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The Muslim Brotherhood: The Organization and Policies of a Global Islamist Movement (The Middle East in Focus) Paperback – May 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: The Middle East in Focus
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230100716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230100718
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a wide-ranging, pithy, and painstakingly thorough collection, at once gripping and informative. It fills a critical lacuna in Middle East Studies and in the study of Islamist groups in particular, which, although already impressive in the breadth of their literature, remain mostly on the order of hagiographies and eloquent apologetics, more often than not justifying Islamism rather than mining its history and subjecting it to the honest critic’s scalpel. Barry Rubin’s collection has distinguished itself from the rest quite brilliantly here, supplementing the field with a refreshing dispassionate treatment of the Brotherhoods, and providing specialists, students and the general public with an alternative reading to common platitudes currently dominating the field. What’s more, Rubin and the other contributors to this volume did that with alacrity, penetrating attention to detail, scrupulous plumbing of sources, and a pellucid jargon-free style making this collection at once instructive and strikingly accessible.”--Franck Salameh, Boston College

About the Author

Barry Rubin is Director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. He is the author of more than 25 and editor of over 30 books on the Middle East, including The Truth About Syria.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan Southworth on April 29, 2011
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After the spring 2011 upheavals, what part will the Muslim Brotherhood play and what power will it attain when the dust settles? As a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute and elsewhere, Barry Rubin has been thinking about that question for years, while others were focused on the inevitable staying power of regimes in the Arab world. The contributors chosen by Rubin range far beyond the Brotherhood's beginnings in Egypt, covering the global spread, leaders, operating structures and strategies in Britain, France, Gaza, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and the West Bank.

The adaptability, progress, modesty, and patience of the Brotherhood is an admirable model. Specific failed attempts to come to power in Egypt and elsewhere did not weaken the Brotherhood or reduce its membership. Although impatient members peeled off, forming more radical, violent groups, there were enough new members to more than replace those who moved on. The Brotherhood learned from setbacks and developed more sophisticated tactics, as well as increasing its schools, hospitals and charities. It grew and waited for generations, with supreme patience, for its opportunity to ripen.

When the tsunami rolled across the Arab world, the Brotherhood was uniquely prepared to ride the crest. Rubin explains why it has the brightest future, "...while other Islamist groups have made more dramatic appearances, launched huge terrorist attacks, and fought civil wars, the Muslim Brotherhoods have shown more staying power and better organizational skills." This is the essential book for policy makers, students and keen general readers of the geopolitics of the umma who want a guide to this long underestimated organization that suddenly appears remarkable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 26, 2014
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There has been an obvious rise in Islamic inspired religious terrorism throughout the world in recent years. The Muslim Brotherhood is viewed by many in the Middle East and the West as the root source for current Islamic terrorism. It uses a grassroots network of social and charitable organizations to expand membership and gain trust. It has branches in 70 countries and territories including active branches in the United Kingdom, France, and in numerous other European countries as well as in the United States. It has no principled opposition to violence. The Brotherhoods in each country are independent of each other and use different tactics. All the Brotherhoods seek a thoroughly Islamized society and polity in which it exercises state power.

The book has solid academic credentials. It is not propaganda. The Muslim Brotherhood is viewed by many in the Middle East and the West as the root source for current Islamic terrorism. It is very relevant and supplies a good overview that illuminates today's news.

This is a topic one can not afford to be ignorant of. The Brotherhood is not a "secular" institution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sutliff on November 24, 2012
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This is an academically well researched piece that should be considered a must read by any who want to learn more about the Muslim Brotherhood.
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6 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ndr on June 5, 2011
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this book can only be an introduction to this very comprehensive topic and should be read along with books with different opinions.
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