The weekly word(s): Muslim Brotherhood

April 28, 2010

From the Historical Dictionary of Terrorism:

Muslim Brotherhood:  The Ikhwan al Muslimin is a nonstate Islamic fundamentalist group that seeks to replace existing secular governments in the Muslim world with Islamic regimes under which religious and political affiars would both be governed by the Shari’ah, that is, the traditional canon of Islamic laws.  The name is applied to several territorial organizations, e.g., the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, and so on, that are formally independent of one another through all are historically derived from the original Ikhwan founded in Egypt by Hassan al Banna (1906-1949) in 1928…

The entry goes on to explain the historical development of the Brotherhood and its involvement in terrorist activities such as the assassination of Anwar Sadat.

More on the funding of the Muslim Brotherhood in the days to come.  For now, here’s a picture of Muslim Brothers firing on Sadat in a reviewing stand to kill him in Cairo in 1981.   Sadat’s crime under Islam was negotiating with Israel.  Quite peaceful, wouldn’t you say?

Armed Forces Day assasination

Sadat's murder by Ikhwan


  1. # A.D.

    I encountered two errors in this article… and they are the errors which i see repeating continuously in modern coverage of islamism..

    I think this repeating is perhaps because discussing anything related to Islamic terrorism is considered a taboo issue in political sphere, and thus the experts and historians who had the duty to put neutral analysis try to suppress anything that is remotely connected critically to Islam..

    the 1st error is in the article is that Ikhwan was founded in Egypt by Hassan al Banna… this is false, and its implication is that its all fault of European imperial past, which at end adds up in white guilt… reality is that Ikhwan foundation is older. In fact the foundation stone of Ikhwan is not even Egyptian… Abdul Aziz bin Saud, yep of the saudi Monarch laid earliest foundation of Ikhwan in 1912 utilizing the disparate Bedouin tribesmen, that wanted to propagate their brand of Wahhabi Islam as main branch of islam… and purifying Islam…

    further history is here


    there are clear links between Egyptian Muslim brotherhood and what was left of Bedouin ikhwan…

    the 2nd point is Ikhwan or Brotherhood itself… i think by just considering Ikhwan as the main culprit will make sense for west, because Ikhwan development was on western front of Islamic cult[ure?] .. on eastern front a further bigger threat had evolved, named as Ummah. that has somewhere won a big battle by creating and representation of themselves as 57 member state strong political lobby, that currently has power to interface in any internal political decision making of any country..

    the inter-linkage of Ikhwan is hardly discussed, though i wrote about it long back…


    i think what missing is to bring further a clear and global picture. what you think ?

    • Hi, Puneet. Good points. In fairness to Anderson & Sloan, the authors of the Historical Dictionary of Terrorism, they go into much greater detail about Ikhwan after the brief introduction I excerpted.

      I’m not sure whether they address the exact points you mentioned (because their book is at my library and not on my bookshelf I’m afraid!).

      Certainly, the Muslim Brotherhood’s designs are globalist, and are based on the teachings of Islam and not on “blowback” from Western “imperialism.”

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