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By Ghada Osman

ISBN-10: 1848857470

ISBN-13: 9781848857476

From pre-revolutionary Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and from imprisonment to exile, this is often the lifetime of Fathi Osman: a number one Egyptian-born philosopher on the vanguard of recent Islamic reformism for almost 4 a long time. becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a tender guy, Fathi Osman rose during the ranks of the association because of his personal enormous oratory talents and his courting with prime Brotherhood figures, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Hudaybi. yet as he started to realize the covert violent points of the Brotherhood, he more and more distanced himself and voiced his competition. He was once, as a result of his organization with the Muslim Brothers, imprisoned a couple of occasions sooner than he ultimately left Egypt in self-imposed exile. utilizing interviews, relations files, and archival fabrics to chronicle Fathi Osman’s ideological improvement from spokesperson for the prototypical Islamist circulation to formulator of an intensive Islamic reformist ideology, Ghada Osman sheds mild at the entice and internal workings of a big Islamist flow and the function of Islamic reform within the worldwide area. within the approach, she has produced a dispassionate and punctiliously researched biography of a huge determine of the twentieth-century Arab and Muslim highbrow global.

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Yet popular Islamic movements were born in the Egypt of the 1920s, and it was from then that their call for Islamism, the re-adoption of Islam in the public and private spheres, began to spread. By the 1930s, the Headquarters of the Society of Muslim Brothers had moved from the smaller town of Isma‘iliyya to the capital of Cairo, and the organization boasted 50 branches across the nation. In time, more and more families had one or two members who were drawn to the new ideology and the hope that it represented for their country, and even in Fathi’s largely non-religious family one cousin joined the Society.

More than the stringent wartime conditions, what disturbed Fathi’s family during the early war years was Muhammad’s late 1940 14 01 Journey in Islamic Thought 001-282 22/7/11 14:47 Page 15 Early Years in Tumultuous Times, 1928–41 work transfer to Biba, a district capital and market town whose claim to fame was a large Coptic church on the West Bank of the Nile. A family man who wore his emotions for his children on his sleeve, Muhammad wrote to them at least once a week, expressing his longing for their company in flowing, moving language, and they responded, elaborately detailing the void that his absence left in their daily lives.

What neither father nor son imagined was that this would be the last ordinary school year in Fathi’s life. By the following summer, a series of events would have developed that would change the course of Fathi’s life forever. 17 01 Journey in Islamic Thought 001-282 22/7/11 14:47 Page 18 01 Journey in Islamic Thought 001-282 22/7/11 14:47 Page 19 Chapter 2 The Appeal of the Society of Muslim Brothers, 1941–44 Fathi’s life turned upside down one hot evening during the summer of 1942. m. in the morning.

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