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Mobilizing Islam : religion, activism, and political change in Egypt
Wickham, Carrie Rosefsky, 1962-
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvi, 306 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Based on the author's dissertation.
Reading Level:
1600 Lexile.

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DT107.827 .W53 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Mobilizing Islam explores how and why Islamic groups succeeded in galvanizing educated youth into politics under the shadow of Egypt's authoritarian state, offering important and surprising answers to a series of pressing questions. Under what conditions does mobilization by opposition groups become possible in authoritarian settings? Why did Islamist groups have more success attracting recruits and overcoming governmental restraints than their secular rivals? And finally, how can Islamist mobilization contribute to broader and more enduring forms of political change throughout the Muslim world?

Moving beyond the simplistic accounts of "Islamic fundamentalism" offered by much of the Western media, Mobilizing Islam offers a balanced and persuasive explanation of the Islamic movement's dramatic growth in the world's largest Arab state.

Author Notes

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham is associate professor of political science at Emory University. Her current project examines new trends in Islamic political thought and practice throughout the Middle East.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Nasser and the Silencing of Protest
3 Educated and Under-Employed: The Rise of the Lumpen-Intelligentsia
4 Parties Without Participation
5 The Parallel Islamic Sector
6 "The Call to God": The Islamist Project of Ideological Outreach
7 Explaining the Success of Islamist Outreach
8 From the Periphery to the Center: The Islamic Trend in Egypt's Professional Associations
9 Cycles of Mobilization Under Authoritarian Rule
10 Postscript: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Mubarak Regime, 1995-2001