Nervana Mahmoud is a Doctor and Commentator on Middle East issues. She started blogging and writing on Middle East issues after the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
At the start of 2013, Nervana began publishing a weekly compilation of Egyptian news, reports, and analyses under the name of Egyptian Aak (which means mess in Arabic). She writes mainly about Egypt, liberal Islam, women rights, radicalism, and wider issues about the Middle East. She has contributed to several outlets including The Telegraph, Al-Monitor, Now Lebanon, and Egypt’s Ahram and Daily News Egypt. Nervana has also written guest posts for the US’s Council on Foreign Relations CFR, and has been quoted on several articles for many top outlets.
Nervana’s twitter account was featured in The Washington Post’s must-follow on Twitter accounts to understand Egypt, by The Daily Beast’s list in 2013, and her blog was featured in the The Economist‘s list of what to read: On Egypt.
In November 2013, Nervana was featured by the BBC as one of its 100 women of the year. In 2015, she was nominated for Lebanon’s Samir Kassir Award. She has given several talks about Egypt, women rights, and radicalism in various institutes, as well as many Radio and TV interviews. Her posts and tweets have been quoted in various reports.
In 2015, Nervana was nominated for the Samir Kassir Award.
For new followers; Aak is an Egyptian word for “big mess.”