Muslim extremism in Egypt : the prophet and pharaoh /
Gilles Kepel ; translated from the French by Jon Rothschild.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1986.
281 p. ; 22 cm.
0520056876 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, 1986.
0520056876 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
Translation of: Le prophète et pharaon.
catalogue key
Bibliography: p. [259]-262.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gilles Kepel is chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the Institute for Political Studies (Institut d'Etudes Politiques) in Paris. He is the editor of four volumes of essays and the author of six books
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-09-15:
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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1986-12:
On the basis of several years' research in Egypt, Kepel explains the activities of several militant Muslim groups and personalities, placing them in the perspective of Egyptian society during the past 30 years. These groups agree in calling for a return to the original Islam of the Qur'an, the Prophet, and the first generation of believers; they differ on whether to work within the society for change, withdraw from society, or destroy it. The treatment is objective and nonjudgmental, with critical discussion reserved largely for the conclusion. In general the book is well written, although there are a few unfortunate word choices and obscure sentences, perhaps because of the translation from French. The book includes a brief bibliography, a chronology, an index, and a table giving the backgrounds of those tried for the assassination of Sadat. A number of books deal with the phenomenon of Muslim radicalism, generally with either a broader or a narrower focus. What makes this one distinctive is that it deals with several Muslim radical groups within Egypt. A useful addition to any academic library collection.-N.S. Booth Jr., Miami University, Ohio
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Main Description
Gilles Kepel takes us into the world of the students, professionals, workers, and unemployed who are caught up in the Islamic movements of our day. Events that have riveted world attention--the World Trade Center bombing, assassinations in Beirut, the attempt on the life of the Pope, the assassination of Sadat--are illuminated by this penetrating study which surveys the background of the Islamist movement beginning with the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928.
Long Description
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.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2003 Editionp. ix
Preface: The Roots of Islamist Movementsp. 9
Introduction: Journey to the Ends of Islamp. 21
From One Ordeal to Another: 1954-66p. 26
In the Beginning Were the Campsp. 27
The 1965 'Plot'p. 31
'Signposts'p. 36
Sayyid Qutb, Author and Martyrp. 38
Islamicism or Barbarismp. 43
What Is to Be Done?p. 52
The Ulema Intervenep. 59
Works of Sayyid Qutbp. 68
The Society of Muslimsp. 70
And God Came to Shukrip. 71
The New Hegirap. 78
Living Together in the Prophet's Wayp. 86
Death of One of the Ulemap. 91
'Al-Da'wa': Legalists Despite Themselvesp. 103
The Purse-Stringsp. 107
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypsep. 110
Making Good Use of Parliamentp. 124
The Vanguard of the 'Umma'p. 129
The Student Revoltp. 130
The 'University of Large Numbers'p. 135
In the Shadow of the Regimep. 138
Changer la Viep. 141
How to Be a Good Muslimp. 147
For the Good of the Coptsp. 156
June 1981: Checkmatep. 164
The Sermons of Sheikh Kishkp. 172
A Sheikh's Childhoodp. 174
The Friday Sermonp. 177
To Assassinate Pharaohp. 191
The Modern Tartarsp. 194
Holy War Against the Infidelsp. 197
Carrying Out God's Ordersp. 199
Killing Christiansp. 204
To Assassinate Pharaohp. 210
Conclusionp. 223
The Religious and the Politicalp. 226
Is the Islamicist Movement Inevitable?p. 231
Facets of a Utopiap. 236
Afterword: Ebb and Flow, 1981-1985p. 241
The Carrot and the Stickp. 243
Depoliticizing Islamp. 246
Electoral Strategiesp. 249
Modes of Preachingp. 251
Sourcesp. 259
Chronology: 1928-1992p. 265
Indexp. 275
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