Zeinab Abul-Magd

Zeinab Abul-Magd is a professor of Middle East history at Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio, United States.

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News

While Egyptians in the US have basically decided that Mohamed ElBaradei is the long-awaited messiah, the 67-year-old pro-reform activist's visit to Boston this week was not without controversy. On the eve of ElBaradei's visit, strife emerged within...
“I am an example of corruption. I am the son of this era and the previous eras. My awareness grew with the Nasserist project. I celebrated its victories and tasted the bitterness of its defeats…then I fell with everybody else into a...
The story of the High Dam was a tale of a nation, hikayit sha‘b, as Abdel Halim Hafiz chanted in an iconic song from the Nasserist period. This nation lived under the yoke of British colonialism for over 70 years. After gaining independence,...

Opinion articles

  One of the most memorable scenes from the Libyan revolution was when the rebels, in wretched clothes and advanced weaponry, seized a house of the oldest son of Muammar Qadhafi. They famously entered his living room, sat in his couch, watched...
The newly elected president of Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy, began his national address by thanking God and the families of the revolution’s martyrs for granting him such a victory, and immediately proceeded to deeply...
Since the Presidential Elections Commission announced its final list of candidates, we have seen discussions of their platforms in various media outlets. Now the candidates, particularly the more revolutionary ones among them, discuss their...
With a stroke of a pen, the Presidential Elections Commission managed to disappoint and deeply frustrate many Egyptians. For after the revolution, there has been an increasing demand in the street for a “macho” president, one who can get...
Last week, the managing editor of Al-Masry Al-Youm's internet portal and I received an unexpected invitation from the director of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), Lieutenant General Hamdy Wahiba, to visit the organization,...
Sixty years ago, when military elites, namely the Free Officers, ruled Egypt, they learned several amazing tricks from the former Soviet Union. One of these was how to build factories and pay meager wages to their workers. Years rolled by and the...
American news website Salon.com published an article last week under the title “The GOP Brotherhood of Egypt” in which its writer, Avi Asher-Schapiro, held that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood had more in common with America’s...
Should the production of pasta, mineral water, butane gas cylinders and gas station services qualify as classified military secrets? And does discussing these enterprises in public pass as a crime of high treason? The leaders of the Egyptian armed...
The Egyptian Shura Council elections, which ended their second round yesterday, are largely viewed as an insignificant political event. Though commonly known as the “upper house", the council merely acts as a consultative branch of the Egyptian...