Tagged with Eric Trager

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Fatal Mistake

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Fatal Mistake

In his recent article for Foreign Affairs, Eric Trager says the Brotherhood miscalculated at Rabaa, and in post-Morsi policy in general. It certainly hasn’t worked out well for them, but I have one small quibble, perhaps: Indeed, from the moment of Morsi’s July 3 overthrow, the Brotherhood’s leaders understood that they were in a kill-or-be-killed struggle … Continue reading

Is the Brotherhood ‘Rethinking’?

Is the Brotherhood ‘Rethinking’?

When Brookings released a new paper from a young Muslim Brotherhood member based in Istanbul within the context of an ongoing series on political Islamism, prominent analyst Eric Trager had a poignant reply on Twitter: “Brookings’ “Rethinking Islamism” series jumps the shark, features MB who, of course, doesn’t rethink anything.” I laughed, but upon reading … Continue reading

Recruitment Compared: The Brotherhood vs. Salafis

From an older article at the Hudson Institute, with a very thorough description of how one becomes a Muslim Brother or a Salafi: First, the Brotherhood uses a rigid process of internal promotion to ensure its members’ commitment to the gama’a and its cause.  The process begins at recruitment, when specially designated Muslim Brothers scout … Continue reading