About Mounir Samuel


mounir-samuel Mounir Samuel (1989) is a Dutch-Egyptian political scientist, Middle East expert, renown journalist and performance artist. He became one of the most famous young commentators on TV and Radio in the Netherlands during the Egyptian uprising against President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, and later again in the revolts of 2012 and 2013. His coming-out as gender queer female to male transgender-person in 2015, led to massive public response and social change.

He is an author of more than a dozen books including fiction, poetry and non-fiction. He frequently publishes articles and editorials in almost all Dutch quality newspapers such as NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant, NRC Next, Trouw as well as the Belgium quality newspapers De Standaard and De Morgen. He has worked as a fly-in correspondent MENA-region for the weekly magazine De Groene Amsterdammer (Dutch equivalent to The New Yorker) and online media platform de Correspondent, and has shot two documentary films in Egypt. He performs in a large number of ways on a wide variety of topics, using different ways of communicating with his audience, from spoken word and performance art, to debates, written press, blogs/vlogs and talk shows.

Mounir Samuel works, writes and frequently speaks on issues such as social and political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, social media and online activism, modern journalism, Islam, Christianity, migration and integration issues, gender equality, minority rights (ethnic, religious, LGBTQ), radical youth movements, global youth culture, political activism, religion and radical extremism, international affairs and trans-Atlantic relations. His house is located in Amsterdam the Netherlands, but his home wherever he finds himself.

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