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Tug of War between Jordanian Gov and Brotherhood

Jul 18, 2014
Jordan’s monarchy, having survived the initial wave of Arab uprisings in 2011, is now “confident that it can maintain stability without making major compromises on political or institutional reforms,” according to a new paper by Tareq al Naimat, a visiting journalist at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

UK Imams Denounce Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Jul 17, 2014
Senior Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom have released a video denouncing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the militant group which has declared a caliphate in the parts of Iraq and Syria that it controls.

Report: Are Morocco’s Islamists Bucking the Trend?

Jul 14, 2014
Morocco’s Islamists, like their counterparts in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere, succeeded in elections following the 2011 Arab uprisings. But the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) has managed to stay in government while Islamist parties elsewhere have resigned or have been forced out of government.

State Department: Cairo Needs to Include Brotherhood

Jun 23, 2014
On June 21, senior State Department officials called on Egypt’s government to take a “very politically inclusive approach” and find ways to reach out to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi Rejects Egypt’s “Criminal” Regime

Jun 05, 2014
On June 4, former President Mohamed Morsi urged Egyptians to continue their non-violent revolution in message posted on his Facebook account. “All free nations have not recognized this criminal putschist regime thanks to Egyptians' continuing Revolution and their adherence to non-violence," he wrote.

Islamists Struggle to Match Religious Values to Politics

May 28, 2014
Mainstream Islamist movements across the Arab world have struggled to close the gap — or, really, even define the gap — between religious ideals and the mundane realities of everyday politics.

Report: Lebanon All-in for Syria’s Assad

May 27, 2014
Hezbollah has shown that will back Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime by any means necessary, according to a new International Crisis Group report. The Lebanese Shiite militia has helped the regime fight the Syrian opposition at least since mid-2012.

Pew: Egyptians Frustrated and Divided

May 23, 2014
Some 72 percent of Egyptians are dissatisfied with their country’s direction, according to a new Pew Research poll. Nearly a year after President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, about 54 percent of Egyptians prefer a stable government while 44 percent prefer a democratic one.

Report: Yemen’s Experienced Islamists

May 08, 2014
In Yemen, unlike in most other Arab countries, Sunni Islamists have had more than a decade of experience in politics, according to a U.S. Institute of Peace report.

Poll: Tunisians Favor Islamic Influence in Government

Apr 30, 2014
A majority of Tunisians, 51 percent, believe Islamic principles should be considered when making policy or law, according to a new survey by the International Republican Institute.

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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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