Tag: Egypt

A recipe for mashing civilisations

By Khaled Diab The migratory history of foodstuffs and cuisines reveals that our dinner tables, like our societies, are both melting pots and salad bowls of ingredients from many different civilisations. Wednesday 8 December 2021 Arabs are convinced they speak…

Arab atheists: A demonised minority

Atheists are widely misunderstood by many Arabs and Muslims. There are those who believe us to be Satanists or that we have no moral compass and are debauch degenerates. But understanding and sympathy are growing. Saturday 2 October 2021 Names…

Gaza’s endless catch-22s

By Khaled Diab Israel will not lift its blockade of Gaza until Hamas is removed from power, but Hamas will not fall so long as there is a blockade. This is just one of the many tragic, circular paradoxes in…

Remembering Jewish Arabists and Arab Jews

By Khaled Diab In these polarised times, the social, political and cultural influence and fluid identities of Arab Jews and Jewish Arabists is largely forgotten when it should be commemorated and celebrated. Wednesday 16 June 2021 “No doubt, Allah will…

Egypt’s other revolution

By Khaled Diab A decade after Egyptians rose up against Hosni Mubarak, the counterrevolution appears victorious in the political domain. However, under the radar, a social revolution is in motion. Thursday 25 February 2021 On the 10th anniversary of the…

Egypt’s suicidal state

By Khaled Diab Events following the fall of Hosni Mubarak reveal that the Egyptian regime is on the path to self-destruction. 11 February 2021 After a turbulent decade of revolution and counterrevolution, Egypt appears to have revolved 360 degrees back…

The unlikely demonisation of Salman Rushdie

By Khaled Diab Salman Rushdie made a very unlikely target for the fury of conservative Muslims, which is why the opportunistic fatwa issued by a Khomeini in serious decline took the novelist and the world by surprise. Thursday 21 February…