About Mounir Samuel


mounir-samuel Mounir Samuel (1989) is a Dutch-Egyptian political scientist & Middle East expert. She became one of the most famous young commentators on TV and Radio in the Netherlands during the Egyptian uprising against President Hosni Mubarak (2011).

She is an author of seven books as well as several short stories and essays. She has published articles and editorials in 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. She 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.

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, 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. Her house is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but her home is all around the world.

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  • 22 Jan 2017
    Stars in Amsterdam

    It was a balmy summer evening, the last day of August. I was sitting under a tree in Westerpark and stared at the cloudless heavens. The sky was a deep purple, almost indigo. There was almost nobody i

  • 26 Mar 2015
    De echte revolutie/The true revolution – Nawal al-Sadaawi

    De wereldberoemde Egyptische dokter, psychiater en schrijver Nawaal al-Sadaawi (83) was de afgelopen dagen in Nederland. Maandag gaf ze een zeer alternatieve vrijheidslezing in de Balie – en spr

  • 06 Dec 2014
    The story of a Syrian boy: And then the bombs started falling

    I was six years old. I remember playing outside our little house in that remote village that has no name anymore. Life was all happy and fine. Not that my family owned much. A goat. Some chickens. We

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