The Muslim Brothers: New Roles, New Historiographies

May 14, 2012 in Panels by admin

The latest elections in Egypt and other developments in the Middle East have opened a new phase in the eighty-four years history of the Society of the Muslim Brothers. While their future course in politics is difficult to predict, the proposed panel intends to raise questions on past and present perspectives in historiography and research, and the need to revise or go beyond the existing literature.

Emphasis has often fallen on the early ideological tenets and the political narrative of the Muslim Brothers, as well as their confrontations with various governments, and has also tilted towards their most prominent leaders. No doubt, this was also because of the perspective of the rulers. Though an ideological transformation and gradual adaptation to new realities over the past few decades had been observed, this has so far hardly led to a systematic revisiting of the main narrative.

The proposed panel intends to put the evolvement of the Muslim Brothers in a long-term perspective, be it one of good fortune or one of strategic acumen and planning. One may think of  the development of their internal structure, ostensible or real democratic processes within the ranks of the movement, the role attributed to or asserted by women, relations between the three or more generations in the movement, the actual construction of popular bases of power, their performance in the various parliaments and trade unions under the Mubarak regime, their actual coping with economic realities, including poverty and enrichment, and the use of mass media and technology.

Organised by: Uri Kupferschmidt, University of Haifa

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted until 4. June 2012 to Uri Kupferschmidt, kpfrschm@research.haifa.ac.il