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Political Islamists brace for Trump era

The president-elect and his advisers take a dim view of the Muslim Brotherhood and its cousins, but could shutting them out end up hurting America the most?
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Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means.

From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is becoming a witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past several weeks, they’ve been debating how best to convey their beliefs to an incoming US administration that’s skeptical if not outright hostile of any effort to shake up the Middle East’s authoritarian establishment.

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