Tagged with Muslim Brotherhood

The Brotherhood as the Jihadi Source

The Brotherhood as the Jihadi Source

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry recently called the Muslim Brotherhood the source of all extremist ideology. The article does not give a detailed rationale, though the accusation is repeated often by many anti-Islamists in Egypt. This article in al-Monitor, however, explains how it works: The Islamists see a wide systematic conflict between the Brotherhood and … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Europe

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Europe

God, It is Egyptians who must determine their leadership. Bless her with enduring independence and government of the people. But Europe has a significant influence in legitimizing. President Sisi visited Germany and Hungary to strengthen ties and secure trade. Meanwhile a group of international Islamic scholars gathered in Turkey to give religious justification to resist … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Party Dynamics

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Party Dynamics

God, Two Egyptian granddaddies are going through growing pains. Both predate the modern state, and are striving to remain relevant. The Muslim Brotherhood is taken over by its youth, who are forcing a revolutionary path. A new statement says resistance is an Islamic obligation, with all means possible to undue the fall of Morsi. There … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tribe

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tribe

God, Solidarity of group is good. But there are many groups in the world. Who stands with whom? Give wisdom to the Tarabin of Sinai, who pledge to support the government in the fight against ISIS. Give wisdom to the government, to know if and how to accept. Give wisdom to the other tribes, to … Continue reading

Reporting on Kerdasa

Reporting on Kerdasa

Here is a recent report from Reuters, showing the difficulty in covering Egypt well. Kudos for going there, but we can only trust the journalist for his/her impressions. The pronoun is not specified, as he/she requested anonymity. The fear, likely, is of covering anti-regime sentiment. The question is if he/she covered it well. The brief … Continue reading

There is no ‘Nation of the Cross’

There is no ‘Nation of the Cross’

‘To the nation of the cross, we are back again.’ So boasted the black-clad narrator of the latest ISIS video, this time chronicling their slaughter of 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya. Two months earlier, the victims were Coptic Christians, whose beheadings came entitled: A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Brotherhood Twisting

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Brotherhood Twisting

God, Former president Morsi received his first prison sentence this week: Twenty years for inciting violence against protestors while in office. Afterwards his supporters took to protesting, but far fewer than once before. Even so, again, there was violence. But by the end of the week the Brotherhood abroad reconstituted itself. And the first public … Continue reading

Crucifixion and Liberation in Cairo

Crucifixion and Liberation in Cairo

Last summer the body of Hisham Rizk turned up in a Cairo morgue. The 19 year old graffiti activist had been missing for a week, and the official autopsy labeled him as having drowned in the Nile River. No further information was given on the English language Ahram Online. But withholding comment only fuels speculation … Continue reading

Defending Rabaa

Defending Rabaa

Omar Ashour is an academic at the Brookings Institute who recently published a paper entitled, ‘From Collusion to Crackdown: Islamist-Military Relations in Egypt.’ It is an insightful retelling of two epochal moments in history, the 1952 Free Officers revolution and the 2011 Arab Spring. In both, he details how the military establishment and the Muslim … Continue reading

The Muslim Brotherhood in Transition

The Muslim Brotherhood in Transition

Neither description is right, says Ibrahim al-Hudaybi. The former Brotherhood member says the organization is not al-Qaeda, but neither is it committed to non-violence. The better reality is that it is in transition, and the future is still uncertain. His article is translated at Mada Masr, and here is why a non-violent ethic evolved in … Continue reading

A Regime-Islamist Reconciliation?

A Regime-Islamist Reconciliation?

Very important but under-reported news in this article from al-Ahram Weekly: Recent developments suggest the possibility of a thaw in relations between the state and political Islam. President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi recently met with three members of the Dissident Muslim Brothers, a breakaway group from the Muslim Brotherhood. There is also a reconciliation initiative, proposed by … Continue reading

The Muslim Brotherhood in England and Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood in England and Egypt

London and Istanbul have become the new base of operations for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Following the ouster of Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in 2011 and their subsequent banning in Egypt in December last year, the organization is recalibrating abroad. An early base of operations was Qatar, where the al-Jazeera network was widely perceived, even … Continue reading

Strong Egypt: A Party in the Middle

Strong Egypt: A Party in the Middle

On an uncontested electoral list at the Strong Egypt Party’s first general conference on February 13, Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh was confirmed as president along with his running mate for general-secretary, Ahmed Fawzi. But this was the least remarkable event of the day. Their acceptance speeches set the tone for the controversy to follow. “I have … Continue reading

Egypt’s Struggle to Return to Normal

Egypt’s Struggle to Return to Normal

Four years have passed since Egypt’s revolution began in 2011. They have been inspiring years; they have been difficult years. Some say they have resulted in much good; some say they have resulted in a restoration of the bad. But millions of Egyptians simply a desire a restoration of the normal. The state is striving … Continue reading

Talk Peace, Broadcast Violence

Talk Peace, Broadcast Violence

The Washington Post recently published an excellent article detailing the escalation of violent rhetoric between the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian state. Language is shocking on both sides, but the government crackdown on the Brotherhood is well-known and admitted, even as accusations of terrorism in the Sinai remain unproven in the eyes of many. But the … Continue reading

Islamism or Jihadism: A False Choice

Islamism or Jihadism: A False Choice

In the year 1321 Muslim mobs, with tacit allowance from the Mamluk Sultan, destroyed 60 churches in Egypt and openly attacked Copts on the roads and in their homes. Incitement included accusations Christians supported the invading Mongols in their ‘coup’ attempt against the state. According to UK-based Fadel Soliman, these days may soon return. Coptic … Continue reading

Sisi, ISIS, Tunisia, and Arab Spring Values

Sisi, ISIS, Tunisia, and Arab Spring Values

In a recent article at Foreign Policy, Iyad el-Baghdadi described the near-eternal and present dichotomy hoisted upon the Middle East: Support a dictator, or his overthrow via violent Islamism. He finds an ironic symbolism in that the names of Sisi and ISIS are spelled backwards, and describes their evils as parallel. Near the end of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tidying House

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tidying House

God, Egypt is trying to redecorate. But beware the house swept clean if it is left unoccupied. The police force had long been closed to the Muslim Brotherhood, but the revolution opened the door. This week forty students were expelled, for family ties to Brotherhood members. The state had always been wary of infiltration; after … Continue reading