Tagged with Islamism

An Unfortunate Song with a Catchy Tune

An Unfortunate Song with a Catchy Tune

This popular Egyptian song by Ali al-Haggar is titled ‘We are a People’. It was created around the time of the military action to remove President Morsi from power, showing scenes from the protests against him. Fair enough, but the lyrics do not stop at the title. The refrain continues ‘… and you are a … Continue reading

What Path will Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Choose?

Three options are presented in an excellent and thorough analysis from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. I will excerpt the conclusions for each, but the whole article is worth reading. If you would like to skip over the quotations for my brief commentary, please scroll down to the end. First, on the possibility of … Continue reading

Copts Unite with Muslims after Islamist Attacks

From Egyptian Streets, elaborating on how Bishop Thomas defended his church in Upper Egypt, which I briefly mentioned in this report: “We learned that extremists were going to attack us with machine guns, but we did not prepare ourselves for the attack with weapons. We did something simple,” says Bishop Thomas, about that day he … Continue reading

In South Egypt, Islamists Take Over a Town

Here in Maadi, Cairo, life goes on as normal amid the political instability. This town in Minya is not so fortunate. From the AP: A town of some 120,000 — including 20,000 Christians — Dalga has been outside government control since hard-line supporters of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi drove out police and occupied their station … Continue reading

Safwat Hegazi: Bellweather of Egyptian Islamism?

Safwat Hegazi: Bellweather of Egyptian Islamism?

Safwat Hegazi has long been an interest of mine due to his inflammatory rhetoric in favor of Islamism. This article was written for Arab West Report before the removal of President Morsi from his office, in preparation for a hopeful interview. Cornelis Hulsman was able to secure this interview during the sit-in protest, and this … Continue reading

Islamism in Asyut: Conversation with a Local Journalist

Islamism in Asyut: Conversation with a Local Journalist

From my recent article in Arab West Report: Among the difficulties in assessing the news of Egypt is the Cairo-centrism of journalism. A problem plaguing the nation in general, all major newspapers operate from the capital attracting the best talent away from other regions in search of promotions and a better life. Quality of information … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Community Policing

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Community Policing

God, In the darkest days of the revolution, the police disappeared from the streets and neighborhoods across Egypt banded together to protect their properties. As criminals fled prisons, this spontaneous action contained the chaos and rallied the nation in support of Tahrir Square. Though many died, your grace was present, and Egypt avoided the fate … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Election Boycott

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Election Boycott

God, As with many things in Egypt, just because this opposition boycott is announced, does not mean it is final. But as for now the upcoming parliamentary elections will be without drama, unless you are an Islamist, seeing how the spoils will be divided. The primary indicator of worth will be how many people go … Continue reading

‘No’ to Political Violence, Because…

‘No’ to Political Violence, Because…

From my recent article on EgyptSource: Cynics throughout Egypt could only smirk. Thousands of Islamists protested against the recent wave of political violence, answering the call of one of its most notorious perpetrators, the Jama’a Islamiya. Throughout the 1990s they led an armed campaign against the Mubarak regime, as well as targeting tourists in a … Continue reading

Is Islam by Nature Political?

From Ahram Online, an op-ed arguing on behalf of Islamists, that Islam is essentially political: A final point. Some of the opposition figures keep invoking the term “political Islam,” as if the term were a source of shame to Islamists. Well, political Islam is not the invention of the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamists. It … Continue reading

Copts Protest to Deter Aggressors in Upper Egypt

From MidEast Christian News (behind paywall): Dozens of Copts assembled in front of the governorate building, over incidents such as these: Adel Wadie Fahmi said his house was seized by eight thugs, who forged contracts to prove ownership of the house land, and asked him to pay two million Egyptian pounds, roughly 300,000 USD, to … Continue reading

National Dialouge According to Islamic Sharia

From EgyptSource, arguing this is the best bet for the opposition, where dialogue should become shura (official consultation): On the first point, the prevailing opinion – which may even be the consensus – is that Shura is mandatory. Hence, in Islam, the ruler must resort to Shura to obtain the opinion of experts, politicians, and … Continue reading

Proposed Constitution Opens Door to an Islamic State

Proposed Constitution Opens Door to an Islamic State

The proposed Egyptian constitution offers something to everyone, and its supporters know how to address the audience. Article 3 gives Christians and Jews the right to govern their communities according to the internal rules of their religion. Articles 31-80 give liberally-minded citizens assurances on a litany of basic rights, including expression, belief, education, and even … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Referendum

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Referendum

God, Tomorrow, Egypt will vote. Many say she should not be, as the process was rushed, non-consensual, and dictatorial in its final stages. Others say the opposition hopes Egypt never votes, fearing the real choice of the people. God, whatever the reality which brought Egypt to this point, the people have a choice. The problem … Continue reading

Will Islamism Yield to Christianity?

Will Islamism Yield to Christianity?

I was invited to comment on an article posted on the Mission of God blog, concerning the inevitability of the Arab Spring turning Islamist, and then the rejection of Islamism for Christianity. Please click here for the video post; my response (slightly edited) follows below. I think Dr. Cashin’s core point is correct: A system … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament’s Brief Return

God, President Morsy caused a stir this week by recalling parliament in defiance of the Supreme Constitutional Court which ruled it was illegal and the military council which implemented its dissolution. Many were up in arms, though the president explained he was not violating the court ruling, only delaying its implementation. Morsy promised new elections … Continue reading

Taming the Islamists

A friend of mine asked me the other day what I think of this quote from the Economist: ‘The best way to tame the Islamists, as Turkey’s experience shows, is to deny them the moral high ground to which repression elevates them, and condemn them instead to the responsibilities and compromises of day-to-day government.’ For … Continue reading