As part of the special collection on Religion and Politics over at Muftah.org, I wrote a piece on the Nour Party in Egypt and their current struggle in trying to maintain their political influence.
After aligning themselves with President Sisi following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the Salafist Nour Party was one of the only Islamist parties to maintain political viability under Sisi’s regime. However, while the decision was necessary for political survival it alienated many Egyptians who otherwise might have fallen within the Nour’s constituency. In November 2015, Parliamentary election results revealed just how big of a blow this decision dealt to the party’s base of support as Nour claimed only twelve seats in parliament.
After conducting a year’s worth of research for my bachelor’s thesis on the origins, formation, and policies of the Nour Party in Egypt last year, I set out to analyze more fully the underlying causes of this loss of support and what it means for the future of the party. If you’d like to know more, you can read the article in full here: Can the Nour Party Remain Politically Viable in Sisi’s Egypt?