Tagged with Culture

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Citizens, Foreign

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Citizens, Foreign

God, The citizen abroad is vulnerable. A foreign culture is hard to navigate with ways and threats uncertain. The citizen at home is vulnerable. A foreign media is hard to navigate with news and biases uncertain. So God, give discernment. A number of recent cases emerged where Egyptians have been assaulted in other countries. One, … Continue reading

Ballerinas of Cairo

Ballerinas of Cairo

Al-Monitor highlights a new effort to get art to the street. Ballerinas of Cairo has some great pictures, combining cultural physique with iconic cityscape. By taking to the streets of Cairo, the young artists have succeeded in breaking the stereotype that ballet is an art form for the upper class only. Despite the dangers of … Continue reading

Street Music as Solution

Street Music as Solution

One of the reasons given for the weakness of liberal values in Egypt is that political parties are not active on the street. Politicians tend to be elite, it is said, and are much more comfortable appearing on television and holding conferences in hotels. This makes a difference, of course, as the media has great … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Culture

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Culture

God, As earlier crises continue, another one lingers in the background, and it is hard to know if it is trivial or essential. As Egypt’s politicians agitate over the Ethiopia dam, and as the people continue to collect ‘rebellion’ signatures, the nation’s artists stage a revolt of their own. President Morsi appointed a new minister … Continue reading

How the Brotherhood Differs from Egyptian Culture

From the Arabist: Nawara Nagm is a revolutionary activist who believes one of the main flaws of the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization is that they do not know how to talk to the Egyptian people. Correct or not in her assessment of the Brotherhood, her article is very humorous and offers great insight into … Continue reading

Alexander’s Subuu3

Alexander’s Subuu3

About six weeks ago, we welcomed baby Alexander into our lives. According to Egyptian tradition, one week later we should have given him a Subuu3. Subuu3 is related to the Arabic word for ‘week’, and the number three at the end represents an Arabic letter absent in English. We delayed his party, however, until his … Continue reading

Cultural Imperialism: Egypt, America, and Sudan

Egyptian Salafi parliamentarian Mohamed al-Kurdi created a minor stir last week while testifying before the education committee. He declared his opposition to a USAID program to encourage English language teaching in government schools, beginning in grade two as opposed to grade four. Kurdi found this to be an example of ‘cultural imperialism’ and urged the … Continue reading