Tagged with 2011 Egyptian revolution

The Very Definition of Secular

The Very Definition of Secular

Do you remember what the Egyptian revolution was like? In an op-ed on Ahram Online, Hani Shukrallah gives these poignant paragraphs in a long essay considering if Egypt is now less ‘Islamic’. For background context, he considers the recent call to remove the veil, the emergence of television programs questioning traditional Islamic interpretation, and the … Continue reading

MLK for Egyptian Revolutionaries

MLK for Egyptian Revolutionaries

A day late, but in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day in the United States, here is a list of principles to which he had his fellow non-violent activists commit. I hereby pledge myself—my person and body—to the nonviolent movement. Therefore I will keep the following ten commandments: 1. Meditate daily on the teachings … Continue reading

Economic Aid to Egypt

Economic Aid to Egypt

Curious about who is funding Egypt these days? American military aid gets all the press, but many have contributed to support Egypt’s economy. Daily News Egypt recently provided a detailed breakdown. Except for deposits made to the central bank, I have not listed loan agreements. In some cases it is not clear if the money … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Mubarak Verdict

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Mubarak Verdict

God, The judge ended his 200 page judgment with an appeal to you as Ultimate Judge. Perhaps his conscience was pained after avoiding a ruling. Mubarak was neither convicted nor acquitted, his case dismissed on a technicality. And a similar reasoning let his security generals off the hook. Since no officers were found guilty in … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Deep Wounds

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Deep Wounds

God, When all is not well the wounds can go deep. Continued health demands paying attention. The Muslim Brotherhood has stumbled badly. Tripped deliberately or drunk with power, their wound still feels fresh to many. And the United Arab Emirates throws salt on it by designating them – and allegedly connected organizations – as terrorist … Continue reading

An Egyptian Prayer of Fear

An Egyptian Prayer of Fear

Sometimes it is hard to pray for Egypt. Every Friday I seek to semi-summarize events of the week and reflect on what God would desire as Egypt’s best. This becomes harder because I don’t want these to be my prayers, but something all Egyptians – Muslims and Christians, of all political stripes – can pray … Continue reading

The Brittle State

Salama Moussa writes about the Orwellian realities in Egypt today: The narrative surrounding the January 2011 revolution has done damage to the goal of progress in Egypt. The accepted myth is that of an impossibly brave action against an exceptionally impregnable wall.  While there is no denying the bravery, the Mubarak state was less an … Continue reading

The Police as Part of the January 25 Revolution

From Ahram Online, reporting President Morsi’s visit to the central security force headquarters, in what must surely be a typo: “You are the protectors of the country’s inside and outside safety [said Morsi]. The police were part of the successful crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 war and also part of the January … Continue reading

Understanding January 25, Again

In Tahrir and in squares throughout the nation, Egyptians once again filled public space. In fact, by appearances they did so in greater numbers than at the height of the January 25 revolution which deposed President Mubarak. What is not clear altogether is why they were there, or who they represent. Tomorrow may tell. Some … Continue reading