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The Muslim Brotherhood


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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

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".


"The Muslim Brotherhood has been pushed out of power in Egypt and Carrie Rosefsky Wickham ... might appear to be publishing just too late. In fact, her book still matters."--Gerard Russell, Times Literary Supplement "[F]ine-grained, historically rich analysis ..."--Charles Tripp, London Review of Books "This timely publication emerges from Emory University political scientist Wickham's (Mobilizing Islam) long-term research into the institutional and ideological nuances of 'movement changes' 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... 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 "[F]ascinating and marvelously detailed... The Muslim Brotherhood offers one of the best and most detailed presentations of a robust school of thought among students of Islamism... [I]t is likely to become a standard text and will be received as a major summary statement of decades of research and analysis."--Marc Lynch, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas "In this richly researched book, Wickham provides the most in-depth analysis of the genesis and development of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood available in English... This valuable contribution to the literature on mainstream Islamist movements will be useful to scholars and policymakers alike."--Library Journal "[A] clearly written and balanced account of the Brotherhood from its modest beginnings to its coming to power."--Michael Burleigh, Literary Review "[A] commanding study of the Brotherhood's long history ..."--Frederick Deknatel, National "[An] excellent new history of the Muslim Brotherhood."--Christopher de Bellaigue, Guardian "[O]utstanding... The Muslim Brotherhood is an essential guide to understanding the historical background of the political crisis in Egypt today."--Joseph Richard Preville, Muscat Daily "[The Muslim Brotherhood is] an accessible and informative analysis of one of the most important and perhaps most misunderstood political organizations in the Middle East."--Matthew Feeney, American Conservative "Wickham's thoughtful presentation of the Muslim Brotherhood as both a significant historical player and a responsive ideological organization may serve to deepen our understanding of current upheavals in the Arab world. Fascinating, revealing, and impressive in scope, Wickham's book stands to make important contributions to contemporary studies of the Middle East."--Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword "[The Muslim Brotherhood] is a careful analysis that is meticulous in questioning the data from a position of critical reflection, demonstrating many years of research and experience and a genuine understanding of the region and its complexities by not taking simple statements at face value... The extent to which analysis of this kind can derive valid causal inferences from observed data hinges on the contextual knowledge of the researcher, and it is here that this work truly excels... The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement is not just a timely new book on a topic of public interest but a fine example of academic research."--Christina Hellmich, Times Higher Education

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