Interview with Philip Rizk by Shuruq Harb

“The revolution is not a thing of the past, the revolution is still in process.” Philip Rizk stated as we began our discussion of his text “2011 is not 1968”, whereby he challenges the dominant narratives of the January 25th Revolution as a youth lead revolution. He argues that the radicalizing factor of the uprising was an underclass without leaders. […]

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Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef

28 March 2013, africaisacountry.com Mickey Mouse is pulling apart a bomb: inside is the torso of George W. Bush, and they’re both looking perfectly happy about the whole thing. Soraya Morayef is taking a photo of the wall where these figures are painted, on a busy street in downtown Cairo, when a man walks up to her and asks her […]

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Interview: Hoda Elsadda: Biggest conflict facing Constituent Assembly is the violent rivalry in the streets, on TV and the sharp division of society

Daily News, 13 September 2013 Fady Ashraf Freedoms and Rights committee head in the Constituent Assembly, Hoda Elsadda, affirms that criminalisation of discrimination is a must   You are known for your academic work concerning women, and your founding of (Women and Memory forum), what is the difference between academic work, since there is a belief that academic work does […]

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Dr. Hoda El Sadda Stands Up to Sexual Harassment

Cairo West, 6 March 2013 By Brian Wright Dr. Hoda El Sadda is a long-standing champion for women’s rights in Egypt and the Arab World, and a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University. With degrees from both Cairo University and the American University, she taught Comparative Arabic Literature at Manchester University from 2005 to 2011. In the […]

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Egypt: the battle over hope and morale

Open Democracy HODA ELSADDA 2 November 2011 The deliberate attempt to discredit women’s rights by associating them with the ex- first lady Suzanne Mubarak is a key challenge for women’s rights activists in Egypt, so too is the battle not to surrender to the prophets of doom and gloom, Hoda Elsadda tells Deniz Kandiyoti   DK: As a women’s rights activist […]

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Interview with egyptian blogger and researcher Sherief Gaber

6 June 2013, sicherheitspolitik-blog   Sherief Gaber is a researcher in issues related to the right to the city and socially just cities and a member of the Mosireen Independent Media Collective in Cairo. Mosireen documented the protests during the ‚Egyptian revolution‘.   At a conference in Berlin you said the internet’s influence on the protests and revolution in Egypt was […]

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Don’t Mess with a Hijabi: An Interview with the Creator of “Qahera”

Muftah , September 23rd, 2013 In Muftah’s on-going podcast series, we speak with Deena Mohamed, the creator of Qahera, a hijabi super-heroine who combats Islamophobia and misogyny. Since publishing the first iteration of Qahera in June of 2013, Deena has received an overwhelmingly positive response to the comic strip, which is published in both English and Arabic. A look at some of the Qahera […]

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‘Qahera’ Webcomic Creator Deena Mohamed Talks Superheroes, Gaza, and Women

July 29, 2014 Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary Deena Mohamed, a nineteen-year-old Egyptian graphic design student, does more than draw or doodle: She is creating a legend. Based partially on her own and her friends’ experiences within Egyptian culture, Mohamed chose to combat sexism and harassment with her hijab-clad superheroine […]

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Khalid Abdalla: I’m convinced that revolution stage two will come

By julietomlin  March 30, 2011, Frontline Club British-Egyptian actor and producer Khalid Abdalla flew from London to Egypt soon after it became clear that the protests of 25 January were gathering momentum and was there for the Friday ‘Day of anger’ on 28 January. The Kite Runner star, whose other credits include Green Zone and In the Last Days of the City, was memorably interviewed from […]

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Khalid Abdalla Has His Eye on Egypt

February 26, 2014, Vice by Jared Malsin Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla is one of the chief protagonists in the documentary The Square, which was nominated earlier this month for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His new film, In the Last Days of the City, is going to be even better. Last Days tells a story that roughly echoes Khalid’s own life: It’s the […]

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