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The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood

Prof. Meir Litvak

An important force in the formulation of antisemitism in the Arab and Islamic world was the transnational organization called the Muslim Brotherhood. Let us go back to the late 1920s to learn about the foundation of this organization and about the crucial influence it had on the development of antisemitism in this sphere.

How did the thinkers of the Muslim Brotherhood view the Jews and Zionism?

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