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Do Queer Muslims Need Saving?

Image by the anonymous artist Queer Habibi Disclaimer: This is a reworked paper, originally written for a course called “Post-Colonial Perspectives on …


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Being Si Al Sayed

Music videos in the Arab world, and not least in Egypt, are at the same time widely viewed, popular and relatively understudied. They …


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Excavating Egyptology

The New York Review of Books has an interesting review of three recent books on the archaeology and filmic versions of ancient …


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Damascus Heritage

For an impressive website devoted to the heritage of Damascus, check out “Damascus Heritage.” There are several Youtube videos accessible from the …


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Parading with the Pharaohs

Yesterday there was an extravaganza parade in Cairo parading the embalmed remains of 22 ancient Egyptian pharaohs to their new “eternal” resting …


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Picturing the “Enemy”

My friend Karim Ben Khelifa, an award-winning photographic journalist who I met over a decade ago, has produced an extraordinary film (“The …


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Googling Ibn Majid

One of the most famous Arab navigators is the Omani Ahmad b. Majid, who flourished in the latter half of the 15th …


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Cairo in 1920

This is an interesting Youtube video posted by Mostafa Khalifa. It has the voice of Munira al-Mahdiya with footage taken in Cairo …


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Baba ‘Aris (1950)

Youtube has quite a few old Egyptian films with music, dancing, the colorful Egyptian dialect and some very strange plots. Baba ‘Aris …


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Egyptian agriculture in 1920

reaping There is an early 1920 video on Youtube with views of agriculture, bread making, spinning and weaving in Egypt at the …


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The Archaeology of Star Wars

Heritagedaily.com, November 11, 2013. “These are not the ruins you’re looking for!” In 2012 Italian photographer Rä di Martino spent more than …


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