December 12, 2011

Salafists Shouldn't Be a Surprise

Nathan Field, The Arabist

One of the major themes I’ve noticed in the media after the Salafi al-Nour party won 25% of the votes in the first round of Egyptian elections was a surprise (or as in this week’s In Translation – anger). Yet their success shouldn’t be considered a surprise.

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TAGGED: Egypt, Islamists, Salafists

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