Abdallah Schleifer
Abdallah Schleifer

Abdallah Schleifer is a veteran American journalist covering the Middle East and distinguished visiting professor of political mass media at Future University in Egypt. He is also professor emeritus at the American University in Cairo where he founded as served as first director of the Kamal Adham Center for TV and Digital Journalism. He is chief editor of the annual publication The Muslim 500; a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (USA) and at the Royal Aal al Bayt Academy for Islamic Thought (Jordan.) Schleifer has served as Al Arabiya Washington D.C. bureau chief; NBC News Cairo bureau chief; Middle East correspondent for Jeune Afrique; as special correspondent (stringer) , New York Times and managing editor of the Jerusalem Star/Palestine News in then Jordanian Arab Jerusalem.

Why Cairo is not burning… yet

It’s midnight in Cairo. Literally. President Mursi is droning on and on while I have been trying to sort out some of my thoughts on the computer keyboard before me. Egypt’s President is...

Global media romances the rebellion in Turkey

 Two and a half years ago, the great global media delusion was that the vast demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square (and other urban centers throughout Egypt) had brought down Mubarak and...

Syria, America and self-fulfilling prophecy

For about a year and a half, President Obama had been calling for the end of Bashar al-Assad’s rule in Syria and at the same time --aside from a very modest and covert CIA mission to train Free...

Mursi waves the Egyptian flag over Nile ‘threat’

It worked for about 24 hours. All day the government addressed the issue of the planned Ethiopian dam on the Nile. It began with Prime Minister Hisham Qandil’s declaration that the Grand...

Memories from the 1967 Arab-Israeli war

 June 5, 1967 We think of the Nakba – a process that began in late 1947 and ran through to the Fall of 1948 – as the regional catastrophe extraordinaire; certainly for the 750,000...

‘The Great Gatsby’ comes to Cairo

When I went to university in the mid-1950s F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” had a tremendous impact upon me. For an avid reader and an aspiring young writer the book...

The captivating ambiguities of Egypt’s ‘rebellion’

A blue haze seems to have enveloped the Egyptian opposition – both the informal, fed-up, sporadically but never ending angry popular opposition to Mursi that seems to keep growing but lacks an...

Safeguarding religion in Egypt for the wrong reasons

Last Sunday, Pope Francis canonized the 800 Christian martyrs executed by Muslim Ottoman forces raiding southern Italy in 1480.According to reports coming from Rome, the 800 were killed because...