While she fights her case—she and her lawyer contend she was held longer and treated differently than other people who defaced the ad—Eltahawy has moved back to Cairo to take part the continuing social revolution. She's working with Baheya Ya Masr, a feminist organization that fights violence against women, and writing a book for FSG's Faber imprint—an expansion of her controversial Foreign Policy article. The book is tentatively scheduled for publication on the third anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

When it comes out, the book will surely be a lightning rod for further debate, praise, and excoriation. Eltahawy's ready for it. "To be a Muslim and a feminist is to stand in the crossfire and yell 'Shut the f**k up!' to everyone around you because you know that anything you say can and will be used against you by everyone," she wrote in a 2010 article for the Jerusalem Post. "I still feel that way, absolutely," she says now. But being nominated for a National Magazine Award offers some encouragement. "I'm very honored and very excited," she says, then giggles. "And I'm also like: 'Fuck the haters!'"

Eltahawy at Manhattan Criminal Court after her hearing on April 9
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Eltahawy at Manhattan Criminal Court after her hearing on April 9
“I wanted to be arrested,” says Eltahawy, seen in a video taken on September 25, 2012, as she was cuffed.
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“I wanted to be arrested,” says Eltahawy, seen in a video taken on September 25, 2012, as she was cuffed.

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