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April 24, 2006

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dagger aleph

Very interesting post. I had the same reaction to the depiction of 'Adel Imam as somehow taking politically courageous stands; but then, I had also read the Armbrust article.

On the weekend I saw "Blood of the Gazelle" which was showing as part of the Alwan film festival, and it also featured a crude and frankly ridiculous depiction of Islamists as nothing more than a street gang. This is kind of a theme -- I've noticed the same thing in Egyptian soap operas. Judging from these depictions, there's no difference between Islamists and the mafia, except that Islamists wear white robes and hang around in mosques.

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