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Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism and Political Change in Egypt
Mobilizing Islam explores how and why Islamic groups succeeded in galvanizing educated youth into politics under the shadow of Egypt's authoritarian state, offering important and surprising answers to a series of pressing questions. Under what conditions does mobilization by opposition groups become possible in authoritarian settings? Why did Islamist groups have more succ ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 17th 2002 by Columbia University Press
(first published October 15th 2002)
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This is the best book on political Islam that I've ever read. It focuses only on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt between the 1970s through the 1990s, but the method the author employs should be a guide for anyone interested in this subject. She explores the roots of the Brotherhood in the social structure of Egyptian society (i.e., the Brotherhood's base was among poor university graduates), the reasons the social structure took the shape it did (i.e., Nasser and subsequent government's massive ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Colin rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book about Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood during a very specific time period during its history — a period between the late 1970s and early 1990s when economic shifts, partial openings in the Egyptian system, and changes in Islamic social activism contributed to Brotherhood-affiliated candidates’ surprise wins in a number of newly competitive trade association elections, wins which ultimately presaged another crackdown on the group by the Mubarak regime as it came to see the Br ...more