Picturing Egypt’s Next President

22 May 2014, The New Yorker By Jonathan Guyer Everybody knows who Egypt’s next President will be. Elections are scheduled for May 26th and 27th, almost a year after Mohamed Morsi was ousted in a coup led by the retired general Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in what has been painted as a second revolution. With campaigning in overdrive, Sisi met with

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Fiction and Colonial Identities: Arsène Lupin in Arabic

Middle Eastern Literatures Volume 13, Issue 2, 2010, pages 191-210 Special Issue:   Arabic Literature in Egypt at the Beginning of the 20th Century in Search of New Aesthetics: Al-Muwaylihi and Contemporaries DOI:  10.1080/1475262X.2010.487317 Samah Selim Along with Ponson du Terrail’s Rocambole and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin is one of the most famous popular fiction figures in the

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11 Rules and 3 Award-winning Translations from Samah Selim

BY MLYNXQUALEY on MARCH 8, 2012 • ( 2 ) The “10 rules” series resumes with award-winning translator Dr. Samah Selim. Eleven Rules 1. Think about register. Every essay, novel or story projects a particular and unique language register. A really important part of translating fiction is capturing and rendering that register in English. It’s easy to fall into the trap of overly stiff or archaic prose on

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Who do stories belong to?

Samah Selim re-maps the journey of the early Arab novel Friday, March 6, 2015 By Laura Gribbon, Jadaliyya Do stories need authors? Are texts fixed? Is adaptation a form of translation? These are some of the questions Professor Samah Selim has been considering in her study of Egyptian periodical Musamarat al-Shaab (The People’s Entertainment), and she raised them during a talk at the

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A New Feminist Movement? Middle Eastern Hijabis as Superheroes

Aquila By Women’s Voices Now, Wednesday, 18th February 2015   In the late 1980s, feminism in the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) context gained prominence in international debate. Research addressed “the status of women in Muslim countries through two frames: the inhibiting effects of Islam and the potential for reform through norms building.” Many contemporary scholars concluded, “Islam, specifically the prevailing

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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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Egypt's new hijab-clad superheroine

By Dina Demrdash, BBC Arabic, Cairo 8 December 2013 She’s got comic strip superpowers, fights for justice and gives bad guys a hard time. If this makes you think of Catwoman, then think again – for this is a new kind of superheroine with a visible difference. Meet Qahera – the hijab-wearing Egyptian comic-book character fighting back against crime and prejudice.

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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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