Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism and Political Change in Egypt / Edition 1

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Overview

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 success attracting recruits and overcoming governmental restraints than their secular rivals? And finally, how can Islamist mobilization contribute to broader and more enduring forms of political change throughout the Muslim world?

Moving beyond the simplistic accounts of "Islamic fundamentalism" offered by much of the Western media, Mobilizing Islam offers a balanced and persuasive explanation of the Islamic movement's dramatic growth in the world's largest Arab state.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Islamic Studies - Mohamed El Sayed Said

This book has at least four great strengths... clarity... revives interest... effectively focused... content has enormous appeal.

Journal of Islamic Studies
This book has at least four great strengths... clarity... revives interest... effectively focused... content has enormous appeal.

— Mohamed El Sayed Said

Perspectives on Politics - Quintan Wiktorowicz

Mobilizing Islam is easily one of the best books on Islamic activism. Wickham's use of social movement theory and remarkable fieldwork produced a book that speaks to area specialists and students of contentious politics alike. Amidst the onslaught of ill-informed books on Islam in the post-September 11 period, Wickham provides a refreshing reminder that there is rigorous scholarship on Islamic activism.

Arab Studies Journal - Kristin Tassin

The book is one of the best texts available for studying a major Islamic political movement in its proper context.

Middle East Journal

Intellectually ambitious.

Perspectives on Politics
Mobilizing Islam is easily one of the best books on Islamic activism. Wickham's use of social movement theory and remarkable fieldwork produced a book that speaks to area specialists and students of contentious politics alike. Amidst the onslaught of ill-informed books on Islam in the post-September 11 period, Wickham provides a refreshing reminder that there is rigorous scholarship on Islamic activism.

— Quintan Wiktorowicz

Arab Studies Journal
The book is one of the best texts available for studying a major Islamic political movement in its proper context.

— Kristin Tassin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231125734
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,071,517
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham is associate professor of political science at Emory University. Her current project examines new trends in Islamic political thought and practice throughout the Middle East.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Nasser and the Silencing of Protest3. Educated and Under-Employed: The Rise of the Lumpen-Intelligentsia4. Parties Without Participation5. The Parallel Islamic Sector6. "The Call to God": The Islamist Project of Ideological Outreach7. Explaining the Success of Islamist Outreach8. From the Periphery to the Center: The Islamic Trend in Egypt's Professional Associations9. Cycles of Mobilization Under Authoritarian Rule10. Postscript: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Mubarak Regime, 1995-2001

Columbia University Press

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