gallows Humor: Political Satire in Sisi’s Egypt

Guernica, 15 May 2014 By Jonathan Guyer The country’s cartoonists find creative ways to defy censors. His face is almost everywhere. With a stoic gaze and a stately uniform, Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi looks out from magazine covers displayed at Cairo’s corner newsstands and posters decorating gas stations in sleepy Red Sea towns. Following the military’s ouster of the Muslim […]

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