(CSID) Invite you to a discussion of Egypt’s Muslim
THE UNITED STATES-EGYPT FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (USEF) and
THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY (CSID) Invite you to a discussion of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood:
Mr. Robert Dreyfuss
Author of “Devil’s Game” and Journalist, Rolling Stone
Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institute
Dr. Bruce Rutherford
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colgate University
Thursday, June 7, 2007, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
1625 Massachusetts; Avenue, N.W., Suite 601; Washington, D.C. 20036
Brown Bag Lunch
Political development in Egypt and, indeed, the whole Muslim world cannot be assessed without understanding Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The MB’s origins in the 1920s make it one of the earliest Islamist movements. Though Egypt’s MB has renounced the violence and assassinations of its first decades, it remains officially banned but nonetheless exerts a major influence throughout Egypt’s political and social life. Its 88 MPs (formally “independents”) make up the largest opposition bloc in the National Assembly. No other opposition group can claim the mass following of the Brotherhood, nor, outside of politics, can any non-government rival the MB as a provider of social, educational, and health services. MB supporters take leading roles in professional groups, student organizations, labor unions, and other civil society groups. MB supporters also exert influence through their role as investors in private and publicly-traded companies. Beyond Egypt, the MB inspires and influences popular Islamist organizations from Morocco to Indonesia. Is the MB a potential partner in building a just and democratic Egypt, an ongoing threat to this aim, or somewhere in between? Please join us for an expert panel review of the MB, its early history, current place in Egypt’s political and social life, and possible future directions.
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