The River Rises to Meet YouNovember 2015
Alone, un-housed, we moved with the current, the future suspended like the long lines of a spider’s silk flung loose on the air.
What If?November 2015
The playwright and novelist on state censorship in Egypt, women in revolutions, and writing as an act of hope.
Surrealist VisionsNovember 2015
Three contemporary Egyptian artists take the self as subject in exploring post-revolution politics.
The Boy JihadiAugust 2015
For a year or more before the six months that we spent preoccupied with our strange visitor, counterterrorism was our spiritual life.
Our Lady of ZeitounJune 2015
Firas rested his head on the back of the sofa, lost in the smoke. He wondered what that meant: a world where you can run wild.
Yasmin El-Rifae: The Air Was Hot with Hysterical NationalismAugust 2014
A year after the Raba’a massacre in Cairo, one writer struggles to redraw her relationship to the city.
Richard Falk: No Exit from GazaJuly 2014
The international community's failure to protect innocent Gazans is appalling.
Avi Asher-Schapiro: Holdouts from the Cult of SisiJune 2014
Abdl Fatah El Sisi’s landslide victory in Egypt’s presidential election only obscured the country’s deep-set apathy, particularly outside of Cairo, in the south.
Dilip Hiro: Clueless in CairoJune 2014
The importance of understanding Egypt.
Gallows Humor: Political Satire in Sisi’s EgyptMay 2014
The country’s cartoonists find creative ways to defy censors.
Richard Falk: Two Forms of Lethal PolarizationNovember 2013
How polarization is poisoning Turkey and Egypt.
Marian Wang and Theodoric Meyer: F.A.Q. on U.S. Aid to EgyptJuly 2013
A look at how much aid the US gives to Egypt, where the money goes, and who decides how it’s spent.
Angela Boskovitch: Expressions of EmotionApril 2013
An artist catalogs usage of a versatile Egyptian swear.
Catriona Knapman: The Capital of NubiaMarch 2013
In post-revolution Cairo, Nubians and other minority groups are being erased from the state-defined national identity. In Aswan, the view is different.
Robyn Creswell: Arabic Rhetoric Gets an Acid BathMarch 2013
The Paris Review editor on his new translation of That Smell by Sonallah Ibrahim.
Lara Baladi: Alone, TogetherJanuary 2013
A video artist draws on news footage, historical videos, Fela Kuti, Slavoj Žižek, Lewis Carroll, and others to reflect on Tahrir Square two years after #Jan25.
Jen Marlowe: Terror and Teargas on the Streets of BahrainSeptember 2012
Protests in Bahrain have been largely ignored in Western media, but they shouldn't be.
Islam and the Arab AwakeningAugust 2012
As Islamists across the Arab World continue to enshrine sharî’a concepts in their constitutions, noted academic Tariq Ramadan asks, are other alternatives available?
Maurice Chammah: Egypt’s Military KitschJuly 2012
As Egypt’s first civilian president assumes his role, it’s unclear how much political power the nation’s generals will wield.
Ela Bittencourt: After the RevolutionJune 2012
Mai Iskander, director of Words of Witness, talks with Ela Bittencourt about the reporting/activism dilemma, Egypt’s disappeared, and the rule of law under Morsi.
Photographer Julien Chatelin’s images capture Egypt’s surreal and absurd rural landscape; a road that leads to nowhere.
Maurice Chammah: After the RevolutionJune 2012
A year after the Arab Spring, Egyptian voters must choose between a Mubarak minister and a Muslim Brotherhood candidate. How did we get from Tahrir Square to here?
Jamal Mahjoub: The Half-Life of a RevolutionMay 2012
Egypt's presidential election is a tremendous opportunity for the Egyptian people, but does not come without risks.
Raymond Stock: Omar Sharif SpeaksApril 2012
In this never-published interview legendary actor Omar Sharif speaks about fathering a half-Jewish son in a one-night-stand and working on a bawdy, nearly forgotten film with Peter O'Toole.
SelmeyyahMarch 2011 Egyptian novelist and activist Ahdaf Soueif on when she knew the revolution would succeed, the role Al Jazeera and social networking played, and the irresponsible reporting on Lara Logan’s attack.
Meakin Armstrong: Egypt and the American Fever DreamFebruary 2011
For over 30 years, we gave Egypt the shaft, because it was in our national interest to do so. Now it’s time for Egypt to find out where its own interests are, without a strongman leading the way. The country has a difficult and terrible road to walk.
Iftar at Isabelle’sBy Ian Bassingthwaighte
November 2010 We go outside and into the city, which is a messy conglomerate of heat and waste. We would breathe air if there were any, but instead there are varieties of emissions and so we breathe those instead.
Built on SandJuly 2010 Egypt’s museums’ grandiose displays reveal and mold the identity of this most ancient of countries.
Him, Me, Muhammad AliBy Randa Jarrar
June 2010 He drank bourbon out of an unpacked glass, and talked about a photograph of him, me when I was a baby, and Muhammad Ali. “I have no idea where it is now,” he said.