In recent weeks, Egypt has been holding its first national elections since the fall of the Mubarak regime one year ago, and the Muslim Brotherhood is now poised to assume effective control of the lower house of the next parliament in Cairo. This will mark the first time since the Muslim Brotherhood was founded in the 1920s that it will be in charge of an Arab country, and its rise to power is being watched closely by Western leaders.

This month The Christian Edition takes a closer look at the Muslim Brotherhood. What are its goals and beliefs? For answers, we turned to Prof. Moshe Sharon, Israel’s leading expert on Islam and a former policy adviser to several Israeli prime ministers. He is currently professor emeritus in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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