Implications of Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt as a religious, social, and political organization, and has evolved over subsequent decades. It promotes moving away from secularism and returning to a governing system run by Islamic law. Although the group was previously engaged with operating under violent tactics to secure its objectives, it currently rejects the use of violence and seeks to be more involved in the mainstream political process.

Senator Ted Cruz’s “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015” bill and pressure from some public officials in the Trump administration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” has generated both controversy and concern. While proponents of the bill invoke national security, the many opponents of the measure believe that not only will it make America less safe, but it is an ongoing attempt to vilify Muslims, cripple Muslim American civil society, and feeds into the Islamophobia industry.

Currently, there is not a central place where journalists, activists, policymakers, and scholars interested in this issue can go to learn more about the implications of this designation. Consequently, ISPU has created this landing page as a one-stop resource.

DISCLAIMER: ISPU does not endorse the views expressed on this page; rather, this collection is meant to help inform interested parties and present them with the varying existing arguments on the implications of such a designation.

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