Menafeeds | Egitto, Gamal Mubarak, Massad, Orientalism

– Issandr El Amrani (The Arabist) | On yesterday’s Egypt protests | Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it was back in May that there were two demonstrations in the center of Cairo a few days apart. One, mostly led by trade union activists, took place peacefully without many clashes with riot police. The other — I think held on May 4, Mubarak’s birthday — was led by political activists and members of parliament.

– Tarek Masoud (Foreign Policy) | Is Gamal Mubarak the best hope for Egyptian democracy? | Egypt’s opposition forces and Western advocates of democracy promotion all seem to agree on one thing: Gamal Mubarak should not be allowed to succeed his father Hosni Mubarak as President of Egypt. Cries of “la lil tawrith” (no to inheritance [of power]) dominate street protests carried out by the storied opposition group Kifaya, whose very name — Egyptian Arabic for “enough” — is as much a repudiation of the Mubarak family as it is of authoritarianism, corruption, or any of the country’s myriad other ills.

– Issandr El Amrani (Al-Masry Al-Youm) | The case against the case for Gamal Mubarak | I have a soft spot for contrarians. There is something endearing about people who take a perverse pleasure in going against the grain: they are necessary, not least because they challenge the rest of us to revisit ideas we hold as gospel truths and re-examine our own prejudices.

– Lina Attalah (Al-Masry Al-Youm) | Translating Orientalism | Six years after his death, scholar Edward Said is still remembered for his influential theories on imagery construction between the East and West. His chef d’oeuvre Orientalism remains a prevailing theoretical paradigm not only for academics, but also for journalists, artists and social workers.

– Kate Goodin (Al-Masry Al-Youm) | Joseph Massad at AUC: Translating Islam | On Monday night AUC’s Oriental Hall was packed with scholars, students and journalists for a lecture by prominent academic Joseph Massad. The lecture, “Translating Islam,” was based on research for his upcoming book, tentatively titled “Geneologies of Islam,” which traces the historical development of Islam as a word and concept.


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