This article is the second of our series on The Brotherhood vs. ISIS: MEMO reopens debate on contemporary political Islam. Read the first one here.
Today, amidst the turmoil in Gaza, Syria and Iraq, and the ongoing events in Egypt following the military coup against the democratically elected president and the all out crackdown against his political party and the Muslim Brotherhood, the debate of equating all Islamists under the same umbrella is becoming more and more common. This is particulary so with the Muslim Brotherhood; Palestine's Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood; and the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or ISIL. However, the implications of such conflations are potentially catastrophic and may prove detrimental to hundreds of millions of moderate Muslims worldwide, who would be incriminated by such judgments.