By: Julijana Englander
Helllloooooo! Greetings from Cairo! To say the last few days in Cairo have been quite historic would be a major understatement. Today, June 18th, 2012, marks a day that Egyptians and the world alike will not soon forget. Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood has been elected the next president of Egypt after defeating his opponent Ahmed Shafiq. The election has brought with it tides of fear, anxiety and concern among the Egyptian people. The world will need to wait and see what changes the future will bring with a new group in power.
Anywho, in other news, today the Duke in the Arab World group had the pleasure of meeting Mustafa Kamel Abdel Rahim, author of Final Exit. Prior to meeting the author, the group read and reviewed the book. Rahim’s book tells the story of Abdel Tawab, a father of five; Rahim uses this narrative to depict social inequalities, lack of job opportunities, and everyday struggles Egyptians face. The book was published prior to the January 25th Revolution in Egypt, but the author says that people are often shocked to learn that it was written and published before the revolution. The narrative and the story were harbingers for the revolution and the need for change in Egypt.
While sitting down with the avuncular author, the group gained insight into his book and his thoughts on Egypt’s future. Rahim noted that the main character in the book was a representative personality of the Egyptian perspective; the main character’s voice was a lens which the reader used to see an individual’s perceptive of Egypt that represents so much more than just one person. He also mentioned that the book was meant to create an organic connection between different generations of Egyptians and their differing perspectives. The author also mentioned the importance of breaking stereotypes, which are so often portrayed in the media, about Muslims as dangerous and terrorizing forces. This is just one tidbit of information about a fantastic author and an incredible talk!
The DAW group would like to give a huge thank you to Mustafa Kamel Abdel Rahim for giving us his time and would DEFINITELY recommend checking out his book, Final Exit. If you check out page 207/208 in the English version you will see a reference to an individual our professor Lo knows quite well. They go way back. Thanks for reading and Ma’Salama!