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Mona Oraby

The General’s New Suit

[al-Sisi's presidential campaign poster. Photo courtesy of Mona Oraby.]

His announcement on 26 March 2014 was a long awaited formality. Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to run in this year’s presidential election was no surprise to observers who, after the 3 July ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, anticipated that the highly popular figure would seek the country’s top post. With the presidential election slotted for 26 and 27 May and only one other candidate in the running, Sisi’s victory appears all but guaranteed. Not so, ...

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Contested Citizenship in Egypt

[Panelists at conference titled “Citizenship and Minorities Under the Rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Clashes over the Khusus killings in Egypt are the most recent of a long list of tragic sectarian episodes since 2011. Paul Sedra is right that “the impulse to lay the blame for this sectarianism at the feet of the Muslim Brotherhood is strong and…not without justification.” It is small wonder that the Brotherhood’s hyper-politicization of religion and religious difference at this juncture in Egyptian history would enable the radical escalation of conflict between ...

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Mona Oraby


Mona Oraby is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University.