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Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)

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"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



"[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."--Waleed Hazbun, Perspectives on Politics



"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

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"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


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  • Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691136653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691136653
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book plumbs the depths of Egyptian legal, political, and philosophical reasoning. It does this from many points of view, reviewing the depth reasoning of the Muslim Brotherhood's most revered thinkers and the reasoning of the Egyptian Supreme Court. It's depth is so great that reading it will give you a feeling for why the Arab Spring turned out as it did in a way that makes you feel like you know more than the foreign policy analysts.

Out of about a dozen books that I have read on Egypt, this is the best. Unfortunately, I read it a few years ago and don't have the time needed to give it the review it deserves. I only just saw that it remains unreviewed - probably because it is such a deep book. It is just one of those more academic type books that everyone commenting on something should have read. And it is a tragedy it did not get more attention, as it would have provided a lucid light through the Arab Spring.
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