No God But God

No God But God : Egypt and the Triumph of Islam

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In Egypt, a new type of Islamic revival - a hidden revolution - has been quietly taking shape. Immersing herself in the lives of ordinary Egyptians, from the busy streets of Cairo to the quiet rural villages, Abdo shows how Egypt offers a new model for the transformation of a secular nation-state to an Islamic one without the violent overthrow of the ruling-power. Because the West has been so blinded by a narrow definition of Islam, Abdo argues, it has failed to notice that Egypt is quietly being transformed into an Islamic state - a development that will pose a greater challenge to western interests than the militant movements now on the decline.show more

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  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 159.3 x 239.3 x 23.4mm | 577.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195125401
  • 9780195125405

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"Geneive Abdo chronicles Egypt's contemporary moderate Islamist movement with clarity and insight.... [She] has a firm grasp of the history of which she writes and an obvious empathy for her subjects. She is a fine journalist and a sensitive analyst."--The Washington Post Book World"A fascinating look at an Islamic subculture mostly unknown to the Western non-Muslim. Abdo presents fruitful cross-cultural undercurrents that provide hope for peace and understanding between secularism and religion." --Booklist"Abdo...conducted hundreds of interviews within previously closed segments of society 'to present the true face of Islam.' Along the way, she discovered a great diversity of religious expression in a social transformation that poses a greater challenge to Western interests than the military movement now in decline.... This firsthand account will serve as a role model for Islamic reform in the 21st century."--Library Journal"Western observers and regime apologists tend to oversimplify social or political activism when it exhibits an Islamic coloration, casting it as monodimensional, uncompromising, and reactionary. No God But God debunks these one-dimensional depictions of Egyptian Muslims by offering an incisive, fresh, and richly drawn canvas. Yet, Abdo's book is not simply a riposte, but a congenial, informed, and often affectionate account of Muslims seeking to redefine themselves, their politics, and their society. If her subjects are groping for meaning, and recreating themselves in the process, the same may not be said of the government. Abdo's material is devastating, not least the image of an inept, uncreative, but often brutal government with a limited repertoire of tactics." --Augustus Richard Norton, Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Harvard University"Geneive Abdo has produced a remarkable volume. She makes the dynamics of Egyptian society come alive. Combining sound scholarship and observation with an engaging style, readers will be given an insight into Egypt today and tomorrow that cannot be found elsewhere. The author's long and in-depth experience in Egypt, particularly her access to sectors of society that are often inaccessible to outsiders, gives this volume a depth and authenticity that cannot be found elsewhere. It is also the reason why she avoids so many of the pitfalls to which others succumb." --John L. Esposito Director, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding Georgetown Universityshow more

About Geneive Abdo

Geneive Abdo is the correspondent in Iran for The Guardian and The Economist. She has reported from numerous Islamic countries over a decade, from the Middle East to North Africa and Central Asia. As a correspondent based in Cairo, she covered the Middle East for The Dallas Morning News. Ms. Abdo reported the fall of the Soviet Union for Reuters news agency. She was a staff writer for Newsday and the Baltimore Evening Sun . A graduate of the University of Texas, she was later a Fellow at the Program for Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.show more

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