Michael Totten

“Sin-Free” Egyptian Tourism?

In the Egyptian elections, the Muslim Brotherhood​ is winning about as many seats as most analysts expected, but with the totalitarian Salafists unexpectedly picking up an additional fourth or so of the vote, the Islamists are clocking in with a two-thirds majority. That doesn’t mean Egypt will degenerate into an Afghanistan on the Nile, but it likely won’t look much like Turkey does either.

“Tourists don’t need to drink alcohol when they come to Egypt,” said Azza al-Jarf, a female candidate with the Muslim Brotherhood’s allegedly-but-not-really “moderate” Freedom and Justice Party. “They came to see the ancient civilization, not to drink alcohol…Tourism will be at its best under Freedom and Justice.”

Some Muslim Brotherhood leaders say they want to leave tourism alone, so we’ll see how all this shakes out, but the Salafists, of course, want to go further and even impose gender segregation at holiday resorts that cater to foreigners.

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