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Noha Radwan


`Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015)

[`Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015). Image from wikipedia]

With the death of ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Abnudi (1938-2015), Egypt and the Arab world lost the last of the pioneers of colloquial poetry who have significantly enriched poetry written in the spoken Egyptian dialect and expanded its horizons. Together with Fuad Haddad (1927-85) and Salah Jahin (1930-86), Al-Abnudi was instrumental in moving Egyptian colloquial poetry beyond the poetics of mass mobilization and explicit political expression to more complex and diverse realms. Over ...

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How Egyptian Women Took Back the Street Between Two “Black Wednesdays”: A First Person Account

[Women protesting in Tahrir Square; Image from Daily Mail Online]

On February 16, Roger Ebert, an American film critic and commentator, tweeted: "The attack on Lara Logan brings Middle East attitudes toward women into sad focus." While the attack on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was a tragic and upsetting event, it needs to be understood in its political context. Any attempt to propound this in such familiar orientalist terms would be offensive and unfair, not only to Egyptians protesting for democracy, but to Logan ...

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Noha Radwan


Noha Radwan is an Egyptian-born professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of California-Davis. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley and taught at Columbia University from 2005-2010. Her research interests focus on modern Arabic poetry and fiction.