Why Iran and Egypt have so much in common?


by DavidRamezani

Since the beginning of the year 2011 everybody has been talking about Egypt and Iran interchangeably as if these two countries are inseparable. I tried to do some research and discovered that these two countries have so much in common and there are so many things about them which make the two countries referenced together.

First and for most, the Shah’s very first wife was an Egyptian. She was Princess Fawzia of Egypt:

Here are some facts about Iran and Egypt. The followings are some demographics information on two countries:

The demographics of Iran:
Age structure
0-14 years: 21.7% (male 7,394,841/female 7,022,076)
15-64 years: 72.9% (male 24,501,544/female 23,914,172)
65 years and over: 5.4% (male 1,725,828/female 1,870,823) (2010 est.)
Median age
total: 26.4 years
male: 26.2 years
female: 26.7 years (2008 est.)
Population growth rate
0.792% (2008 est.)

The demographics of Egypt:

Age structure
0-14 years: 31.8% no(male 13,292,961/female 12,690,711)
15-64 years: 63.5% (male 26,257,440/female 25,627,390)
65 years and over: 4.7% (male 1,636,560/female 2,208,455) (2008 est.)
0-14 years: 33% (male 13,308,407/female 12,711,900)
15-64 years: 62.7% (male 25,138,546/female 24,342,230)
65 years and over: 4.3% (male 1,546,774/female 1,818,778) (2010 est.)
Median Age
Total: 24 (2007)
Male: 24 (2007)
Female: 24 (2007)
Population growth rate
2.033 %(2010 est.)

The history of Islamic movement in Egypt and Iran:
The Moslem Student Association-Persian Speaking Group (MSA-PSG) was founded by Dr. Ibrahim Yazdi in Texas, Mostafa Chamran and Dr. Ali Shariati in France.

Ebrahim Yazdi

Mostafa Chamran Savei:

Ali Shariati:

The MSA-PSG was operating under the umbrella organization of MSA which was dominated by the Egyptian Students who had very strong ties with Moslem Brotherhood and financed by the Saudis.

The Muslim Students' Association:

The Society of the Muslim Brothers:

The MSA-PSG which was also called (Anjoman-e Eslami) in Farsi always had 5 pictures in their walls:
1. Ruhollah Mostafavi Moosavi Khomeini:

2. Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani:

3. The Egyptian Hassan al-Banna (Founding father of Muslim Brotherhood):

4. The Egyptian Sayyid Qutb (Leader of Moslem Brotherhood):

5. Dr. Ali Shariati

Long before Khomeini’s first political speech against the Shah on 1963, the Moslem Brotherhood of Egypt founded on 1928 by Hassan al-Banna reintroduced Political Islam or Islamic Government to the Egyptians. In fact Moslem Brotherhood became the main source of inspiration for Khomeini. In fact Khomeini considered both Sayyid Qutb and Hassan Banna his mentors and role models. Khomeini was trying to establish similar organization as Moslem Brotherhood in Iran, but he was not as successful in doing so.

So as you see there is a parallel in Political Islamic activism between the Egyptian Moslem Activists and the Iranian Moslem Activists both in the countries of (Iran & Egypt) and also in the United States and Europe.

The Islamic movement in Egypt always had a great deal of influence on the Islamic movement in Iran.

So the roots of Iranian 1979 ubiquitous Islamic-Communist revolution can be traced back to the Egyptian Islamic movement of Hassan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb and the Islamic organization of Moslem Brotherhood.

This how Iran and Egypt are connected in their Islamic Movement and their follower’s passion for Political Islam. This is the history of how these two Islamic movements are linked to each other.


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