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Monique El-Faizy


Monique El-Faizy is a journalist with more than 20 years' experience. She has written for a wide variety of publications, including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Marie ClaireGQGlamour, Moscow Magazine, and the Moscow Guardian, and has lived and worked in Russia, Europe, Asia and the United States. Covering beats ranging from Wall Street to the Arab-American community, she has held staff positions at the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Associated Press and the Bergen Record. More recently she was a medical blogger for AOL’s ParentDish and a blogumnist for the Egyptian website, Bikya Masr.

El-Faizy’s work tends to focus on people or groups that are disenfranchised and/or misunderstood, and to bring nuance to subjects that are usually depicted in broad strokes.

She is the author of "God and Country: How Evangelicals Have Become America's New Mainstream" and is currently working on a book about Egypt Coptic Christian minority. 

El-Faizy is the co-founder of Mwikali’s Gift, a 501(c)3 relief organization working in the village of Usalama, Kenya. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She holds Egyptian and American passports and is fluent in Russian and French.


Fear and Loathing in Christian Cairo,” Foreign Policy, October 11, 2011.


Monique El-Faizy discussed how Egyptian Christians are fearful of the Muslim Brotherhood with the Langley Intelligence Group Network, February 2, 2013.

Monique El-Faizy appeared on Newsmax to speak about Egyptian Christians and their fear of the Muslim Brotherhood, November 2012.  

Monique El-Faizy spoke to Al Jazeera English about Coptic Christians in America, October 13, 2012.

CNN quoted Monique El-Faizy in an article on the power struggle between Egypt’s parliament and military leadership, July 10, 2012. 


Political Salon with Monique El-Faizy: Religion and Politics in Post-Mubarak Egypt
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:30pm at Idealist

Millions of peaceful protesters took to the streets of Egypt and overthrew a dictatorship that had stood for nearly three decades. In doing so they earned themselves the right to reinvent their political system. Egypt could move toward becoming an open democracy or, as many in the West fear, it could become an Islamist state. In this Political Salon, Monique El-Faizy, who is working on a book that will follow the country's renewal through these two discrete lenses, discussed the rebirth of Egypt as perceived differently depending on religious views and identity. 



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