October 16, 2012

Ditch the Lazy 'Islamist Spring' Narrative

Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

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The narrative about an inexorable, ineluctable Islamist rise to power in post-dictatorship Arab societies has been further undermined by a series of under-appreciated and quietly dramatic developments in North Africa. The failure of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to replace the country's chief prosecutor could be seen as a mere hiccup in the Muslim Brotherhood's accumulation of dominance in that country. But recent events in Tunisia and, especially, Libya, are clear signs of the limitations of Islamist influence in those societies.

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TAGGED: Muslim Brotherhood, Libya, Tunisia, Mohammed Morsi, Egypt, Africa, Islamists, Political Islam

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