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.

Engy Abdelkader, Hina Shamsi, Michael German, and Corey Saylor discuss the implications of designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.

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.

What impact would the bill have on human rights and American Muslim organizations and mosques?

Calls to Ban the Muslim Brotherhood Aim to Criminalise US Muslim Dissent, Not Counter Terrorism by Sahar F. Aziz

Calling the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group Would Make All Muslims Scapegoats by Arsalan Iftikhar

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by MPAC

Criminalizing the Muslim Brotherhood Helps Dictators and Hurts Americans by Engy Abdelkader

A terrorism label that would hurt more than help by The Washington Post Editorial Board

This is how the Trump administration could freeze out Muslims in America by Abigail Hauslohner

Threat of Muslim Brotherhood ban leaves community in fear by Ali Harb

How One Policy Change Could Wipe Out Muslim Civil Liberties by David Noriega

Muslim Civil Rights Groups Are Worried the White House Wants to Shut Them Down by Talal Ansari

Trump’s plan to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terror group is about going after American Muslims by Sarah Harvard

Politicians, Anti-Muslim Leaders Urge Trump To Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization by Stephen Piggott

CAIR Reveals: Disgraced Islamophobic Former FBI Agent Drafted Original ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ Bill

Statement of 81 Civil, Human Rights, and Faith Based Groups: Serious Concerns Regarding Harm to American Muslim Civil Society from Terrorism Designation

If you thought Trump’s travel ban was bad, what he has planned next for American Muslims could be devastating by Shenaz Kermalli

“Civilization Jihad:” Debunking the Conspiracy Theory by Bridge Initiative Team

White House Weighs New Terrorist Designations

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What impact would the bill have on human rights and American Muslim organizations and mosques?

Calls to Ban the Muslim Brotherhood Aim to Criminalise US Muslim Dissent, Not Counter Terrorism by Sahar F. Aziz

Calling the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group Would Make All Muslims Scapegoats by Arsalan Iftikhar

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by MPAC

Criminalizing the Muslim Brotherhood Helps Dictators and Hurts Americans by Engy Abdelkader

A terrorism label that would hurt more than help by The Washington Post Editorial Board

This is how the Trump administration could freeze out Muslims in America by Abigail Hauslohner

Threat of Muslim Brotherhood ban leaves community in fear by Ali Harb

How One Policy Change Could Wipe Out Muslim Civil Liberties by David Noriega

Muslim Civil Rights Groups Are Worried the White House Wants to Shut Them Down by Talal Ansari

Trump’s plan to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terror group is about going after American Muslims by Sarah Harvard

Politicians, Anti-Muslim Leaders Urge Trump To Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization by Stephen Piggott

CAIR Reveals: Disgraced Islamophobic Former FBI Agent Drafted Original ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ Bill

Statement of 81 Civil, Human Rights, and Faith Based Groups: Serious Concerns Regarding Harm to American Muslim Civil Society from Terrorism Designation

If you thought Trump’s travel ban was bad, what he has planned next for American Muslims could be devastating by Shenaz Kermalli

“Civilization Jihad:” Debunking the Conspiracy Theory by Bridge Initiative Team

White House Weighs New Terrorist Designations

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