In the three years since the outbreak of uprisings optimistically known as the Arab Spring, things haven't gone as many had originally hoped. The old regimes may be broken, but what has taken their place? Yasmine El Rashidi (The Battle for Egypt), Karima Bennoune (Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here) and Lucia Sorbera (Arab Modernities: Nation, Narration) share their views, personal experiences and expertise on the present and future of the region. They speak with David Hardaker.
David Hardaker (Australian)
David Hardaker is a former award-winning Middle East Correspondent for the ABC. He has lived and worked in the Middle East for most of the last decade. His roles have included lecturing in Journalism at the American University in Cairo. He worked most recently as a consultant to Arab media organisations in the Arab Gulf, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government. David reads, writes and speaks Arabic and maintains close personal and professional links in the Arab world.
Yasmine El Rashidi (International)
Yasmine El Rashidi is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution, a series of riveting dispatches in which the Cairo native provides an eyewitness account of the entire 2011 Egyptian revolution as it unfolded, from its origins in the days leading up to the 25 January protest in Tahrir Square to the subsequent military takeover and the March 2011 constitutional referendum. Yasmine regularly contributes to The New York Review of Books, is a contributing editor to the Middle East arts and culture quarterly Bidounand was a 2012-2013 Hodder Fellow at Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts. nybooks.com
Lucia Sorbera is Lecturer in Arabic, Islamic, and Middle East Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on Egyptian cultural and political history, gender and women history, and Arabic literature. Before joining the University of Sydney, she studied in Italy (where she also taught), Lebanon, and Egypt. She serves on a number of boards, including as a director of the Italian Society for Middle East Studies (SeSaMO), and on the editorial board of the book series Women and Gender History. Dr. Sorbera has published extensively on Arab women’s autobiography, Arab women’s political leadership, and Iraqi cinema. Her most recent publications include the co-authored Arab Modernities. Nation, Narration, and New Subjects in the Egyptian Novel and a work on women in Egyptian Politics, Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies.
Karima Bennoune (International)
Karima Bennoune is a law professor and has published widely in The Guardian, The New York Times, the website of Al Jazeera English, and many more. The topic of her most recent book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here is a very personal one for her. Her father spoke out against fundamentalism and terrorism, and faced death threats during the 1990s. In researching her book, Karima set out to meet people who are today fighting for what her father believed in. Karima has served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws. She has also been a consultant on human rights issues for many international organisations. karimabennoune.com