What Islamists Need to Be Clear About: The Case of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
In March 2006, Carnegie senior associates Amr Hamzawy, Marina Ottaway, and Nathan Brown explored the ambiguous position of moderate Islamist movements on crucial political issues – what the authors referred to as “gray zones”. The paper elicited many responses, positive and negative, by representatives of Islamist movements.
In this Carnegie Policy Outlook, What Islamists Need to be Clear About: The Case of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Hamzawy, Ottaway, and Brown respond to the reactions and critiques by Islamists and seek to explain the issues on which Islamist movements need to achieve greater clarity in order to gain credibility in the West. Using the case of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the authors address Western concerns over the Islamist political vision and provide new analysis into the complexity of the Brotherhood”s position on key issues such as Sharia law, religious identity, organization and leadership, universal citizenship, and women”s rights.
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