Mohamad Elmasry

Mohamad Elmasry is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies, and an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama. In 2009, Dr. Elmasry received his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa, where he was a Presidential Fellow. His PhD dissertation examined constraints on news production in Egypt. Dr. Elmasry held an assistant professorship at Qatar University from 2009 – 2011, and at the American University in Cairo from 2011 – 2014. His research has appeared in reputable refereed publications and focuses on the sociology of news, Arab press systems, and news coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Dr. Elmasry is also a political and media analyst and has appeared regularly on international television news networks, including CNN, The BBC, and Al-Jazeera English.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Electoral legitimacy, not religious legitimacy

The ouster of Mohamed Morsi involved a dispute over legitimacy—what gave the Egyptian president the right to remain in power? Despite the arguments of some commentators to the contrary, Morsi’s claim to legitimacy was based in democratic norms, not religious ones.

An earlier article, “Egypt and the elusiveness of shar’iyyah,” published at The Immanent Frame, contains several problematic assumptions, which lead the author, Mbaye Lo, to a series of equally problematic conclusions. Lo suggests that former Egyptian president Morsi claimed legitimacy on religious grounds rather than democratic grounds and that Islamists could not be trusted to respect Egypt’s democratic process. Lo also seems to uncritically accept claims made about the Muslim Brotherhood by some of Egypt’s political liberals.

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