Atef Said

Atef Said practiced human rights law and directed research initiatives in human rights organizations in Egypt from 1995 to 2004. He is author of Torture in Egypt: A Judicial Reality (2000), published by the Human Rights Center for the Assistance of Prisoners, and Torture Is a Crime Against Humanity (2008), published by the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. Both organizations are based in Cairo. He is a now a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, writing his dissertation about the Egyptian revolution of 2011. In the dissertation, based on ethnographic and archival materials, he investigates the power of Tahrir Square in the revolution, with a special focus on the role of space in revolutions and social movements. He is currently a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Sociology Department. He published articles appeared in different journals, including Social Research Journal and also published in US Amnesty Magazine, the Middle East Institute, as well as Jadaliyya.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Three observations on religion, politics, and the Muslim Brotherhood

In the following essay I would like to offer three observations about the use of religion in politics in Egypt in the aftermath of the ousting of president Mohamed Morsi, and about the Muslim Brotherhood (MB)—the oldest and most important Islamic organization in Egypt—particularly on how the group became targeted by the current military government in Egypt.

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

America in the Egyptian revolution

I have been in Egypt since February 6, 2011, where I have been witnessing events, talking to friends, activists and non-activists, and to the public in Cairo’s streets—and it is not an exaggeration to say that every corner in Egypt talks politics today. . . . From my observations of events and numerous discussions with others, Egypt’s relationship with the U.S appears, in some ways, to be absent from most of the heated discussions going on today. But upon closer examination, this relationship has been present in the revolution, not only during and after the peak of events—from January 25 to February 11—but also, I would suggest, in the very anti-imperialist underpinnings of the revolution, a revolution that the mainstream American media has miscast as one generated purely internally.

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