Mohammed Tolba (center) talks with friends at a coffee shop in the Cairo suburbs. The 33-year-old Egyptian is trying to change the public perception of Salafists, Muslims who believe in a literal interpretation of the Quran. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Muslim Faction Has Its Roots In Cairo Coffee Klatch

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One of the founders of Egypt's satirical online magazine El Koshary Today, Taha Belal, 28, at the Freedom Bar in downtown Cairo. Since Egypt's revolution last year, political parody has become popular on the Internet. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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And Now For The Lighter Side Of Egypt's Revolution

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Youssra El Hawary Scales A Wall With A Wink And A Smile

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Scenes from the Khan el-Khalili market in downtown Cairo. Election posters for the two candidates in Egypt's upcoming runoff election can be seen hanging above the street. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Divided Politics, Creaky Economy Put Egypt On Edge

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Libyans rally in favor of Shariah law, in Benghazi, eastern Libya. The city was the birthplace of the uprising that ousted Moammar Gadhafi. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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In The New Libya, Lots Of Guns And Calls For Shariah

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Noor Noor performs with his band El-Zabaleen, which makes many of its instruments out of recycled materials. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Egypt's Underground Wakes Up

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A destroyed apartment building in Tawargha, south of the Libyan coastal city of Misrata. Rebels from Misrata destroyed Tawargha, accusing residents of supporting Moammar Gadhafi and committing atrocities. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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After Libya's War, Acts Of Vengeance

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A map of the oil pipelines at Al-Sidrah. The man pointing to the map is Abujala Zenati, who had retired as manager of the operation. He says he returned to work after the revolution to help support the new Libya. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Looking To The Future, Libya Erases Part Of Its Past

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Moncef Marzouki, the president of Tunisia, photographed in the presidential palace. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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Tunisia's Leader: Activist, Exile And Now President

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Children ride the train, hopping in and out of the open doors, from Tunis to the suburb of Sidi Bou Said. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Once Tolerated, Alcohol Now Creates Rift In Tunisia

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Tunisian women walk through the narrow streets of Tunis' medina, or marketplace. Compared to women in other Arab countries, Tunisian women have had access to education and job opportunities for decades. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Tunisian Women Turn Revolution Into Opportunity

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A Tunisian journalist holds a TV frame as part of a protest in Tunis against actions taken against the media. Since last year's revolution, Tunisians have been able to speak more freely about politics and social issues. But with the rise of Islamist groups, religion has become a more sensitive topic. Fethi Belaid/AFP hide caption

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Some Taboos Vanish In Tunisia, Replaced By Others

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Revolutionary Road: Music From Carthage To Cairo

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