Articles tagged with: Egypt

Sara Khorshid
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on : Sunday, 13 Jul, 2014

Match Made in Cairo

Three women huddle around the couple. Two of the women are likely to be their mothers; the third in this decisive meeting is the matchmaker, the middle-woman or the khatba. She is the one who is brokering the marriage. Anyone wandering through Cairo’s cafes or social clubs is likely to have witnessed this scene: an arranged marriage in the making. The matchmaker is supposed to know the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be, or at least their families. She contacts both families and spea...

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Amany Aly Shawky
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on : Tuesday, 8 Jul, 2014

Turning the Clocks Back

Following a decision by the government this May, Egyptians are adjusting their watches, clocks, phones and computers an hour backward to welcome the holy month of Ramadan for the first time in three years. Daylight saving time fell with the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 following the January 25 revolution. Abolishing it was one of the post-revolutionary government’s most influential decisions, and probably the only one to have lasted. Many Egyptians have said that...

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Elizabeth Monier
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on : Sunday, 29 Jun, 2014

Copts still Waiting for Better Days

Questions were raised once more about the religious freedoms of Copts—Egypt’s largest Christian community—when the sentence for blasphemy of Demiana Abdelnour, a ...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2014

The Water’s Edge

In Saudi Arabia, the “desert kingdom,” Prince Mohammed Al-Faisal was a pioneer in the quest for new sources of water. The prince, a son of King Faisal, was a founder of the cou...

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Goos Hofstee
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on : Saturday, 7 Jun, 2014

The Power of Words

Mohamed Aly Talibab—he predominantly uses the name “Aly” in honor of his late father—is commonly described as a twenty-two-year-old musician and rapper. Yet “rapp...

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Elizabeth Monier
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on : Sunday, 1 Jun, 2014

The Art of Egyptian Elections

The song Bushret Khair (“Good Omen”) by the popular singer Hussein Al-Jasmi became the unofficial anthem of the Egyptian presidential election in May. A video accompanying the ...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Saturday, 31 May, 2014

Friendly Ties, Lost at Sea

The Israeli military’s boarding of the Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010, resulting in the deaths of several Turkish citizens, sent shockwaves around the world...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

Egyptians vote in second day of presidential elections

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Egyptian voters returned to the polls on Tuesday, the final day of the presidential elections, as the government extended voting hours and declared a n...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Monday, 12 May, 2014

Egyptian soldier killed in Sinai clashes with extremists

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—An Egyptian soldier was killed and another injured in clashes in Sinai on Sunday, a day after Egyptian authorities charged 200 alleged members of a mil...

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Elizabeth Monier
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on : Sunday, 4 May, 2014

Winning Back the Sinai

The interim government that replaced Mohamed Mursi in July 2013 has built its legitimacy on “rescuing” Egypt from Mursi’s mismanagement, as well as from Islamist terroris...

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