"Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt"


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  • Speaker: Beth Baron, CUNY
  • Host Department: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)
  • Date: 03/21/2013
  • Time: 4:00 PM

  • Location: 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 South University

  • Description:

    The Muslim Brotherhood stood in the front lines in battles with missionaries for the bodies and souls of Egyptian youth. Yet this is not just a story of the Brotherhood arising out of a contest with evangelicals. When faced with missionary inroads in health, education, and social welfare, the Muslim Brotherhood very consciously “fought them with their own weapons.” Foreign missionaries helped to mobilize the organization and give it its shape. Although American, British, and other Protestant evangelicals failed at mass conversion, they succeeded in transforming Egyptian society and politics in ways they had not imagined.