Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. His research focuses on social movements and political Islam in the Middle East. He received his doctorate in May 2011 from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he wrote his dissertation on the reemergence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during the Sadat era. Follow him on Twitter: @anhistorianLast updated on 18.07.2013
Following Morsi’s ouster, the struggle for power in Egypt is raging. But the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to bring about any democratic stability in the foreseeable future.
As the Republican primaries approach, American presidential contenders have employed rhetoric that casts the Arab spring as promoting instability and as a threat to US interests. For a nation that prides itself on the defense of freedom, this is a startling move.