The Turkish Future of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Source: The Century Foundation


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Since its founding in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood has been controversial. The group, which has active and public chapters in many countries around the world, has, over the decades, developed an immunity against annihilation. Even as a quasi-clandestine organization, it exerted great influence in Egyptian and regional politics. For a series of Egyptian autocrats, the Muslim Brotherhood, with its reach and popularity, was a hidden threat that needed to be managed. Those authoritarians jailed tens of thousands over the years.1 For generations of wronged and alienated Brotherhood members in Egypt, the movement provided a foundation for political action, and held the promise of a different kind of society and government.

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