In Cairo today, oppo­nents of ousted Islamist pres­i­dent Mohamed Morsi occupy cer­tain cor­ners of the city. Morsi’s sup­porters occupy others. No one is seeing eye-​​to-​​eye, and the country feels as frac­tured, if not more, than it was during its his­toric 2011 uprising.

But Egypt’s mil­i­tary leaders also took a step for­ward after Monday’s mass-​​killing of more than 50 Islamist pro­testers. The country’s interim gov­ern­ment has announced a six-​​month timetable for a return to civilian democ­racy, and appointed a tem­po­rary prime min­ister, Hazem el-​​Beblawy, a promi­nent Egyptian lib­eral economist.

Ramadan begins today. For Muslim Egyp­tians, the month-​​long ritual of fasting and purity, may be one of the few sources of sol­i­darity remaining as the country strug­gles with crisis in this latest wave of the Egyptian rev­o­lu­tion. Two years ago, at the height of the first Egyptian uprising, we spoke with a group of young Egyp­tians who were living in Mass­a­chu­setts when former Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak was thrown out of power. Then, they felt a surging sense of joy, pos­si­bility, hope, along with a little trep­i­da­tion. Today, we’ve invited them back.


Ena El-​​Hadidy, stu­dent in Eng­lish and biology at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Boston.

Hesham Hamoda, an attending psy­chi­a­trist at Children’s Hos­pital and instructor in psy­chi­atry at Har­vard Med­ical School.

Habib El Magrissy, stu­dent in inter­na­tional busi­ness at North­eastern University.


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