Statements about the role of women from top officials in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood are garnering criticism and shedding a spotlight on an organization that until now, has been largely secretive.
A “family expert” from the Brotherhood recently said that a “woman needs to be confined within a framework that is controlled by the man of the house,” according to a recent New York Times article. Osama Yehia Abu Salama also said that if a husband beats his wife, she should be shown that she “had a role in what happened to her.”
The Brotherhood, an underground Islamist movement that has recently come to power in Egypt, has also said that women cannot press charged against their husbands for rape and that men must approve their wives’ decisions in “matters like travel, work or use of contraception.”
Moment provided an in-depth look into the Brotherhood, delving into their secret history, the role of the opposition, and what kind of Middle East the group is hoping to build.