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Electing Religion: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and the New Realities of Political Islam

Date: October 1, 2012

Location: Mary Graydon Center 245

Guest Speakers:

Julie Taylor, Political Scientist, RAND

Abdullah Al-Arian, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

Mohamed Nimer, Assistant Professor, Washington Semester, American University


Moderator: Maha Hilal, Ph.D. Candidate in Justice, Law, and Society, American University


As the Arab Spring turns from protests to elections, Islamic political movements have risen to the forefront, with none more relevant and visible today than the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

After a tumultuous spring election, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi, was declared the winner, and in his new role as Egypt's first democratically elected president he faces the daunting task of developing and implementing economic, civic and military policies.

This panel sought to explore the election of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and its effects on the country, the region, and the world. 

The panelists used their different expertise, ranging from history, to political science, to a first hand account of being a former member of the Muslim brotherhood, to provide their insights on the following questions:

How will the Muslim Brotherhood develop as a party in power in Egypt?

What obstacles are they facing?

How will the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power impact the understanding of political Islam in the region and around the world?

The panelists left the audience with questions to explore further, such as the role of the military in a non-secular state and provided their predictions for possible future development for Egypt.

For full audio of the panel, please listen to it on iTunesU. For more pictures from the event, please see our Facebook page.