Monthly Archives: September 2014

Muslim Brotherhood and Women’s Rights

The Muslim Brotherhood’s belief that Women’s rights would result in the destruction of Egyptian Society. The brotherhood disagreed with the statements made in the UN Declaration regarding women’s rights. Such concerns included the potential access women would have to travel, work, money, and contraception without the approval of their husbands. The U.N. Commission of the Status of Women seeks to improve the lives of women. The conflict that exist between women’s rights/freedoms are restricted by the religious beliefs of the Muslim Brotherhood. The USAID also seeks to provide support for women in Egypt as a means of improving their lives. I think this aspect of my research paints the Muslim Brotherhood in a different light compared to my readings of BAS and it’s efforts to improve Egypt. My research up until this point has been centered on the Muslim Brotherhood and as of now it appears that the Brotherhood is likely to have a say regarding the arts. As an art education major, I am curious about their opinions regarding the arts including literature.

Journalists and the Brotherhood/Background

What is the Muslim Brotherhood? – The original foundation of the brotherhood was based on the idea of “liberating them from foreign imperialism” as well as forming “unification” as a nation. Issues presented with the brotherhood include: a “poor economic stability or growth, increased crime, and assaults on women.” The issues involving the economy and the people, appears to be correlated with growing rates of crimes being committed. The types of crimes associated with Morsi’s  in this article includes the sexual assaults on women.  The protection of women or action implemented to deal with such problems were not addressed. In this way the economy, and the issues of crime were among the two prominent issue that lead to Morsi’s removal.


Egypt Targets Journalists In Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood : NPR

The article mentions the imprisonment of journalist in Egypt, who were believed to be members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The article also mentions how Egypt is among the “top jailers of journalist” who were believed to be publicizing accounts in Egypt that could potentially alter/taint their image in the media outside of Egypt. The number of journalist imprisoned are associated with the spreading of ideas that may cause violence, crime, or a shift in the norm. In this article their is concern not only for the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization, but the voice of the members to openly and publicly voice their discontent with the country and it’s leaders.




The Muslim Brotherhood Ban

I was unaware of the Muslim Brotherhood and I found that the article titled: Egyptian Court Bans The Muslim Brotherhood : The Two-Way : NPR defined the history of the brotherhood. The ban of the brotherhood was established near the revising of a new constitution. One of the larger fears is that the group would lead to a nation enforcing the practices of Islam. The fear is rooted in a desire to establish and practice the freedom of religion and press. The ban on the brotherhood correlated with the timing of the new election of a president and a revising of a constitution.

What’s Next For Egypt After Sisi’s Win? : NPR

The story discusses the election of Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi following the forced removal of Morsi whom was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Muslim Brotherhood still banned from being recognized as an organization establishes the contradiction of the elections being “genuinely democratic.” Once again the distribution of power presents a concern for the non-government organization. The underlying theme of freedom of speech as well as of religion are presented once again.