Published on Al-Ahram, 17-23 November 2011:
WHAT is Freemasonry? When did it come to Egypt? And what does it have to do with the Great Pyramid? … //
… After the 1952 revolution, Masonic Lodges lost many of their more affluent members. Some freemasons, whether out of fear or self-interest, simply stopped turning up at meetings so that even the all-Egyptian Lodges found it difficult to support themselves. On 4 April 1964, the Masonic Temple on Alexandria’s Toussoun Street was shut down by order of the Ministry of Social Affairs. The reason: “Associations with undeclared agendas were incompatible with rules covering non-profit organisations.”
Sufficiently disturbing evidence for the State to be concerned about Freemasonry’s political goals would turn up the following year in Damascus when master spy Eli Cohen was apprehended. Having eluded Syrian intelligence for many years by posing as an Arab, it was discovered that Eli had been a Freemason in Egypt where he was born.
El-Dessouki said his thesis was a review of human history over a span of time during which he discovered that there was no organisation or group similar to Freemasonry in mystery and ambiguity, or with comparable rumours about its ability to influence people. (full long, long text).
The Philalethes Society, a masonic research body;