Brotherhood Rising: How the Islamist Group Became a Force in Egypt's Power Equation

Photograph by Moises Saman / Magnum for TIME

With the patience of their forebears Members of the Muslim Brotherhood at their new headquarters in Cairo's Mokatam neighborhood

A little over a year ago, Hoda al-Ghania, a member of the banned but popular Muslim Brotherhood, was busy waging a losing battle. In the crowded, industrial towns of the Nile Delta, she campaigned diligently for a parliamentary seat that she knew the regime of President Hosni Mubarak would most likely never allow its Islamist opposition to win. But the daughter of a long and respected line of Brotherhood members was used to it. "That was our way to make a positive connection with the institutions of this country," she says. "And we insisted on participating in the political life to...

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