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Egypt after Mubarak : liberalism, Islam, and democracy in the Arab world /
Bruce K. Rutherford.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.
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x, 292 p.
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0691136653 (cloth), 9780691136653 (cloth)
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imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.
isbn
0691136653 (cloth)
9780691136653 (cloth)
catalogue key
6698147
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-278) and index.
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"An important work, filled with valuable information and insight. Beyond the rich detail about Egypt, Rutherfords study deepens our understanding of how the characteristics of both an authoritarian and a democratic political order come together and persist in the hybrid regimes of the Arab world."-- Mark Tessler, University of Michigan "Bruce Rutherford helps us make sense of the voices emerging in Egyptian politics and understand how they resonate. Neither denying Egyptian authoritarianism nor accepting its inevitability, Rutherford draws deeply on theoretical debates among scholars to elucidate politics in this vital--and surprisingly complicated--country."-- Nathan J. Brown, author of The Rule of Law in the Arab World " Egypt after Mubarak offers a unique look at Egypt's most promising and most hopeful future. Rutherford argues that the major oppositional forces are converging on a platform of reform that will produce in Egypt a hybrid regime with liberal but circumscribed democratic characteristics. This book will have a serious and productive impact on the field."-- Raymond W. Baker, Trinity College "This book provides a superb analysis of the domestic constituencies and agendas for political reform in Egypt, highlighting their distinctive features and their common ground. Rutherford accomplishes this with a high degree of analytic sophistication, and backs it with rich supporting evidence. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary Egyptian politics and society by deftly identifying--and capturing the nuances of--the alternate political visions in Egypt."-- Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University
Flap Copy
"An important work, filled with valuable information and insight. Beyond the rich detail about Egypt, Rutherford's study deepens our understanding of how the characteristics of both an authoritarian and a democratic political order come together and persist in the hybrid regimes of the Arab world."--Mark Tessler, University of Michigan "Bruce Rutherford helps us make sense of the voices emerging in Egyptian politics and understand how they resonate. Neither denying Egyptian authoritarianism nor accepting its inevitability, Rutherford draws deeply on theoretical debates among scholars to elucidate politics in this vital--and surprisingly complicated--country."--Nathan J. Brown, author of The Rule of Law in the Arab World " Egypt after Mubarak offers a unique look at Egypt's most promising and most hopeful future. Rutherford argues that the major oppositional forces are converging on a platform of reform that will produce in Egypt a hybrid regime with liberal but circumscribed democratic characteristics. This book will have a serious and productive impact on the field."--Raymond W. Baker, Trinity College "This book provides a superb analysis of the domestic constituencies and agendas for political reform in Egypt, highlighting their distinctive features and their common ground. Rutherford accomplishes this with a high degree of analytic sophistication, and backs it with rich supporting evidence. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary Egyptian politics and society by deftly identifying--and capturing the nuances of--the alternate political visions in Egypt."--Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University
Flap Copy
"An important work, filled with valuable information and insight. Beyond the rich detail about Egypt, Rutherford's study deepens our understanding of how the characteristics of both an authoritarian and a democratic political order come together and persist in the hybrid regimes of the Arab world."--Mark Tessler, University of Michigan"Bruce Rutherford helps us make sense of the voices emerging in Egyptian politics and understand how they resonate. Neither denying Egyptian authoritarianism nor accepting its inevitability, Rutherford draws deeply on theoretical debates among scholars to elucidate politics in this vital--and surprisingly complicated--country."--Nathan J. Brown, author ofThe Rule of Law in the Arab World"Egypt after Mubarakoffers a unique look at Egypt's most promising and most hopeful future. Rutherford argues that the major oppositional forces are converging on a platform of reform that will produce in Egypt a hybrid regime with liberal but circumscribed democratic characteristics. This book will have a serious and productive impact on the field."--Raymond W. Baker, Trinity College"This book provides a superb analysis of the domestic constituencies and agendas for political reform in Egypt, highlighting their distinctive features and their common ground. Rutherford accomplishes this with a high degree of analytic sophistication, and backs it with rich supporting evidence. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary Egyptian politics and society by deftly identifying--and capturing the nuances of--the alternate political visions in Egypt."--Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Emory University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-10-01:
Reform movements in contemporary Egypt come in three varieties: proponents of judicial review and constitutional rule, moderate Islamists who decry official corruption and champion social justice, and private businesspeople who advocate economic liberalization as a first step toward greater public participation in policy making. Rutherford (Colgate Univ.) offers a compelling overview of these three camps, arguing that they have gained strength in recent years due to the political-economic crisis that continues to hamstring the authorities. Whether the reformers will succeed in creating a liberal democracy remains an open question. There is a good chance that the Mubarak regime is using political and economic reforms as mechanisms to block more fundamental change. Rutherford poses the problem in terms of the dynamics of "hybrid regimes," which may have some use as an analytical category, but leaves the most interesting questions unresolved. Only at the end does he discuss the security forces that play a key role in perpetuating the status quo. The radical groups that broke with the moderate Muslim Brothers and challenged the regime by force, thereby bringing the Islamist movement as a whole into disrepute, are barely mentioned. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. F. H. Lawson Mills College
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"The author defends his position through a meticulous and detailed analysis of related first- and second-hand sources. The high level of detail makes the book especially attractive to readers who are familiar with modern Egyptian history and politics, and readers will find invaluable information and debates regarding the dynamic history of Egypt's legal, political and economic institutions."-- Burak Ozcetin, Political Studies Review
"[Readers will] be rewarded by Rutherford's ambitious effort to explain how significant political actors, specifically, the Muslim Brotherhood, the judiciary, and the business sector, can work in parallel, if not exactly together, to influence the country's trajectory over time. This is a novel approach to analyzing Egyptian politics."-- Steven A. Cook, Foreign Affairs
Bruce Rutherford thoroughly analyzes the dynamics and personalities of Egyptian politics and the prospects for Egypt once its pro-Western president, Hosni Mubarak, passes on. -- Sheldon Kirschner, Canadian Jewish News
[ Egypt after Mubarak ] clearly offers both an insightful account of Egyptian politics and a potentially fruitful framework for future comparative research on political change in the Arab world.
A fascinating and timely book. . . . [Rutherford] details the long and persistent struggle of the judiciary to carve out an independent role for itself, even under a military dictatorship.
This book provides a superb analysis of the domestic constituencies and agendas for political reform in Egypt, highlighting their distinctive features and their common ground. Rutherford accomplishes this with a high degree of analytic sophistication, and backs it with rich supporting evidence. This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of contemporary Egyptian politics and society by deftly identifying--and capturing the nuances of--the alternate political visions in Egypt.
Bruce Rutherford helps us make sense of the voices emerging in Egyptian politics and understand how they resonate. Neither denying Egyptian authoritarianism nor accepting its inevitability, Rutherford draws deeply on theoretical debates among scholars to elucidate politics in this vital--and surprisingly complicated--country.
Egypt after Mubarakoffers a unique look at Egypt's most promising and most hopeful future. Rutherford argues that the major oppositional forces are converging on a platform of reform that will produce in Egypt a hybrid regime with liberal but circumscribed democratic characteristics. This book will have a serious and productive impact on the field.
An important work, filled with valuable information and insight. Beyond the rich detail about Egypt, Rutherford's study deepens our understanding of how the characteristics of both an authoritarian and a democratic political order come together and persist in the hybrid regimes of the Arab world.
The author defends his position through a meticulous and detailed analysis of related first- and second-hand sources. The high level of detail makes the book especially attractive to readers who are familiar with modern Egyptian history and politics, and readers will find invaluable information and debates regarding the dynamic history of Egypt's legal, political and economic institutions.
[Readers will] be rewarded by Rutherford's ambitious effort to explain how significant political actors, specifically, the Muslim Brotherhood, the judiciary, and the business sector, can work in parallel, if not exactly together, to influence the country's trajectory over time. This is a novel approach to analyzing Egyptian politics. -- Steven A. Cook, Foreign Affairs
[Readers will] be rewarded by Rutherford's ambitious effort to explain how significant political actors, specifically, the Muslim Brotherhood, the judiciary, and the business sector, can work in parallel, if not exactly together, to influence the country's trajectory over time. This is a novel approach to analyzing Egyptian politics.
[ Egypt after Mubarak ] clearly offers both an insightful account of Egyptian politics and a potentially fruitful framework for future comparative research on political change in the Arab world. -- Waleed Hazbun, Perspectives on Politics
[Egypt after Mubarak] clearly offers both an insightful account of Egyptian politics and a potentially fruitful framework for future comparative research on political change in the Arab world. -- Waleed Hazbun, Perspectives on Politics
[Egypt after Mubarak] clearly offers both an insightful account of Egyptian politics and a potentially fruitful framework for future comparative research on political change in the Arab world.
"[ Egypt after Mubarak ] clearly offers both an insightful account of Egyptian politics and a potentially fruitful framework for future comparative research on political change in the Arab world."-- Waleed Hazbun, Perspectives on Politics
A fascinating and timely book. . . . [Rutherford] details the long and persistent struggle of the judiciary to carve out an independent role for itself, even under a military dictatorship. -- Fareed Zakaria, Time
Bruce Rutherford thoroughly analyzes the dynamics and personalities of Egyptian politics and the prospects for Egypt once its pro-Western president, Hosni Mubarak, passes on.
"Bruce Rutherford thoroughly analyzes the dynamics and personalities of Egyptian politics and the prospects for Egypt once its pro-Western president, Hosni Mubarak, passes on."-- Sheldon Kirschner, Canadian Jewish News
"A fascinating and timely book. . . . [Rutherford] details the long and persistent struggle of the judiciary to carve out an independent role for itself, even under a military dictatorship."-- Fareed Zakaria, Time
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Summaries
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Essential reading on a subject of global importance, 'Egypt After Mubarak' draws upon in-depth interviews with Egyptian judges, lawyers, Islamic activists, politicians, and businesspeople to examine the likely political future of post-Mubarak Egypt.
Main Description
Egypt's autocratic regime is being weakened by economic crises, growing political opposition, and the pressures of globalization. Observers now wonder which way Egypt will go when the country's aging president, Husni Mubarak, passes from the scene: will it embrace Western-style liberalism and democracy? Or will it become an Islamic theocracy similar to Iran?Egypt after Mubarakdemonstrates that both secular and Islamist opponents of the regime are navigating a middle path that may result in a uniquely Islamic form of liberalism and, perhaps, democracy.Bruce Rutherford examines the political and ideological battles that drive Egyptian politics and shape the prospects for democracy throughout the region. He argues that secularists and Islamists are converging around a reform agenda that supports key elements of liberalism, including constraints on state power, the rule of law, and protection of some civil and political rights. But will this deepening liberalism lead to democracy? And what can the United States do to see that it does? In answering these questions, Rutherford shows that Egypt's reformers are reluctant to expand the public's role in politics. This suggests that, while liberalism is likely to progress steadily in the future, democracy's advance will be slow and uneven.Essential reading on a subject of global importance,Egypt after Mubarakdraws upon in-depth interviews with Egyptian judges, lawyers, Islamic activists, politicians, and businesspeople. It also utilizes major court rulings, political documents of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the writings of Egypt's leading contemporary Islamic thinkers.
Main Description
Egypt's autocratic regime is being weakened by economic crises, growing political opposition, and the pressures of globalization. Observers now wonder which way Egypt will go when the country's aging president, Husni Mubarak, passes from the scene: will it embrace Western-style liberalism and democracy? Or will it become an Islamic theocracy similar to Iran? Egypt after Mubarak demonstrates that both secular and Islamist opponents of the regime are navigating a middle path that may result in a uniquely Islamic form of liberalism and, perhaps, democracy. Bruce Rutherford examines the political and ideological battles that drive Egyptian politics and shape the prospects for democracy throughout the region. He argues that secularists and Islamists are converging around a reform agenda that supports key elements of liberalism, including constraints on state power, the rule of law, and protection of some civil and political rights. But will this deepening liberalism lead to democracy? And what can the United States do to see that it does? In answering these questions, Rutherford shows that Egypt's reformers are reluctant to expand the public's role in politics. This suggests that, while liberalism is likely to progress steadily in the future, democracy's advance will be slow and uneven. Essential reading on a subject of global importance, Egypt after Mubarak draws upon in-depth interviews with Egyptian judges, lawyers, Islamic activists, politicians, and businesspeople. It also utilizes major court rulings, political documents of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the writings of Egypt's leading contemporary Islamic thinkers.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Hybrid Regimes and Arab Democracyp. 1
Liberal Constitutionalism: Preserving and Adapting Egypt's Liberal Traditionp. 32
Islamic Constitutionalism: The Political Goals of Moderate Islamp. 77
The Decline of Statism and the Convergence of Political Alternativesp. 131
Economic Restructuring and the Rise of Market Liberalismp. 197
Liberalism, Islam, and Egypt's Political Futurep. 231
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 279
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