When Mohamed Morsi was elected president of Egypt in June 2012, it was the first time an Islamist had reached executive office through the ballot box in the Arab world. Contrary to the expectations of conservative pundits in the West, his government did not follow in the draconian path of the Afghan Taliban or Iran’s ayatollahs. But nor did Mr. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood place Egypt on the road to a truly inclusive democratic order.
Things might have been different if reformists within the Brotherhood had set the group’s agenda after Egypt’s authoritarian leader, Hosni Mubarak, fell in 2011. Unlike the group’s hard-liners, the reformists had embraced more progressive interpretations of Islam that emphasize ideas of pluralism, tolerance and human rights.… Seguir leyendo »