Tourism in Egypt has been buffeted by political instability and terrorism. But the pandemic has dealt the industry its biggest blow in years.
Compared with last year, when mosques around the world were closed because of the coronavirus, this Holy Month has limits, but friends and family, too.
But the made-for-TV spectacle also underlined the jarring divide between Egypt’s celebrated past and its uncertain present.
For decades, many Egyptians have been straightening their hair to fit a conservative, Western-influenced beauty standard. Many younger Egyptians are rejecting all that.
The popular uprisings of 2011 mostly failed, but they gave the region a taste for democracy that continues to whet an appetite for change.
In 2011, Tahrir Square was at the vanguard of popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring. But hopes for a democratic Egypt were crushed and the historic square given a sterile new look.
Ancient pharoahs rowed the Nile. Now Egyptians have rediscovered the practice, finding a new perspective on the river that shaped their country.
The arrest of the civil rights advocates received international attention, as Western policymakers, celebrities and the incoming Biden administration pressed for their release.
Before his recent arrest, Gasser Abdel-Razek had no illusions about the risks in being a leading rights advocate under the increasingly repressive el-Sisi regime.
The head of a human rights group and two of its other staff members have joined thousands of opposition figures, protesters and activists already in prison.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to put improved health care “at the heart” of his agenda. It hasn’t worked out like that in a country where the military’s needs always come first.
A generation of young women in Egypt who have found their voice on social media are challenging the old rules that blamed women when they were attacked by men.
On ancient stones and new barriers, computer screens and emergency exits.
In a moment of rage, Nadeen Ashraf created an Instagram page naming a man accused of being a sexual harasser. Within a week, it had 70,000 followers.
Egypt said that a raid in Cairo had netted the outlawed movement’s acting leader, Mahmoud Ezzat, who was thought to have fled abroad.
That Sarah Hegazi felt safe enough to honor our music with her bravery is thrilling; that such a simple act forever altered and then ended her life brings me great sorrow.
Three months of lockdown slowed its pulse, stripped its grit and exposed a new side to a weary city. But without the noise, bustle and grind, was it really Cairo?
In a country where women are often blamed when they are sexually assaulted, the arrest of an Egyptian student has raised hopes for changing attitudes.
Charged with “inciting debauchery,” Sarah Hegazi was jailed and tortured.
As the West settles into a grinding battle with the disease, the virus surges across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
Memories of 2011’s Arab Spring, and its fragile hopes, have been revived in the minds of many Egyptians as they’ve watched a strikingly similar dynamic play out in the United States.
Undeterred by the coronavirus, couples across the Middle East are pressing ahead with scaled-back weddings. The authorities aren’t always thrilled.
Islam’s most sacred sites were largely deserted as the holy month started, but Muslims in some places were resisting in ways that could spread the coronavirus.
The holiest month in the Islamic calendar promises this year to be the strangest ever for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. In Cairo, known as the city of a thousand minarets, the coronavirus has cast a long shadow.