Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

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President Donald Trump and his cabinet are pondering an executive order to add the Muslim Brotherhood to the United States’ Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Yet such a designation would appear to have one critical flaw: it is hard to explain what the term “Muslim Brotherhood” precisely means.

In Egypt, for decades before 2011, the term “Muslim Brotherhood” was used to describe a religious and political group that had a specific structure, specific goals, and a specific role in Egyptian society.

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