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