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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Aug 7, 2000 - Political Science - 288 pages
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For centuries Egypt 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 Egypt is also a country in crisis, torn between the old and the new, between unsettled religious revival and secular politics. President Hosni Mubarak favors a secular society. But Mubarak's government faces constant conflict with militant clerics such as Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. In A Portrait of Egypt, 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.
Based on exclusive interviews with militants and front men, generals and presidents, A Portrait of Egypt is 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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A PORTRAIT OF EGYPT: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam

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Forget the Arab-Israeli conflict, which, suggests this book, appears almost a sideshow compared to the protracted, bitter intra-Egyptian struggle between secular, pro-Western modernists and ... Read full review

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This look at Egyptian society and politics has a special focus on the rise of militant Islam in contemporary Egypt. Weaver, a foreign correspondent for The New Yorker, has relied on her interviews ... Read full review

Contents

Peace
31
My Sons
61
In Search of the Sheikh
74
Life in the Alleys
123
Children of the Jihad
169
The Apostate
229
The Turning Point
257
Index
295
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Mary Anne Weaver is a foreign correspondent for The New Yorker who has written numerous articles on the Islamic world, including profiles of Benazir Bhutto and Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. She lives in New York City.

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