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Teendiscourses regarding ultimate purposes and the relationships between different civilizations

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This chapter recalls certain historical and political perspectives that have caused perceptions of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to suffer from prejudice. On one side, the historical identity of the Brotherhood is deeply rooted in their experience, particularly in the chaotic relationship they have had with the West during their history. On the other hand the MB place great stress upon faith, which is presented as a primordial factor that makes collective historical success for Muslims possible. The themes of Islam's vitality and its superiority over other religions, often referenced by militants, are deduced from doctrines of the faith. The theme of khilafat al-ard, the good stewardship of the earth, is revisited in the light of individual or collective responsibilities, in which everyone has a part, regarding the creation.

Keywords: Islam's vitality; khilafat al-ard; Muslim Brotherhood (MB)



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