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In a New Drama, Egypt Battles for Its Cultural Identity

June 22, 2013

(On June 21, 2013, Muftah.org published my piece on the drama surrounding Egypt’s ministry of culture. An excerpt and a link to the full article is below.)

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Photo credit: AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

By Kaylan Geiger

As supporters of Egypt’s Tamarod (rebel) movement gear up for the much anticipated June 30 protest for President Mohamed Morsi’s removal, Egyptian artists and intellectuals are in a fight to prove that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Egypt has long been revered as a cultural capital in the Middle East. From Umm Kulthum to Naguib Mahfouz to the hundreds of Egyptian-made movies that are broadcast on Arab-language television station day and night, Egypt’s cultural and artistic scene is a source of pride for many inside the country.

Read the rest of the article here. 

 

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