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Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a sociologist, founded and directs the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo. The main objective of the Center is the advancement of applied social sciences with special emphasis on Egypt, the Arab World and the Third World. His research has taken him from groundbreaking analysis of Arab society to studies of Egypt's armed Islamists, who waged a civil war against the Mubarak regime throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. In 2001, Dr. Ibrahim and four Center co-defendants were sentenced to harsh prison terms. Their crime? Voter education and election monitoring. He was released in 2003.


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