Naqib's Daughter

Naqib's Daughter
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North Carolina,
Birthday
November 11
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Born and raised in Egypt, educated at London University, immigrated to the United States in the eighties. Author of two novels, The Cairo House, about growing up in a political family in Nasser's Egypt, and The Naqib's Daughter, about Bonaparte's occupation of Egypt in 1798. A collection of short stories, Love is Like Water, addresses in part Arab Americans post 9/11. Also published nonfiction on Islam, Egypt, women in Muslim societies, and terrorism. Have taught at university and in journalism. An editor of South Writ Large, an online magazine of stories, arts and ideas from the Global and US Souths.

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AUGUST 18, 2013 11:08PM

Egypt: What It Isn't

A divided Egypt at morgue 
It isn’t Tiananmen Square.  
It isn’t Syria.
It isn’t Muslim against Christian.
It isn’t secular against religious.
It isn’t a question of a coup or not a coup.
It isn’t a question of democracy against authoritarianism.
The situation in Egypt isRead full post »
AUGUST 5, 2013 5:05PM

Egypt: Morsi's Martyr Children

 Morsi protest children in shrouds
 On Sunday the Brotherhood marshaled a group of youngsters, dressed them in white shrouds, gave them signs proclaiming 'Martyrs', and paraded them for the benefit of the media. Even more disturbing and reprehensible, the MB are accused of rounding up many of these children from thRead full post »
DECEMBER 4, 2012 12:58AM

Egypt's Morsi: Forget Planet of the Apes

Morsi Time Magazine  

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi has been in the international news nearly every day for the past week or two. First it was the positive press coverage of his cooperative role in defusing the breakout of Israeli/Hamas hostilities in Gaza. President Obama him… Read full post »

 Morsi with generals and pope
Two seemingly unrelated developments in the Middle East, one in Egypt and one in Turkey, represent a radical departure from the 20th century history of the region.

On Friday, after a decade-long trial, Turkey sentenced 322 military officers to long sentences for the failed ‘S

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 Photo: Have a look at these images from Libya, showing how the Libyan people condemn the attacks on US embassy.   So have the Libyan Ulama (religious scholars).   This attacks seems to be coordinated by al-Qaeda sympathizers, using this occasion to stage their assault.    More coming soon.  (excuse spelling in picture!) http://imgur.com/a/tlCyI#1VNsT
There are some events so shocking that you cannot process them coherently in words, even a week later. The horrific news of the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats in Libya on September 11 is one of them. This article is not about that. As it… Read full post »

 

Since his recent election, Egypt’s Islamist president is executing a series of breath-taking power grabs that confirm the worst fears of his detractors and confound the expectations of observers who expected the obscure, uncharismatic Morsi to be a toothless, figurehead president.… Read full post »

No, not the Egyptian silver medalist fencer Alaa AbdelKassem; not the Saudi runner in a headscarf, Sarah Attar. Not the members of the Olympics teams from the Middle Eastern Muslim majority countries, who are the subjects of articles about the conundrum of competing while observing the Rama

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mbc  

 Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting and devotion, but it is also the Islamic world’s television drama addiction month. At the end of a day’s deprivation, millions of Muslims from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf gather in front of their television sets to… Read full post »

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JULY 19, 2012 5:17PM

Suleiman: The Spymaster Who Came in From the Cold?

 

If ever a man knew too much, it was Omar Suleiman. The most powerful spymaster in the Middle East, Mubarak’s black box, the C.I.A.’s rendition agent in Egypt, Israel’s intermediary. The head of Egypt’s dread Mukhabarat, a spy chief so powerful that his very ident… Read full post »

 Tahrir Anniversary poster of martyr

On February 3rd, 2011, the day after Mubarak ‘loyalist’ thugs rode into Tahrir Square on horses and camels and started bludgeoning the peaceful protesters camping there, I wrote:  ‘If (Mubarak) stays, the events of the past ten days will be referred to as "the uprRead full post »

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JULY 3, 2012 2:07PM

The Chameleon

I grew in Egypt during a revolutionary regime that brought great political and social upheaval. My earliest memories of an idyllic childhood came to an abrupt end in the early sixties when the Nasser regime designated certain politically-prominent, landowning families like mine as enemies of the peop… Read full post »

 Naglaa Mahmoud, wife of Egyptian President-Elect Morsi

There really is no other way to put it. More than anything today, Egyptians of all political stripes, whether devastated or delighted, are experiencing the surrealist sense of a parallel universe. In that universe, the all-powerful and ineluctable Pharaoh of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is a p… Read full post »

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JUNE 24, 2012 10:49PM

Islamist President in Egypt: The Devil You Don't

 Morsi wins

Egypt today was a country divided, nearly as neatly down the middle as the votes- 51% versus 49%- that elected Islamist Morsi over his rival for the presidency, the military-backed Shafiq. On the one hand, in Egypt today, there was celebration, horns tooting, flags flying; on the other… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2012 4:40PM

Mubarak: Rumors of My Death

Mubarak on Deathbed 

‘Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated,’ Mark Twain said, and of no one is that more true than of Hosni Mubarak. From a ‘clinically dead’ diagnosis on Tuesday, he seems to have made a miraculous recovery in the Maadi military hospital.

 

Ironically, it… Read full post »

Celebrations in Tahrir over Morsi victory (from NYT) 

It couldn’t have been more blatant or more predictable: late Sunday evening, as the polls closed and the presidential run off elections projected a win for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Morsi, the military rulers of Egypt declared a new interim constitution that severely restr… Read full post »

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JUNE 14, 2012 5:30PM

Military Coup in Egypt: Back to the Future

 June 14 Cairo

It’s not that a military power grab was not a scenario foretold: back in January 2011, with the revolution ongoing in Tahrir and Mubarak still in power, the warnings were many: Be careful what you wish for! You may get a historical first: an authentic people’s revolution th… Read full post »

Tahrir Anniversary crowd scene

Egypt’s liberal progressives are going about stunned today. They shake their heads in despair: Has is come to this? A choice between equal evils for President: either Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood or Mubarak Redux personified in Ahmed Shafiq, the Mubarak-era Prime Minister who preside… Read full post »

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APRIL 29, 2012 5:19PM

The Egyptian Feminist's Dilemma: Mona Eltahawy

Mona El-Tahawy 

 ‘Why Do They Hate Us?” Egyptian-American writer Mona Eltahawy laments on the cover page of Foreign Policy, in an article illustrated by provocative photos of a naked woman painted to look as if she were wearing a niqab. Who are the ‘They’ and who are the &l… Read full post »

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APRIL 27, 2012 3:32PM

Egypt's Presidential Primaries: Everything at Stake

 

Now that the Republican primaries in the U.S. have been decided in favor of Mitt Romney, and Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande are facing off in France, perhaps the most critical presidential ‘primaries’ of all are being fought out in Egypt. Everything is at stake… Read full post »

The crazy woman is back. You hear her shouting on the street in front of the building, early in the morning and at sunset, ranting yells as indecipherable as an infant’s existential angst. I never see her, only hear her; I don’t know how she survives. For several months there was… Read full post »

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MARCH 20, 2012 1:08PM

The Dead Pope Rises: Coptic Conundrum in Egypt

Pope Shenouda's remains sitting in state

The death of Pope Shenouda, spiritual head of Egypt’s Coptic Church for four decades, threw millions of Copts into mourning, and was marked by the Egyptian government as a state funeral, attended by top political authorities and the Muslim religious establishment, as well as foreign di… Read full post »

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MARCH 8, 2012 12:59PM

Whither Egypt on International Women's Day?

Today is International Women’s Day, and women in Egypt are uneasy about where they will be same time next year. “Iran,” gloomily prognosticates a friend as she dithers between chocolate soufflé and Om Ali from the dessert buffet at lunch in a private home. “Next year we… Read full post »

Today is International Women’s Day, and women in Egypt are uneasy about where they will be same time next year. “Iran,” gloomily prognosticates a friend as she dithers between chocolate soufflé and Om Ali from the dessert buffet at lunch in a private home. “Next year we… Read full post »

1963 Ad for Gamsa Resort in Egypt 

It is hard to paint a coherent picture of today’s Egypt from the inside; you experience daily life and news items as a fragmented reality. Things are not following apart, the center holds, but centrifugal forces pull at the periphery of this once brutally centralized state. The &… Read full post »

1963 Ad for Gamsa Resort in Egypt 

It is hard to paint a coherent picture of today’s Egypt from the inside; you experience daily life and news items as a fragmented reality. Things are not following apart, the center holds, but centrifugal forces pull at the periphery of this once brutally centralized state. The &… Read full post »