When we talk about Islamism in Egypt, we almost automatically associate it with the Muslim Brotherhood. It is the oldest form of Islamism in the country, and also the largest and most visible. Currently, it is also the Brotherhood that the Egyptian regime is cracking down on, because it is seen as a danger to the country's stability.
This is a crucial mistake if one wants to diagnose Egypt's Islamic challenges. For sure, the movement has fostered more radical thinkers like Sayyid Qutb, and probably the rhetoric from that side may seem dramatic and irreconcilable, but basically the Brotherhood is a humanitarian organization with a distinctly pragmatic approach to societal development.
Revolutionary or economic Islamism
Man skal i stedet rette blikket mod to andre islamiske retninger, som er langt mere potente. Den ene af dem er hvad man kan kalde den revolutionære islamisme. Den er vanskeligere at identificere klart, fordi den lever i små demografiske lommer og primært tiltrækker unge mænd med behov for et ståsted.
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