By Geneive Abdo
Western media has constantly all for the extremes of Islam, overlooking a quiet but pervasive average spiritual move that's at the moment remodeling the state of Egypt. Drawing on thousands of interviews, No God yet God opens up formerly inaccessible segments of Egyptian society to demonstrate the deep penetration of "Popular Islamic" impression. Geneive Abdo presents a firsthand account of this circulate, permitting its leaders, highway preachers, students, medical professionals, attorneys, women and men of all social sessions to talk for themselves. difficult Western stereotypes, she unearths that this turning out to be variety of Islamists don't search the violent overthrow of the govt or a go back to a medieval age. as an alternative, they think their non secular values fit with the calls for of the trendy global. they're operating inside and past the secular framework of the country to steadily create a brand new society in keeping with Islamic principles.Both interesting and unsettling, Abdo's findings establish a grassroots version for remodeling a mundane countryside to an Islamic social order that may most probably encourage different Muslim countries.
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I had spent many afternoons in the barber shop over several months and felt at liberty to ask personal questions. " In Islam, a woman can legally divorce her husband if he refuses to make love. Bearing children is the primary reason to be married in the first place, he explained. We sat in silence for a few moments. Then Sheikh Hudaiby walked into the barber shop. "Al-Salam aleif^um" he said. " Hudaiby stood with perfect posture at the entrance of the shop as if he were making his debut in a play or film.
Security police in Upper Egypt are notorious for rounding up hundreds of residents in a rural village to catch a half dozen militants. Collaborators, who once sympathized with the extremists but then switched sides, have given the state an added boost. The militants enjoy little popular support. In the minds of most Egyptians, extremism has given Islam a bad name. The religious transformation of Egyptian society has occurred through the 25 NO GOD BUT GOD back door. Major institutions, including schools, universities, and professional unions are now in the hands of moderate Islamists, some of whom are former or current members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which renounced violence in the 19808.
The widely published stories could not have come at a worse time for the government. A fierce wave of Islamic militancy was raging some 200 miles to the south in the Assyut region of Upper Egypt. Now it appeared the Egyptian government was losing control in Imbaba, right in the middle of Cairo. " Under Mubarak, Egypt had cashed in on the West's yearning for a loyal Arab friend in the Middle East. The trade-off was simple: Egypt received huge grants of aid and military support in return for an implicit pledge to take whatever steps necessary to undercut the Islamic movement.
No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam by Geneive Abdo