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  • Youssef Rakha in The New York Times

    July 18, 2013

    52_interviewee_youssef-rakhaOn Tuesday of this week, The New York Times published an op-ed by Youssef Rakha, author of the novel The Crocodiles, to be published in Fall 2014 by Seven Stories.

    In the Times, Rakha, a native Egyptian living in Cairo, describes first-hand the increasing abuse of Egyptian society which followed the election of Mohamad Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president. He argues that Morsi’s Egypt exemplifies why political Islam and democracy are incompatible.

    Rakha states, “They don’t mix not only in theoretical terms…but also because political Islam gives political cover to all that is undemocratic in Arab society.” Under Morsi rule, presidential protestors were violently suppressed, a Shiite activist was dragged through the streets and killed, religious police killed a man for walking outside with his girlfriend, and women not wearing a hijab were discriminated against and sexually harassed.

    Rakha’s novel was written as an echo of clamor of the Egyptian revolution and describes with feeling how and why youth turn to revolution.  

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