I am a supposed-to-be-Muslim-post-Soviet-westernized-eastern female atheist.

Rena Effendi, photographer, to the New Yorker. The Photographer and the Islamist.

Effendi discusses her cultural anxiety when sent by the New Yorker to photograph Ahmed Khalil Khairallah, an Egyptian politician and hardline Islamist, for a profile in the magazine.

Despite her nerves, she eventually got her shot.

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