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Episode 115 [in English]: Tarek Mohamed

[Content warning: Instances of state violence in Egypt; general references to familial violence/abuse; general references to instances of suicide]


Tarek Mohamed is an Egyptian feminist and queer activist, scholar and writer.  He is working on his PhD in Anthropology, and is based between Egypt and the United States. 

During this episode, Tarek discussed how his activism grew from personal to public, highlighting 2010 as a year when many people in Egypt started to feel safe mobilizing visibly.

He also highlighted how leftist spaces, when led by cis herero men, are wrought with homophobia and misogyny. Tarek explores intersectionalities that are often under-examined, such as the relationship between masculinity and sectarianism. 

We discussed the revolution in Egypt in 2011 and its effects. Tarek also shared some personal experiences navigating his relationship as a queer person with his biological family (his father in particular). 

You will also hear about the book Tarek wrote, and about his current research, focusing on Egyptian activists in exile and diaspora.  Follow Tarek on Instagram at tarek.mostafa.salama!


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Episode 66 in English: Dancing Queer!

What’s that? Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! A UN award winner and named by the BBC top 100 influential women worldwide, this Egyptian, hairy, bearded, pierced and tattooed Queer Refugee dancer will give you a very authentic performance with a twist!
♥ We will not conform to your gender roles ♥
In this episode, we talked about belly dancing in the UK context vs. the Egypt context, about family separation relating to immigration (content warning: there is talk about detention and, later in the episode, also about torture.  Listen at your discretion.), and so much more.  This episode will stay with you for a very long time; we absolutely loved talking to Shrouk.

Sarah Hegazi & Malak Alkashef were people we mentioned during this episode- support them in any way you can.

Students Action for Refugees (STAR) was the org that Shrouk’s campaign was with:

Photo credit: Diego Maeso

ايه ده بقى؟ ينبغي على الراقصات إمتلاك الشعر الناعم الحرير وإزالة الشعر تحت الإبطين والساقين؟ مش الراقصة دي يا فندم! حائزة على جائزة من الامم المتحدة و لقبتها البي بي سي من اول 100 مراة دات تاثير في العالم. أصلا من عاصمة الرقص الشرقي، مصر, الراقصة المشعرة والمتوشمة والمثلية الاجئة سوف تعطيكم أداء شرقي جدا مع حبة شقاوة

♥ نحن لن نتفق مع عادات وتقاليد أدوار الجنسيان ♥

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