Toward an Understanding of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
The unprecedented level of repression and persecution that have been leveled against all political opposition in Egypt after the 2013 military coup has arguably brought the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to the brink of its demise. Largely due to the MB’s political and organizational structure, its substantial public influence, including the (inter)national attention the organization had received immediately before and after the Arab popular uprisings, the military leadership saw the organization as its primary rival in the pursuit of political power and control in Egypt. But the MB has largely been a movement of resistance. This work-in-progress explores the culture of resistance of the contemporary MB through discussion of MB activists’ expressions of mobilization experiences and an overview of their everyday practices, values, and beliefs that we view as important parts of the MB's culture of resistance and moral economy.