Why Has Reconciliation Between the Muslim Brotherhood and the State Become Almost Impossible?

EPC | 12 Aug 2014

This analysis addresses the future of the reconciliation process between the State and the Muslim Brotherhood after more than a year after the fall of the Brotherhood’s rule, with the approach of the first anniversary of the end of the Raba’a sit-in on August 14. The Supreme Court ruling was delivered on August 9 to dissolve the Freedom and Justice Party, in addition to prior governmental decisions to liquidate the group’s property and headquarters and close its associations, mosques and subsidiaries; coupled with enforcing restrictions on fellowship’s sources of funding. This in turn, confirms the state’s crucial position on not combining religion and politics, and the reprimanding of those who instigate - or are involved in - acts of violence, with the full force of the law. The analysis concludes that reconciliation between the State and the Muslim Brotherhood has become almost impossible, due to the continued state of denial on part of the Brotherhood of what happened in Egypt after June 2013; as the Brotherhood’s doctrine and organizational architecture is dependent on the continuation of this situation. The network of relationships and external interests associated with Qatar and Turkey and existing international dynamics; adds to the complicated relationship between the State with the Brotherhood. In addition, the Egyptian political elite’s unbending position against the return of mixing politics with religion is taken into account.

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