Exclusive: Report on Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden

Muslim Brotherhood networks have existed in Europe since the early 1970s. A number of different organizations operate across the continent including in France, Germany, the UK and Sweden.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a totalitarian Islamist organization which sees Islam as being the answer to all societal and political problems. Opposed to a separation of religion and state, they want to set up an “Islamic state” with sharia as the law of the land.

Originally hailing from Egypt, the movement and its ideas has since spread all over the world where its members and hangers-on have established many organizations.

The networks in Sweden have now been charted in a report by researcher Dr. Magnus Norell. In the report, published here in English for the first time, Dr. Norell sets out his research on Muslim Brotherhood organizations, tactics and networks in Sweden and how they fit into the broader picture of Muslim Brotherhood entities in Europe and the wider world.

Magnus Norell, PhD, is a senior fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and an Adjunct Scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington D.C.

He specializes in matters relating to terrorism, political violence, democracy and security in the Middle East and Central Asia. Magnus has worked as a researcher and analyst at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, the Swedish Defence College, the Swedish Secret Service and the Swedish Military Intelligence Service.

From 1997 to 2000 he helped create a backchannel between Hezbollah and Israel to facilitate the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon. He is currently Associate Director of Studies in Terrorism, Organised Crime and Middle East Politics at Infosphere in Stockholm. In addition to this Muslim Brotherhood report, he is the author of The Return of the Caliphate: Reasons and Consequences (2015), A Victory for Islamism. The Second Lebanon War and its Repercussions (2009) and A Dissenting Democracy: The Israeli Movement Peace Now (2002).

His full and revealing report is available in English exclusively on Clarion Project. The views expressed in the report are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Clarion Project.

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Elliot Friedland
Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.