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Amina Elbendary


Making History in Tahrir

[Protesters in Cairo, Image from Unknown Archive]

Nightingale, do not fear your song Speak your complaint and tell of your ordeal The song will not kill you but Holding back song is what will kill you I wonder! Salah Jahin (1930-1986)  Watching Egyptians protest today is a sight I never thought I’d witness. Having studied urban protest in Egypt and Syria in the late Middle Ages, like other Arabs of my generation I had been beguiled by our political quietness, our seemingly unending, ...

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Amina Elbendary


Amina Elbendary is Assistant Professor of Arab and Islamic Civilization at the American University in Cairo. She obtained her PhD in 2007 from Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and is currently writing a book on Urban Protest in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria.