Khalil Al-Anani

Scholar at Middle East Institute at Durham University and expert on Islamist Politics.
 

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“Egyptians will not be fooled into participating in a fake democracy, regardless of the internal and external pressures,” opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said, in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s call for...
Numbers can say a lot about the status achieved by Islamists on the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution. The number of Islamist parties, whether registered or not, total about 20. In addition, there are dozens of groups, movements and...
“Never gamble to increase your comp credits,” is a rule that the Muslim Brotherhood should have learned before playing politics. For decades, the Brotherhood has presented itself as a socio-religious movement that seeks to reform society...
The mere result of the constant clashes between protesters and the remnants of Mubarak’s regime in the Ministry of Interior is radicalizing the Egyptian public. The irresponsible reaction of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the...
Many have laid blame on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) for failing to join the protesters in Tahrir Square following the eruption of the recent clashes with security forces. Worthy to mention, it was one of the most critical moments the MB has ever...
I hate to write about a friend who has passed away as words tend to fall short of expression. Hussam Tamam, whom I knew about for years before we could meet in person, was not just a friend but rather a source of thought and inspiration for me....
The bloody violence in front of Maspero two weeks ago has left Egypt on the brink of a potential disaster. Not only has the military, the only stable institution left from the Mubarak era, lost its credibility after unleashing a deadly attack...
Salafism is becoming the new bogeyman in Egyptian politics. The Islamist mass rally in Tahrir Square on 29 July, which was dominated by Salafis, showed just how intolerant some political forces in post-Mubarak Egypt can be. No, I don’t mean...
The only way to avoid oppression is to attain power. This what the Muslim Brotherhood has learned from history. The overwhelming presence of the Brotherhood in the post-Mubarak era reflects their fear of missing an extraordinary opportunity to...
Experiencing authoritarianism does not automatically make one a democrat. The Muslim Brotherhood has faced the worst kind of political repression over the past three decades yet the group still exhibits authoritarian tendencies. With the collapse of...