Egypt’s Islamic fringe takes the plunge into politics

27.05.2011                      23.Ijar, 5771                      Tag 38 des Omer

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Egypt’s Islamic fringe takes the plunge into politics

Publicly, many shed symbols of zealotry, but critics fear it’s a show; "The situation is extremely dangerous," says Nagib Gabra'il.

Egyptian Islamists are discarding their traditional long robes and large white caps – the outwards signs of extreme piety – in favor of business suits and campaign buttons as one-time jihadists began throwing their hats into the country’s political ring this week.    
While the Muslim Brotherhood and its political offshoot, the Freedom and Justice Party, has attracted the most attention and fear among Egyptian liberals, the Islamic end of the political spectrum is growing crowded with fringe movements announcing bids to run in the parliamentary elections come September….