In Egypt, Harsh Measures Against Academic Freedom Persist

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 23 May 2017 / Opinion

A prominent group of human rights lawyers reports on severe restrictions on academic freedom in the first quarter of 2017.

With the Pope in Egypt, Debate on Al-Azhar’s Role

Ursula Lindsey / 25 Apr 2017 / Opinion

In the wake of Coptic church bombings, educators are reflecting on what role universities, including Al-Azhar, the beacon of Sunni Islam, might have in teaching tolerance—or intolerance.

Egyptian Universities Abuse Disciplinary Codes to Squeeze Student Freedoms

Mahmoud Shalabi / 14 Apr 2017 / Opinion

Egyptian universities are meting out punishments that far outweigh student infractions in an apparent attempt to keep a tight lid on student activism, the author says.

Traveling With The Respect You Deserve

Maha Bali / 07 Apr 2017 / Opinion

An Egyptian academic reflects on how people react to her when she travels and on the latest indignity, the U.K. and U.S. laptop ban.

UAE Jails Economist: The Silence is Deafening

Ursula Lindsey / 05 Apr 2017 / Opinion

A court has sentenced economist and human rights advocate, Nasser Bin Ghaith, to ten years in jail over his Tweets. The “bubble universities” are quiet.

Academic Freedom in Egypt Needs More Vocal Support

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 07 Feb 2017 / Opinion

A writer calls for a unified approach to support academic freedom in Egypt.

A Conversation With a Scholar Who Has Been Sentenced to Death

Burton Bollag / 19 Jun 2016 / Opinion

Emad Shahin, a political scientist in exile from the American University of Cairo, talks about the lack of academic freedom in his home country of Egypt.

Foreign Researchers in Egypt Are Being Harassed

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 15 Apr 2016 / Opinion

An Egyptian independent organization says the banning of foreign researchers from entering the country is largely based on their anti-government stances.

The Price of Egypt’s Anti-Cosmopolitanism

Ursula Lindsey / 23 Feb 2016 / Opinion

The death of an Italian graduate student also speaks to Egypt’s attitude toward research, knowledge, and the international connections of its scholars.

The Murder of My Friend Giulio Regeni Was an Attack on Academic Freedom

Neil Pyper / 08 Feb 2016 / Opinion

The tragic disappearance and murder of Cambridge Ph.D. student in Cairo has come as a profound shock for the international academic community.