I buy some audio accessories and a dominoes clock that has to be adjusted every minute to tell time correctly from a thrift shop, Sayed Elqemni (an Egyptian secular author) is there buying some books. Yuness (a friend of mine) runs into me in the shop and we walk together for a while. I then... Continue Reading →
More than any other critic of Islam, liberals really cannot stand Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Because she’s a woman.
She’s an ex-Muslim, now apostate.
She’s a Somali refugee.
She’s university educated.
And she’s also black.
She shatters every single illusion of the worldview promoted by the vocal, metropolitan, liberal elite running amok in our Western societies. That worldview claims that “Islamophobes” (translation: anyone who dares to criticise Islam) are white, working-class men who are uneducated and from predominantly Christian countries in the West.
It’s why, for example, a photo of Birmingham-Pakistani girl Saffiyah Khan apparently confronting a bald, white EDL protestor last weekend went viral. For liberals, this was propaganda of a ‘Category A’ variety and reinforced every stereotype they want you to believe. For anyone who watched the full video and subsequently investigated Khan’s Facebook page, you’ll know what a complete media stitch-up that whole episode was.
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Not even a week after President Sisi’s ‘successful trip’ to the US in which he met with his biggest fan the new US president, the church bombings occurred. As usual, the Orthodox Church had called on its people in New Jersey and New York to go greet Sisi on the streets with flags as a show of support – which they did.
President Sisi did not make an immediate statement following the Palm Sunday attacks but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the absurd statement that ‘this is a failed attempt at striking Egypt.’ In addition, the prime minister announced a three-day mourning period. By evening, the president ordered the military to ‘help police’ secure vital infrastructure in the country. The following day, April 10th, at 1pm, the president appeared on TV and declared a state of emergency [martial law] for three months, contrary to…
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I have argued before that no one exclusively represents Islam because religion is a set of ideas enacted by those who believe in them. Recently, I have been seeing Islamists in the United States and Europe making the point that Saudi Arabia is not necessarily the embodiment of Islamic sharia and that sharia can be... Continue Reading →
The problems and controversies surrounding the proposed law for the construction of churches have escalated. As mentioned in a previous post, the law consisted of 8 articles some of which were contested by many Coptic leaders. On August 18th, the Orthodox Church suddenly issued a vague statement saying that the law that was circulated had […]... Continue Reading →
There is a proclivity for vagueness in some contemporary Arabic texts, it is not unusual to come across unpunctuated paragraphs in documents written by lawyers. Mind clogging redundancy and excessive use of synonyms are dominant traits in various texts in modern spoken and written Arabic. When president Sisi promised reformation of religious discourse he did... Continue Reading →
Haram, adj./noun: Prohibited in Islam Halal, adj./noun: Allowed in Islam Up until the early seventies, Egyptians were not used to inserting the words haram and halal in every minute activity of their lives. They lived with a version of Islam that embraced modern life while providing the spiritual bliss, moral support, and wisdoms needed from... Continue Reading →
There is a man trapped in his own mind and body, doomed to live and die replaceable, his experiences are copies of grand ideas, he imitates and imitates and imitate before nothingness contains him. He sees himself a dying old man, so he works hard and saves money for treatment, he despises pain and disease... Continue Reading →
She moved in the apartment opposite to us after majoring in French. I bet the bitch already speaks French, fluently. First time my husband locked his eyes with hers he didn't realize how devastated I was looking at him, I was nonexistent for a few moments, he introduced us to the nice girl and they... Continue Reading →