Sisi’s Brand of Islam

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/85621 Sisi’s call for religious renewal falls within the regime’s attempt to centralize power in its hands, by creating a top-down version of state sponsored Islam, anchored in conservative social values. Read more at original link

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Brotherhood: Challenges of Reality & Options of Confrontation

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mamdouh Almuneir Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/brotherhood-challenges-of-reality-options-of-confrontation/ With the outbreak of Covid-19 in Egypt and amid escalating calls for the release of detainees in Egyptian prisons, the crisis of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) with the current Egyptian regime has re-emerged, given that among...

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Behind the tense relationship between Sisi and Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): AbdelRahman Khaldoun Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/behind-the-tense-relationship-between-sisi-and-al-azhar-grand-sheikh/ Al-Azhar Al-Sharif as a religious institution is central to the complex relationship between religion and politics in Egypt. Al-Azhar’s position in the political system is highly complicated and problematic due to...

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What Shapes Radical Youth’s Decision to Take up Arms in Egypt?

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Georges Fahmi and Nouran Ahmed Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/what-shapes-radical-youths-decision-take-arms-egypt-31605 On the 3rd of July 2013, the Egyptian military, supported by a large part of the Egyptian population as well as the judiciary, political opposition, and prominent religious...

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Islamic Institutions in Arab States: Mapping the Dynamics of Control, Co-option, and Contention

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Frederic Wehrey ; Nathan J. Brown ; Michele Dunne Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2021/06/07/islamic-institutions-in-arab-states-mapping-dynamics-of-control-co-option-and-contention-pub-84647 The complex relations between the state and Islamic institutions in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco shed light on evolving...

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An Old, Ongoing Struggle: Domesticating Religious Institutions in Egypt

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Khalil al-Anani Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/an-old-ongoing-struggle-domesticating-religious-institutions-in-egypt/ The relationship between religion and the state is controversial and problematic in the Arab world, particularly with the absence of clear demarcations that could define it. Historically, attempts by the state...

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Egypt-Turkey Rapprochement Is Constraining the Muslim Brotherhood

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/egypt-turkey-rapprochement-constraining-muslim-brotherhood Recent understandings between Cairo and Ankara have many of the group’s exiled figures worried about their future on Turkish soil. Read more at original link

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After the Egyptian Spring: Mainstream Islamism and the Move to Radical Movements

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Sherin Gharib Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/after-egyptian-spring-mainstream-islamism-and-move-radical-movements-29016 Ten years after the Arab Spring, Egypt has become more authoritarian than ever. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power through a military coup in June 2013...

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The Massacre of Minarets in Al-Azhar’s Egypt

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Amer Abdel Moneim Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/the-massacre-of-minarets-in-al-azhars-egypt/ Egypt’s mosques are exposed to continued government campaigns to limit their role, disrupt their mission, and reduce their influence in Egyptian society. This hostility to mosques culminated in demolition of scores of them and destruction of...

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Political Islam and Secular Forces: The Struggle for Survival in Egypt

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Michael Wahid Hanna Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/political-islam-and-secular-forces-struggle-survival-egypt-27506 In the aftermath of Egypt’s July 2013 coup that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood President, Mohamed Morsi, and set the stage for the country’s current military-led political order...

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Demise of El-Erian & Systematic Killing of Political Detainees

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Asmaa Shokr Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/demise-of-el-erian-systematic-killing-of-political-detainees/ After the death of Dr. Essam El-Erian, a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader, in Egypt’s notorious high-security Aqrab (Scorpion) Prison on 13 August 2020, social networking sites flared up with posts of mourning and praying for the...

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Religious Institutions under the Pressure of COVID-19: Traditional Policies and Delayed Crisis Management

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/religious-institutions-under-the-pressure-of-covid-19-traditional-policies-and-delayed-crisis-management/ The coronavirus pandemic has imposed exceptional circumstances and tough challenges on Egyptian religious institutions, which have been tested when it comes to...

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