The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist Movement

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The Muslim Brotherhood is the oldest and most important international Islamist group. Aside from strong organizations in Egypt, Jordan, Syria-where it provides the main opposition-and its Palestinian offshoot Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip, the Brotherhood has become active in Europe and North America. Its flexible tactics which range from terrorism through electoral participation to social welfare activities have made it a particularly effective group. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the Brotherhood's organizations, doctrine, and leaders in all the main countries where it operates.

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“This is a wide-ranging, pithy, and painstakingly thorough collection, at once gripping and informative. It fills a critical lacuna in Middle East Studies and in the study of Islamist groups in particular, which, although already impressive in the breadth of their literature, remain mostly on the order of hagiographies and eloquent apologetics, more often than not justifying Islamism rather than mining its history and subjecting it to the honest critic’s scalpel. Barry Rubin’s collection has distinguished itself from the rest quite brilliantly here, supplementing the field with a refreshing dispassionate treatment of the Brotherhoods, and providing specialists, students and the general public with an alternative reading to common platitudes currently dominating the field. What’s more, Rubin and the other contributors to this volume did that with alacrity, penetrating attention to detail, scrupulous plumbing of sources, and a pellucid jargon-free style making this collection at once instructive and strikingly accessible.”--Franck Salameh, Boston College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230100718
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Series: Middle East in Focus Series
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Rubin is Director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. He is the author of more than 25 and editor of over 30 books on the Middle East. Including The Truth About Syria.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction 1

1 The Middle East Barry Rubin Rubin, Barry

1. Comparing Three Muslim Brotherhoods Barry Rubin Rubin, Barry 7

2. Yusuf al-Qaradawi: The Muslim Brothers' Favorite Ideological Guide Barry Rubin Rubin, Barry 19

3. The Muslim Brothers in Egypt Ana Belb1sn Soage Soage, Ana Belb1sn 39

4. The Crossroads of Muslim Brothers in Jordan Jorge Fuentelsaz Franganillo Franganillo, Jorge Fuentelsaz 57

5. The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Juan Josb1s Escobar Stemmann Stemmann, Juan Josb1s Escobar 73

6. Hamas: The Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood Robert G. Rabil Rabil, Robert G. 89

2 Europe and the West Hillel Frisch Frisch, Hillel

7. The Muslim Brotherhood in Europe Hillel Frisch Frisch, Hillel 105

8. The Very Model of a British Muslim Brotherhood Lorenzo Vidino Vidino, Lorenzo 117

9. The Muslim Brotherhood in France David Rich Rich, David 137

10. The Muslim Brotherhood in Germany Farhad Khosrokhavar Khosrokhavar, Farhad 149

11. The Muslim Brotherhood in North America Guido Steinberg Steinberg, Guido 161

Index Alyssa A. Lappen Lappen, Alyssa A. 181

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