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Concrete political projects?

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Chapter Summary

This chapter begins with a few general considerations concerning the abstract relationship that contemporary members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) have with politics. It then presents three themes which allow showing the boundaries of Brotherhood perspectives. First comes the question of an Islamic State: this was initially recommended as a cure for the failures of the modern State, but in practice the Brothers do not seem overly concerned by this aspect of things. Second, we have the question of the caliphate as a project whose aim is the realization of Muslim unity. Third comes the theme of revolution. This is the antithesis of the principle of the gradual reform of society, and is now considered marginal. All together these themes show that political ideals have been maintained, but the Brotherhood does not publicly support any Islamic political project.

Keywords: caliphate; Islamic politicalproject; Muslim Brotherhood (MB)



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