Christians and Other Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Elizabeth Monier Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christians-religious-minorities-middle-east-questions-elizabeth-monier/ Thanassis Cambanis: You’ve said that Christians in the Middle East represent different denominational, ethnic, and linguistic identities. Is it unproductive to talk about Middle Eastern Christians as a homogenous...

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Secular-Islamist Teamwork: Questions for Rabab El Mahdi

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Rabab El-Mahdi Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/secular-islamist-teamwork-questions-rabab-el-mahdi/ Thanassis Cambanis: Your experience in the Egyptian presidential campaign of 2012 seems like it’s still relevant today, because it’s one of the only examples in contemporary politics where leftists and Communists partnered up with a...

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Excluded and Unequal

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): MICHAEL WAHID HANNA Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/christian-exclusion-from-egypts-security-state/ In November 2018, in a tragic scene that has by now become all too familiar, Copts converged on al-Amir Tadros Church in Minya, 150 miles south of Cairo on the banks of the Nile. They were there to bury seven victims of a militant

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Innovative Arab Media and the New Outlines of Citizenship

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Lina Attalah Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/innovative-arab-media-new-outlines-citizenship/ Trying to work in free and critical media in Egypt in the last few years has at times been a lonely endeavor. Even at its best moments, reporting and writing for Mada Masr, the Cairo-based independent media outlet I cofounded in 2013, can feel...

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The Crisis of LGBTQ Communities in Egypt: Questions for Ahmed El Hady

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Ahmed El Hady Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/crisis-lgbtq-communities-egypt-questions-ahmed-el-hady/ Thanassis Cambanis: What is the state of the LGBTQ community in Egypt right now? Ahmed El Hady: We are experiencing a crisis of existence and survival. We are being killed, put in prison, committing suicide. In 2018, we had 122...

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The Social Justice Blind Spots in the New Arab Constitutions

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Zaid Al-Ali Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/social-justice-blind-spots-new-arab-constitutions/ The Arab uprisings that began at the end of 2010 were motivated by a number of concerns, not least of which were unacceptably low standards of living and growing inequality in much of the region. The millions of people who participated in the...

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Creating a Constituency for Secularism: Questions for Lama Abu-Odeh

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Lama Abu-Odeh Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/creating-constituency-secularism-questions-lama-abu-odeh/ Thanassis Cambanis: There’s a trend that’s really taken hold in analyses of Middle Eastern politics and culture, exemplified by the writers Talal Asad and the late Saba Mahmood, which holds that the only way to critically investigate...

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The Retreat from Universalism in the Middle East and the World

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Karl Sharro Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/retreat-universalism-middle-east-world/ The Islamic State may be close to defeat, but the wound it opened in the social and political fabric of the Middle East will take a long time to heal. It is not just the shock of the group’s ultraviolent tactics that will linger long

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How the World Should Respond to Egypt’s Authoritarian Resurgence

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s):  Michael Wahid Hanna Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/commentary/world-respond-egypts-authoritarian-resurgence/ Despite the Sisi regime’s heavy-handed culling of the electoral field for Egypt’s upcoming presidential election, international reaction to the country’s stifling political environment and escalating repression has been and will...

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The Politics of Egyptian Fine Art: Giving a Voice to the People

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/politics-egyptian-fine-art/ Snapshot: Egyptian artists have a long history of political engagement. Even in the mid-twentieth century, when they mostly relied on state funding, they made critiques of the ruling regimes, and created one of the few spaces where independent political...

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Speech Bubbles: Comics and Political Cartoons in Sisi’s Egypt

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Jonathan Guyer Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/speech-bubbles/ Snapshot: In print and online, Egyptian cartoonists have created sites of political dissent in defiance of a state-sponsored crackdown on opposition movements, public protest, and free speech. Based on analyses of cartoons and interviews with the artists, this chapter argues...

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Egypt’s Human Rights Movement Repression, Resistance, and Co-optation

Source: The Century Foundation Author(s): Khaled Mansour Original Link: https://tcf.org/content/report/egypts-human-rights-movement/ Snapshot: Since the mid-1980s, the number of Egyptian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focusing on human rights has grown rapidly. But despite the proliferation of organizations, the human rights movement in Egypt has never been very effective, and is now...

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