Mosques and the Protests in Egypt

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Social media sites helped organize the protests in Egypt, but mosques have served many functions—from becoming makeshift hospitals to turning out large crowds of protesters each Friday. Fawaz Gerges, Professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, describes the many roles that mosques have played during the protests across the region, from Egypt to Yemen to Jordan.


Fawaz Gerges

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Herb E - I so agree with your comment: Cut the military aid and switch to supporting the people. Help them through this and then provide a hand up for them.*

CBS Evening News had coverage of the effect of lack of tourism on many workers. A man who has 25 employees and 35 horses for tourists to use to see the pyramids said it costs him $10 a day to feed each horse -- with no income, he is using savings to keep the horses alive. No mention of his human employees in the report.

On NPR yesterday, there was a story about a horse handler how took part in the anti-gov't protesters horse and camel charge. This young man said he had not been hired, nor did he expect any violence (why the weapons then, guys?). But he sounded as if he were willing to go after the protesters due to lack of income.

Too bad we can't fund horses and their handlers instead of jet pilots and police helicopters. And electroshock equipment....

I wonder if Obama sleeps well at night....

*Oh yeah, Republicans don't believe in stimulus aid...and now too many Dems are buying into their way of thinking.

Feb. 09 2011 06:47 PM

there is a glitch in your playback and download of this segment.

Feb. 09 2011 02:16 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

The guest is a very knowledgeable fellow but I think he glosses over the difference between Sunni and Shia a little too readily. A big part of Shia Islam is the belief in "Imam", who are held to be "infallible" (like the catholic pope or the ayatollah) and whose judgments are as good as those made by god himself. Sunni Islam does not have this tradition and the implication is easy to see - to a Shia there might be at some point a real choice between his faith and his government where a Sunni may disagree with a religious figure (who is not the FINAL authority) and moderate his political views to accord with broader principles.

Feb. 09 2011 12:42 PM
Nadia from Cairo

The Muslim Brotherhood - In Its Own Words
Mustafa Mashhur was the official leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996 to 2002.
In his book, Jihad Is the Way, Mashhur explains the Muslim Brotherhood's goal of establishing an Islamic state, world domination under Islam, the public and personal religious duty of military jihad, and the warning not to rush to jihad until it is prepared and timed for maximum benefit

Feb. 09 2011 12:33 PM

One of the protesters commented on his twitter page that the workers only just came out a few days ago because they were waiting for their end of month pay check. Remember that the protests began on Jan 25th and banks were closed for several days making it hard for some employers to pay employees. Egypt is a cash society.

Feb. 09 2011 12:19 PM
Herb E from NYC

Encourage the President Obama & members of Congress to change the nature of the aid to Egypt from military credits to economic and social credits. This is a win for America, a win for American allies in the area, and a win for Egypt. The massive military buildup in Egypt is destabilizing. With the acknowledged precarious nature of Egypt's government and the ever-present danger of its growing fundamentalist movement (Brotherhood), it is far more in America's interest to attend to the political, social, and economic needs of the Egyptian people so our country can help create a less desperate situation.

The economic impact to America is neutral, since the money comes in the form of credits to buy US goods. It would be better to let the Egyptian people buy our cars, our computers, our construction equipment, and other American goods. This policy would encourage peace and a more stable Egypt. It would also produce demand for American products beyond the scope of foreign aid.

Feb. 09 2011 08:57 AM

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