November 7, 2010 |
Reporting from Cairo ? Take a glimpse across Egypt's sexual landscape and you'll see the devil's ploys, unrequited passions, mundane marital rhythms, tempestuous affairs, the threat of God, the shame of society and, in one wrenching scene, a village girl circumcised by a man wielding a knife. Sex in most cultures is balanced between sanctity and sin, that precarious, often titillating, terrain veering from the virtue of the family to a bondage fetish captured on a cellphone and dispersed across the Internet.
June 2, 2004 |
John pulled his cab over when he heard Dr. Nawal M. Nour on the radio. The Sudanese American physician was describing the clinic she runs for women who have undergone female circumcision -- women like his wife, Miriam -- and John wanted to learn all he could. "Other doctors, they didn't know our culture," said John, a Somali immigrant who did not want the family's full name used. "Sometimes we felt, my wife and I, like people were looking at us differently.
February 20, 2002 |
Some see Inas el-Degheidi as a feminist fighting through her films for the rights of Egyptian women. Others argue that Egypt's most famous female director gets attention the easy way--by filming cheap sex scenes. Islamic militants simply think El-Degheidi should be dead, police say. As one of the first, and the few, women to have invaded what is a male-dominated career, El-Degheidi is used to controversy. "I was the first to tackle subjects that were banned in the cinema, so they shock people.
July 29, 2007 |
In the delicate realm where the Koran meets human desire, Heba Kotb, a Muslim sex therapist in a ruffled gold head scarf, has strong opinions on vibrators, foreplay, premature you-know-what and why more men can't seem to locate the G-spot. An hour in her clinic, where some women wear black abayas that reveal only their eyes, is a liberating venture into a culture that has traditionally relegated talk of sex to a family whisper.
April 25, 2013 |
As former President George W. Bush, joined by President Obama and three living former presidents, dedicates his library this week in Dallas, it's important to remember that presidential libraries are relatively new. In 1941, while he was still in office, Franklin D. Roosevelt established the first such archive in Hyde Park, N.Y., to preserve personal papers and mementos from his time in office. His successor, Harry Truman, signed the Presidential Libraries Act into law, authorizing the National Archives to help set up and operate these treasure troves of American politics and policy.
February 23, 2011 |
On the night Hosni Mubarak fell from power, the crowds that rejoiced in Cairo's central square were so dense, so roiling and rowdy that Mohamed Assyouti couldn't push his way through when his girlfriend, Mariam Nekiwi, was assaulted several yards away. "A group of men surrounded her from four directions and closed her off," he said. First someone grabbed her groin, she said. Other hands groped the rest of her body, pinching hard and yanking at her clothes. She was shoved one way and then the other.
September 26, 1993 |
Epic novels that dip richly into autobiography and a panoramic sense of place, time and politics are hardly uncommon. But few modern novels follow the form any more and, Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz excepted, such massive undertakings have not emanated from the Middle East and especially not from Egypt.
November 12, 1995 |
A newly felt fear of God's wrath led Shireen Soleiman, a 30-year-old housewife from a well-to-do Cairo family, to cover her flowing, black curls under a Muslim veil. It had not been part of her attire, nor her upbringing, among Egypt's privileged. But after her mother-in-law died three years ago, she sought comfort in the cassette recordings of Omar Abdel-Kafi, who preaches that disobedient Muslims will be tortured in the grave. The veil, he says, helps make a woman a good Muslim.
February 11, 2000 |
At 32, Waffaa Mosaad Gabr is a woman with a problem. She feels emotionally abandoned in her 14-year marriage and displaced in her household since her husband invited another woman to move in last June as his second wife. Her husband even persuaded the illiterate Gabr to sign a document saying that she consented to his new marriage, she says. Gabr asked for a divorce repeatedly during the past three years. But her 38-year-old husband, a farmer in the Nile Delta village of Segin al Kom, refused.
June 23, 1994 |
Jehan Sadat brought her message of community service to 900 supporters of the Red Cross on Tuesday when she spoke at the organization's second annual Clara Barton Spectrum Awards luncheon. Taking her place beside the American and Red Cross flags--"they call it the Red Crescent in my country," she noted--the widow of slain Egyptian President Anwar Sadat told luncheon guests at the Hyatt Regency Irvine that her mission was to carry on her husband's work.