Panel Discussion Featuring the Political Wing of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) hosted a delegation from the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. The panelists included Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, an FJP member of parliament from Luxor and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee; Hussein El-Kazzaz, a businessman and advisor to the Muslim Brotherhood and FJP; Sondos Asem, senior editor of the FJP's official website and member of the Foreign Relations Committee; and Khaled Al-Qazzaz, foreign relations coordinator for the FJP. ACMCU Founding Director and University Professor John L. Esposito moderated the panel. The four-member delegation discussed a brief history of Egypt prior to the uprisings of 2011 and went on to define their role in the political process leading up to the presidential elections that are scheduled to take place this May. Examining various social, cultural, economic, and political frameworks, the members of the delegation contextualized Egypt in the post-Mubarak era, detailing their vision not only for their party, but for Egypt as well. They then fielded questions from the audience, which spurred a lively and informative discussion.