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Political opposition movements turn away from Islamism

This New York Times article discusses the new turn of political opposition and protests away from Islamism.  Focusing on Egypt, it explains that largely secular Tunisia’s tossing an autocratic leader out of power achieved the desired short-term outcome of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood without leveraging Islam.  So there is now some rethinking going on:

“Ideology now has taken a back seat until we can get rid of this nightmare confronting everyone,” said Megahed Melligi, 43, a longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who said he quit the group three years ago out of frustration. “This nightmare is the ruling party and the current regime. This is everyone’s nightmare.”

There are some key Big Picture questions coming out of what occurred in Tunisia.  The popular one is “Will other leaders begin falling too?”  But for me this one is more important – “Is Islamism as a vehicle for reviving the Middle East to past greatness about to collapse, as did socialism and Arab nationalism?”


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