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70. Islam and Politics in al-Sisi's Presidency

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70. Islam and Politics in al-Sisi's Presidency
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June 10, 2014
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Yosra El Gendi
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Egyptians have been celebrating the outcome of the presidential elections after preliminary results favored al- Sīsī with over  93% of the vote. Indeed, al- Sīsī is viewed by many groups as a savior who has rescued Egypt from the drones of backward and extremist Islamists. However, little has been researched on his own Islamic values and how he views the role of religious institutions in society. Far from taking a secular stance, al- Sīsī’s “visions” seem to ensure the grip of conservative religious establishment over Egyptian society.

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43. A Project with and about Women in Egypt, Post 25 January Revolution – Training of Assistants

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43. A Project with and about Women in Egypt, Post 25 January Revolution – Training of Assistants
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July 15, 2014
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Mette Toft Nielsen
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Cairo, Egypt: On April 18 and 19, a two-day training session was conducted for the project: A project with and about women in Egypt, post 25 January Revolution[1]. The training took place in the office of Center for Arab-West Understanding, located in Maadi, and the aim was to develop the skills and tools of our assistants to enable them to conduct academic interviews[2] and facilitate participatory, inclusive workshops[3] among Egyptian women from several different factions of the highly fragmented Egyptian society.

Peter Hervik, the project leader and professor at Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark, travelled to Maadi to facilitate the training jointly with Mette Toft Nielsen (author), who is the daily coordinator for AAU in Egypt.

 
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42. How to Conduct an Interview

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42. How to Conduct an Interview
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July 15, 2014
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Mette Toft Nielsen
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When interviewing the most crucial thing is to have a well-prepared interview guide that allows the interviewer to control and direct the interview in the most beneficial way possible for the research as a whole. Our focus will be on interview guides used for semi-structured interviews.

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41. Workshop Guidelines: Open Space Technology - Work with things you care for, with people you like to talk with

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41. Workshop Guidelines: Open Space Technology - Work with things you care for, with people you like to talk with
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July 15, 2014
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Mette Toft Nielsen
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Open Space Technology was developed by Harrison Owen and is a simple way to facilitate meetings, conferences, workshops and other organizational gatherings. It is engaging yourself in discussions that you like and find fruitful, centred on topics you find crucial, to which you believe to have knowledge and experience that allow you to participate actively in the discussion, or believe other’s knowledge and experience will benefit your own.[1]


 
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40. Minya, the Bride of Upper Egypt: I heard about you but now I saw you

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40. Minya, the Bride of Upper Egypt: I heard about you but now I saw you
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July 15, 2014
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Christine Guirguis
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Editor: Christine Guirguis (21) is currently working as an assistant on a project with and about women in Egypt, post 25 January revolution, which is led by Peter Hervik, a Danish Professor at Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark. Accompanied by Mette Toft Nielsen, the daily project coordinator of AAU based in Cairo, she has recently been in Minya to conduct interviews with women in this area. Christine is a young Coptic Orthodox Egyptian woman living in Cairo’s suburb Shubra and has never been to any rural area in Egypt. In the following text she shares her experience in one of Egypt’s less privileged areas.

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19. One year after the removal of President Mursi, Egyptians could do a much better job of explaining Egypt’s transition to a Western public

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19. One year after the removal of President Mursi, Egyptians could do a much better job of explaining Egypt’s transition to a Western public
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July 10, 2014
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Cornelis Hulsman
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President Muhammad Mursi was removed on July 3, 2013. His supported promised large-scale demonstrations in protest of this removal one year later. There have been demonstrations but they were far from large-scale.

Egypt has received very negative Western press since Mursi’s removal for human rights violations, mass sentences of pro-Mursi supporters to death, sentencing non-Egyptian nationals working with al-Gezira English to very stiff sentences, including Dutch journalist Rena Netjes who met with the al-Gezira English Head of Bureau but who adamantly denies she has ever worked for al-Gezira. Rena Netjes has not been presented with a written verdict and this verdict against her and other journalists indeed looked very unreal.

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11. Apologies from CAWU’s Research Intern Diana Serodio

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11. Apologies from CAWU’s Research Intern Diana Serodio
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July 10, 2014
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Cornelis Hulsman
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Egypt is a deeply polarized society and we, both the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation, and the Center for Arab-West Understanding, do not in any way want to defend one particular partisan cause. Our purpose is to create an understanding of the developments taking place in Egypt, to provide a media critique if we believe those processes to be described in a very biased way, and to advocate dialogue between people of different backgrounds, Egyptian and non-Egyptian, Muslim and Christian, or other differences that might exist.

 

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10. June Forum meeting: A comparative analysis of the 2012 & 2014 Egyptian constitutions By Diana Serôdio

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10. June Forum meeting: A comparative analysis of the 2012 & 2014 Egyptian constitutions By Diana Serôdio
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July 9, 2014
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Omar Ali
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On June the 26th of 2014, The Center for Arab West Understanding organized a forum meeting titled: Egypt’s constitution 2012-2014. The forum was attended by our staff, interns, friends, and supporters. The speaker for this meeting was Diana Serôdio. Diana has a degree in Political Science and International Relations from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, and SciencesPo, Paris, and is a researcher at Arab West Report. She was the main author of the publication entitled "The Development of Egypt's Constitution: Analysis, Assessment and Sorting Through the Rhetoric" released on May 2013, and is currently working on a new publication which will focus on the constitution of 2014.

Diana has been conducting interviews over the past year with various members of the constituent assembly, including religious leaders, politicians, lawyers, and many others who were involved in the constitution writing process. Such interviews did not only provide her with the sufficient legal perspective that she requires for a thorough analysis of the constitution, but it also gave her insight on the inner dynamics, points of conflicts, and negotiations that were part of this historical process.

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15. AWR Daily Overview July 3, 2014: National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy Organizes Protests

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15. AWR Daily Overview July 3, 2014: National Alliance in Support ofLegitimacy Organizes Protests
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July 3, 2014
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Yosra El Gendi
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National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy has called upon the supporters of deposed President Muhamad Mursī to engage in confrontation with the security forces on the first anniversary of his dismissal. It called on their supporters to organize 35 rallies after evening prayers today to move towards Tahrir Square. 

The pages of the Brotherhood youth on social networking sites stated that the activities of the day will be a “war with the security forces to avenge the honor of girls raped”. The pages called for the burning of police cars in all areas that are stationed to prevent the arrival of the rallies to Tahrir (Sa’īd Alī, al- Misrī al- Yawm, July3). 

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35. AWR Daily Overview, March 11, 2014: Conference Held in Cairo to Address the Migration of Christians from the Arab World

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35. AWR Daily Overview, March 11, 2014: Conference Held in Cairo to Address the Migration of Christians from the Arab World
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March 11, 2014
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Alastair White
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For the third day in a row, Coptic children in the village of Daljā in the governorate of Minya were prevented from attending their schools in Dayr Muwās, due to the threat of kidnapping or death from members of the Muslim Brotherhood. One child has been kidnapped and his family asked for a ransom of 600 000 LE – this action is perceived to be a response to the arrest of members of the Brotherhood for attacks on security forces. Father Joseph, pastor of the church of Saint George for Catholic Copts in Daljā, said that Copts had been in danger since 25th January 2011, while Midhat ‘Abd al-Rāziq, representative from the Department for Education, stated that they were working to provide guards for the students, and to forbid gatherings outside school gates (George Fikrī and Māhir ‘Abd al-Sabūr, al-Shurūq, Mar. 11, p. 1). Read original text in Arabic here

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