RECOMMENDED READING: “Young Members Of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Call For ‘Revolution’ Within the Movement”


MEMRI has published a report titled “Young Members of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Call for ‘Revolution’ Within the Movement.” The report begins:

Recently, some of the younger members of the Muslim Brotherhood have called for a revolution inside the movement, demanding recognition for the vital role of youth and women within the Brotherhood and greater representation in the movement’s institutions. They also demanded that the Muslim Brotherhood Shura Council and the Office of the General Guide be dissolved, pending open elections under proper judicial oversight. The members threatened that if these demands were not met, they would demonstrate en masse with the aim of overthrowing the movement’s leadership. Though senior Muslim Brotherhood members rejected the possibility of a revolution, the movement’s General Guide, Dr. Muhammad Badi’, and his deputy Khairat Al-Shater, met with the youth representatives and listened to their demands. At the same time, other groups of young Muslim Brotherhood members launched a counter-campaign on Facebook, expressing support for the current leadership and urging the youth to remain loyal to it. Several days later, Kamal Samir Farag, the activist considered to be the organizer of the youth revolution, denied reports that he intended to overthrow the movement’s leadership. He clarified that his only wish was to convene the Muslim Brotherhood’s General Conference in order to hold a dialogue on the changes required in light of the new circumstances. The following are the demands of the Muslim Brotherhood youth, and excerpts from some responses to their campaign.

The Demands of the Muslim Brotherhood Youth

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An earlier post discussed reports of what was being described as a possible “youth rebellion” inside the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

It should be noted that the Muslim Brotherhood today has become a global network and that the Egyptian mother branch is not necessarily the most important part of the movement. Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi, close to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, is often referred to by the GMBDW as the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, an acknowledgement of his role as the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to lead the Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guid

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