Opinion

How Hustle Culture Ignores Time Poverty: Working Long Hours With No Choice

In a world where Elon Musk works 100 hours a week, an Uber driver works 40 hours a week alongside…

29 April 2022

Fear is a City that Copts Inhabit

It's 2010: armed men exchange gunfire, rocks and Molotov cocktails are tossed, and deafening silence inhabits our household when my…

21 April 2022

Celebrating Ramadan Through Sufi Poetry: A Feast for Spirit and Soul

In the quiet hours of early mornings, or before iftar and sunrise, I find that one of the best ways…

11 April 2022

My Journey to Mawqaf Qesm El Azbakeya

As I walk through the noisy and bustling Ramsis Street, heading towards the mawqaf (microbus station) behind Azbakeya Police Station,…

6 April 2022

OPINION l Biracial in Egypt: a Never-ending Identity Crisis

I was 18 when I legally applied to change my name in court, in the Netherlands. I was born ‘Somayah'…

11 March 2022

Giza Zoo: A Case for Ethical Conservation

Wide citrus-soaked gardens, pouches of pumpkin seeds sold off by the parcel, and a lingering chirp of laughter: the Giza…

7 March 2022

Why Egypt Is Wrong to Draft a Law Criminalizing Suicide

If you do a simple Google search for "Kid Cudi saved my life," you will find thousands of posts, comments,…

5 March 2022

Egyptian Heritage Sites Aren’t Party Venues

Neon lights bring alive the eyes of statues, and the opaque shadow of a column falls over the dancefloor. It’s…

2 March 2022

Why Is Friendship Not Valued As Much as Marriage in Egypt?

There is not yet a word for friendships that are more than just friendships. It is the most difficult word…

1 March 2022

‘Spot Shaarawi’: The Page Deconstructing the Legacy of Egypt’s Imam Al Duaa

Cairo’s streets are filled with images and symbols, some more subtle than others. On my daily commute from one side…

26 February 2022

A Case For Pedestrian Wust el-Balad

A statue of Ibrahim Pasha stares down the Opera Square, seated over primal traffic and tumbleweeds of litter. Garden City…

9 February 2022

Review: To Egypt with Love, a Literary Jewish Memento of a By(going) Era

There are few realities I tend to hold, adamantly and harshly, against Egypt, and that is, for all its capacity…

4 February 2022

‘Qawa’ed Al Talaq Al 45’ Plays Into Divorce Stereotypes Instead of Breaking Them

“Three successful independent women fight daily against gender stereotypes and work tirelessly towards obtaining the happy life they deserve.” This…

1 February 2022

What Egyptians Can Learn About Marriage From Other Cultures

“My mother and father have always kept their relationship private,” my friend once told me. “The family is more private…

28 January 2022

11 Years Later, I Recollect My Childhood Memories of the Egyptian Revolution

25 January, Eid El Shorta (Police Day), of 2011 fell on a Tuesday. I was sitting next to my mom…

25 January 2022

3 Ways Egypt’s World Youth Forum Can Truly Empower Youth

Big changes start with small beginnings. Greta Thunberg gained the world’s attention when she first turned up at the Swedish…

24 January 2022

‘Escaping the Egyptian Narcissist’: A Critical Book Review

During the pandemic, catapulted by a general ennui and reminders that I was somehow thrown into further isolation through a…

24 December 2021

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