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On "morality police" in Egypt

July 15th, 2012 Comments off

I did not get a chance to blog about the reports of Islamist morality vigilantism said to have caused the death of a young man in Suez a couple of weeks ago, but below are some links on the story. While it’s not clear how widespread the phenomenon is, and there has been some alarmism, I do believe that such events are happening more frequently. I would not look at a conspiracy by the new Islamist president for now, though — this problem has much more to do with the collapse of authority in areas where there the state already has problems to impose itself. No wonder the worst instances of such morality police (but the least reported) is Sinai.

  • No morality police in Egypt: Morsi spokesman – Politics – Egypt – Ahram Online
  • A noisy discourse on sexual harassment : EgyptMonocle
  • Egyptian Youth’s Murder in Suez Puts Islamists on Defensive – Bloomberg
  • Fears of ‘morality vigilantism’ in Suez – YouTube
  • After Suez murder, questions linger over vigilante ‘morality police’ | Egypt Independent
  • Egyptian student fatally stabbed by militants – SFGate


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    UAE film 'The Turtle' released on YouTube

    June 5th, 2012 Comments off

    "The Turtle", an environmental film made in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been released on YouTube.
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    Queen Youtube was allowed out of the ruling palace in Amman

    May 20th, 2012 Comments off
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    Azan in a Cathedral

    January 27th, 2012 Comments off

    There is a beautiful recording on Youtube of an azan given at an interfaith gathering at a cathedral by Algerian Ben Youcef

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    New Media and Islam

    November 16th, 2011 Comments off

    Nidhal Guessoum, Huffington Post, New Media and Islam, 8 Nov 2011 "The importance of new media (YouTube and such), social networks (Facebook and such) and new tools that can be considered a little bit of both (Twitter and such) no longer needs any argumentation. Facebook is now the third largest "country" in the world, and YouTube and Twitter have redefined "communication." In 2011, in particular
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    ‘Id Mubarak, and Watch the Hajj Live.

    November 5th, 2011 Comments off

    I already noted the beginning of the Hajj today, but as I prepare to break for the weekend I should note that ‘Id al-‘Adha will begin Sunday for my Muslim readers, so let me wish them ‘Id Mubarak.

    UPDATE: Via Zeinobia: YouTube and the Saudis are broadcasting all the hajj rituals on a live feed YouTube channel here, called hajjlive. For us non-Muslims who will never see the hajj in person, it’s a great window. In Arabic. Click the link or watch right here (at least till the end of this year’s hajj):


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    Night and Day at the Movies

    October 27th, 2011 Comments off

    There are quite a few classic Arabic movies available in full on Youtube, if you search by the Arabic name. An example is the early Youssef Chahin film Bâb al-Hadîd (Cairo Station in English) in the original Arabic without subtitles.

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    Folk Dance from the Hadramawt

    September 11th, 2011 Comments off


    Youtube is a godsend for the folklorist. Here are two videos of traditional dance of the Baggara tribe, east of Tarim, in the Yemeni Hadramawt. My thanks to Dr. Muhammad Gerhoum for pointing these out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeI8Uh8LiHY&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu0kCCIFH3k&feature=player_embedded


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    It Isn’t Just an "Arab" Spring: The Amazigh Awakening

    July 16th, 2011 Comments off

    I’ve been tied up all day so I hope this will provide you with some delayed reading.

    On several occasions I’ve noted the role of Amazigh (“Berber”) activism in Libya (here and here for example). While throughout the Maghreb, there is an attempt to revive Tamazight (the Moroccan King’s constitutional reforms make it a national language alongside Arabic; Algeria has also made concessions in recent years after years of suppression, and here’s a piece on the revival in Tunisia), the real news is in Libya.

    In recent weeks the main frontline in the war has shifted to the west, in the Jabal Nafusa south of Tripoli, and that is the country’s Amazigh heartland. The flags in the banner above  are, respectively, the Amazigh flag with a character (“Z”) from the ancient Tifinagh script (also shown above left), while the second combines it with the rebel Libyan flag, the pre-1969 national flag (right)
     A similar “Berberized” version of the Tunisian flag has also been created, below left.

    While I’ve been beating this drum for some time, the rest of the world is starting to notice since the Nafusa has become the key front. Here’s a good Reuters piece that paints the picture quite well.

    As it notes, the Tamazight language and Amazigh identity were suppressed in Libya, with Qadhafi claiming variously that it was in “imperialist” language or merely a “dialect of Arabic,” and the language openly suppressed. Now, newspapers have sprung up, as have websites (libyatadreft.com is essential) and radio stations. Also, here’s a link to a Dutch news video with an English translation in the text.

    There is also a YouTube channel called ImazighenLibya,  which has this delightful title:

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    ImazighenLibya’s Channel

    I love it when you get three writing systems in a couple of lines.

    And now for some videos:

    First, some  Nafusi fighters singing, in Tamazight:

    Second, a video about not being able to name your kids non-Arabic  names. There are English captions. the first guy wants to name his son “Massinissa.” (But Qadhafi  named one of his sons “Hannibal,” which isn’t Arabic either. Is there a double standard? Oh, wait, I think I know the answer to that.)

    The Imazighen, and particularly the Tamazight languages (it is a family, not a single language), have suffered much from the post-colonial era. In all four Maghreb countries (the Siwi-speakers of Egypt are perhaps too tiny to generalize), nationalism was Arab nationalism, and persuading people to speak Arabic and learn the literary language was a priority. In Morocco, Tunisia, and especially Algeria, the priority was to eradicate French, but the emphasis on Arabic at the expense of French also restricted the use of the various Tamazight languages. In Libya, Italian and to some extent English were in widespread use among the elites, though not to the extent of French to the west.

    The irony is that the effort to eradicate French was far more effective at eradicating Tamazight. To this day in Morocco, Tunisia, and especially Algeria, French is still the language of the elites and of commerce and high culture, and permeates even the colloquial Arabic.


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    Breaking News: Salih on Yemeni TV

    July 7th, 2011 Comments off


    from Al Jazeera website

    The first video of President Ali Abdullah Salih since his severe injuries has been broadcast in Yemen just a short while ago. A brief excerpt is already on Youtube with better videos likely to be posted. As the pictures above and below show, he is heavily bandaged and the audio indicates he has trouble speaking. It is hard to imagine that he would be able to resume work any time in the foreseeable future. It appears he is lucky to even be alive.


    from the BBC website

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