Comparing the trajectories of political salafism in tunisia and egypt shows various similarities but also notable differences the nour and watan parties are considered the most active salafi parties on egypt’s political scene, and the reform front party is at the forefront of tunisia’s. In the aftermath of the arab spring, salafis received an unusual amount of press due to their growing involvement in politics following the toppling of president hosni mubarak, salafi groups in egypt have been responsible for a number of violent attacks on coptic christians.
Salafis in egypt prior to egypt's revolt in 2011, salafis were repressed pious men with unkempt beards were targeted by the secular and autocratic regime of president hosni mubarak, and the movement went largely underground today, salafis are out in the open and flourishing.
The salafi movement or salafist movement or salafism is a reform branch or revivalist movement within sunni islam that developed in egypt in the late 19th century as a response to european imperialism, with roots in the 18th-century wahhabi movement that originated in the najd region of modern day saudi arabia.
On oct 17, egypt began its first election cycle since the ouster of mohamed morsi in 2013, and only one religious party, the salafi al-nour party, is officially participating.
Accentuated salafism in egypt, through the influence of saudi scholars as well as through the ideas and lifestyles that expatriate workers returning from saudi arabia brought with them, including gender and clothing norms.