Assessments and Conclusions

  • Barry Rubin


Islamic fundamentalism became an increasingly important political factor in Egypt in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Several developments indicated the growth of radical Islam in Egypt:
  • Believers in its cause assassinated President Sadat in 1981.

  • Students and young people have become drawn to Islamic groups in their search for spiritual meaning and a moral ideology to guide the adaptation of Egyptian society of modern life.

  • Muslim Brotherhood activists following an electoral strategy made their organization the leading opposition movement in the late 1980s.

  • Secular and leftist Egyptians, shocked at the rise of fundamentalism, rushed to accommodate it, further reinforcing the influence of the new current.


Fundamentalist Group Muslim Brotherhood Electoral Strategy Islamic State Islamic Society 
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© Barry Rubin 1990

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