Sonia Farid

Sonia Farid

Sonia Farid, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Cairo University. She is a translator, editor, and political activist. Her social work focuses on political awareness and women’s rights and her writing interests include society, politics, and security in Egypt. She took part in a number of local and international conferences and published several academic papers. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Egypt mosque attack: Is Sufism a new target for terrorists in Sinai?

The magnitude of the attack that targeted worshippers in al-Rawda Mosque in North Sinai is not only measured by the number of lives it claimed, estimated so far at 305, nor by the fact that it is the......

Church closures in Egypt: ‘We were silent when it was one, now it’s four’

“We said nothing when one church was closed, so it got worse and a second, then a third were closed, and a fourth is on its way as if praying is a crime for which Copts are punished,” said......

Is Cairo the ‘most dangerous megacity in the world’ for women?

Cairo is the most dangerous megacity in the world for women, according to a poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In the first poll to be conducted on the conditions of women in cities......

ANALYSIS: Is Egypt’s religious tourism industry ready for Christian pilgrimages?

Tourism in Egypt has been hit by successive blows that have driven several countries to warn their citizens of traveling there and have even led some, including Russia, to take strict measures towards......

Are Egypt and Italy over the Giulio Regeni ordeal?

Almost a year and half had passed since Italy recalled its ambassador to Cairo over the latter’s reported lack of cooperation in the investigation of the torture and murder of Italian researcher......

The Karakaria in Algeria: Religious group or ‘foreign conspiracy’?

A Sufi group, a cult, or a foreign conspiracy? Several questions were raised about that controversial group that emerged in Algeria and whose members walk around in colorful cloaks and call themselves......

The disappearing Christians of Iraq

The liberation of Mosul was heralded as a new era for Iraqi Christians who could go back to their homes following the defeat of ISIS. However, this much-publicized triumph overshadowed a significant......

Has the biblical city of Bethsaida finally been uncovered?

Excavations in northern Israel resulted in the uncovering of a fishing village that is believed to be the biblical Bethsaida, hometown of Jesus’s apostles Peter, Andrew, and Philip according to......