Which way will Egypt go now that Husni Mubarak's authoritarian regime has been swept from power? Will it become an Islamic theocracy similar to Iran? Will it embrace Western-style liberalism and democracy? Egypt after Mubarak reveals that Egypt's secularists and Islamists may yet navigate a middle path that results in a uniquely Islamic form of liberalism and, perhaps, democracy. Bruce Rutherford draws on in-depth interviews with Egyptian judges, lawyers, Islamic activists, politicians, and businesspeople. He utilizes major court rulings, political documents of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the writings of Egypt's leading contemporary Islamic thinkers. Rutherford demonstrates that, in post-Mubarak Egypt, progress toward liberalism and democracy is likely to be slow.
Essential reading on a subject of global importance, this edition includes a new introduction by Rutherford that takes stock of the Arab Spring and the Muslim Brotherhood's victories in the 2011-2012 elections.
About the Author
Bruce K. Rutherford is associate professor of political science at Colgate University.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Paperback Edition ix
CHAPTER 1 Hybrid Regimes and Arab Democracy 1
CHAPTER 2 Liberal Constitutionalism: Preserving and Adapting Egypt's Liberal Tradition 32
CHAPTER 3 Islamic Constitutionalism: The Political Goals of Moderate Islam 77
CHAPTER 4 The Decline of Statism and the Convergence of Political Alternatives 131
CHAPTER 5 Economic Restructuring and the Rise of Market Liberalism 197
CHAPTER 6 Liberalism, Islam, and Egypt's Political Future 231