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Abdullah Al-Arian


Essential Readings: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

[In this 16 January 2010 picture, Muslim Brotherhood former supreme guide Mohammed Mahdi Akef (left) and senior member Essam al-Erian (second left) gesture during a press conference in Cairo Egypt under a billboard showing the group's founder Hassan al-Banna (top right) and its supreme guides. Arabic reads “The Muslim Brotherhood.” Image by Amr Nabil via Associated Press.]

For all the press attention it has received over the last two decades and especially since the 25 January uprising that overthrew Egypt’s longstanding ruler, there has been comparatively little rigorous scholarship on the Society of the Muslim Brothers of Egypt. This is partly a consequence of the fact that the research of historians and political scientists who specialize in the Middle East has tended to be state-centric in the examination of forces that shaped modern ...

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The Brotherhood After 30 June: An Interview with the FJP’s Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery

[Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery]

Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery describes himself as “an academician by profession and a politician by necessity.” He received his doctorate in cultural studies from the University of Pittsburg in 2000. He wrote his dissertation on the historical conflict between Eurocentrism and Islamism. Soon after returning to Egypt, he joined the faculty at Southern Valley University near his native Luxor. Following the 25 January uprising, Dardery joined the Muslim Brotherhood’s newly ...

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The Strong Egypt Party, the Constitutional Decree, and Gaza: An Interview with Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh

[Strong Egypt Party's official registration at the Supreme Court in downtown Cairo on 31 October 2012. Image by Zeinab Mohamed via Flickr]

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was a leading candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election held last May, garnering approximately seventeen percent of votes cast in the first round (compared to approximately twenty-four percent and twenty-three percent for the two eventual run-off candidates—Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, respectively). He is a physician by training, and has been the president of the Arab Medical Association since 2004. Abul Futuh is a former member ...

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Abdullah Al-Arian


Abdullah Al-Arian is co-editor of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents in Islam page. He is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar and the author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt.