"From Egypt" attempts to draw a cultural map of Egypt and the Arab world by profiling the artistic, literary, and political issues that affect the region via on-the-ground coverage of current events, publications, and the fight for freedom of expression.

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Hamdy El-Gazzar is an Egyptian writer and one of the 39 young Arab writers included in the Beirut 39 Project. His first novel, Sihr Aswad (Dar Merit, 2005) won the prestigious Sawaris Award, and was subsequently translated by Humphrey Davies (Black Magic, AUC Press, 2007). His second novel, Ladhdhat Sirriyya (Secret Pleasures) was published by Dar al-Dar in 2008. He is currently working on a third novel.
  • Hamdy El-Gazzar
    Farewell (Arabic Text)

    Thank you for two amazing years, Hamdy el-Gazzar, who is signing off from Sampsonia Way. Without fail, his column provided insight into politics in Egypt, pressing social issues, and contemporary Egyptian literature.


  • Omar Hazeq
    Freedom for Omar Hazeq (Arabic Text)

    Hamdy el-Gazzar describes the situation swirling around Omar Hazeq who was an employee at the Library of Alexandria. Omar was dismissed from his position and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for breaking demonstration laws and taking part in a protest during the trial of Khalid Said’s murderers.


  • Map of Islamic Caliphate c. 750 AD
    Sedition of Caliphate (Arabic Text)

    Did the ‘Caliphate’ really exist as a political and religious regime for transferring authority through Islamic history? Author Hamdy el-Gazzar comments on Islamic historian Mohammad Abu Rahma’s new book on the fight for authority spanning more than 600 years of Caliphate rule.


  • Cover: The Arena's Shout
    The Arena’s Outcry (Arabic Text)

    This week Hamdy el-Gazzar introduces us to The Arena’s Shout, a new book that studies the lexicon of the Egyptian Revolution. The book examines 650 different slogans that were chanted by protestors gathered at Tahrir Square and other public places across Egypt.


Fearless, Ink.