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The failure of political Islam

The re-islamisation of Egypt has not benefitted the Muslim Brotherhood

By Olivier Roy  

Protestors gathering in Tahrir Square last November. (Image: Darla Huesk)

The demonstration was almost perfect: in Egypt, after a year in power, the Islamists showed that they were incapable of running the state and had little idea how to islamicise a society that, in any case, had largely islamicised itself. The population has risen up against the Islamists, not to protest the introduction of Sharia law but rather the incompetence and nepotism of the Muslim Brotherhood. The crowds in Cairo were not only from the secular,…

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