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Hold on to Your Veil, Fatima!: And Other Snapshots of Life


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What happened to a former Miss Egypt when she took to wearing the veil under her pilot's cap? Who are the young people posting videos of policemen torturing crime suspects? Where do Coptic Christians celebrate the Holy Family's journey to Egypt? Why is President Hosni Mubarak still ruling Egypt, virtually uncontested, after more than 25 years in power?In Hold on to Your Veil, Fatima , author Sanna Negus answers these questions and more, taking the reader on a journey into 21st-century Egypt. As a reporter, Ms. Negus witnessed Egypt's political opening after the Iraq war, the subsequent quelling of the Cairo Spring, and the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. In addition to politics, the author discusses the thorny issue of relations between the sexes, listens to Copts' grievances about the worsening relations between Muslims and Christians, and reveals an appalling human rights record. On the brighter side, she also visits oriental dancers and authors who defy censorship. While Egyptians joke about the longevity of their president, there is no doubt that Egypt is a nation waiting for a new, uncertain dawn. Hold on to Your Veil, Fatima relies heavily on primary sources, on the words and experiences of extraordinary Egyptian men and women, as well as the author's personal encounters as a Western woman. Intimate stories are woven together with historical narratives and news events. This is the other side of Egypt, an intriguing modern nation a long way removed from the pyramids and temples visited by most visitors to the country.Watch the author's promotional video:

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Negus, a Finnish journalist living in Cairo, offers a glimpse of twenty-first century Egypt in this entertaining work. First published in Finnish in 2005, the volume utilizes interviews as well as the author's personal experience as a Western woman residing in an Arab country to explore gender relations, politics, Islam, human rights, drug and alcohol use, veiling, and religious tensions between Copts and Muslims. Written in a journalistic style, the work will appeal to general readers interested in modern Egypt and Middle Eastern Women's Studies. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Negus, Sanna
Garnet Publishing
Foreword by:
Wright, Lawrence
Wright, Lawrence
TRAVEL / General
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