Egypt: The New Puritans

Source: Wilson Centre
Author(s): Khalil al Anani, Garrett Nada

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Egypt’s Salafi Nour Party is the only Islamist party that will compete in the upcoming parliamentary elections on October 18 and 19. The party supported Egypt’s military during their 2013 crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, which has since been banned and declared a terrorist organization. “Our philosophy is to avoid confrontation,” said Nour leader Younes Makhioun in October. The following is an overview of Egypt’s Salafi parties by Khalil al Anani.

Salafism emerged as a new force in Egyptian politics following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. The rise of ultraconservative ideologues has been particularly striking because Salafis had previously renounced participating in politics altogether. In Egypt, the Salafis emerged from the political backwater to win the second largest vote in the 2011–12 elections for parliament….

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