Alaa Al Aswany on Egypt

On Start the Week Tom Sutcliffe talks to the Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany about his latest novel which charts the country's social upheaval through the prism of Cairo's elite Automobile Club of Egypt. The foreign correspondent Wendell Steavenson looks back at the Egyptian revolution as the crowds gathered in Tahrir Square in 2011. The political economist Tarek Osman explores how Islamism has spread through the Middle East, and what its future prospects mean for the region, while Professor Hugh Kennedy charts the rise of the Caliphate and how the so-called Islamic State uses the iconography of early Islam as propaganda.

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Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa Al Aswany is an author.

The Automobile Club of Egypt is published by Canongate.

Wendell Steavenson

Wendell Steavenson is a writer.

Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution is published by Granta Books.

Hugh Kennedy

Hugh Kennedy is Professor of Arabic at SOAS.

Caliphate: An Idea through History will be published later this year, and Hugh will be talking about Islam in early medieval Egypt at the British Museum on Monday 1 February.

Tarek Osman

Tarek Osman is an author, essayist, documentary maker and political economist.

Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World is published by Yale University Press.


Role Contributor
PresenterTom Sutcliffe
Interviewed GuestAlaa Al Aswany
Interviewed GuestWendell Steavenson
Interviewed GuestTarek Osman
Interviewed GuestHugh Kennedy