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Friday, February 11, 2011

A Joke from Cairo Today

I hope someone compiles all the jokes flying around about recent events, since Egyptians are geniuses at political humor, for too long their only outlet. One from today:

After the triumphant revolutions of Friday, January 14, and Friday, February 11, Colonel Qadhafi has acted swiftly to avoid the fate of his neighbors on either side.

He's issued a decree abolishing Fridays.


David Mack said...

A good one. But I'm waiting to hear a Egyptian Muslim Brother joke about the Ahmedinejad view that the Mahdi is about to return to Midan at-Tahrir and re-establish the righteous caliphate of Imam Ali. Well, I guess the Fatimids already tried that, and the Egyptians just waited them out.

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Re David's comment: One of the old Fatimid gates in the northern wall, I think the Bab al-Nasr, has the shahada over it: La ilaha ila Allah, Muhammadun rasul Allah, wa `Ali wali Allah. Since its in unpointed square Kufic, I guess nearly a millennium of Sunni rulers figured most people couldn't read it, an just left it up.

Eccel said...

More probably Bab az-Zueila?