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January 1, 2014

Hoping for Egypt a new year of peace, prosperity, and progress. Photo Credit: Earnst Brinkhuis via Compfight cc

Hoping for Egypt a new year of peace, prosperity, and progress. Photo Credit: Earnst Brinkhuis via Compfight cc

This is the third year of the connectedincairo blog. This year saw 32,952 discrete visits, an average of 90 visits per day. This year included my best month ever–April, with 4,178 visits–and my best day ever–Oct. 4, with 501 visits. Most of visitors to the site continue to come from the United States and Egypt, with the UK, Canada and Germany following.

#1. Rethinking Sexual Politics in Egypt

This post from last January offers my review of a seminal paper by Paul Amar, and my smummary of an on-line “conversation” between Paul and three other significant scholars of gender, sexuality and power: Cynthia Enloe, Terrell Carver, Omnia El-Shakry. It was shared 80 times on Facebook, and received 764 visits.

#2. Writing Ethnography in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Another review article–this one was my take on a series of short on-line pieces posted on the Cultural Anthropology web site that dealt with key ethical, metodological and analytical issues of writing ethnography of the uprisings.

#3. Bibliography of the Egyptian Revolution Updated

The single most popular page on the web site this year was my Bibliography of the Egyptian Uprisings. I updated it twice this year, and each time it received received hundreds of visits. The October posting to announce that it now had over 500 references received almost that many visits.

#4. Did the Muslim Brotherhood take Money From Obama? The Egyptian Judiciary Wants to Know

This was one of my favorites for the sheer irony of it. When the Obama administration approved the annual US chunk of money to Egypt, his opponents declared that President Obama was “giving 1.3 billion dollars of US tax dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood?” Opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood in turn used US media reports of these accusations to bring trumped up charges against the MB…

#5. Egypt in Transition: Special Issue of Social research

I’m embarassed to find this ranking so high as I provided almost no value added, just posted the titles and abstracts of eleven articles on the Egyptian uprisings by scholars at or affiliated with the New School for Social Research.

#6. Revolutionary Art in the Streets–And In the Galleries

This was my review of Nancy Demerdash’s on-line multimedia article on the art of the revolution. It included links to Demerdash’s  article on art and art markets after the Arab uprisings, which  is available free on-line as either a pdf or a slide show.

#7. Arabic Women in the News: Active Agents or Passive Subjects?

Arabic media are far more likely to represent Arab women as active agents than are Western media, according to a new book-length study I reviewed in this post. I really liked the quantitative part of the study but was less impressed with the qualitative component.

#8. Egyptian Comic Magazine Drawing Increased Attention

I missed Tok Tok when it first came out in 2011, but wrote about it here after some news articles brought it to my attention. It’s quite a departure from the children’s magazines I describe in Connected in Cairo. Most of its illustrated stories are gritty, and some are quite dark. 

#9. The Egyptian Uprising Two Years On: Open Access Articles

This is another post that rose to the top on the merits of the quality of the articles I listed, since I provided no review of analysis. What I did offer were links to four excellent on-line articles reflecting on the revolution two years out.

#10. Beyond the Art of Revolt in Egypt

Among my many postings on art and the uprisings, this is one of the most important. I review an article by Sonali Pahwa and Jessica Winegar that emphasizes that there is a lot more to the transformation of the arts in Egypt in the revolution than graffiti and street painting. Part of what is at stake in the revolution is the relationship between the arts and the state.

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