Egypt’s Slow Change

Emma Sky visited the country:

I leave Egypt knowing more and understanding less than when I arrived five days ago. Will elections make the Muslim Brotherhood the dominant party in Egypt? Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of religious minorities in the Arab world? Will the pressure of poverty, over-crowding, and population growth lead to society breaking down? But I remind myself of the comment made by one vendor who interrupted me when I asked about the new post-revolution Egypt saying: "Excuse me, Madame, Egypt is a very old country. Our civilization goes back 7,000 years." And I remember the words of the Muezzin of al-Hakim mosque who scoffed at those who think that substantial change will come overnight and told me: "It even took Allah seven days to make the world. So it will take Egyptians much longer!"