The Muslim Brotherhood
The Muslim Brotherhood
Ideology, History, Descendants
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Part I: Ideology
Chapter 1: The General Ideology of the Early Muslim Brotherhood
Chapter 2: The Political Ideology of the Early Muslim Brotherhood
Part II: History
Chapter 3: Repression
Chapter 4: Participation
Chapter 5: Power
Part III: Descendants
Chapter 6: Radicals
Chapter 7: Liberals
Chapter 8: Europeans

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"In this book, Joas Wagemakers, one of the world’s leading scholars on contemporary Islamic movements, masterfully synthesizes the complex history and legacy of the Muslim Brotherhood in a way that is both comprehensive and concise. A tour de force."
Stéphane Lacroix, Associate Professor, Political Science, Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

"A world-leading scholar on Salafism, Islamism and Jihadism, Wagemakers has set out to write an accessible textbook on the Muslim Brotherhood movement for the broader audience, a task he very much succeeds in doing. This highly accessible and balanced account of one of the most important Islamist movements of today is a very welcome contribution to the library on contemporary Islamism. Lucid, eloquent, and packed with insight and astute reflections, this book offers the best available overview of the Muslim Brotherhood movement today."
Brynjar Lia, Professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Oslo and author of The Muslim Brothers in Egypt, 1928-42 (Ithaca, 1998).

“Combining breadth and accuracy, this book is the most comprehensive and erudite overview of the Muslim Brotherhood’s history to date. Wagemakers masterfully condensed an impressive amount of material into an account that spans the Brotherhood’s many facets over one hundred years and across fifteen countries.”
Thomas Pierret, Senior Researcher, IREMAM, CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université

Joas Wagemakers

The Muslim Brotherhood

Ideology, History, Descendants

The Muslim Brotherhood is often represented in mainstream media as a theocratic organisation that preaches Qur’an-based violence and is out to grab power in the West. As this book shows, such representations are wrought with prejudice and oversimplification; the organisation is in reality much more dynamic and diverse. Its goals, ideology and influence have never been static and vary greatly amongst its descendants in both Europe and the Middle East. Joas Wagemakers introduces the reader to this fascinating organisation and the major ideological and historical developments that it has gone through since its emergence in 1928.

Joas Wagemakers

Joas Wagemakers is associate professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. He has published for broad, professional and academic audiences, including The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan (Cambridge University Press, 2020).