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The Future of Islamism in Egypt

The Future of Islamism in Egypt
Samuel Tadros
November 2, 2016

Samuel Tadros is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, where he researches the rise of Islamist movements in the Middle East and its implications for religious freedom and regional politics.

Prior to joining Hudson in 2011, Tadros was a Senior Partner at the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth, an organization that aims to spread the ideas of classical liberalism in Egypt. He has received his MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University and his BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Mr. Tadros has previously interned at the American Enterprise Institute, where he worked on the Muslim Brotherhood and worked as a consultant for the Hudson Institute on Moderate Islamic Thinkers, and most recently the Heritage Foundation on Religious Freedom in Egypt. In 2007 he was chosen by the State Department in its first Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

His articles have previously been published by theWall Street Journal, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, National Review,World Affairs, and theWeekly Standard. Mr. Tadros is a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

In 2013, Tadros published Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Hoover), a book on the Copts and the modern politics of Egypt.

Rough transcript:
Robert R. Reilly:

We’re here to learn tonight about the development of Islamism in Egypt by someone from Egypt who is a scholar in this field and that is Samuel Tadros, who’s a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom where he concentrates on the rise of Islamist movements in the Middle East and its implications for religious freedom and regional politics. Prior to joining Hudson in 2011, Samuel Tadros was a senior partner at the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth, an organization that aims to spread the ideas of classical liberalism in Egypt. He received his MA in democracy and governance from Georgetown University and his BA in political science from American University in Cairo. He’s previously interned at the American Enterprise Institute where he worked on the Muslim Brotherhood and worked as a consultant for the Hudson Institute on moderate Islamic thinkers and also at the Heritage Foundation on religious freedom in Egypt. His articles have been published by most of the major newspapers and other journals. He’s a professor reelection Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies. In 2013 Mr. Tadros published motherland lost the Egyptian and Coptic quest for modernity published by the Hoover Institution a book on the Copts and the modern politics of Egypt. Please join me in welcoming Samuel Tadros.

Samuel Tadros:
Well, thank you for the introduction and for inviting me to come to speak here today. The past six years have seen a tremendous upheaval in Egypt to say the least. The Islamists long suppressed under the regime of Hosni Mubarak suddenly rose to control the streets and then reach power itself. Every elections 2011, 2012 the Islamists were winning in the country parliamentary elections. The Muslim Brotherhood was winning 45% and the second party in power was even the more extreme Salafis in Egypt, willing to winning 27% of the vote the Shura elections afterwards the result was 83% for the Islamist presidential elections. Afterwards, Mohammed Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood wins the presidency of Egypt and even the constitution was passed by them in December of 2012, an Islamist Constitution that increased the role of religion, their interpretation of Sharia, and other such clauses and the story was not just the story of Egypt. Across the region the Islamists seemed to be dominating everything. In Libya, true, they didn’t win a majority at the beginning but they did manage to control the legislative- the Parliament there. In Tunisia, the Ennahda party, which had emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood, won the elections there and form the government. In Morocco, a country that the Arab Spring had not touched but where the King realizing the winds of change had allowed the Islamist party also there to win the elections and to form the government. In Syria where the Muslim Brotherhood positioned itself as the alternative to the rule of Bashar Assad. It seemed everywhere across the Arabic-speaking world the Islamists were on the rise. No surprise there that someone like Turkey’s president at the time, Prime Minister Reggie up playa God, thought of himself as the new Sultan of the region. Parties that he had supported, friends of his, were winning across the region. Something was changing. Instead of this Arab Spring that people had talked about, it seemed that it was in reality an Islamist Spring, but a couple of years after that it didn’t quite take long for the Islamist wave to seem to crumble. The first story began in Egypt where after one year in power, President Morsi faced enormous demonstrations in the street and then a military coup that removed him from power. In Tunisia where the Islamist Ennahda party was forced to give up power, facing criticism by Tunisians and facing the prospect of a similar event to what was happening in Egypt. For them to face everywhere it seemed that this wave was finally being broken and even before the wave, we had seen the extent of it. People were happy to talk about the end of Islamism, an ideology, a phenomena that the Arabic-speaking world had suffered from for generations, was finally finished. In reality had even begun before this so-called Arab- Arab Spring. Even before that scholars had pointed out and said Islamism is done is finished. French scholar or avira wrote about it as if by out talked about the post-Islamist politics in the region. These ideas had always been there, so are we witnessing today an end of Islamism or what does future- does Islamism have in the country like Egypt, a country that gave birth to that ideology, that played an instrumental role in the various forms of Islamism that have risen across the region? I mean, that is a country after all where Hassan al-Banna formed his Muslim Brotherhood, where Ayman al-Zawahiri grew before becoming the second man, currently the first man, in Al-Qaeda, where all of these characters and leaders of various systems, stripes originated. The ideas of the Egyptians, I thought all of that came from this country so are we to see today an end to Islamism in Egypt?

Let me say three comments about the future of Islamism in Egypt. The first of them is that the Muslim Brotherhood is done after 80 what 86 – 1928 till today – 88 years. The organization that Hassan al-Banna has formed is pretty much finished in the country. By this I do not mean the ideology. What I mean here, what I am suggesting is that the Muslim Brother is first and foremost an organization or as it’s currently jailed deputy supreme leader right at the shelter would call it a jamming- a group- a group the joining was not like joining any political party or belonging, sharing a couple of ideas. In fact, becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood was a process that took from five to eight years. You were examined and examined again. You were actually four five times being examined until you jump in ranks, until you reach the rank of a handle, an active Muslim Brotherhood0 a fully member of the organization. Throughout this period of five to eight years you are expected to attend weekly meetings with your aastra, your family, five to six members. They truly become your family. The name Brotherhood in Muslim Brotherhood is a real bond of brotherhood being created. You pretty much probably end up marrying a sister of one of your brothers. In this mall austra, you probably go to work for another Muslim Brotherhood or he works for you. It’s a bond. It’s an organization. It’s an organizational structure that is extremely powerful and effective but that organization is no more.

First, let us begin with the the coup itself. The Muslim Brotherhood did not expect to be removed from power. It had finally reached power after years of drought, after years of dreaming of that, and this generation of Muslim brothers, the Hydra to shatters, Mohamed Morsis of the world, were the ones that were finally achieving the dream of Hassan al-Banna. They were the ones that will create a state that will connect heaven and earth, so when they began to see that there were calls for demonstrations against them, they didn’t take them seriously. After all, they had won every elections. Why should they be worried the street was thurs those protesting against them were really just the Christian minority and these Western nights. At least once the the day passes, nothing will happen. On that day, the 30th of July, and they will remain in power, so the military’s decision and of course, before that, the size of the demonstrations against them, came to them as a complete surprise, caught completely off guard with Mohamed Morsi arrested and jailed by the military. The leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood gathered in a square in Cairo called Raba’a Square where they try to come up with a strategy to face the reality that they are dealing with and they miserably failed for month and a half. They were there in the Raba’a Square and couldn’t do anything. Eventually the military came and massacred them in the square about a thousand of the Muslim Brotherhood that their supporters were massacred that day in Egypt after Raba’a are failed to be the the point for them to rally their supporters. They thought they can spread the protest against the regime across the country so they started a wave of protests across Egypt that failed to gather any perseus support month after month the number of protesters decreased when the university started in October they thought okay the universities can become a center of how we would challenge the regime the students after more after all were more radicalized more willing to challenge the regime it took a month or two for student demonstrations and that that also ended I can go on month after month with what the Muslim Brotherhood tried to do in order to confront this new reality in order to challenge the new regime that replace them but the story is repeated one time after the next the Muslim Brotherhood has simply failed completely to develop a serious strategy in order to bring down president Sisi and those that had removed them from power but it’s not just the story of a group that was caught by surprise and had no effective strategy we also face the reality of the wave of repression that they have faced Gamal Abdel Nasser the president of Egypt in the 50s and 60s had targeted the Brotherhood before that is the great age of repression of the Brotherhood in 1954 he had seven people in 1965 when they discovered the site open plot within the Brotherhood Nasser Hank Tobin to others true the brothers were jailed their property was confiscated thousands of them were forced outside of the country and many people died from torture inside prison but that’s the extent of the regime’s oppression what the Brotherhood has faced today is much larger than anything they have faced in the past comeplete layers of this of the leadership and we’re talking here about an organization that reason will be has a structure of a pyramid where if you remove the top layers of that leadership the organization cannot take any action we’ve had complete layers of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood targeted by the regime many of them are spending time today in jail and will continue to spend time there even the ones that were not arrested have found it very hard to operate within the country escaped from Egypt became the option not just for leaders but even for rank-and-file muslim brotherhood’s I was in Istanbul in Turkey a couple of months ago and you would be surprised by the number of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood operatives who are today in Istanbul about 10,000 of them that’s a serious number less numbers but also significant reside in Qatar reside in Malaysia reside in Sudan and many other countries so you’ve had a wave of not just leaders but even rank and file of various layers of the Muslim Brotherhood members escaping outside of the country and that obviously has impacted the ability of the organization to operate we’ve also had a serious division emerging within the Muslim Brotherhood no longer the one United Group Muslim brothers facing the reality that their strategies have failed to bring down street Sisi have obviously began to develop alternative ideas disagreements have emerged within the Brotherhood the supreme guide is in prison eighteen ninety percent of the members of the guidance Council are all in jail so it’s no surprise that new guys would emerge with various ideas competing not just on the organizational control on the control of the finances of the organization and leadership but also about what should be done in order to team with the Sisi regime what level of violence are we to take our methodology of change had depended on penetrating society Islamizing society as shorter called it and then winning the elections Hassan al-Banna had told us that to come to power there were six stages we needed. First, to create the Muslim individual, the Muslim family, the Muslim society, the Muslim government, the Islamic state in the world and then the last age supremacy among the world nations but that methodology is no longer working we can no longer hold the family meetings to Ostrava things that we discussed because it will be dangerous we can no longer build the can’t continue recruiting as we did in the past that’s not possible today and to what end we’re going to recruit people and do what with them send them to jail as well it is all surprised that some people say no if we’re being hit we need to hit back this idea that we did it is only through the elections at the ballot box that we can come to power has proven to be a mistake and of course the Muslim Brotherhood is not operating in a vacuum other Islamists are pointing out that the methodology of the Brotherhood is a complete failure that the Brotherhood’s way has not worked look at them where is Morsi and his supporters today look at us in the Islamic state we’ve declared the caliphate we are actually the ones that achieved the dream and not them it is our way and not theirs that has a chance of succeeding and many brothers are listening to that but beyond these divisions and beyond the crisis within the Muslim Brotherhood the Muslim Brotherhood also faces a crisis in the outside their year in power have greatly diminished the level of support that have in the country first it has proven that they are not competent for 80-plus years these people have said the problem of Egypt is that it is being ruled by these non religious people buy these people who are against God whether it’s Nasser said that Mubarak or never and once we come to power things will be fine while they came to power and things weren’t really find the economy they didn’t manage to deal with economic problems they fail miserably in managing every aspect of life in the country it turned out that they were as incompetent if not worse than the ones that they had always rallied against that they didn’t know how a state operated in the first place that they couldn’t manage the bureaucracy that they could manage any aspect of governance in the country but it’s not just their failure in or lack of competency it’s also the level of alienation that they have created in society coming to power on at the time of the revolution before coming to power they had promised that they would only run for thirty percent of the seats in parliament and they wouldn’t offer a presidential candidate their idea was reasonable we need to make sure that other people in society are not frightened bias we don’t need to win the absolute majority we can take our own chair and control things and step-by-step control power and take power completely but what’s they saw power that consciousness that pragmatism was completely abandoned not only well did they take Parliament or the presidency but in the way they governed the country they had no partners it’s no surprise then that we see that even the Salafi is the Salafi party would join the military in announcing the coup against them they had managed to alienate a loss her the religious establishment of the country the cops the minority the Western educated elite but even the regular Egyptians they had nated the state institutions from the police force to the military to the judges that they wanted to target everyone in the country was alienated by the room so they have lost a lot of their popular support in the street the people were willing to give the Brotherhood a chance in the elections because they hadn’t been tried before an Islamist slogan from the 70s and 80s was you’ll have tried the left and you’ve tried the right referring to Nasser and so that neither of them was exactly that why don’t you try Islam why don’t you for once give God a chance well people had and it didn’t work out perfectly today they don’t have partners there are no people from amongst the nun Islamist opposition or completely against the regime who are willing to work with them so that’s the Muslim Brotherhood which brings me to my second point Islamism is not the Muslim Brotherhood Islamism is a much wider phenomena than the simple organization that is the Muslim Brotherhood neither is the Muslim brother even a majority of Islamist in Egypt in 2011 as people who were surprised to see these selfies a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood am in a mobile food documented that for every brotherhood member in the country there were 20 selfies just to give you an idea there are 500,000 members of the Muslim Brotherhood pre the cool so in his estimate there were 10 million selfies in Egypt and I don’t think he was wrong Salafism is a much wider phenomena in the country than the simple organization of the most important there are many reasons for that a to become a Salafi well you have a jalabiya you grow your beard wet and you’re a Salafi no one tells you no one exam you there’s no process there’s no meetings it’s a self-declared profession you’re born again in that sense it’s a much easier way to either has a lot of Appeal to join such a thing that doesn’t have these structures not only that it doesn’t also have structures of leadership you’re a Salafi I’m a Salafi you interpret I interpret well there’s an openness there this opportunity is well and of course the Muslim Brotherhood despite those eight years had become completely void of actual content true Hassan al-Banna had had ideas but the Oakland has completely failed to produce any one of that value since the death of sight open 65 none of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt has written a single book none of them has produced a single theological argument of value compare that to the thousands of Salafi she’s that you can go on YouTube and you can look for an answer to any question that you have should I watch a soccer game or not and should I work in the tourism industry or not how should I any question that you have any aspect of life the salaries have an answer they have an actual content that they offer for you so the world of Islamism is much wider than the Muslim Brotherhood and it’s of course also older than the Muslim Brotherhood Islamism in Egypt the Salafi organizations were even established pre the Muslim Brotherhood the Gamay ashante in 1913 the onslaught Osuna mohammadi in 1926 so there’s a deep structure there now how have these other Islamist fared in the country since the military coup it’s been a mixed bag dolor party the Salafis who had won second place in the parliamentary elections agreed to support General Sisi and the military in their coup against the Brotherhood in return they are tolerated in the country they still maintain a political party and have participated in the parliamentary elections although they have lost a huge part of their support only winning about 2% of the seats in parliament now that doesn’t mean completely that they have lost everything has to do with the way the electoral system was designed the size of the districts and other other factors but it cannot be denied that the more parties betrayal of the Brotherhood alienated a lot of their Islamist base against them other Salafis have found it either to it’s better for them to be quiet they can’t stand against the wave so they would return to their private sermons the word private of course being relative they stay comment on aspects of lies although they don’t comment directly on political affairs any longer fearing that they would get arrested other Salafis have been arrested or have fled with the Muslim Brotherhood outside of the country while others have moved in a more violent direction there’s a lot of appeal today for those ideas again the Islamic state and other forms that are saying well those things are not working were the only ones that have a way forward but Islamism as a whole has survived the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood the reasons for that should not be surprising first unlike the Brotherhood which is an organization Islamism is an idea it’s much harder to completely eradicate an idea than in eradicated an actual physical organization with leaders and offices and websites and so on secondly while there were significant demonstrations asking for Morsi to step down and calling for his there’s also a fact that Islamism or the brother was removed from power via the military at the end of the day it was the tank that managed to remove the present and not the number of people in the street the the fact that the Islamists were not defeated in Parliament means that there are still significant support for them thirdly while the Egyptian regime has succeeded in destroying the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization it’s record on other aspects of of the life of Egyptians has not been as successful the economy is in a complete mess the the Egyptian pound officially in the bank stands at eight point eight eight pounds for the dollar in the black market it’s at 18 more than double its price the the economic situation is miserable high inflation in the country historic that we had not seen before we’re seeing shortages of commodities currently it’s sugar people can no longer find it so there’s been a the record of the regime has proven that well the Muslim Brotherhood was incompetent and Islamists didn’t turn out to be the most the best guys to run the country but neither are the current guys who are ruling us so when once the the hatred once the memories of that of the what the Muslim Brotherhood has done and their failures are no longer the first thing you remember and it’s that you see around you this failure in management then that makes you think again but also Islamism remains dominant because it has not been replaced by anything. It has been replaced by another guy and another set of ministers but there has been no ideology that filled the vacuum. Remember, when Nasser crushed the Muslim Brotherhood, these were the high days of Arab nationalism and Arab socialism. Nasser was the hero of the Arab masses across region when he when Celia gave up its its country with the seedings gave up on their country and gave it to Monte and it joined Egypt and he visited the country his car was carried by the Syrians there was a competing ideology, one that ended in complete failure in misery 1967, but it was an ideology man after all doesn’t live by bread alone so once there is no competing ideology. There’s nothing but is the mizzen being offered then it’s no surprise that it still dominates the intellectual world there and of course Islamism is not some alien implant into a country it is not a Communist ideology people are suddenly told you belong to the working class and thus you need to believe in that ideology it is deeply rooted in the culture of the region in the culture of Egypt itself Islamism the very word of course is derived from Islam now of course Islam is claimed that they are not just one but the political manifestation of Islam should not be accepted their growth being a form a result of more historical factors that we have seen related to the crisis of modernity the impact of European ideologies but there is also no denial that Islamism operates within a cultural framework that makes its ideas familiar and appealing to people the very basic and simple Islamist ideas that we were great before that we had a great civilization in the past where the caves ruled the world not just militarily from Andalusia from Spain until China but also culturally and scientifically that we had all those great scientists and that to return to being great again all we need to do is to go back to Islam that’s idea that there is an answer in Islam that the problem is not Islam as various European intellectuals have suggested, but instead that the solution is actually in Islam. That idea still makes sense, the idea that we are Muslims, that this is our identity, still makes sense to people, which brings me to the third comment I’d make today. If the main organization that we had known of Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood, is no longer there as I am suggesting while the ideology itself is still appealing, where does this leave us? Well, in a sense this has been the story of Islamism throughout its history. Islamism, an ideology that claims that it has the answer to people, to their misery, to the backwardness of the Muslim world, has not succeeded, yet it is still appealing naturally. This means that it’s an ideology that has been always in complete flux, that people emerge every number of years and say when the problem is never in the ideology. The problem has been in the implementation. It’s the x group’s methodology that has failed and not Islamism itself, so it’s no surprise that the failures of the Muslim Brotherhood would allow in the seventies the growth of activist Salafism in- in across the region, the Arabic-speaking world or that the failures again of the broad would allow the emergence of Salafi jihadi from the ideas of Syed up to their their manifestations in local terrorist organizations demise lamiya Islamic Jihad the FIS and Algeria to becoming an international transnational organization in the form of Al-Qaeda to their final formation that we deal with today that is the Islamic state so an ideology that remains popular but all it’s it’s methods of implementation failing means that we will always have this new current emerging within Islamism the latest one of course that we are confronting is the Islamic state the idea that Al-Qaeda’s methodology cannot is not working and we need to actually establish the caliphate that idea today has an extremely appeal because the Caliphate of course had been claimed my many before the Mullah Omar in Sudan- sorry, in Afghanistan, had fancied himself the commander of the faithful the immutable mean but this is not Afghanistan this is not some desert that no one cares about this is not some country that people don’t even remember called Somalia this is the heart of the Arabic and Muslim world this is where the Calif spooled in the past between Damascus and but net this is the center of the dream and with all these methodologies failing with the Salafi emphasis are changing people’s minds through educational upbringing with the Brotherhood’s failure through their political participation with an eye this failure after all where is ayman today hiding in a cave in Afghanistan or a villa in Pakistan but the end result hiding but the Islamic state today offers itself as the one successful model so naturally we found in Egypt the birth of a branch of the Islamic state we lay it Sinai as they call it operating in Sinai using the fact of the historical neglect of that region in the country and the deep divisions between it culturally tribally on all levels and the mainland the rest of the country the Islamic state have managed to create a strong foothold there despite the military’s continued campaigns despite deep cooperation and support from Israel for the Egyptian operate shins the Islamic state still operates maintains a presence and is able to conduct daily attacks against the Egyptian forces now there are the big attacks the 20-plus people died that get the headlines but on a daily basis at least one Egyptian officer or soldier dies inside so that’s a continuous presence continuous threat to the country but it’s not just the clear and of course is one that has been able to operate not just in Sinai but even in mainland Egypt we’ve had the failed attempt at the life of the Minister of Interior in September 2013 we’ve had the successful assassination of the country prosecutor general we’ve had a number of significant high-level attacks conducted by these jihadis in the middle of Cairo in mainland Egypt but it’s not just the growth of the Islamic state or of the violent jihad is that is the only worrying thing for us or the other the only aspect of this future of Islamism the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood has meant that all these former members are open for recruitment partly it’s the story of the mixing of the Islamists that happened in rob a square and from that point onward the Brotherhood abandoned by everyone did not find any allies except other radical Islam’s the newer party supported the GU but other Salafis were there with them and it makes it happen Brotherhood members were sharing tents and Rob a square with revolutionary sanofi’s and they were exchanging ideas that mixing of ideas is not only a story of what happened with the Brotherhood but even the regime help that take place you see in the Egyptian presence today are thousands and thousands of former members of the Muslim Brotherhood members of the brother these guys are not Jade separately from the jihadis they often share the same sense so you’re either you have a year to spend in jail and your cellmate is a jihadi guess what you’ll be discussing you’re frustrated you’re angry and this guy tells you I have a solution this the Egyptian prisons becoming the laboratory for the emergence of more violent forms of Islamism is of course something that we had seen in the 80s when the Egyptian regime arrested all these various Islamists after the assassination of say that and again made the mistake of putting them all together in the same cells and as a result we got first we had two organizations July’s Lamia and Islamic jad suddenly you had new forms of of Islamism of jihad you organization we had visual clean in Fayoum where the emergence of them safe from fire than a gue nominal or where the emergence of all these groups as a result of the amalgam of ideas that was taking place in these prisons but it’s also a result of the Brotherhood’s decision what remained of its leadership of resorting to violence now the Brotherhood officially still maintains that it does not resort to violence the reality has been a bit different early on facing regime attacks on their demonstrators they decided that they would create protest protection units that these units will be responsible when you see the regime funks or the policeman coming to attack the protest they’ll be the guys on the first lines of defense of course if you’re willing to engage a beat a police officer in battle the idea of throwing a Molotov cocktail on a police car doesn’t sound unreasonable beginning in late 2013 early 2014 we began to see those low-level violence a Molotov cocktail on a police car targeting the electricity grid to bring down the electrics in the country and then came new ideas by 2000 end of 2014 beginning of 2015 we had the second wave of violence in this sense of the the first one associated with Robyn where Brotherhood supporters burn churches in the country and destroyed them had the largest wave of attacks on the Egyptian churches in August of 2013 more than a hundred churches and church affiliated buildings destroyed but the second wave by end of 2014 beginning of 2015 involved the emergence of new groups one called the Popular Resistance the other revolutionary punishment their level of violence became a bit more than the Molotov cocktails they began to target individuals I know that this police officer was in Robin and participated in the killing of my brothers let’s kill him so we’ve had a number of assassinations of not top generals and famous people but no ranking police officers police informants the local policeman in a village that I know has tortured a relative of mine from the Brotherhood or friends of mine let’s target these so we began to see an escalation of violence and of course we began to see the targeting of companies you see something weird happened here an American joined the Muslim Brotherhood the story of course is that of a man from Colorado seems Colorado always had to do something with the Brotherhood being the place that Syed would be visited and impacted his view of America but an American from Colorado converts to Islam as a weird story in a booze-up but then to Turkey by 2013 and begins to spread his ideas his ideas are fascinating they are a mixture of Islamism with leftist anti-globalization so his answer to the brother it is very simple your main enemy is not seizing he’s just a puppet the multinationals who control the world if you target the multinationals you’re going to bring down seas so we began to say this wave of violence targeting mobinil foot and vodafone mobile operators of the country KFC they burned a couple of- of KFC’s of Mcdonalds of targeting these multinationals that was our second wave of violence but what’s that wave again failed to to succeed fail to bring down the Sisi regime we began to this month and the previous month’s to see the new wave the third wave of violence since the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood rule in the country and that’s the emergence of clearly terrorist groups that employ violent assassinations of top targets with bombings so it’s no longer just picking on a local police officer shooting him in the dark these are much more sophisticated operations with bonds that target regime officials so we had the emergence of a group called hospet that targeted the former Mufti of Egypt who legitimize the oppression of the Muslim Brotherhood and then we had this month or last money the emergence of a group called the banners of the revolution Louis aura that successfully managed to kill a brigadier general in the Egyptian military that is the latest form of violence that we have seen from the Islamist in Egypt now where does this leave the future of Islamism in the country the Brotherhood is is finished in my argument as an organization again the ideology is still appealing and these organizations new currents emerging well I think that’s the story that is going to continued with us the emergence of these new currents within Islamism is again not historical and if we go back to a story from Islam itself from the emergence of the mortise Allah current within Islam as the story goes Hasan al Basri was sitting and the question came to him about what happens to the man who commits a grave sin does he go to heaven or hell is he a believer or a care for an unbeliever unsatisfied with the answer that al Basri offers one of the students disagrees with him also hypnotic and as the story goes stands moves through a corner of the mosques and sits on the side act as lnr walsall hacen sus at as Alana being he abandoned us he sat on the side the word then becomes the motto so that in a sense is also the story of Islamism as Islamism continues to fail to answer the basic crisis that gave birth to it the crisis of modernity that the Arab and Muslim world has faced the crisis of the realization that the of the Western technological and technical advancement and of the backwardness of the Arab Muslim world and as long as there is no competing ideology capable of solving that crisis or offering an alternative answer to the problem we are going to continue to see an ideology in flux that continues to give birth to new forms that each plane that all the others have failed but we are the ones that will finally achieve this dream and create the state that will connect heaven with earth thank you.

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