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Mohamed Elgohari محمد الجوهري

Egypt’s Ultras: No More Politics

[A message from members of the Ultras Ahlawy (UA), supporters of al-Ahly club, in the stadium, reads “Football and the terraces are fans’ property”. Photo from UA facebook page]

Swinging between politics and football, the Egyptian “Ultras” football fans have spent the two years since the beginning of the 25 January Revolution trying to discover, redefine, and highlight their collective identity as youths who came together to express their love for sport in general, and for their chosen football clubs in particular. Before the revolution, the presence of these groups in the public sphere was limited, and tied to their contentious relationship with ...

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كيف يمكن أن نفهم الألتراس؟

[غرافيتي على الحائط تصوير محمد الجوهري]

كان الحكم الذي أصدرته محكمة الجنايات في التاسع من مارس ضد المتهمين في تخطيط وتنفيذ مجزرة بورسعيد ضد مجموعة ألتراس أهلاوي في مباراة الأهلي والمصري التي اقيمت في الأول من فبراير من العام الماضي 2012 وما تلاه من أحداث عنف من جانب بعض المنتمين إلى المجموعة، فرصة ذهبية للإعلام – وليس فقط الرياضي- للظهور علينا بوجهه القبيح في تشويه الوقائع والبحث عن مزيد من الإثارة التي تجتذب مزيداً من المشاهدين من أجل تحقيق مزيد من الربح أو خدمة السردية التي تحاول السلطة فرضها على المجتمع فيما ...

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Mohamed Elgohari محمد الجوهري

Mohamed Elgohari is a political researcher based in New York with varied experience on Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs. He is a recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship, which provided him with a full scholarship to complete his MA at New York University in Comparative Politics. Elgohari’s Master’s thesis analyzes the political role of the Egyptian Ultras groups by examining the contentious relationship between the state and society by focusing on the post-revolutionary politicization of these groups. He recently presented this research at the Research Center in Egypt and the Arab-Turkish Congress of Social Sciences. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher in Cairo for a number of academic institutions. His articles are being published in many media outlets including Jadaliyya, World Politics Magazine, and World Press. Elgohari’s research focus is on democratization, state-society relationships, and the political role of social and grassroots movements within the Middle East. He can be reached at: mohamed.algohri@gmail.com