The struggle for Salafism in the Egyptian Transition (2011-2013), with Stéphane Lacroix (Sciences Po)
Part of the Middle East Studies Fall Lecture Series
Monday, October 11, 2021
Salafism was the religious language that dominated Egypt’s aborted political transition in the wake of the fall of Mubarak. The leading and most vocal political actors of the moment all mobilized strands of Salafism in a a religious fight for legitimacy against each other: the Salafi Call and its political party al-Nour, Hazim Abu Isma’il and his revolutionary Salafis, and even the Muslim Brotherhood, whose religious references had earlier been distinct from Salafi ones. Why was that the case?