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A new, special issue of Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, as described by Hillel Fradkin in its lead article, "is addressed to a most important subject -- the subject of the organization, or group of organizations, known as the Muslim Brotherhood. The importance of this subject partially derives from the importance of another related subject:  the worldwide Islamic phenomenon and move ment variously known as Islamism, Salafism, radical Islam, militant Islam, political Islam and the like.

"Since the events of 9/11, we have all learned that understanding this movement properly -- broadly, deeply and accurately -- is a very great necessity," continues Fradkin, who directs the Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.  A senior fellow at Hudson, Fradkin co-edits the Center's Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, the leading journal on contemporary Islamism.

Fradkin's piece is based on his opening remarks to a November 2007 conference on the Muslim Brotherhood hosted by the Center.  He believes that U.S. policymakers and analysts have become "al-Qaeda- and Wahhabi-centric," putting the Brotherhood in the shadows. 

"But this is ... deeply regrettable because there is no other organization more fundamental to understanding the Islamist movement of today. There is no other organization that can match the Brotherhood’s length of history, staying power and extent of influence."

Fradkin then traces the Brotherhood's leadership, their legacy, and what it might mean for the future.  Eight other articles are included in the issue, all of which are also based on papers prepared for the conference.  Among other things, they address the Brotherhood in the Islamist universe, Islamism in Denmark, and the Islamization of Arab culture.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports Hudson's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World.
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