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Beard Phobia

During the 25 January Revolution, Egyptians thought they were united against President Mubarak’s regime. They believed in the power of Tahrir Square, in how the square gathered Islamists, liberals, and leftists together against injustice and dictatorship. People imagined that they would achieve freedom, better economic conditions, and justice. Instead, bloody clashes erupted across the country. Both sides committed atrocities. Victims were frequently attacked because of their appearance. Bearded men were singled out, as it was assumed this was a sign they were devout Muslims. Ironically, some leftist activists and Christians were beaten up for the same reason. But appearances became enough of an excuse for insults, beatings, or even murder. Because of that some Islamists shaved off their beards. I wanted to draw people’s attention to this behavior, and to send out the message that judging people according to their appearance may cause further conflict. One way to do this was by showing a variety of men who felt forced by social pressure to remove their beards

  1. Beard-phobia

    Waled AbdulNasser, 40 years old, Imam of mosque and member of Muslim Brotherhood who used to have a beard after the revolution the…

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    AbdulRahman, 25 years old, a researcher and metal music fan who decided to shave off his beard after facing problems during taking…

  3. Beard-phobia

    Alaa Zaghlol, 35 years old, an activist who used to take part in many political events and protests against Muabarak regime and mi…

  4. Beard-phobia

    Mohamed Galal, 26 years old, a dentist and Salafi activist. He took part in Rabaa sit-in and spent 40 days there. State security p…

  5. Beard-phobia

    Hosam Fathi, 23 years old, stands with his dog “Jana”. He is a student who used to have a beard as a part of his lifestyle. He nev…

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    Ahmed Samir, 33 years old, a businessman who became a Salafi and had a beard since 2001. After dispersing of Pro Morsi protesters…

  7. Beard-phobia

    Mohamed Badr, 32 years old, Imam of a mosque and former member of Muslim Brotherhood. He used to have a beard after the revolution…

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    Reda Mahmoud, 34 years old, teacher and member of Muslim Brotherhood who took part in Rabaa sit-in and got injured with a bullet i…