Egyptian Writer Seeks 'Substantive' Obama Speech President Obama makes his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world Thursday in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian novelist and Guardian political commentator Ahdaf Soueif says she hopes the speech is more about politics and less about culture.
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Egyptian Writer Seeks 'Substantive' Obama Speech

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Egyptian Writer Seeks 'Substantive' Obama Speech

Egyptian Writer Seeks 'Substantive' Obama Speech

Egyptian Writer Seeks 'Substantive' Obama Speech

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President Obama makes his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world Thursday in Cairo, Egypt.

Egyptian novelist and Guardian political commentator Ahdaf Soueif says she believes people would like to hear something substantive from Obama. She says it would be "excellent if it was more political and less cultural."

"The constant sort of pinpointing of Muslims and the Muslim world that's become sort of so much a part of the Western discourse over the past decade is really something that President Obama needs to turn away from," Soueif says.