The IRP Cairo Project started in April 2010 and was completed in May 2012. The project was a cooperation between the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) and Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS) in Cairo. The project studied religious actors and discourses in order to analyse domestic political and social developments in Egypt. Additionally, this project aimed to identify relevant interlocuters for dialogue for the Embassy. The first phase of the project consisted of an extensive ‘mapping’ of Islamic actors and organisations, their discourses and the activities they organise in Egypt.
The second research phase focused on Islamic actors and the new media with a focus on their communication strategies and how Islamic preachers address issues of citizenship in the public sphere. The working plan for the Cairo project was ready designed, when the Egyptian revolution started. The plan was adjusted where possible in order to incorporate relevant developments with a larger emphasis on the reshaping of the position of Islamic actors after the ouster of Mubarak.
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