A Brief Overview of the Muslim Brotherhood

Military veteran and former FBI agent John Guandolo oversees UnderstandingtheThreat.com, which offers counterterrorism education, consultation, and training. In addition to his other accomplishments, John Guandolo is the author of Raising a Jihadi Nation, a 2013 book that focuses on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Formed in Egypt over 85 years ago by Hassan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood is a religious and political organization that seeks to establish a state ruled by Islamic law, or Shari’ah. Initially, the group focused on spreading Islamic education and promoting charity work, but it gradually became more political and was soon associated with violent acts and terrorism.

Over the years, the Muslim Brotherhood gained widespread support throughout Egypt, despite its status as an illegal political organization. Although the Brotherhood has lost some power in Egypt, the organization is active in more than 70 countries around the world. Some of these Brotherhood groups are more conservative and have been tied to the doctrine of jihad, or holy war. Many experts believe terrorist groups like Hamas and al-Qaeda are direct descendants of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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