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Writing by Patrick Keddie

Category Archives: Egypt

‘The Square’: Egypt’s three-year tumult

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness, suggests The Square, Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated documentary, as it begins with the striking of a flame that illuminates a group … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Whatever happened to the Egyptian Revolution?

An incident last June, a few days before Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Mursi was ousted by the military, made Ahmed realise there had been a significant shift in the country’s political … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Inside Egypt’s Dismal Primary Schools

The primary school building in Imbaba – a deprived, scruffy area of Cairo – looks more like a detention centre, with its stern institutional design, metal gates and huge walls … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Egypt’s Embattled Atheists

As Gabr sat in a seafront cafe in his hometown of Alexandria, he spoke about his past opinion of atheists. “I used to think that they should be killed,” he said … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Egypt’s Epidemic of Nonsense

In her recent book, Sex and the Citadel, Shereen El Feki writes about the increasing scourge of impotence afflicting Egyptian men. El Feki discusses the widely held view that Egyptians’ wilting … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Egyptians Divided and Struggling as they Celebrate Eid al Adha

[This article was first published in the Huffington Post here] A jolt of excitement ran through the house as it was announced that the butcher Ahmad Najjar had arrived. Ahmad … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sex Toys and Uprising in Egypt

[This article was first published in the Huffington Post here] Somehow, I found myself in a lingerie shop in Maadi, south Cairo. The shop manager, demure in her hijab, glanced … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Twice Exiled – Palestinian-Syrian Refugees Find Little Support in Egypt

[This article was first published in the Huffington Post here] “I didn’t feel like a refugee in Syria but now I just want to be recognised as one” Mohammed told … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Jews of Egypt’: An Interview with Director Amir Ramses

Jews of Egypt, Amir Ramses’s new documentary, begins by asking ordinary Egyptians on the street what they think of Jewish people. The answers are mostly negative; “damned” says one, “enemies … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Solidarity amid sectarianism in Egypt

It was an unprecedented assault.  Starting on Sunday and lasting throughout the night, unknown assailants besieged St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo; hurling petrol bombs and stones over the … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Visiting Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue – Alexandria

The guard on the other side of the wrought iron gate was suspicious and gruff; “It’s closed” he informed me. I persevered.  “No, not possible” came the reply, “are you … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · 5 Comments