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The Story of Al-Azhar’s Shi’ite Origins

The Story of Al-Azhar’s Shi’ite Origins

On April 4, 970, Fatimid General Jawhar al-Siqilli (or “the Sicilian”, as he was sometimes known) ordered the construction of Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. Though…

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: A History of Debauchery in Egyptian Songs

Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: A History of Debauchery in Egyptian Songs

In the early twentieth century, and particularly after World War I, a new phenomenon took root in Egypt in the form of songs that were…

Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

Creating Isratine, Dismantling Switzerland and Assassinating Adel Imam: Gaddafi's Wildest Dreams

On October 20, 2011, eight months after the outbreak of the revolution in Libya, deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi appeared in a video. He was captured…

Egypt and the African Continent: Two Ladies, a National Hero, and an Emperor

Egypt and the African Continent: Two Ladies, a National Hero, and an Emperor

Egypt is a country deeply rooted in the African continent. These roots are political, economic, social, cultural and religious. In the modern era, two of…

Meet the First Arab Footballer to Ever Score at the World Cup

Meet the First Arab Footballer to Ever Score at the World Cup

Many Egyptians still recall Magdi Abdelghani’s goal from a penalty kick against the Dutch team in the 1990 World Cup. This episode is recalled with…