AYA NASSAR is a lecturer assistant and doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science, at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. She recently finished her Masters degree, the thesis was on ‘Space and Politics: The concept of the city in Western Political Theory’. Her academic background is in Political Theory. Research interests expand to social theory, urban studies, human geography, political philosophy, and Middle East studies. She has written on cyberspace and public sphere in Egypt, Muslims and the use of Internet, and the symbolism of Tahrir Square (in Arabic). English papers include: ‘Being in Al-Azhar Park: Public Spaces in Cairo’, presented at the International RC21 conference 2011 held in Amsterdam.