Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Promotes U.S. College Professor


Following the October visit of Professor Marc Lynch with Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt, Dr. Lynch has been promoted heavily on the official website of the Egyptian Brotherhood. On October 23, carried a series of responses to Dr. Lynch’s generally supportive article on the Brotherhood featured in Foreign Policy giving him an opportunity to respond to his critics. At the top of the article was a “photo-op” of Dr. Lynch shaking hands with a Supreme Guide Mohammed Mahdi Akef. About ten days later, the website published a posting entitled “Lynch’s Meeting Agenda” which detailed his upcoming speaking appearances for November. This posting also feature a flattering photograph of Dr. Lynch. Dr. Lynch (aka Abu Aardvark) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and George Washington University and writes and blogs frequently about the Arab media and Arab public opinion. Although Dr. Lynch professed to be “shocked” by a recent draft of the Brotherhood’s party platform which would bar women and Christians from becoming president and establish a board of Muslim clerics to oversee the government, it appears that the leadership views him as a sympathetic voice which can be helpful in their efforts to achieve legitimacy.

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