edham the atheist

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“Edham the Atheist” draws on the constructed identity of Ismail Ahmed Edham (1911-1940), an Alexandrian Egyptian who wrote a biography of Abushady. Edham flaunted a long list of academic credentials attained in the Soviet Union. However, it has been suggested by at least one scholar that Edham never left Egypt. He is remembered for his polemical treatise Why am I an Atheist? published by Abushady in 1937. In July 1940, Edham’s body was found floating off Gleem beach in Alexandria, a suicide note pinned inside his coat pocket.

Title: “Edham the Orientalist”
Date: 2013
Medium: Oil on birch panel
Dimensions: 16 x 12 inches

Title: “Edham the Atheist”
Date: 2013
Medium: Digital photographs. Dimensions: 33 x 38 inches. (16 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄2 inches each)
Edition of 10, plus 1 A/P

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