August 20, 2012

Fear Salafis, Not the Brotherhood

Robin Wright, New York Times

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A new Salafi Crescent, radiating from the Persian Gulf sheikdoms into the Levant and North Africa, is one of the most underappreciated and disturbing byproducts of the Arab revolts. In varying degrees, these populist puritans are moving into the political space once occupied by jihadi militants, who are now less in vogue. Both are fundamentalists who favor a new order modeled on early Islam.

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TAGGED: Arab Spring, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Wahhabis, Salafists, Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood

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