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Islamic Group (Lebanon)

Muslim Group
الجماعة الإسلامية
Leader Ibrahim Al-Masri
Founded 1964 (1964)
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon
Ideology Islamism
Political position Right-wing
Religion Sunni Islam
National affiliation March 14 Alliance
International affiliation Muslim Brotherhood
Parliament of Lebanon
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The Islamic Group (Arabic: الجماعة الإسلامية Al-Jama'ah Al-Islamiyah‎) is a Sunni Islamist political party in Lebanon. Jamaa Islamiya was founded in 1964 as the Lebanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, it was established by young members of ‘Ibad al Rahman (or the Worshipers of the Merciful). Its origins, as documented by Nizar Hamzeh, go back to the height of Gamal Abdel Nasser’s efforts at Arab unity in the mid-1960s.[1] It supports the idea that achieving an Islamic order in Lebanon is based on shari’a law. As a local branch it closely follows the doctrines of the Muslim Brotherhood.[1] Fathi Yakan was the group's grandfather and main ideologue who is a veteran Islamist scholar and preacher from Tripoli.[1]

Its current leader is Ibrahim Al-Masri, who succeeded its former leader Faisal Mawlawi due to sickness. Lately, it entered the Lebanese general election, 2009 beside Future Movement in Beirut 3 district. Currently they have one seat in the Lebanese Parliament.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Saab, Bilal Y.; Magnus Ranstorp (2007). "Securing Lebanon from the Threat of Salafist Jihadism" (PDF). Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 30: 825–855.  
  2. ^ A. Nizar Hamzeh “Islamism in Lebanon: A Guide to the Groups”, Middle East Quarterly, 1997, 4, pp. 47-53.
  3. ^ Kamal Shayya, Rania Sabaayon, Ghassan Makarem, Makram Kamel, Mustafa Hazim “Islamic Movements in Lebanon”, Masar Association, Aِugust 2009.
  4. ^ Gary C. Gambill “ISLAMIST GROUPS IN LEBANON”, Middle East Review of International Affairs, 2007, 11.

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