No God but God

No God but God : Egypt and the Triumph of Islam

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Western media has consistently focused on the extremes of Islam, overlooking a quiet yet pervasive moderate religious movement that is currently transforming the nation of Egypt. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, No God But God opens up previously inaccessible segments of Egyptian society to illustrate the deep penetration of "Popular Islamic" influence. Geneive Abdo provides a firsthand account of this movement, allowing its leaders, street preachers, scholars, doctors, lawyers, men and women of all social classes to speak for themselves. Challenging Western stereotypes, she finds that this growing number of Islamists do not seek the violent overthrow of the government or a return to a medieval age. Instead, they believe their religious values are compatible with the demands of the modern world. They are working within and beyond the secular framework of the nation to gradually create a new society based on Islamic principles. Both fascinating and unsettling, Abdo's findings identify a grassroots model for transforming a secular nation-state to an Islamic social order that will likely inspire other Muslim nations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195157931
  • 9780195157932
  • 1,384,415

About Geneive Abdo

Geneive Abdo, the former correspondent in Tehran for the Guardian and The Economist, was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim fellow in 2001-2002. As a correspondent based in Cairo for The Dallas Morning News, she reported from numerous Islamic countries, from the Middle East to North Africa and Central Asia. She has also been a staff writer for Newsday and the Baltimore Evening
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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 * As Abdo effectively points out in this important work, regardless of significant Western cultural influence and a relatively secular and firm Egyptian government, the grassroots Islamic revival taking shape in Egypt is indeed a serious and thriving force. * Middle East Insight *
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