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What Four Photos Can Tell Us About the Egyptian Referendum

January 17, 2014

This widely circulated image juxtaposing actress Ilham Shaheen with a salafi Sheykh is a fake--but that's all the more reason for analyzing it.

This widely circulated image juxtaposing actress Ilham Shaheen with a salafi Sheykh is a fake–but that’s all the more reason for analyzing it.

My previous post described and (loosely) analyzed four recent editorials from Arabic newspapers to get a sense of the possible meanings of the referendum.

There’s a similar effort to describe attitudes toward the referendum by Maged Afifi using four photographs.

In “Four Pictures to describe the Egyptian Referendum” he unpacks pictures of

  1. Gen. As-Sisi visiting a polling place,
  2. a Muslim Brotherhood member gesturing in a sign that’s come to refer to the Raabiya al-Adawiya Massacre,
  3. a girl dancing in front of a polling place, and
  4. a widely-circulated fake photo of the actress Ilham Shaheen photoshopped next to salafist leader Sheikh Yasser al-Brahimi

It’s a great piece, short, and well worth the read.

You can read it in English on Fikra Forum, or in the original Arabic at Raseef22

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