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Youssef Qaradawi

Ph.D. candidate Ana B. Soage has written a portrait of global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi for an online magazine. The piece provides useful biographical details, some drawn from Arabic language sources, but significantly fails to identify Qaradawi’s role on the editorial board of Al-Dawa, a Muslim Brotherhood publication that was allowed to circulate for a time in Egypt during the reign of Anwar Sadat. Soage also provides an interesting, if somewhat academic, characterization of Qaradawi as an “Opportunist” leader. She is more critical of Qaradawi in this regard, presenting a completer record of his statements than most academics. However, Soage also fails to explore the full range of Qaradawi’s anti-Semitism, only referring to his comments on Palestine and ignoring his history of anti-Semitic statements and his association with the cult known as the Natura Kartei, a group of “anti-Zionist” Jewish rabbis.

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