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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Egypt’s Counterterrorism Strategy in Sinai: Challenges and Failures

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Khalil al-Anani Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/egypts-counterterrorism-strategy-in-sinai-challenges-and-failures/ Egypt has been fighting terrorism and an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula for the past decade and a half with no sign of a decisive victory. Although the Egyptian military has conducted several military...

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New Egyptian Legislation Aims to Reduce Al-Azhar’s Authority

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Sarah Feuer Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/new-egyptian-legislation-aims-to-reduce-al-azhars-authority The latest twist in the long battle for control over Egypt’s religious realm could have profound implications for the state’s ability to regulate—and thus reform—Islamic discourse. Read more at original link

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MB, Sisi’s Favorite Scapegoat – 7 Years of Deception

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Asmaa Shokr Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/mb-sisis-favorite-scapegoat-7-years-of-deception/ Since its inception, the military regime in Egypt has relied for its survival on adopting a strategy of exaggerating antagonism against the Muslim Brotherhood. From the era of Gamal Abdel Nasser, through the era of Anwar Sadat and then Hosni...

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Islamic Authority and Arab States in a Time of Pandemic

Source: Carnegie Author(s): FREDERIC WEHREY, NATHAN J. BROWN, BADER AL-SAIF, INTISSAR FAKIR, ANOUAR BOUKHARS, MAYSAA SHUJA AL-DEEN Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/04/16/islamic-authority-and-arab-states-in-time-of-pandemic-pub-81563 To contain the coronavirus, Arab governments are mobilizing official Islamic institutions. The most pressing goal is to shut down sites of...

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Whither the MFO? The US presence in Sinai has seen its best days

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Geoffrey Aronson Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/whither-mfo-us-presence-sinai-has-seen-its-best-days The Sinai-based Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) will soon celebrate its 41st anniversary. Like most of what the MFO does, recognition will be low key and understated. The MFO has always operated under the radar, but this may...

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Egypt: Jihadist Movements during January Revolution

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Ahmed Mawlana Original Link:  https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-jihadist-movements-during-january-revolution/ The jihadist stream returned to prominence in the Egyptian scene after its members were released from prison after the January Revolution (2011), who resumed operations following escalation of crackdowns in the wake of the military coup in...

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Al-Qaeda’s Long Game in the Sinai

Source: The Jamestown Foundation for Global Research and Analysis Author(s): Michael W. S. Ryan Original Link:  https://jamestown.org/program/hot-issue-al-qaedas-long-game-in-the-sinai/ Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s long-game strategy has created international networks with the ultimate intention of creating a united Islamic Emirate to take the place of the lost Ottoman Caliphate, across...

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When the Procedural is Political

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/80301 In Egypt today there is little room for politics on issues in which the regime has staked out clear positions or that are deemed to be connected to security. But there is still room for vigorous debate over matters that might seem mundane, but are still consequential for Egyptians,

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