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A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam
Synopses & Reviews
For centuries Egypt has been a citadel of Islamic learning and thought, and since the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty in 1979, it has been of immense strategic importance to American interests in the Middle East. But Egypt is also a country in crisis, torn between the old and the new, between unsettled religious revival and secular politics. President Hosni Mubarak favors a secular society. But Mubarak's government faces constant conflict with militant clerics such as Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. In A Portrait of Egypt, Mary Anne Weaver argues that an Islamist victory in Egypt is almost inevitable, and, unlike that of Shi'ite Iran, its impact on the Islamic world will be truly profound.
Based on exclusive interviews with militants and front men, generals and presidents, A Portrait of Egypt is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the far-reaching consequences of the growing impact of Islamist politics and policies on the West.
Book News Annotation:
Weaver is a foreign correspondent for The New Yorker. She was a student at the American University of Cairo in 1977-79, and some of her former classmates and professors are now leaders of the Islamic rebellion against the Egyptian government. She explains why she thinks an Islamist victory in the country is almost inevitable, and why unlike that in Shi'ite Iran, its impact on the Islamic world will be truly profound. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (email@example.com)
About the Author
Mary Anne Weaver is a foreign correspondent for The New Yorker, and is the author of Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan (FSG, 2002). An Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2001, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and Santa Monica.
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