What Is Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood?Play
The revolution in Egypt, which transfixed much of the world, may have been ignited by young secular activists, but there was another powerful force at work in Tahrir Square: the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Just who the Muslim Brotherhood is, their role in the revolution, and where they hope to take Egypt was the focus of a Global Post-Frontline report called "Revolution in Cairo," which aired on public television Tuesday night — and which you can still see on PBS.org.
The report showed young members of the brotherhood quietly organizing in Tahrir Square. They provided food, blankets and security and they worked hand in hand with the young secular protesters who waged a successful and peaceful revolution.
So just what is the Muslim Brotherhood? Does it represent a threat to Egypt's and the region's future, or part of the solution? And how should Washington policy makers respond?
- Charles Sennott, correspondent, Frontline; co-founder, GlobalPost; former Middle East Bureau Chief, Boston Globe
This segment aired on February 23, 2011.