Why Egypt's Salafis are Not the Amish

(Council on Foreign Relations) Ed Husain - Reports of their electoral success in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections have injected Egyptian Salafis with confidence in their religious agenda and struck fear in the hearts of millions of Egyptians. Those who denied that Egypt had a problem with Muslim radicalism were sharply awoken from their sleep. Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and every other major Islamist terrorist came directly from the Salafist or Wahhabi school of thought. Almost all Salafis believe and constantly remind each other of the need to be loyal only to Muslims, and to hate, be suspicious of, not work in alliance with, and ensure only minimal/necessary interaction with non-Muslims.

2011-12-02 00:00:00

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