Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23, 2012. Thousands of ecstatic supporters of Morsi gathered to defend their leader against accusations from rival protesters that he has become a dictator. (-/AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23, 2012. Thousands of ecstatic supporters of Morsi gathered to defend their leader against accusations from rival protesters that he has become a dictator.
(-/AFP/Getty Images)

On the Road to Sharia Law

A look back at Egypt’s shockingly rapid transformation into a radical Islamist state 
 

When President Mohamed Morsi appointed himself a virtual pharaoh of Egypt on November 22, demonstrations broke out across the nation. Thousands of secularists and liberals stormed the neighborhood outside Morsi’s palace, protesting the audacious power grab. They were met by thousands of Islamists who fought back in support of Morsi’s absolute rule. Cries of “no to dictatorship” clashed with chants from the Islamists: “Defending Morsi is defending Islam.”

Then, after 2½ weeks of political turmoil and riots on the streets, Morsi rescinded his controversial decree. Under heavy pressure from the Arab street, we were told, Morsi backed down.

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