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Mideast: The New Muslim Brotherhood

Don’t look now, but the face of rad­i­cal Islam has changed dra­mat­i­cal­ly across the Mid­dle East.
by Stephen Glain

April 30, 2007 issue — Zeki Bany Arshead is the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood’s new man in Amman. The gen­er­al sec­re­tary of the Islam­ic Action Front, the Broth­er­hood’s Jor­dan­ian chap­ter, might be expect­ed to spout the rhetoric of his predecessors—heavy on Qur’an­ic injunc­tions and talk of a Pan-Ara­bic Islam­ic “caliphate.” So what’s all this about democ­ra­cy? “Our min­i­mum demand,” he says from his busi­nesslike offices in down­town Amman, “is for free­dom of expres­sion and assem­bly, real elec­tions with mul­ti­ple par­ties, rule of law, an inde­pen­dent judi­cia­ry and a free press.”



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