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The representation of the life story of al-Hassan and al-Hussein, Prophet Mohamed’s grandsons and sons of his cousin and son-in-law, Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, in a daily TV series during Ramadan has been a topic of dispute. Being the descendants of...

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  The clashes that broke out between police and army forces at a police station in New Cairo on 19 November 2012 elicits derisive laughter from followers of the developments of the modern Egyptian state. State institutions are engaged in a...
  As the parliamentary elections draw closer, questions about the future of the Salafi-oriented Nour Party linger. Some say the party's recent crisis — detailed in yesterday’s column — will debilitate its electoral power,...
The Salafi Nour Party was hit by a spate of crises with organizational divisions leading to conflicts over the party’s presidency and the composition of its supreme authority. There are currently two camps competing for legitimacy and trading...
  Before the elections, I believed it was extremely difficult to predict the outcome of the first round and that it was only possible to make projections with little accuracy. I believed the presidential election would give us insight into the...
The Egyptian political arena is currently passing through multiple disparate conflicts between various forces and on a number of planes. Perhaps the most important of these are the formation of the Constituent Assembly, which will be responsible for...
The Muslim Brotherhood’s nomination of Khairat al-Shater can be read as a deal to field Shater as a “consensus president,” or as a Brotherhood maneuver and exchange of mutual interests between the group and Egypt’s military...
Wednesday’s massacre of Ahly Club fans in Port Said’s football stadium was the latest in a tragic crescendo for young Egyptians who continue to clash heavily with Egypt’s Central Security Forces. And though the clashes have been...
Even though I am convinced there are profound differences between the processes of revolutionary transformation in 1952 from those of 2011, which render a comparison of their outcomes rather corrupt, I cannot help but recall the symbolic meaning of...
The meteoric rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis in Egyptian politics has drawn attention, rather unfairly, away from another Islamist group that surpasses all others in its capacity for ideological revision and organizational innovation. Al-...
Many argue that Egyptian Islamism has lagged behind its counterparts in Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, Yemen and other relatively “peripheral” Arab countries, where Islamist movements have been marked by organizational and ideological...