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About Ahmed Kadry

Ahmed Kadry is currently doing his PhD in Arab Cultural Studies at Imperial College London on Egyptian socio-political feminist identity and discourse in the 1952 and 2011 Egyptian Revolutions. He blogs here and tweets @ahmedkadry.

Articles by Ahmed Kadry

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

History rewritten: Egypt’s battle over narratives

January 25 2011 seemed forever immune, until now. Amidst the brutal violence, an ideological battle rages on for the soul of Egypt.

Egypt’s male feminists

Try to imagine a packed Tahrir Square chanting not for the removal of Mubarak or Morsi, but men and women standing shoulder to shoulder demanding that the personal status laws be abolished.

Whoever drinks from the Nile will always return to it

On Egypt’s brand of nationalism. 


Mohamed and Michael are both Egyptian

Egypt all of a sudden, at least on the surface, appears to have a growing problem of sectarianism.

A toast to the Brotherhood

Our columnist returns to Egypt from nine months in London. But it is not he who has changed.


I choose not to exclude: not losing my religions

I find it very difficult to differentiate between Jesus and Esa. Does this make me a traitor to my religion? Can I be a Muslim and engage and participate within western or Christian traditions?

Throw away your textbooks: education via revolution

How Egypt’s young adults stole the show, which is how it should be, because the show was meant to be about them in the first place.

Forget the Egyptian economy - I want to know where my wife is

When a nasty declaration by the UN Commission on the Status of Women contradicts the established principles of Islam more than members of the Brotherhood beating a woman senseless outside their headquarters.

When a hero doesn’t come along: Egypt’s wait for its ‘Chavez’ lingers.

In this crucial post-revolutionary period where a vacuum is waiting to be filled, no one, on either side of the political paradigm, is emerging to the fore.

Time for Egypt to man up: recognising its women

Last week I asked twenty Egyptian men, all in their mid to late twenties, from a range of lower to upper class backgrounds about the women listed above and three out of twenty knew who they were.

Let them eat kunafah: no democratic refund in Egypt

With the last of a two year election-and-referendum-frenzied-period coming to an end in April, Egyptians are eating their democratic cake, disappointed that it looks nothing like the picture on the menu.

It’s not me, it’s you: a bad Egyptian break-up

Just as Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have been continuously accused of hijacking and jumping on the coattails of the revolution, now the finger is being pointed by activists towards other activists who disagree on what the next course of action should be.

A crisis in identity: Egypt’s opposition is caught up in a futile debate

Secular versus Islamist barely scratches the surface of the conflicts that best Egypt.


Not yet a revolution: the fight for women’s rights in Egypt continues

While the eighteen day uprising saw Egypt’s men and women equally contribute to the greater good of the country and fought side by side in the face of violence and drastic uncertainty, women’s rights are being undermined.

Four more years - but what will Obama do with them in the Middle East?

Will Barack Obama finally deliver on his promises of peace and better relations with the Middle East? His re-election certainly offers him a second chance - don't waste it this time Mr President!

Divided we fall: the ongoing quest for a single Muslim voice

From a small incident at a local mosque in West London to the 'Innocence of Muslims' riots, a reflection on the current state of division among the Muslim community.

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