Check out Amanda’s latest article published in the American University of Cairo’s Political Journal: https://www.thecairoreview.com/covid-19-global-crisis/covid-19-america-china-and-the-conspiracy-war/. In “COVID-19: America, China and the Conspiracy War“, Amanda examines the fragile relationship between the US and China through the COVID-19 lens, looking at how it has been used by both sides in an information battle, by interviewing professors and experts from countries all over the world on the subject matter.
Amanda is freelancing journalist, researcher and writer who is currently living in Cairo. She has a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation industry and the education system. Amanda is currently working as the Communication Liaison Officer at Malvern College Egypt, a leading British international school in the region.
Her aim is to fight for human rights by spreading understanding and a voice for the voiceless on current topics in the Middle East, particularly on topics like the war on terror, Sufism, the Arab Spring(s) and Islamic fundamentalism. She has a particular focus on Egypt as an important actor in the region. Armed with a master’s in terrorism & counter-terrorism, bachelors degrees in Sociology and English & World Literature, as well as fluency in Mandarin and lower-intermediate proficiency in Arabic, she is dedicated to continuing her career as a journalist focusing on the Middle East.
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.Anne Frank
“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
― Lao Tzu
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.Rumi
I believe it is crucial to do our part, as humans, for our fellow humans and for humanity as a whole, as best we can. My core belief is to promote justice and progression through knowledge. The passing of knowledge from one to another is a beautiful bond, one of the closest, that may transmit between two people. All forms of human expression, whether it is through art, music, speech, writing, is a form of transmitting knowledge between humans.
The primary characteristic of my research interest is that it is holistic and interdisciplinary in its approach. The subject matters I focus on pertain to the Middle East, including Islam and its intersection with culture; Islamic philosophy, Egypt, but also morality, ethics, human nature, Existentialism, globalization and nationalism, pedagogy, and geopolitical relations as they relate to human nature.
My academic background in Sociology, English Literature, Philosophy, and Counter-Terrorism have each become like a teacher to me. Sociology taught me critical thinking skills, to consider where our thoughts come from and to self-analyse each thought that I have myself. English literature taught me how to read a text critically, to “read between the lines”, in other words, to see what might be latent. Philosophy taught me to ask the hard questions. Counter-terrorism taught me to take a hard look at the ways of humans, why certain trends have always existed in human society, and the dynamics of power and how they pertain to the human condition.