Al-Sharif Nassef

Al-Sharif Nassef is a law student and researcher on issues of democratic development, peacebuilding, and spiritual ecology.

Rabaa Square in Retrospective: The Victory of Fear in Egypt

September 12, 2014

Egypt’s authoritarian state is playing off fear to coopt the revolution and justify ruthless oppression. In summer 2013, Tamarod activists, with megaphones on street corners and in metro stations, collected signatures en masse calling for an end to the presidency of Mohammed Morsi and sparked one of the largest public...

Egypt’s Charade Of Progress

October 28, 2013

Achieving genuine progress in Egypt does not mean imposing restrictions. If Egyptians were to believe the current local media mantra, the country should currently be basking in a state of revolutionary afterglow since emerging victoriously from our second uprising in nearly as many years to slay the draconian Muslim Brotherhood...

Egypt Must Prove Democracy to Itself

June 30, 2013

The end goal of a new uprising may thwart progress on Egypt’s path to democracy. Before Mohammad Morsi was elected president one year ago, I made a few predictions about Egypt’s political path that turned out to be true. Although I grieved for a few days once I found out...

Lessons from Iraq: Hold “Big Media” Accountable

April 08, 2013

American media failed to fulfill its role during the lead-up to the American invasion of Iraq. Al-Sharif Nassef argues that American “Big Media” must be held accountable for its part in selling the Bush administration’s Iraq war agenda.

Iftar with the Sufis

September 05, 2012

Following a Ramadan night filled with worship, meditation, and Divine Love, Al-Sharif Nassef recounts the rituals of the Islamic mystics of the Naqshabandi Order of Sufism in Cairo.

Egypt’s Revolution Under Siege

June 15, 2012

With the choice of an Islamist or a felool for their next president, Egypt’s revolutionaries are dissatisfied and already looking forward to the next uprising.

The Egyptian Elections: Meet the Candidates

May 22, 2012

Commentary on Egypt’s roster of candidates for the upcoming presidential elections. Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for. Nearly a year and a half after a popular revolution that accomplished the once unfathomable and toppled the brutish dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, the time has come to witness the...

Shifting Sands: Political Liberalization of Egypt Since 1952

February 10, 2012

Al-Sharif Nassef predicts whether or not Egypt’s ruling military junta will relinquish power and traces the historical trends of Egyptian political liberalization in the face of the authoritarian military regimes of Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak.

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