Who Should the Egyptian Culture Ministry Serve?


Egypt’s new culture minister, Alaa Abdel-Aziz, went on television Friday to say that he had no regrets about his new policies and firings and that, despite protests, there is no turning back:

wzyr_lthqf_l_bd_lzyz_tswyr_smyr_sdq_13.jpg.crop_displayHis thoughts were reiterated in condensed form on IkhwanWeb, the MB’s official English-language website.  These announcements followed the continued sit-in of dozens of artists at the culture ministry, which began on Wednesday. The protestors’ core demand has been the removal of MB ally Abdel-Aziz as minister.

Meanwhile, in Ahram Online, AUC history professor and commentator Khaled Fahmy questions the value of the sit-in:

I have to admit, that I have been puzzled not by the stance of the minister and the Muslim Brotherhood but rather by that of artists and intellectuals.

Fahmy suggests that:

The interest of the Brotherhood in the ministry of culture is based on an old and long[-]engraved belief they have…

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