Omar Farahat

Omar Farahat is a PhD student at Columbia University, studying early Islamic legal and ethical theories and their place in the modern world. Prior to joining Columbia, he studied law at Cairo University, Paris 1 (Sorbonne) and Harvard Law School, and practiced law for several years. As a researcher and human rights advocate, he examined and documented violations of civil and political rights in Egypt under Hosni Mubarak. After the latter’s ouster in February 2011, Omar wrote several articles analyzing the events of the Egyptian revolution and co-authored a book discussing Egypt’s post-revolutionary constitutional predicaments in light of its constitutional history.

Being Salafi: Modernity’s Neglected Children

March 12, 2013

Omar Farahat examines the origins of Salafis, and argues that the question of shari’a has to be resolved before Egypt can witness any kind of durable stability. The following is an executive summary from the essay, originally featured in the Arches Quarterly.

Egypt’s Unrest: The Fragility of an Election-Based Transition

December 05, 2012

The widespread protests triggered by Morsi’s recent decisions are symptomatic of profound distrust that characterizes the relationship between different segments of Egyptian society. On November 22 2012, Mohammed Morsi issued a constitutional declaration that he described as “revolutionary”, granting the constitutional assembly additional time to complete the drafting job, prohibiting...

The Egyptian Revolutionaries’ Self-Inflicted “Coup”

June 16, 2012

All of Egypt's political forces need to take responsibility for past failures and understand that a consensus is the only way to establish the shape of the future Egyptian state, argues Omar Farahat. The rulings of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court that resulted in the nullification of the People's Assembly...