The controversy around the Muslim Brotherhood has now reached Sweden. A report on the influence of the network in the country was just published by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap, MSB).
A ”parallel society”
According to the report – based on a study realised in November-December 2016, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the Swedish society and its political parties through numerous Muslim organisations and individuals since the 1970’s.
The authors of the report – Magnus Norell, Aje Carlbom and Pierre Durrani – accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of striving to become the natural representatives of the Muslim minorities for the authorities. For the authors, by promoting a distinct identity for Muslims and creating a “parallel society”, the network implements its political agenda of islamization.
A controversial report
22 Swedish scholars specializing on religious studies have published a post against the report, criticizing the methodology used by its authors. The researchers point out a blatant lack of evidence and of serious references.
However the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency has stood for its report, describing it as a feasibility study on the influence of the islamist network on the Swedish society and its impact on the security of the country. For Anneli Bergholm Söder, head of the Operations Department of the MSB, the aim of this study is to determine which areas of research and study should be developed in that field.
By Farida Belkacem
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