Why I am Liberal3
Why I am LiberalForeword:
The book you are holding in your hands contains twenty distinguished articlessubmitted by young Egyptians who participated in the essay writing contest on“Why I am a liberal”. This competition was the first of its kind in Egypt andco-sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) and theEgyptian Union of Liberal Youth (EULY). The competition took place in thefirst half of 2009 with the support of the media partners
El Marsy al Youm
andradio horyitnaAll in all 76 articles were submitted and considered by a team of senior judgeswho ranked the quality of the presentations according to a set of definedcriteria, among them the literary quality, the liberal content and message andthe originality of the arguments. The team of judges consisted of thefollowing individuals:Dr. Ali Eldin Hilal, Prof. Faculty of Economics and Political Science, CairoUniversity, and Former Minster of YouthDr. Wahid Abdel Megeed, Expert in Ahram Center for Political and StrategicStudies and Vice President of the General Book AuthorityDr. Gamal Abdel Gawwad, Expert in Ahram Center for Political and StrategicStudies and Lecturer of Political Science, American University in CairoMr. Charl Fouad Al Masry, Executive Editing Manager, Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper To secure the objectivity of the selection, the names of the writers wereremoved from the texts submitted to the committee of judges.Mr. Muhammad Sa’d Muhammad's article titled "The Flexibility of Liberalismis the Reason for its Continuity" ranked first in the competition.The aim of the essay writing contest and the present publication is to give anopportunity to the Egyptian youth to explain in their own language what itmeans to be liberal today. The organizers believe that by asking the young people themselves to express their thoughts and ideas, we are following a basic liberal principle.