Professor Tries to Distance ISIS From Islam without Disclosing his Links to Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood-linked professor at Georgetown University Dr. John Esposito sat down with Townhall’s Jean Seman to talk about the extent to which ISIS represents Islam. Clearly, Esposito’s interests involved distancing ISIS from Islam as much as possible. In reality, Esposito’s history, affiliations and current position on a Muslim Brotherhood-linked Board may demonstrate why he’s so interested in making this distinction.

What is not disclosed in the interview are Esposito’s ties to the Brotherhood or his time spent on the board of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), an institute which is headed by Muslim Sisterhood leader Saleha Mahmoud (Abedin) – the mother of close Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin – and founded by an al-Qaeda financier.

Esposito is still listed as a Board member with IMMA.

First, the interview:

As has revealed, the IMMA was commissioned by the Saudi Royal Family and founded by al-Qaeda financier Abdullah Omar Naseef. Nassef actually founded the Rabita Trust, which was shut down by the U.S. Treasury in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks. At the time, it was being run by an al-Qaeda founder Wael Hamza Jalaidan.

As recently as 2002, Esposito and Naseef sat on the IMMA Board together:

Esposito and Naseef on IMMA Board together in 2002.

Esposito and Naseef on IMMA Board together in 2002.

As of 2012, Esposito’s name appears on the IMMA Board as “John I. Esposito” but his middle initial is “L”, according to an op-ed he wrote in defense of Saleha’s daughter Huma in 2012 that appeared in the Washington Post.

All of this says nothing about Esposito’s rather close working relationship with Dalia Mogahed, a woman with bald-faced Muslim Brotherhood sympathies, as has reported.

While Esposito would like to create space between Islam and ISIS (Islamic State), he should be required to explain the similarities between ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, to which he is demonstrably linked.


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