Salafis seek power in Egypt

Banned from politics under Hosni Mubarak, the religious movement is trying to shape Egypt’s future.

Screengrab of Salafists in Egypt

For a group that has never taken part in political life, the religious Salafi movement is now emerging as a new force in Egypt.

As they establish a platform based on Islam as a system of governance, however, many secular and liberal activists fear the emergence of a religious state following their country’s ousting of long-term leader Hosni Mubarak.

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports from Alexandria on the ideological battle to fill the vacuum left in the wake of Egypt’s revolution.

Source: Al Jazeera