March 23, 2023


Yasmin El-Rifae
Reid Hall | 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
Free and open to the public
Yasmin El-Rifae will present and discuss her book Radius, an extraordinary account of the women and men who built a feminist revolution in the middle of the Arab Spring.

During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment (Opantish) deployed hundreds of volunteers to intervene in mass assaults against women protesters in Tahrir Square. Organized and led by women, volunteers fought their way into circles of men to pull the woman at the center to safety, often at great risk to themselves. A blend of narrative non-fiction, interviews, and memoir, Radius is both a document of this history and an attempt to connect it to other areas of social and political life and struggle.

“An essential record of modern Egyptian history … a testament to what women are capable of, to what can be achieved through passionate collective action”, New York Review of Books

El-Rifae will be in conversation with Isabella Hammad.

The Red Wheelbarrow bookstore will be present to sell copies of Yasmin El-Rifae’s Radius.

Yasmin El-Rifae is a writer and editor whose work has most recently appeared in The New York Times, Mada Masr, Granta, and Lux magazine. She is also a co-producer of the Palestine Festival of Literature. Radius is her first book.

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