Muslim Extremism in Egypt: The Prophet and Pharaoh

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Gilles Kepel takes us into the world of the students, professionals, workers, and unemployed who are caught up in the Islamic movements of Egypt. Events that have riveted world attention--the first World Trade Center bombing, assassinations in Beirut, the attempt on the life of the Pope, the assassination of Sadat, and, in a new preface, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001--are illuminated by this penetrating study.
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Gilles Kepel takes us into the world of the students, professionals, workers, and unemployed who are caught up in the Islamic movements of Egypt. Events that have riveted world attention--the first World Trade Center bombing, assassinations in Beirut, the attempt on the life of the Pope, the assassination of Sadat, and, in a new preface, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001--are illuminated by this penetrating study.
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Within the past decade, a wave of religious fundamentalism has surged through the Islamic world. With the assassination of President Anwar Sadat as a focal point, Kepel examines the ideologies and activities of several Egyptian fundamentalist groups over 30 years. He describes the small but devoted religious groups determined to replace their barbaric regime with a government devoted to the true principles of Islam. The fervor of the Islamic revolutionaries, however, was equalled by their political naivete, and their success in killing Egypt's president led only to arrests and continued powerlessness. Although sympathetic to their religious concerns, Kepel asserts that most of the zealots were motivated more by the hopelessness and poverty of Egyptian life than by a desire to replace a modernist regime with pure Islam. A reliable, scholarly study of an important phenomenon. Elizabeth R. Hayford, President, Assoc. Colls. of the Midwest, Chicago
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520056879
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/1986
  • Pages: 250

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Gilles Kepel is a member of the research faculty of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2003 Edition
Preface: The Roots of Islamist Movements 9
Introduction: Journey to the Ends of Islam 21
1 From One Ordeal to Another: 1954-66 26
In the Beginning Were the Camps 27
The 1955 'Plot' 31
2 'Signposts' 36
Sayyid Qutb, Author and Martyr 38
Islamicism or Barbarism 43
What Is to Be Done? 52
The Ulema Intervene 59
Appendix: Works of Sayyid Qutb 68
3 The Society of Muslims 70
And God Came to Shukri 71
The New Hegira 78
Living Together in the Prophet's Way 86
Death of One of the Ulema 91
4 'Al-Da'wa': Legalists Despite Themselves 103
The Purse-Strings 107
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 110
Making Good Use of Parliament 124
5 The Vanguard of the 'Umma' 129
The Student Revolt 130
The 'University of Large Numbers' 135
In the Shadow of the Regime 138
Changer la Vie 141
How to Be a Good Muslim 147
For the Good of the Copts 156
June 1981: Checkmate 164
6 The Sermons of Sheikh Kishk 172
A Sheikh's Childhood 174
The Friday Sermon 177
7 To Assassinate Pharaoh 191
The Modern Tartars 194
Holy War Against the Infidels 197
Carrying Out God's Orders 199
Killing Christians 204
To Assassinate Pharaoh 210
Conclusion 223
The Religious and the Political 226
Is the Islamicist Movement Inevitable? 231
Facets of a Utopia 236
Afterword: Ebb and Flow, 1981-1985 241
The Carrot and the Stick 243
Depoliticizing Islam 246
Electoral Strategies 249
Modes of Preaching 251
Sources 259
Chronology: 1928-1992 265
Index 275
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