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Thinking Allowed: The Muslim Brotherhood and privately educated girls

Updated Thursday, 15th January 2015

This week's Thinking Allowed focuses on an in-depth study of The Muslim Brotherhood and whether class means you'll receive an elite education as a young female. 

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On this week's programme

The Muslim Brotherhood:

The first in-depth study of the relationship between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its own members has been released. Laurie talks to Hazem Kandil, Lecturer in Political Sociology at Cambridge University, about his intimate portrayal of the organisation’s recruitment, socialisation and ideology.  

Privately educated girls:

After 3 year study of 91 young women at 4 independent schools, Claire Maxwell, Reader in Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, finds that an elite education doesn’t always guarantee class privilege.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 4th February 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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