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In both Egypt and Syria, the Brotherhood has been illegal for most of its existence. Despite that, the sibling organizations have practiced meaningful internal democracy within tight hierarchies
For the Muslim Brotherhood to play a constructive role in Egypt's rebirth, it will have to opt for cooperation. Here's why it might.
Portraying the Muslim Brotherhood as eager and able to seize power and impose its version of sharia on an unwilling citizenry is a caricature that exaggerates certain features of the Brotherhood and underestimates the extent to which the group has changed over time.
This article appears in the Foreign Affairs/CFR eBook, The New Arab Revolt.