Tagged with Muslim Brotherhood

The Genesis of Salafi-Jihadism

The Genesis of Salafi-Jihadism

Did you know that not all Salafis are jihadis? Often in popular understanding they of the long beard are the chief perpetrators of religious violence and terrorism. Many are, but it does not have to be so. Another popular version of Salafism adopts political quietism, believing Islam commands them to obey the ruler — almost … Continue reading

Islamists Elsewhere

Islamists Elsewhere

The Atlantic has an insightful piece on the history of American engagement with political Islam. It is written by authors previously recommended as scholars of the movement. The whole is worth reading, but here is an excerpt describing non-Arab Islamist success — outside of the political process. It is often assumed politics and governance is … Continue reading

Is the Muslim Brotherhood Linked to Violence?

Is the Muslim Brotherhood Linked to Violence?

The link between the Muslim Brotherhood and the ongoing terrorism in Egypt is a controversial question. The government says yes, the MB leadership says no, and Western analysts appear split on the issue. Some see the Brotherhood as the fount of all Islamist violence, others note decades of proclaimed nonviolence in a gradualist strategy to transform … Continue reading

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

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Turf

  God, Men will always defend their turf. But doing so can shake the whole. Make Egypt more than the sum of her parts. Being her together in consensus with all. The state has proposed an agricultural investment project in the underdeveloped areas of the south. But doing so sells off the land of the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Normalizing Ties?

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Normalizing Ties?

God, You desire good relations. But politics is often about particular interests, and sometimes relationships go sour. Sometimes they are damaged beyond repair. Perhaps in some cases, an outright break is necessary and best. So with Israel, Turkey, and the Muslim Brotherhood, God, help Egypt arrange her affairs properly. Feelers have gone out that perhaps … 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

Antonin Scalia and Sharia Law

Antonin Scalia and Sharia Law

As President Obama puts forward Judge Merrick Garland as a nominee for the Supreme Court and Republicans balk at a shift to the left, it is interesting to speculate if the recently deceased conservative Antonin Scalia might have been embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood. I am not a legal scholar, so I am not able … Continue reading

New Developments in Brotherhood Rhetoric

New Developments in Brotherhood Rhetoric

The Muslim Brotherhood once had a militant wing. It then spent decades rejecting the use of violence, but continuing to embrace its most strident ideologues. After the fall of Morsi the Brotherhood must again navigate this heritage, with an old guard that is cautious and concerned about international opinion, and a youth movement that is … Continue reading

Concerning Islamism: Hands On or Off?

Concerning Islamism: Hands On or Off?

Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institute is an insightful analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. Of Islamists in particular, he notes they often moderate under moderate repression, as witnessed under Mubarak. But intrinsically he finds them to be ‘illiberal’ in terms of Western values, though there is a strong undercurrent in his writing that the values … Continue reading

Fear and Islamism in Egypt

Fear and Islamism in Egypt

Is the Muslim Brotherhood really Qutbist? Are frustrated members inclined toward the Islamic State? In an interview with Ahram Online, political commentator Wahid Abdel Maguid both reconsiders assumptions and reminds of reality: Abdel-Meguid, a member of the Constituency Assembly of Egypt since 2012, is reluctant to endorse alarm concerning a supposed nationwide infiltration of militant … Continue reading

Two Wings of the Brotherhood

Two Wings of the Brotherhood

The text has 75 footnotes. Samuel Tadros of the Hudson Institute has dutifully followed the internal power struggle consuming the Muslim Brotherhood since the fall of Morsi. It is a long read, but he ties the strands together in a compelling narrative. The thrust is that there are two competing wings, an old guard that … Continue reading

The Duel of Drawing Egypt’s Future

The Duel of Drawing Egypt’s Future

What will Egypt one day look like? Declaring this future, and drawing it visually, is one way to secure authority. This is a view put forward by Mada Masr, discussing the plans for the new Egyptian capital to replace Cairo. The presentation thus stands not only for a city, but for a whole world — … Continue reading

The Brotherhood Admits Mistakes?

The Brotherhood Admits Mistakes?

Writing in Carnegie, Nathan Brown and Michelle Dunne say that the Muslim Brotherhood has survived the crackdown and reconstituted itself both inside and outside of Egypt. Though severely weakened, opportunity has emerged for a new, more youthful generation of leadership that has conducted an internal review of policies during the revolutionary period. Both before but … Continue reading

How Morsi Could Still be President

How Morsi Could Still be President

This article from Reuters details a deal that was in place, brokered by the EU with the opposition, that was spurned by Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, two months before he was pushed from power: Under a compromise crafted in months of shuttle diplomacy by EU envoy Bernardino Leon, six secular opposition parties would have … Continue reading

The Blow to the Brotherhood’s International Reputation

The Blow to the Brotherhood’s International Reputation

Opinions on the Muslim Brotherhood tend to diverge into relatively hardline camps. One says they are an extremist organization willing to utilize violence. They other says they are a reformist organization willing to utilize democracy. Academic public opinion in the West tends to lean toward the latter. The Egyptian government is aggressively pushing the former. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Bad Week

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Bad Week

God, Many are dead, with increasing sophistication. Have mercy on Egypt, and let this pass. A remotely detonated bomb killed the public prosecutor, the first high official assassinated in two decades. A terrorist offensive in the Sinai was ultimately driven back by the army, but not before several hours of bloody conflict. A Muslim Brotherhood … Continue reading