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Egypt's Islamists Seek Coalitions to Survive

Oct 31, 2014
A report from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs describes how Islamist and secular parties have forged electoral coalitions in an attempt to make a better showing in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Survey: Jordanians Support Hamas, but not ISIS

Oct 31, 2014
Jordanians have positive views of Hamas, but negative opinions of ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, according to a new poll commissioned by the Washington Institute.

Brotherhood Struggles to Remain Relevant in Egypt

Oct 28, 2014
The Muslim Brotherhood is struggling to maintain its relevance in Egyptian politics since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Survey: Virtually No Support for ISIS in Gulf States

Oct 27, 2014
The majority of Saudis, Kuwaitis, and Emiratis reject ISIS and support a peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, according to a September 2014 poll by the Washington Institute.

Ethnic and Religious Hatred Perceived as Top Threat

Oct 20, 2014
People in the Middle East identify religious and ethnic hatred as the greatest threat to the world, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

Survey Finds Little Support for ISIS in Arab Countries

Oct 17, 2014
ISIS has little popular support in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon, even among Sunnis, according to a new series of polls commissioned by the Washington Institute.

The Role of Women in Tunisian Politics

Oct 16, 2014
Women voters are expected to play an important role in Tunisia’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on October 26.

Report: Tunisian Confidence in Democracy Wanes

Oct 16, 2014
Support for democracy in Tunisia has decreased from 63 percent in 2012 to 48 percent, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Report: Salafi Political Trends

Oct 15, 2014
Egypt’s Salafis, ultraconservatives whose views often seem at odds with democracy, actually hold a wide range of views on politics, secularism, and human rights, according to a report by Kent Davis-Packard at the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

Middle East Countries Respond to IS Threat

Oct 09, 2014
The Islamic State (IS) poses a challenge to the broader Middle East as it consolidates authority in Iraq and Syria. But the situation is complicated by the multitude of regional actors using the crisis as an opportunity to pursue their own domestic and political agendas.

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Overview

The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties.  They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more than any other political bloc. Yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

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