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"A timely and incisive look into the history, politics, and future of the Muslim Brotherhood by the foremost expert on Islamism in Egypt. Carrie Rosefsky Wickham has constructed a detailed account of how the Brotherhood confronts the challenges before it, and why and when it embraces change. Everyone concerned with the future of Egypt should read this book."--Vali Nasr, author of The Shia Revival and The Dispensable Nation

"Meticulously researched and powerfully argued, Carrie Rosefsky Wickham's The Muslim Brotherhood is the most significant book about the Egyptian brotherhood since the publication in 1969 of Richard P. Mitchell's The Society of the Muslim Brothers. Essential for understanding the Egyptian uprising of 2011 and its aftermath."--James L. Gelvin, author of The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know

"Given the profound political changes taking place in Egypt today, Wickham's in-depth, richly composed, and intimate analysis of the Muslim Brotherhood has never been so relevant or timely. This is a first-rate book on an important topic, written by a distinguished scholar, and utilizing an impressive array of sources."--John P. Entelis, Fordham University

"Until now, there was no study that provides a portrait of the Muslim Brotherhood from its founding in the 1920s to today, and Wickham's comparative analysis of Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco is unique in the literature. What is also distinctive about this book is that it does not concentrate on the extremism of Islamist movements, but rather on how they may become more active participants in regular political processes."--John O. Voll, Georgetown University

Review:

"This timely publication emerges from Emory University political scientist Wickham's (Mobilizing Islam) long-term research into the institutional and ideological nuances of 'movement change' within the Muslim Brotherhood — the Sunni revivalist organization that was the leading opponent of the Mubarak regime in Egypt before the popular uprising of January 2011. After the fall of Mubarak, the Brotherhood's political party won a plurality of seats in the Egyptian parliament. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, in opposition to foreign domination and the expansion of Western cultural values and practices there. While emphasizing reformist currents and the complicated interplay of shifting ideological commitments, Wickham's analysis highlights inherent contradictions in the movement. The picture of Egypt's Brotherhood, divided from the beginning by opposing gradualist and extremist tendencies, benefits from Wickham's astute analysis of related movements in Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco. A chapter on the Brotherhood's role in the 2011 uprising and its subsequent transformation offers detailed insights that will interest general readers and academics alike. This admirable study (based on hundreds of interviews) is a judicious, well-grounded plea for complexity in the depiction and analysis of Islamist movements." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The Muslim Brotherhood has achieved a level of influence nearly unimaginable before the Arab Spring. The Brotherhood was the resounding victor in Egypt's 2011-2012 parliamentary elections, and six months later, a leader of the group was elected president. Yet the implications of the Brotherhood's rising power for the future of democratic governance, peace, and stability in the region is open to dispute. Drawing on more than one hundred in-depth interviews as well as Arabic language sources not previously 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 Mubarak and the watershed elections of 2011-2012. Further, she compares the Brotherhood's trajectory with those of mainstream Islamist groups in Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco, revealing a wider pattern of change. Wickham highlights the internal divisions of such groups and explores the shifting balance of power among them. She shows that they are not proceeding along a linear path toward greater moderation. Rather, their course has been marked by profound tensions and contradictions, yielding hybrid agendas in which newly embraced themes of freedom and democracy coexist uneasily with illiberal concepts of Shari'a carried over from the past. Highlighting elements of movement continuity and change, and demonstrating that shifts in Islamist worldviews, goals, and strategies are not the result of a single strand of cause and effect, Wickham provides a systematic, fine-grained account of Islamist group evolution in Egypt and the wider Arab world.

About the Author

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham is associate professor of political science at Emory University. She is the author of "Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt".

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Note on Transliteration xvii

Chapter One Conceptualizing Islamist Movement Change 1

Chapter Two The Brotherhood's Early Years 20

Chapter Three The Brotherhood's Foray into Electoral Politics 46

Chapter Four The Wasat Party Initiative and the Brotherhood's Response 76

Chapter Five The Brotherhood's Seesaw between Self-Assertion and Self-Restraint 96

Chapter Six Repression and Retrenchment 120

Chapter Seven The Brotherhood and the Egyptian Uprising 154

Chapter Eight Egypt's Islamist Movement in Comparative Perspective 196

Chapter Nine The Muslim Brotherhood in (Egypt's) Transition 247

Notes 289

List of Interviews 327

Selected Bibliography 331

Index 347

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691149400
Author:
Wickham, Carrie Rosefsky
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Middle Eastern Studies
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Islam - Law
Series Volume:
Evolution of an Isla
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 tables.
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This timely publication emerges from Emory University political scientist Wickham's (Mobilizing Islam) long-term research into the institutional and ideological nuances of 'movement change' within the Muslim Brotherhood — the Sunni revivalist organization that was the leading opponent of the Mubarak regime in Egypt before the popular uprising of January 2011. After the fall of Mubarak, the Brotherhood's political party won a plurality of seats in the Egyptian parliament. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, in opposition to foreign domination and the expansion of Western cultural values and practices there. While emphasizing reformist currents and the complicated interplay of shifting ideological commitments, Wickham's analysis highlights inherent contradictions in the movement. The picture of Egypt's Brotherhood, divided from the beginning by opposing gradualist and extremist tendencies, benefits from Wickham's astute analysis of related movements in Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco. A chapter on the Brotherhood's role in the 2011 uprising and its subsequent transformation offers detailed insights that will interest general readers and academics alike. This admirable study (based on hundreds of interviews) is a judicious, well-grounded plea for complexity in the depiction and analysis of Islamist movements." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The Muslim Brotherhood has achieved a level of influence nearly unimaginable before the Arab Spring. The Brotherhood was the resounding victor in Egypt's 2011-2012 parliamentary elections, and six months later, a leader of the group was elected president. Yet the implications of the Brotherhood's rising power for the future of democratic governance, peace, and stability in the region is open to dispute. Drawing on more than one hundred in-depth interviews as well as Arabic language sources not previously 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 Mubarak and the watershed elections of 2011-2012. Further, she compares the Brotherhood's trajectory with those of mainstream Islamist groups in Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco, revealing a wider pattern of change. Wickham highlights the internal divisions of such groups and explores the shifting balance of power among them. She shows that they are not proceeding along a linear path toward greater moderation. Rather, their course has been marked by profound tensions and contradictions, yielding hybrid agendas in which newly embraced themes of freedom and democracy coexist uneasily with illiberal concepts of Shari'a carried over from the past. Highlighting elements of movement continuity and change, and demonstrating that shifts in Islamist worldviews, goals, and strategies are not the result of a single strand of cause and effect, Wickham provides a systematic, fine-grained account of Islamist group evolution in Egypt and the wider Arab world.
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