Nation Conversations: Roane Carey and Stephen Glain on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Nation Conversations: Roane Carey and Stephen Glain on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Nation Conversations: Roane Carey and Stephen Glain on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Within Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, tension between the group’s younger and older generations is growing.


Foreign correspondent Stephen Glain discusses the internal conflict that exists within the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Since the uprising in Egypt this spring, many in the country and abroad have expressed concern that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood would make a bid for control of the revolution. Less discussed are the internal tensions that exists within the Brotherhood between the young members and the old guard.

In this Nation Conversation with managing editor Roane Carey, veteran foreign correspondent and Nation contributor Stephen Glain discusses the rift between the Muslim Brotherhood’s younger generation and its older members, and how it has affected the shift of power in post-Mubarak Egypt. “There is this growing resentment among the younger generation in the Brotherhood… at a time when the old guard was becoming ever more rigid in opposition to any kind of challenges from the youth.” To read more of Glain’s analysis of the Brotherhood, read his article in this week’s special issue of The Nation.

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—Carrie Battan

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