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4. The Second Draft of the Platform: The Prospects of Change in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Discourse

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4. The Second Draft of the Platform: The Prospects of Change in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Discourse
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2009
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24
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4
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May 15, 2009
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Rabihah Sayf al-Din
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This brief paper was written as part of the academic writing skills seminar that was held at the CIDT office in April 2009. The paper focuses on the first draft of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political platform.

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[To read the paper in full please go to www.arabwestreport.info/AWRpapers-fulltext.php?report_id=14]
This brief paper was written as part of the academic writing skills seminar that was held by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translations in conjunction with the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute and the Program for Civilization Studies and Dialogue of Cultures (PCSDC) at Cairo University.
The paper looks at the first draft of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political platform. The draft was sent to a number of political commentators for their opinions. However the first draft provoked widespread opposition because of controversial sections that limited the rights of non-Muslims and women. Furthermore, the platform seems to contradict itself by both calling for democracy and ensuring human rights on the one hand and then limiting who can become president and calling for a religious council to adjudicate laws on the other.
The paper investigates what, if any, changes will be made in the second draft that is to be published within the coming months and analyses the main discourse currents in the Muslim Brotherhood at the moment. It is clear from looking at the different currents in the group that they are very varied and often conflicting.

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