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Linda Herrera, Magdy Alabady, and Adel Iskandar


ElBaradei’s Gandhi Moment?

[ElBaradei in Tahrir Square on 23 November 2012 protesting Morsi's decree. Image from “Akhbar ElBaradei” Facebook Page]

When Mohamed ElBaradei entered Tahrir square on 27 November 2012, he was greeted with chants of, “Oh ElBaradei, Egypt’s Gandhi.” Since the days of the January 25 Revolution, comparisons with Gandhi have followed ElBaradei and entered the popular imagination. ElBaradei himself claims this comparison is not merited and is grossly overstated. For a start, Gandhi was a young and little-known lawyer when he began the struggle to liberate India, whereas ElBaradei entered Egypt’s ...

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Linda Herrera, Magdy Alabady, and Adel Iskandar


Linda Herrera (PhD Columbia University, MA, American University in Cairo, BA UC Berkeley) joined the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as Associate Professor and core staff  in the Global Studies in Education MA program in January 2011.  Prior to that she was a Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies (2005-2010) at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam where she was Convenor of the Children and Youth Studies MA specialization. Her major research interests and writing are around issues of  Youth and citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); critical ethnography of schooling; youth, employment and international development policy; democracy and education; and, more recently, youth, new media and Arab Revolution.

Magdy Alabady is a Research Scientist in Genomics Biology, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Alabady has published several scholarly and peer-reviewed research articles in top scientific journals in his field. Magdy is an activist on Egyptian affairs among the Egyptian communities in the United States and the youth movements in Egypt. He is a member of several Egyptian alliances and groups in support of the Egyptian revolution, which were established before and after the January 25 uprising. Alabady holds a doctorate in Molecular Biology.

Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author, coauthor, and editor of several works including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unifinished Revolution (AUCP/OUP)Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism (Basic Books), Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation (University of California Press), and Mediating the Arab Uprisings (Tadween Publishing). Iskandar's work deals with media, identity and politics and has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. His forthcoming publication is the coedited volume Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmilan). Iskandar taught for several years at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Communication, Culture, and Technology program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a co-editor of Jadaliyya.