Sweden: Muslim Brotherhood Building ‘Parallel Society’

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Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. (Photo: Eugenijus Radlinskas/Creative Commons)

The United States isn’t the only country where there’s increasing concern about the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) published a controversial new report suggesting the Muslim Brotherhood is deliberately creating a “parallel society” within Sweden.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a global Islamist group which ultimately aims to create an Islamic State ruled by sharia rather than secular law. Find out more about the Muslim Brotherhood here

Over the years, the MB managed to establish a dominant position in the Muslim part of the state-sponsored civil society through aid from a plethora of organizations. Many millions of kronor were channeled from Swedish tax-payers into the world’s largest Islamic organization’s Swedish branch,” the report stated, according to a translation by Sputnik, a Russian media outlet.

Read the full report in the original Swedish.

The report’s author, Magnus Norell, noted the Muslim Brotherhood has been active in Sweden since the 1970s and works to portray itself as the sole representative of the country’s Muslim population.

However, a group of 22 researchers specializing in religious studies co-signed a blog post criticizing the methodology of the report. They branded the idea that the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to build a parallel society in Swedena conclusion which goes against the collective research,” according to a translation by European media organization The Local.

The MSB responded by calling the report a feasibility study aimed at highlighting areas where further research was needed.

“The feasibility study is not a research report, but a study which can give MSB support to see what need there is for further study and research work in the field. In order for MSB to have a good ability to identify and address influencers and the spreading of misleading information against Sweden we need to work with different types of knowledge,” Anneli Bergholm Söder, the head of operations at MSB said in a press release.



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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

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