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What a difference a year makes! While tens of thousands of Egyptians camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January-February 2011, demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, Western television viewers latched onto the label Arab Spring,MoreWhat a difference a year makes! While tens of thousands of Egyptians camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January-February 2011, demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, Western television viewers latched onto the label Arab Spring, led to believe that Egypt was about to adopt a modern European-style secular democracy. But when push came to polling a year later, in a three-stage parliamentary election at the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood was the runaway winner. It won the biggest bloc of seats, just short of a majority. Five months later, the Brotherhood’s candidate emerged as one of two candidates for a run-off in June, pitted against a former prime minister in the discredited Mubarak regime. After the preliminary presidential election The New York Times used the word “extremist” to describe the Jamiat al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, or Brotherhood of Muslims. The Muslim Brotherhood and the New Egypt offers a fresh look at the organization founded in 1928 that now promises to reshape not only Egypt, but states across the Islamic world. The book explains how a rash decision in 1798 by Napoleon Bonaparte to leave his ride home unguarded launched a series of events that shaped Egypt and eventually led half a dozen observant Muslim laymen to organize a new movement that became political Islam as an alternative to both Western culture and to the more radical tenets of Islamist fundamentalism. It tells the story of the Special Apparatus, long associated with political assassinations and acts of terror, and the mass jailhouse conversion by the Brotherhood’s leaders to peaceful organizing. This Kindle Single presents an abbreviated history of the Brotherhood and the evolution of its ideology in the diverse world of Islam, all in the largest context of world politics. The author is an experienced journalist who has also written hundreds of background summaries for the leading database on counter-terrorism and global security.