Media Type:

Songs


Title

'God Bless your hands' (Teslam El Ayadi)

Subject

Song

Description

If there is one song that is immediately associated with the military coup of 3 July 2013, then it is “Tislam al-Ayady” (God Bless Your Hands). This song — or “operetta” — was written by singer Mostafa Kamel and widely played in the months following the 3 July. It is a tribute to the army for overthrowing the Muslim Brotherhood government but also celebrates the military more generally.
It invokes the familiar tropes of Egyptian military supremacy: the sand of (liberated) Sinai, Egypt’s brave soldiers ('the best soldiers on earth') rallying under the war flag or standing on the borders risking their lives to defend Egypt. It salutes the heroes of the 1973 Egypt-Israel war and the “son of a man” who honoured his pledge to “cut off the arm of anyone who touches the Egyptians,” i.e. Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Creator

Mostafa Kamel

Publisher

NINETTE

Date Published

04/08/2013

Rights

Standard YouTube License

Language

Arabic/English

Date Created

04/08/2013

Citation

Mostafa Kamel, “'God Bless your hands' (Teslam El Ayadi) ,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed July 3, 2020, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/173.

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