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Monday,23 July, 2018
Issue 1122, 15 - 21 November 2012

Ahram Weekly

Net notes

Scary call to bring down the Pyramids and Sphinx

Social networks were flooded by a heated debate over a call made by a Salafi cleric to destroy the Sphinx and the Pyramids.

“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statue,” Morgan Salem Al-Gohari said in an interview on Egyptian Dream TV during the weekend.

In response, Ali Ekram said the TV channels that adopt Wahabi ideas “are polluting Egypt” and the government should shut them down.

“Let’s stop saying Salafi when we really mean Wahabi because Saudi Arabia spends millions of dollars to spread these radical ideas and make people like Al-Gohari famous.”

He added all Egyptians should stand against the habits that relate to Wahabism like the niqab or face covering. “This radical ideology is not acceptable and not Islamic. It is Bedouin culture.”

Mohamed Mansour criticised those who oppose Al-Gohari. “Why are Egyptians making a big deal of what Al-Gohari said?” He argued that the Salafist cleric represents only himself and a narrow segment of the society.

Zanobia, an Egyptian blogger, responded to Mansour by saying that Al-Gohari does not represent himself alone but rather represents similar views expressed by none other than a leading Salafi member and co-founder of its political arm, the Nour Party.

She added that another Salafist cleric who made the same call, Abdel-Moneim Al-Shahat, demanded the Egyptian government cover the ancient Egyptian monuments with wax.

Mona Rashwan said that the real danger that Egypt will face in the very near future is not these radical religious clerics but the return of Egyptian jihadist from Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and Sinai who impose their radical beliefs by acts of terrorism.

Omar Khadri said statements like the one Al-Gohari made “set Islam back 1,000 years. Don’t they understand we live in a civilised world. I bet Egypt doesn’t even have the knowhow or technical ability to destroy the Pyramids.”


Feminist now different from then

In her blog “My Words” Ekram Ibrahim illustrates what she thinks is the new age of feminism. Ibrahim believes that empowering women should not be through giving the men fewer rights but helping women to explore their potential and give more to society. Here is what she wrote:

The term “feminist” usually brings to mind a woman with eyeglasses, short hair, wearing no makeup and acting very aggressively. Organisations working on women’s rights issues are usually also packed with women while men are in most cases not allowed to contribute.

Well, for some part the above was the case in the old school of feminism.

The new age feminism has women and men working together for a better life. A life where no one is discriminated according to gender. A life that leaves no or little space for media stereotypes.

Feminists are like all other women, with some extra topping; they advocate or support the rights and equality of women.

Simply, they think that a woman is equal to a man. They refuse to buy into the ideas which makes women less creatures who accept to be dominated by other creatures happened to be called “men”.

Usually feminists work on the empowerment of women by supporting other women; they rarely do work with other men on that issue.

For what I call new age feminism, women have to support other women through men and not through women only. I believe that women’s rights in Egypt will not be attained unless men were included in the equation. Civil education in schools is one way; awareness campaigns could be another and going out to people in the streets and spreading the word is also needed.

Feminism is not an issue that concerns only women but men as well.

We women are not after taking rights from men’s privileges, but we are here on earth to collaborate to live healthier and more joyful lives. Therefore, the concept of feminism has to shift from a women’s issue to a universal one.



“The sound of freedom beckons me, from every street corner of my country.” @Mona Al-Tahawy

“The policies of the Brotherhood government are indistinguishably counter-revolutionary.” @Adel Iskandar

“I’m very impressed by the UK’s Remembrance Day. When will the memory of the martyrs of Egypt’s Jan 25 Revolution be properly honored?” @Nadia El-Awady

“Egypt politics now a contest between Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis over extent of Sharia’s legal dominance. This is competitive theocracy, not democracy.” @Eric Trager

“Palestinians cannot travel to Egypt through the tunnels because it is very likely that they would be arrested and thrown in jail in Egypt.” @Farah

“The war on Gaza started almost precisely this time four years ago, between the US elections and inauguration 2008.” @Sherine Tadros

“The impunity with which some Salafis attack Copts speaks of either state failure or complicity. How long can that last?” @Salama Moussa

“Please don’t make a hero of the new pope. Keep him away from propaganda Copts.” @Nany Atef

“If you feel trapped I can totally relate because I live under siege, in a cage it is called Gaza.” @Hanine

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