The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

William Thomasson

Is Islam a religion of violence?  Is the widely applied stereotype that all Muslims are violently opposed to “infidel” Western cultures accurate?  Today’s world is confronted with two opposing faces of Islam; one being a peaceful, adaptive, modernized Islam, and the other strictly fundamentalist and against all things un-Islamic or that may corrupt Islamic culture.  Both specimens, though seemingly opposed, mingle and inter-relate, and are the roots of the confusion over modern Islam’s true identity.  Islam’s vastness makes it difficult to analyze, but one can focus on a particular Islamic region and learn much about Islam as a whole.  Indeed, one may do this with Egypt, particularly the relationship between the Fundamentalist society known as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian government and population.  The two opposing faces of Islam are presented in Egypt in a manageable portion, offering a smaller model of the general multi-national struggle of today’s Islam.  In an effort to exemplify the role of Islamic Fundamentalists, and their relationship with Islamic society as a whole in the current debate over what Islam is, this essay will offer a history of the Society of Muslim Brothers, a description of how the organization originated, functioned, and was organized, and a summary of the Brother’s activities and influences on Egyptian culture.  Certainly, by doing so, one may gain a deeper understanding of how Islamic Fundamentalists interpret Islam

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  1. AISHA says:

    Asalam o alikum, i am writing on “Muslim brotherhood” their social- eco activities in Egyptian society. kindly if you have some data regarding their activities in Egyptian society regarding establishment of Educational and health institutes.
    kindly if you have some material plz send me on my email address [email protected]

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