Mona Farag


As the world watched in anticipation and trepidation the powerful force that was the January 25 revolution, one vital question stuck in everyone’s mind: how large was the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the events that took place during those 18 days prior to the stepping down of Mubarak? More importantly, with the newfound sense of freedom and democracy that has overtaken Egypt’s streets, how will the future of the Muslim Sisters be impacted? This paper will focus on the activities spearheaded by the Muslim Sisters during the revolution and the months leading up to the People’s and Legislative Assembly, and will assess their political standing within the Society of Muslim Brothers and within its newly formed political party: the Freedom and Justice Party. A review of the commentaries and reactions to the activities that took place by the Sisters during and after the revolution will be assessed. These sources will also clarify the picture of what characterizes Egypt’s political playing field today: post-January 25 revolution and the influx of newly formed political parties onto Egypt’s political field. This paper will conclude with a ‘Predictions’ portion of the analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political future, in light of the upcoming elections and the endless opportunities it holds for the well-organized movement that is the Muslim Brotherhood.

Author Biography

Mona Farag is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter.