DePaul instructor interviews members of Muslim Brotherhood about radicalism, democracy and future of Egypt

July 18, 2011

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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Shura council members stand outside their new headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic movement suppressed under Mubarak, is Egypt’s oldest and largest opposition group. Many of its leaders were jailed during his rule.

The West supported Mubarak in part because of fear that, without him, the Brotherhood would become the dominant force in Egyptian society.

Since the revolution, many U.S. analysts have speculated about the role the Muslim Brotherhood will play in Egypt’s fledgling democracy.

DePaul University instructor Laith Saud went to Egypt in February to film a documentary about the revolution. During his trip, he spoke with several mid-level members of the Muslim Brotherhood about Islam’s compatibility with democracy, their role in the revolution and Western perceptions of their social movement.

We play excerpts of Laith's conversation and get his take on the Brotherhood's role in post-Mubarak Egypt.