Power Politics or Principle?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown and and Cassia Bardos Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/77928 After publicly squabbling over divorce law and religious language, Egypt’s presidency and its leading Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, have moved their clash to a much more arcane level. Today, they disagree over how much society is threatened by debating the authenticity...

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Al-Azhar’s Role in Freedom of Belief in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Islam Barakat Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/al-azhars-role-in-freedom-of-belief-in-egypt/ “Today, there is no freedom, especially the freedom of religion. The Ministry of Religious Endowments will not allow unlicensed preachers to give sermons at mosques. We are the sole competent authority to decide on this...

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Sisi’s Ambitions in Libya

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Khaled Mahmoud Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/77847   On October 23, Egyptian-mediated talks between the Libyan National Army (LNA)—the military faction led by Khalifa Haftar and which controls most of Eastern Libya—and the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli fell apart once again. These negotiations...

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Jihadiist Situation in Egypt after Jan. Revolution

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Ahmed Mawlana Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/jihadiist-situation-in-egypt-after-jan-revolution/ While the first episode of this study discussed the jihadist movement prior to the January Revolution (2011), this second episode addresses the jihadist situation in Egypt since the January Revolution up to the military coup on 3 July 2013...

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Gaza flare-up threatens Egyptian-led negotiations

Source: Middle East Institute  Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/gaza-flare-threatens-egyptian-led-negotiations-weekly-briefing Almost a year of tentative truce-building by Egypt and the UN was given a sharp kick in the teeth on Sunday when an Israeli covert operation in the Gaza Strip went wrong, leading to an exchange of gunfire between Israeli...

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“Arab Shield 1”: The birth of an Arab NATO?

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Giorgio Cafiero and Cinzia Bianco Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/arab-shield-1-birth-arab-nato As naval, air, and ground units from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) conduct war games in western Egypt this month, joined by observers from Morocco and Lebanon, many speculate that this could...

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Egypt exerts heavy pressure on Hamas leaders to halt attacks, refuses to make demands of Israel

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/13/feature/politics/egypt-exerts-heavy-pressure-on-hamas-leaders-to-halt-attacks-refuses-to-make-demands-of-israel/   Egypt exerted heavy pressure on Hamas over the last two days to declare a ceasefire with Israel though it refrained from making similar demands of the Israeli side, according to a high-level...

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Minya attack: Did Ashmawy coordinate Al-Qaeda and Islamic State activities in Egypt?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/06/feature/politics/minya-attack-did-ashmawy-coordinate-al-qaeda-and-islamic-state-activities-in-egypt/ While the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Friday attack on a bus caravan making its way to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery, information has been slow to trickle in about the details behind...

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On Jamal Khashoggi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saudi Arabia

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Tamara Cofman Wittes Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/10/19/on-jamal-khashoggi-the-muslim-brotherhood-and-saudi-arabia/ In recent days, stories have appeared highlighting Jamal Khashoggi’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and arguing, as one put it, that “in truth, Khashoggi never had much time for western-style...

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Current Crisis and Future Directions

Source: The James Town Foundation Author(s): Alison Pargeter Original Link: https://jamestown.org/program/the-muslim-brotherhood-in-egypt-current-crisis-and-future-directions/ In July 2018, the Congressional Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing to examine the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood to the United States and its interests. This hearing—expected to pave the way for Congress...

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Egypt Courting Chaos and Controversy

Source: Cordoba Foundation (re-published by the Egyptian Institute for Studies) Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Egypt-Courting-Chaos-and-Controversy-Report-by-Guernica-and-Cordoba.pdf Executive Summary Over the past two years, the Egyptian State Litigation Authority has commissioned a number of reports to examine a number of issues, including...

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Islamist parties in North Africa: A comparative analysis of Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt

Source: Brookings Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar and Bill Hess Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/islamists-parties-in-north-africa-a-comparative-analysis-of-morocco-tunisia-and-egypt/ In 2010-2011, popular uprisings in North Africa created an unprecedented opening for opposition groups from across the political spectrum to finally take part in governing their respective...

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