The Madeleine Brand Show for January 31, 2011

Reza Aslan: Don't fear the Muslim Brotherhood

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Author and scholar Reza Aslan appears on Meet the Press in March, 2005. He writes in the Washington Post that fears that the Muslim Brotherhood could turn Egypt into another Iran are unfounded.

With the instability in Egypt threatening to bring down President Hosni Mubarak, some worry that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood could fill the power vacuum left in his wake and turn the country into an Iranian style theocracy. Author and religious scholar Reza Aslan joins us to dispel those fears, saying that Egyptians can have both democracy and a role for religion in their remade government.

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