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The Role of Political Islam in Egyptian Democratic Experience

Khan Sarifuzzaman

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Keywords: Political Islam, Islamists, Political Transition, Democratic Transition, Egyptian politics


The aim of the study was to understand the role of political Islamists in Egyptian democratic experience by the two research questions. Islamists’ Ideological self-contradiction and conflicting ideals with democracy turned the democratic transition into failure in Egypt. They have accepted election to attain the power but not the democratic values and culture as a whole. Military, the most significant internal actor, with their authoritarian state apparatus, also played an imperative role to make the political transition unsuccessful. In this qualitative study, documents are analyzed in the case of Egyptian political change.

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