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Muslim Extremism In Egypt

Author : Gilles Kepel
ISBN : 0520056876
Genre : History
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Gilles Kepel takes us into the world of the students, professionals, workers, and unemployed who are caught up in the Islamic movements of our day. Events that have riveted world attention--the World Trade Center bombing, assassinations in Beirut, the attempt on the life of the Pope, the assassination of Sadat--are illuminated by this penetrating study which surveys the background of the Islamist movement beginning with the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928.

Muslim Rebels

Author : Jeffrey T. Kenney
ISBN : 9780190285067
Genre : Religion
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The Kharijites were the first sectarian movement in Islamic history, a rebellious splinter group that separated itself from mainstream Muslim society and set about creating, through violence, an ideal community of the saved. Their influence in the political and theological life of the nascent faith has ensured their place in both critical and religious accounts of early Islamic history. Based on the image of sect fostered by the Islamic tradition, the name Kharijite defines a Muslim as an overly-pious zealot whose ideas and actions lie beyond the pale of normative Islam. After a brief look at Kharijite origins and the traditional image of these early rebels, this book focuses on references to the Kharijites in Egypt from the 1950s to the 1990s. Jeffrey T. Kenney shows how the traditional image of the Kharijites was reawakened to address the problem of radical Islamist opposition movements. The Kharijites came to play a central role in the rhetoric of both religious authorities, whose official role it is to interpret Islam for the masses, and the secular state, which cynically turns to Islamic ideas and symbols to defend its legitimacy. Even those Islamists who defend militant tactics, and who are themselves tainted by the Kharijite label, become participants in the discourse surrounding Kharijism. Although all Egyptians agree that modern Kharijites represent a dangerous threat to society, serious debates have arisen about the underlying social, political and economic problems that lead Muslims down this destructive path. Kenney examines these debates and what they reveal about Egyptian attitudes toward Islamist violence and its impact on their nation. Long before 9/11, Egyptians have been dealing with the problem of Islamist violence, frequently evoking the Kharijites. This book represents an important contribution to Islamic studies and Middle East studies, adding to our understanding of how the Islamic past shapes the present discourse surrounding Islamist violence in one Muslim society.


Author : Gilles Kepel
ISBN : 0674008774
Genre : Political Science
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A compelling account of the rise of modern political Islam traces the emergence of a new, militant brand of Islamic thought that appeared in the early 1970s and has been rocking the world ever since.

Not Only On The Sinai

Author : Wolfgang Pusztai
ISBN : OCLC:940430609
Genre : Islamic fundamentalism
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On 29 January 2015 the Islamic extremist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis conducted a coordinated attack with suicide bombers, car bombs, mortar and small arms fire on a military base, a police station, a hotel, a newspaper office, several checkpoints and various other targets in northern Sinai. In total, 29 people were killed and 58 wounded. Unofficial sources reported even higher figures (74 wounded and 45 killed). Egypt is the birthplace of the Muslim Brotherhood. The late Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri joined the organization in 1965. President Anwar el-Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by the Islamic extremist groups Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya. Islamic extremism is not a new phenomenon in Egypt, but it seems to be on the rise again.

Dictatorship Of The Pious

Author : Ibrahim Badawi
ISBN : 3845423730
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More than four decades before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the seeds of militant Muslim extremism were being germinated in the torture chambers and prisons of Gamal Abdul Nasser's Egypt. The suffering, humiliation, imprisonment and torture endured by Egyptian Islamists under Nasser's rule created a burning rage and insatiable appetite for revenge. This anger would be directed at both the repressive Egyptian regime - which was directly responsible for their suffering - and the West, which was seen as an entity that was largely responsible for the grievous state of affairs in the Muslim World. The tortured Islamists would turn to their faith to try and come to terms with their circumstances and use religion to justify what they believed to be the ultimate solution to their grievances. This book explores how Egypt's extremists used theological sources and the methodology of Islamic juridical-religious thought as instruments of legitimization for acts of political violence; examinining the discourse of Egypt's radical thinkers and tracing the development of extremist thought from its inception in the 1950s to its relative decline in Egypt in the late 1990s.

The Muslim Brotherhood

Author : Carrie Rosefsky Wickham
ISBN : 9781400866243
Genre : Political Science
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Following the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood achieved a level of influence previously unimaginable. Yet the implications of the Brotherhood's rise and dramatic fall for the future of democratic governance, peace, and stability in the region are disputed and remain open to debate. Drawing on more than one hundred in-depth interviews as well as Arabic-language sources never before accessed by Western researchers, Carrie Rosefsky Wickham traces the evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from its founding in 1928 to the fall of Hosni Mubarak and the watershed elections of 2011-2012. Highlighting elements of movement continuity and change, Wickham demonstrates that shifts in Islamist worldviews, goals, and strategies are not the result of a single strand of cause and effect, and provides a systematic, fine-grained account of Islamist group evolution in Egypt and the wider Arab world. In a new afterword, Wickham discusses what has happened in Egypt since Muhammad Morsi was ousted and the Muslim Brotherhood fell from power.


Author : Maajid Nawaz
ISBN : 9781493025725
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Maajid Nawaz spent his teenage years listening to American hip-hop and learning about the radical Islamist movement spreading throughout Europe and Asia in the 1980s and 90s. At 16, he was already a ranking member in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Islamist group. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a top recruiter, a charismatic spokesman for the cause of uniting Islam’s political power across the world. Nawaz was setting up satellite groups in Pakistan, Denmark, and Egypt when he was rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11 along with many other radical Muslims. He was sent to an Egyptian prison where he was, fortuitously, jailed along with the assassins of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The 20 years in prison had changed the assassins’ views on Islam and violence; Maajid went into prison preaching to them about the Islamist cause, but the lessons ended up going the other way. He came out of prison four years later completely changed, convinced that his entire belief system had been wrong, and determined to do something about it. He met with activists and heads of state, built a network, and started a foundation, Quilliam, funded by the British government, to combat the rising Islamist tide in Europe and elsewhere, using his intimate knowledge of recruitment tactics in order to reverse extremism and persuade Muslims that the ‘narrative’ used to recruit them (that the West is evil and the cause of all of Muslim suffering), is false. Radical, first published in the UK, is a fascinating and important look into one man's journey out of extremism and into something else entirely. This U.S. edition contains a "Preface for US readers" and a new, updated epilogue.

Radical Islam

Author : Emmanuel Sivan
ISBN : 0300049153
Genre : History
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In recent years radical fundamentalists have had a formidable intellectual and social impact on Sunni Islam countries such as Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. This highly acclaimed book by an eminent Arabist focuses on the development of Sunni Muslim fundamentalism, discussing how it rejected Western values, broke with pan-Arabism, and took on an activist political position. This enlarged edition contains a new chapter, In the Shadow of Khomeini, which considers the growth and influences of Shi'ite radicalism since the Iranian Revolution, reviews the principal areas of controversy between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, and assesses whether rapprochement between the two groups is likely. Review of the earlier edition: Sivan ...not only introduces Western readers to scores of important but little-known contemporary Islamic thinkers, ...He also breaks new ground in his analysis of their work and activities.-Shaul Bakhash, Wilson Quarterly A gem of a small book...Sivan writes clearly, dispassionately, and with enviable command of his subject. His book makes a large and almost entirely new body of information available.-Daniel Pipes, The New Leader Not just scholars but everyone seriously interested in the contemporary Middle East is in Sivan's debt.-G.H. Jansen, Los Angeles Times This study by Emmanuel Sivan is exceptional; it is professional, insightful, and persuasive...A well-informed interpretation of recent events based directly on relevant Arabic writings.-Michael W. Dols, History Thorough, thought-provoking, and very instructive.-William M. Brinner, Middle East Review Emmanuel Sivan is professor of history at Hebrew University and editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly

The Prophet Pharaoh Muslim Extremism In Egypt

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The Muslim Brotherhood In Contemporary Egypt

Author : Mariz Tadros
ISBN : 9780415465960
Genre : Religion
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The Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and most influential Islamist movements. As the party ascends to power in Egypt, it is poised to adopt a new system of governance and state–society relations, the effects of which are likely to extend well beyond Egypt's national borders. This book examines the Brotherhood's visions and practices, from its inception in 1928, up to its response to the 2011 uprising, as it moves to redefine democracy along Islamic lines. The book analyses the Muslim Brotherhood's position on key issues such as gender, religious minorities, and political plurality, and critically analyses whether claims that the Brotherhood has abandoned extremism and should be engaged with as a moderate political force can be substantiated. It also considers the wider political context of the region, and assesses the extent to which the Brotherhood has the potential to transform politics in the Middle East.

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