Muslim Brotherhood

Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Brotherhood is that country’s oldest Islamist organization and has branches throughout the world. While these branches operate under a variety of names and use a variety of social, political, and occasionally violent methods, they share a commitment to the overarching goal of establishing rule according to sharia. The most notable and lethal Brotherhood offshoot is Hamas, the Palestinian terror group operating out of the Gaza Strip. Some analysts also argue that the Brotherhood has served as the ideological forerunner of modern violent Islamist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.


Mahmoud Ezzat

Former acting supreme guide

Mahmoud Hussein

Former secretary-general, former member of the Shura Council

Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Egyptian Qatar-based intellectual and spiritual leader

Ibrahim Mounir

Acting general guide

Mohamed Montasser

Former spokesman for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

Talaat Fahmi

Former spokesman

Ahmed Abdel Rahman

Head of the Egyptian Brotherhood’s Office for Egyptians Abroad

Amr Darrag

Senior Muslim Brotherhood member, former Freedom and Justice Party minister, former secretary-general of Egypt’s Constituent Assembly

Senior member and co-founder of the Freedom and Justice Party

Mohammed Morsi

Former president of Egypt and member of the Muslim Brotherhood (deceased)

Mohammed Badie

Imprisoned supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood

Khairat el-Shater

Imprisoned deputy supreme guide

Mohamed Taha Wahdan

Former head of the Crisis Management Committee in Egypt, Former Chief of Education, Former Member of the Guidance Office

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