After the spectacular demise of the thirty year Mubarak regime (1981-2011), Egypt has entered a new political era. What will be the role of the Muslim Brothers in the new Egypt?  Will the Coptic minority be an equal and legitimate element of the new political project?

The systematic review of secular and religious actors involved in Egyptian politics before and after the January revolution will provide answers to these questions.


This profile was conceived and supervised by Dr. Jocelyne Cesari.

Research was conducted by Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim, PhD.

Dr. Abdel-Moneim is a member of the faculty at the School of International Service, American University (Washington, DC) and the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University (Cairo, Egypt) (E-mail:

The profile was edited and compiled by Celene Ayat Lizzio, M.Div. 

Ms. Lizzio is a faculty member of the Religious and Theological Studies faculty at Merrimack College where she teaches courses on gender and Islam. She is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School (M.Div.) and Princeton University (A.B. summa cum laude).