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Making the Arab world: Nasser, Qutb and the clash that shaped the Middle East

Gerges, Fawaz A. (2018) Making the Arab world: Nasser, Qutb and the clash that shaped the Middle East. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. ISBN 9780691167886

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Identification Number: 10.1515/9781400890071

Abstract

In 2013, just two years after the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian military ousted the country’s first democratically elected president—Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood—and subsequently led a brutal repression of the Islamist group. These bloody events echoed an older political rift in Egypt and the Middle East: the splitting of nationalists and Islamists during the rule of Egyptian president and Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. In Making the Arab World, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Middle East, tells how the clash between pan-Arab nationalism and pan-Islamism has shaped the history of the region from the 1920s to the present. Gerges tells this story through an unprecedented dual biography of Nasser and another of the twentieth-century Arab world’s most influential figures—Sayyid Qutb, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the father of many branches of radical political Islam. Their deeply intertwined lives embody and dramatize the divide between Arabism and Islamism. Yet, as Gerges shows, beyond the ideological and existential rhetoric, this is a struggle over the state, its role, and its power. Based on a decade of research, including in-depth interviews with many leading figures in the story, Making the Arab World is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of the turmoil engulfing the Middle East, from civil wars to the rise of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/978069...
Additional Information: © 2020 Princeton University Press
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 16:12
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2020 15:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103216

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