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Egypt's Mohammed Morsi: Conservative or Moderate?

Updated on July 1, 2012

Egypt's new president, Mohammed Morsi, may be a conservative member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but he probably going to be a moderate to some time until all Egyptians are content and feel safe that secular Egypt will remain the same.

Morsi should be able to pull this off. The guy is fluent and well versed in American culture and language, for after he graduated from Cairo University in 1978 with a master's in engineering, he came to America to live, study and teach at the University of Southern California until 1985. That is when he returned home. The reason why he left America may be in part that he did not like aspects of American society. For one, he was disgusted by how some women in America dressed half naked at work. While he might not agree with all American democratic ideals of democracy, he will support what the majority will mandate, even if it goes against his personal beliefs. His brother provides further insights. Morsi came from a family of eight, and he was the only one who care enough to want to memorize the Quran and remains a devout Muslim. He often harasses his brother about smoking and constantly reminds him to observe predawn devotions the Muslims observe. Obviously, he comes from a large family that are much more secular in many ways. So, he is not a zealot about Islamic dogma. He knows very well of the secular world from the USA and his own family background.

Morsi, unlike the more extreme members of the Muslim Brotherhood, spent only a few months in prison in 2006. This is brief compared to those with years. So, Morsi is not hardened with Islamic dogma and more moderate about the West. I mean, Morsi, lived in the US for almost 20 years. He no doubt has many great memories that democracy afforded him. Yet, those young member of the Muslim Brotherhood who want more secularism, like allowing women to run for office, view him differently. Many were expelled by Morsi just before Mubarack fell because he told them not to protest in Tahrir Square. This may indicate some sort of blind loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and maybe he might become a puppet for than organization. Many within are more extreme and may impose harsher Islamic law upon Egypt and turn to Iran for aid, which has already happened. Morsi may not be able to do things he wants because the power is of the many in the organization.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      Yes, I can buy that analysis as well. The Army is still very powerful.

    • MG Singh profile image

      MG Singh 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Perrya ! A leopard cannot change his spots. Some friends from Egypt have told me that its a matter of time he ushers in a sharia regime. Most probably he may be overthrown by the army. In case he remains and tries to be a moderate he will be thrown out by the extremists.