The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: A History of Enmity and Engagement

The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: A History of Enmity and Engagement

by Martyn Frampton


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A Foreign Affairs Best Book of the Year

In the century since the Muslim Brotherhood first emerged in Egypt, its idea of “the West” has remained a key driver of its behavior. From its founding, the Brotherhood stood opposed to the British Empire and Western cultural influence. Its leaders hoped to create more pristine, authentically Islamic societies. As British power gave way to American, the Brotherhood oscillated between anxiety about the West and the need to engage with it, while American and British officials struggled to understand the group, unsure whether to shun or embrace it.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the West offers the first comprehensive history of the relationship between the world’s largest Islamist movement and the powers that have dominated the Middle East for the past hundred years. Drawing on extensive archival research in London and Washington and the Brotherhood’s writings in Arabic and English, Martyn Frampton reveals the history of this charged relationship down to the eve of the Arab Spring. What emerges is an authoritative account of a story that is crucial to understanding one of the world’s most turbulent regions.

“Rigorous yet absorbing…Fills a crucial gap in the literature and will be essential reading not just for scholars, but for anyone seeking to understand the ever-problematic relationship between religion and politics in today’s Middle East.”
Financial Times

“Breaks new ground by examining the links between the Egyptian Brotherhood’s relations with Britain and…the United States.”
Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674241664
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 12/17/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 1,258,361
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Martyn Frampton is Reader in Modern History at Queen Mary University of London.

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and Spelling ix

Introduction 1

Part I In the Shadow of Empire 9

1 Origins and First Encounters, 1928-1939 11

2 Wartime Liaisons, 1940-1944 57

3 Best of Enemies, 1944-1949 95

4 The War of the Canal Zone, 1950-1952 151

Part II In the Age of America 193

5 The Upheavals of Revolution, 1952-1954 195

6 The Age of Nasser, 1955-1970 257

7 Reassessments amid the "Fundamentalist" Revival, 1970-1989 320

8 Blurred Lines and New Debates, 1989-2010 377

Conclusion 452

Notes 471

Acknowledgments 644

Index 647

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