Stephen Kalin

Cairo celebrates Valentine's Day, amid turmoil and condemnation:

Over the years various Islamist groups have sought to halt the celebration of a holiday they view as a Western aberration, a corporal temptation, and an affront to loving god. And the nation's unambiguous steps toward religious conservatism in the soul-searching that followed the initial euphoria of the Arab Spring have seemed to renew those largely fruitless efforts.

Bio: Stephen Kalin is a writer from New York based in Cairo. He has written for The Egypt Independent, a local English-language newspaper, Foreign Policy, Al Monitor, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and PolicyMic. Follow him on Twitter @6thFloor_Cairo.

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Cairo celebrates Valentine’s Day, amid turmoil and condemnation

Over the years various Islamist groups have sought to halt the celebration of a holiday they view as a Western aberration, a corporal temptation, and an affront to loving god. And the nation's unambiguous steps toward religious conservatism in the soul-searching that followed the initial euphoria of the Arab Spring have seemed to renew those largely fruitless efforts.

Feb. 15, 2013