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Haroon Moghul’s recent articles in Religion Dispatches, particularly “4 Reasons Why Egypt’s Revolution is Not Islamic,” have been one of many perspectives that I’ve found of great help in trying to make sense of events happening in Egypt during this past week.

And, much to my delight, today he spends nearly an hour discussing the Muslim Brotherhood — its history, its potential role in Egypt, and how it exists in the United States — and a pretty good primer on shariah law — from its historical context to how it exists and functions within contemporary, democratic societies. I’d love to know what you found interesting or points that confuse your understanding of these ideas.


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oh how i wish this kind of media was mandatory in our classrooms!

There is a good amount of evidence that al Banna the founder of the Brotherhood, was a strong admirer of Hitler and aligned himself with the Nazis. During WWII they organized as a force within Egypt to help the Nazis if Rommel got to Egypt. It is well known that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who was aligned with the brotherhood was a strong supporter of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Why didn't the speaker comment on this?

There is definitely some cagellnhes that Egypt, but also other Arabic countries face before the is really a democratic one. The first thing would be respective communication with each other and forget about violence in actions. But it is not simple and it is very hard to say really what should be done. People love power so much that it is hard step for the people in charge to give it to the hands of the common people of the country.

With 80% of respondents in a rencet Pew Research Poll indicating they want to bury women in the ground and stone them to death for adultery, or amputations for thievery, and executing Muslims that leave the cult one can safely come to the conclusion that no matter what Sharia law will rule the day in 21st/7th century Egypt.