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A dynamic tradition more or less held in check

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A great number of personal contributions maintain the living and dynamic character of the Muslim Brotherhood tradition. On one side, the succession of the authors of these contributions constitutes a real 'line of descent of witnesses', made up of thinkers, militants, and intellectuals. On another side, the attachment to 'classical' references remains powerful for militants of the Brotherhood, but this preference coexists with a willingness to approve of contemporary contributions that commemorate or even re-actualize in a variety of ways certain segments within the successive development of this thought. During the founding period, it appears to be the case that the figures of reference were quite singular personalities. These persons—with Hassan Al-Bannā and Sayyid Qutb alone in the first rank—marked the movement as much by the integrity of their personal conduct and the dramatic character of their life experiences as by the originality of their spiritual and intellectual contributions.

Keywords: dynamic tradition; Hassan Al-Bannā; Muslim Brotherhood; Sayyid Qutb



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