Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2013

Islam and Politics in the New Egypt

Nathan J. Brown

April 2013

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


In the wake of Egypt’s revolution, a sea change is undeniably under way: Islam is playing a different and more powerful role in Egyptian public life. But focusing on the growing influence of Islamic forces masks an unpredictable evolution proceeding underneath the surface. The Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, and a host of state institutions dedicated to Islam are themselves being reshaped in profound but unpredictable ways by their growing involvement in politics.