George Iskander is an Egyptian-American Ph.D. candidate in physics at the University of Chicago.
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Both Copts and Muslims say Egypt is our mother because she gives us life, because she is our source, because she is so inextricably linked with religion and identity. But the diaspora often has to make sense of faith in an increasingly secularized world.
In Sofia Alaoui’s apocalypse, we regard tomorrow as we regard a child: the end of our existence but the beginning and continuation of something in which we have played a hand; a new unity that beckons all of us toward a vision of possibility.