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الرواية الجديدة للكاتب والصحفي إبراهيم عيسى، والتي يتناول من خلالها ظاهرة بعض شيوخ الفضائيات التي انتشرت في العالم العربي في السنوات الأخيرة، حيث يكشف لنا العالم الخفي لهؤلاء الشيوخ، والعلاقات التي تربطهم بأجهزة الأمن والساسة ورجال الأعمال، وهي رواية جريئة توضح كيف يساء استخدام الدين.

يقول إبراهيم عيسى عن روايته الجديدة: "بدأت كتابة هذه الرواية عام 2009 وأنا أعارض الرئيس ال
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Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 554 pages
Published June 2012 by دار بلومزبري - مؤسسة قطر للنشر
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Rami Hamze
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arabic, 2019
A major work that can in few years become a classic.

Combines style, humor, depth, strong plot, controversy and fair depiction of the political and religious status quo of Egypt (and the arab/islamic world). it may be unfair to compare, but this work is the closets of the contemporary to Naguib Mahfouz's and to international fiction standards... big thumbs up to the author
Chavelli Sulikowska
So i'm living in Egypt and never having read an Egyptian author, I was spoilt for choice of contemporary Arabic authors at the American University Bookstore in Cairo! I could have started with Naguib Mahfouz, but decided on something more modern...I have plenty of time to get to the literary giant that is Mahfouz in the Arabic literary canon.

I have to admit, it was the title and modernist cover of the Televangelist that attracted me first, then the blurb on the back had me sold - it sounded bot
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Kumasama
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Score: 8.5/10*

Summary: A character study about a highly acclaimed and well respected Sheik in Egypt. Through his prespective, a lot of political and religious topics are discussed as well as his own life struggles.

Pros:

- Immensely satisfying character study handling multiple character layers expertly
- The main character is relatable in many ways, and is very easy to like and connect to his struggles
- Many interconnected small stories within a larger whole that integrate very well
- Author handl
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Mark Farag
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first this book seemed particularly cowardly as it presented the issue of a Muslim converting to Christianity (a massive taboo in any Muslim country) and then seemingly dismissed it as a psychiatric issue. But as always with Egyptian intellectuals, their fiction is simply a thinly veiled attempt to write non fiction that is too controversial for them to defend.

While I disagrees profoundly with many of the opinions of Sheikh Hatem in the book (who is used by Ibrahim Eissa as a mouthpiece for h
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BeesReads
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A relatively contemporary book. Some of the incidents he describes - dodgy fatwa about breast feeding, church bombing - took place while I lived in Cairo. I think the experience of living there for several years certainly helps to understand some of the goings-on with the security, tv and so on. In fact, I lived just 2km down the road from Media Production City, location for the tv programme.

The author is an Egyptian journalist and tv personality and has had his own run-ins with state security.

T
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Jeff
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really amazing novel about an Islamic televangelist in Egypt. Learned much about the machinations of public discourse and state control, as well as how controversial topics are perceived locally. Highly recommend. Hope to see the movie someday and hope for a sequel. The ending was kind of abrupt but a great read overall.
Doaa Samir
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the BEST books i ve ever read in my life
Syahidah Sodri
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
digressed from the main plot a lot, though I didn't mind this. seemed overtranslated - I would have liked it more if the translator left some things untranslated and then explained them in notes.
Dina
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book! It is super funny, the writing is very smart and engaging. The topic is timely, and the criticism of society's ignorance when it comes to understanding it's own religion is dead on.

I wan't that excited about the series of events unfolding at the end as I didn't really feel like the book needed to go that extra mile and present the "punch line." the book is fantastic in its simplicity and humor, and content, and didn't need any inserted action in my opinion.
Nonetheless,
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Safinaz Sadek


I finished reading it. A good book with a surprising end!
Nooryag
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
great book ..... a very unexpected turn of events !!!!
and very entertaining and light ....
Hadi Muss
Okay this is actually my first review in goodreads so i din't really know how to do this. Anyway, I actually bought this book last year (2017) and read it on late January 2018 which mainly because i am out of books. The first time I read this was just after I bought it and i put it back to the shelf because the first hundred is to me quite a lot. too much to process and maybe there are few unnecessary subplot that to me is unfinished.

But, what I like about this book is that the main character, T
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AD Elmisurati
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
enjoyed it pretty much.
while some of the plot point were extremely naive and can seem pretty contrived, the story and characters nonetheless are pretty interesting, and i love the usage of non-convential topics to convey a message.
Soumaya
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i just finished it and i am still shocked with the ending. An amazing book, the author is very knowdlgable and critical about islam, is talented in depicting the main character's multiple layers. The book is perfect!! and mind-stimulating!! and ofc the arabic is very good too, written so well
Sami
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book despite the author's style. Daring subject and views especially under the current repressive regime.
Wisam Winila
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book on my 2018 list..
Deep and mind-blowing experience..
Mesut Bostancı
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arabic, to-buy
This is a bad book by a huckster, don’t read it.
Samir El
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good book to read.
Azat Sultanov
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed impression. On the one hand I enjoyed a refreshing plot. I had never read anything like it before. I can say I had some historic and cultural insight. Egyptian cultural and religious dualism. Copts versus muslims. People vs totalitarian government. Religion and business. It's well paced and engaging, even funny at times.

On the other hand the protagonist turned out to be weaker than I wanted him to be given that he was a man of knowledge. It was a bit disappointing and it left a bad aftert
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Nomad Mind
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
if it wasn't for the choice of complicated arabic words as if the author is showing off his linguistic skills , i would have rated it five stars. You have to fight the need of not finishing this book the first dozens of pages then surprisingly you have to fight the need to complete the whole book in one session. The story is amasingly written and the characters rich,but what i loved most was the sense of humour and sarcasm the author used to enlighten this heavy and critical topic of discussing ...more
A.A. Bastian
Ibrahim Essa’s new novel, The Televangelist, is a powerful commentary on Islam in modern Egypt with deep insight for Westerners. Nothing is what it seems. The last few pages of the book will surprise you so much you’ll want to read them again to see how it all plays out.... (Read the rest of my review at the Washington Independent Review of Books: http://www.washingtonindependentrevie... ...more
nourelsabah
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book is really good for whoever want to know about how is the situation between the Muslims and Christians in Egypt and the relation between the religion and the politics added to that funny different situation the Imam is facing with the politician.

I suggest this book also to who learns Arabic and want to read a book in Arabic.
Bouguerche
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book I would say. It discussed so many sacred beliefs and images concerning certain category of the society, namely, the Imams and Mufti or Muslim religion men in general. The writer was very audacious and spoke about many taboos or aspects considered too religious for any writer to talk about, namely the non Sunni Muslim sects. I enjoyed reading it.
Karim Youssry
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arabic
Good story. Very good dialogues and debates. But in general, it was very chaotic.
Hany Youssef
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this novel! Very nice & interesting details, some events were just made to fit in by force, but regardless it's a great work that I enjoyed reading ...more
Shehab Mekky
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
one of the very few best !!
Nadia Ahmed
Feb 16, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emmay galal
Recommended to Nadia by: nadia
NICE BOOK
Duncan Lowell
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Swag
Mohamed Abdelhady
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
nice book but he was not concentrated in telling the story more than discuss oppisite openions at the islamic fiqh . which affected the story building
Muhammad Ismail
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting novel. Introduced to me new ideas about "Al Mo3atzala" and the author ideas of "Salafeyeen".
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