Ever since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fell earlier this year, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood gained a much higher profile within Egypt.
During Egypt's revolution, they pretty much stayed out of the spotlight, but after Mubarak's fall, they've become more and more visible and very active politically. They stand poised to capture a significant portion of the seats in Egypt's parliament.
But who is this formerly outlawed group? What are their goals? What's their history?
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center published an overview of this group that is playing a pivotal role in the new Egypt and the emerging Middle East.
Here's an excerpt from their overview:
"The Muslim Brotherhood is an Islamic mass movement whose worldview is based on the belief that 'Islam is the solution' and on the stated aim of establishing a world order based on Islamic religious law (a caliphate) on the ruins of Western liberalism.
With extensive support networks in Arab countries and, to a lesser extent, in the West, the movement views the recent events in Egypt as a historic opportunity. It strives to take advantage of the political process for gradual, non-violent progress towards the establishment of political dominance and the eventual assumption of power in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries."
Here's the full report. Informative reading for the times we're living in.