Egypt’s Tahrir Square revolution ripped open political and social divisions that were nailed down for decades by authoritarian rule. Two years of democratically elected government have only deepened the rifts and the results have spilled out onto the streets.
Although the West views the religious division as between secular and devout Egyptians, Geneive Abdo says there are new and worrying rifts among Islamic groups.
“The secular-oriented population is in the minority,” said Abdo, a fellow of the Stimson Center’s Middle East program. “People who told me they were against the Brotherhood didn’t say they were against Islam – they supported Al-Nour.”
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