Egypt

Facing Midlife Womanhood in the Middle East

Facing Midlife Womanhood in the Middle East

In time, we will come to terms with growing older, as we must do, as the women in these series have done. But for now, we must look at ourselves with love and accept that the seasons are changing and that we, alone, are the authors of our destiny.

Cairo’s Correspondents

Cairo’s Correspondents

Among the Egyptian exiles who left the country after Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power, dozens are journalists and media professionals who were dispersed around the world as Egyptian authorities tightened their control over privately owned media.

The Hidden Face of Nawal El Saadawi

The Hidden Face of Nawal El Saadawi

The Egyptian writer was marginalized and misunderstood at home and abroad. In Egypt, she was labeled anti-religion and secular. But in the West, too, she was put in boxes: Arab, feminist, revolutionary. She was more than all those things: a universal writer who transcended boundaries and wrote of the human condition.

Faisal Al Yafai
The Long and Troubled History of the French Republic and Islam

The Long and Troubled History of the French Republic and Islam

Ever since Napoleon disembarked at Alexandria, France has had a complicated relationship with North Africa and Islam. Over the centuries it has been marked by politics, power, betrayal and misunderstandings.

Jean-Pierre Filiu
The Riddle of the Sinai Sphinx

The Riddle of the Sinai Sphinx

A small sphinx in the Sinai’s Temple of Hathor had carried a riddle for millennia. In solving it, archaeologists discovered how turquoise miners from the East had replaced hieroglyphs with letters and invented the alphabet.

Lydia Wilson
Egypt’s Botched #MeToo Moment

Egypt’s Botched #MeToo Moment

The Sisi government encouraged victims of sexual assault to come forward – then it arrested them.

Sally Ahmed
Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor

Legitimacy, Consent, and the Search for a Successor

A century after the end of the Ottoman Empire, no successor to Istanbul’s sultan-caliph has emerged

Frederic C. Hof