REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi holds a copy of the Koran as others shout slogans against the military and the interior ministry during a protest in the Cairo suburb of Matariya November 28, 2014.

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Politics or piety? Why the Muslim Brotherhood engages in social service provision: A conversation

May 2016, Amr Darrag and Steven Brooke

Amr Darrag, Muslim Brotherhood leader and former minister of planning and international cooperation, argues that the Brotherhood's provision of social services is motivated by more than politics. Darrag maintains that faith matters too and that analysts overlook its importance at their own peril. Now, with the Brotherhood outlawed under Sissi, the organization is undertaking an internal review of its strategy. These debates touch on whether and how political parties should be separate from the larger movement, the nature of the Egyptian state, and more. Darrag's article is followed by a response from Harvard's Steven Brooke, who further considers the connection between social service provision and the Brotherhood's political support. Considering that all channels of activism are now closed, he wonders what being a Brotherhood member in today's Egypt might offer a young Muslim.

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