A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam

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Macmillan, 1999 - Political Science - 280 pages
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It is difficult to be neutral about Egypt. For centuries it has been a citadel of Islamic learning and thought, and since the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty in 1979, it has been of immense strategic importance to American interests in the Middle East. But - as the 1997 massacre of foreign tourists at Luxor made clear - Egypt is also a country in crisis, torn between the old and the new, between unsettled religious revival and secular politics. In "A Portrait of Egypt," acclaimed "New Yorker" writer Mary Anne Weaver argues that an Islamist victory in Egypt is almost inevitable, and unlike that of Shi'ite Iran, its impact on the Islamic world will be truly profound. Even among scholars who normally shun domino theories of history, there is a growing concern that if Egypt "goes Islamic, " so could much of the Arab world. Based on exclusive interviews with militants and front men, generals and presidents, "A Portrait of Egypt" is a brilliant, eye-opening account of the world of militant Islam, essential reading for anyone trying to understand the far-reaching consequences of the growing impact of Islamist politics and policies on the West.
 

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Contents

Prelude
3
1 The Beginning
9
2 Peace
31
3 My Sons
61
4 In Search of the Sheikh
74
5 Life in the Alleys
123
6 Children of the Jihad
169
7 The Apostate
229
8 The Turning Point
257
Index
295
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Mary Anne Weaver is a foreign correspondent for "The New Yorker," and is the author of "A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam "(FSG, 1999). An Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2001, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and Santa Monica

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