I’ve noticed “early” celebrations for the end of the era of Sahwa, i.e.awakening, in Arab Muslim countries and particularly in Saudi Arabia. Sahwa is a Saudi term that refers to all political Islam movements whose major umbrella is of course the Muslim Brotherhood.
The feeling that the chapter of “Sahwa” has ended once and for all has been growing ever since the Saudi crown prince, the leader of the new national vision, made his famous promise to destroy extremists “now and immediately.”
The sense that “Sahwa” has come to an end is also due to the decrease of that media popularity and semi-social immunity which Sahwa’s stars enjoyed.
Memories and memoirs
The Brotherhood lost part of this appreciation when they betrayed Saudi Arabia after Saddam Hussein occupied Kuwait. The former crown prince and later interior minister Nayef bin Abdulaziz bitterly spoke about the Brotherhood’s betrayal and began to gradually eliminate the group’s concepts from the society.Mashari al-Thayidi
Mentioning Sahwa preachers - whether Saudior non-Saudi - in newspapers was very difficult particularly in the 1980’s and during a part of the 1990’s.
The Brotherhood’s works were celebrated at some point. For example, the books of Zainab al-Ghazali and Ahmad Raef about the Brotherhood’s tragic battles with Abdelnasser, occupied front shelves in libraries. Mohammed Qutb’s books were part of school libraries and curricula. Sayyid Qutb was distinguished to the point that a school was named after him in Qassim.