Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood Celebrates 9-Year Anniversary of Arab Spring

The Muslim Brotherhood is celebrating the nine-year anniversary of the Arab Spring this year. Despite coordinating and executing terror attacks against fellow Egyptians, support for the Brotherhood has remained resilient across Egyptian society. This is in large part due to its investments the Brotherhood has made over decades to develop a robust infrastructure and social support networks that have ingratiated millions of Egyptians to its leadership.

New CEP Reports Detail Muslim Brotherhood History, Activities Across the Middle East and North Africa

CEP today released new reports on the Muslim Brotherhood in 12 countries. The new reports detail the Sunni Islamist movement’s origins, history, violent activities, and government designations in: Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemem. In April, U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was considering declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a Foreign Terrorist Organization for its encouragement and support of violence throughout the Middle East.

ISIS Leader and Former Muslim Brotherhood Member Appears for the First Time in Five Years

ISIS released its latest propaganda video last week, featuring ISIS leader and former Muslim Brotherhood member Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi’s jihadist ideology can be traced back to his days in the Muslim Brotherhood while a student in Iraq, which led him down a path of violent jihadism with al-Qaeda and then ISIS. In its report, The Muslim Brotherhood’s Ties to ISIS and al-Qaeda, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) details the core beliefs, the shared goals and the frequent examples of cooperation among the three groups.

White House Considers Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror Group

CEP today released a new resource detailing the Muslim Brotherhood’s established ties to more than 40 radical extremists, including terrorist groups, foreign fighters and extremism propagandists. The Brotherhood officially maintains a platform of non-violence, but has supported violent terrorism across the Middle East. The Brotherhood’s long-standing aims are to use its ideology to foment violence and terror, and implement sharia within a global caliphate.

Sudan’s President and Chairman of Muslim Brotherhood-Linked National Congress Party Ousted by Military

CEP today released updated resources on Sudan’s National Congress Party (NCP), the successor organization to the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated National Islamic Front (NIF). Recently deposed Sudanese President and NCP chairman Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir currently stands accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide for his violence against religious and ethnic groups throughout Sudan. 

Extremism Spotlight: Yusuf al-Qaradawi Benefits From Legitimization Through Social Media

Seven years ago, notorious AQAP propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike; but even in his death, his works and lectures continue to live on in the Internet.  However, after years of advocacy from CEP, in November 2017, Awlaki’s online presence on YouTube was reduced from 70,000 results to dozens.  Although Awlaki’s content remains online, especially on other websites, many other extremists remain online too and their works also calling for radicalization, terrorism and violence are still all too accessible. Starting with Yusuf al-Qaradawi, CEP will begin spotlighting the other worst-of-the-worst online propagandists who must be removed from the public consciousness.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Turkey

On the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood, CEP is publishing resources on the history and recent activities of the group in Egypt and Turkey, Since its inception in Egypt 90 years ago, the Muslim Brotherhood has fought for the establishment of a global caliphate ruled by sharia law. 

The Violent Legacy of Sayyid Qutb

The world’s most dangerous terror groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda, share a common ideological foundation in the writings and teachings of Egyptian author and Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb. More than 50 years after his death, Qutbism continues to propel the modern jihadist movement. CEP's new resource highlights Qutb’s violent legacy.

Qatar’s Hosting of Radical Brotherhood Ideologue Symbolic of Support for Extremists

The ongoing diplomatic standoff between Qatar and its neighbors has roots in that country’s long-standing support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups, symbolized by the hosting and supporting of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader and propagandist who has been permitted access to millions of viewers across the region through the Qatari-owned satellite network Al Jazeera.