Making the Arab World Nasser utb and the Clash That Shaped

Making the Arab World Nasser utb and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East [PDF / Epub] ★ Making the Arab World Nasser utb and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East Author Fawaz A. Gerges – How the conflict between political Islamists and secular nationalists has shaped the history of the modern Middle East Just two years after the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 the Egyptian How the conflict between political Arab World PDF/EPUB å Islamists and secular nationalists has Making the PDF or shaped the history of the modern Middle East Just two years the Arab World PDF ✓ after the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in the Egyptian the Arab World Nasser utb Epub / military ousted the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and subseuently led a brutal repression of the Islamist group These bloody events echoed an older political rift in Egypt and the Middle East the splitting of nationalists and Islamists during the rule of Egyptian president and Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser In Making the Arab World Fawaz Gerges one of the world's leading authorities on the Middle East tells how the clash between pan Arab nationalism and pan Islamism has shaped the history of the region from the s to the present Gerges tells this story through an unprecedented dual biography of Nasser and another of the twentieth century Arab world's most influential figures Sayyid utb a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the father of many branches of radical political Islam Their deeply intertwined lives embody and dramatize the divide between Arabism and Islamism Yet as Gerges shows beyond the ideological the Arab World Nasser utb Epub / and existential rhetoric this is a struggle over the state its role and its power Based on a decade of research including in depth interviews with many leading figures in the story Making the Arab World is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of the turmoil engulfing the Middle East from civil wars to the rise of Al aeda and ISIS.

10 thoughts on “Making the Arab World Nasser utb and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East

  1. Steve Donoghue Steve Donoghue says:

    A brilliant book looking at the fissure at the heart of the modern Arab world the split between nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism told through the intertwined biographies of President Nasser and Sayyid utb A very very strong recommendation Here's my full review

  2. Asim Qureshi Asim Qureshi says:

    Promised a great deal and didn't really deliver for me Still some incredible interview material that makes it worth reading

  3. Joseph Stieb Joseph Stieb says:

    In some ways fascinating and in others oddly tedious this is a book with a great core idea that could have used A A rigorous edit and B A rethinking and broadening of its purposeWhen you see this title what do you think the book would be about? My guess was that it was a sort of dual biography through which the lives of Nasser and utb would be used as vehicles to explore Egypt's and the Middle East's seemingly interminable struggle between Islamists and nationalists The book sort of does that but its real focus is the relationship of Nasser's Free Officers Movement and the Brotherhood This is not a bad topic for a book but the title really makes it seem like a different bookI also thought this book would be appealing to a wider audience given that Nasser utb and the clash between these forces is really interesting and relevant The text however is really only for academics and maybe even specialists in MIddle Eastern history It is loaded down with unnecessary academic jargon subjectivities an endless stream of ation words it is uite long and a huge portion of it like the last 2 hours of the audiobook is devoted not to how this clash made modern Arab politics but to an extended critiue of the Muslim Brotherhood's insular and authoritarian leadership Further the biographical sections of this book are just not as compelling as they could be You get a sense of what these titanic figures thought and did politically but not who they were as people There's also really not that much about even their brief period of rule in Egypt which I was most interested in hearing about This book just didn't put enough thought into who its audience would be and what a wider audience might want to hear That makes it surprisingly narrow in appealThat's a lot of criticizing I do want to emphasize the value of Gerges' main argument that the origins of this clash are really political in the sense that they are about a power struggle than ideological Of course these groups obviously have ideological differences but originally they cooperated to bring about the defeat of imperialism and the fall of the monarchy Nasser then turned on and tried to control the Brotherhood causing a split between accommodationists in the movement and radical resisters who eventually came to have utb as their figurehead This is an important reminder that ArabMuslim politics are well politics; they are not all wild eyed fanatics driven inexorably and inflexibly by dogma to kill each other Gerges subtly undermines that stereotype; if only the book was written for a wider audience it could have a much bigger effect on the way people see Arab politicsThe other really interesting point from this book was a rethinking of the Arab world's shift from Arab nationalism to Islamism as the dominant ideologicalpolitical form Gerges says that the whole idea that the 1967 defeat killed Arab nationalism is overblown This defeat of course crushed the movement's credibility in many ways and was emotionally devastating but the real causes of this shift were the continual repression corruption and ineuality of the Nasserist and then Sadat ist systems Even important was Sadat's co opting of religion to build his legitimacy; Sadat encouraged the flourishing and organizing of moderate Islamic groups as the only permitted civil society groups Sadat allied with the Brotherhood to crush other forms of political resistance so it makes a lot of sense that his uid pro uo with them which blew up in his face in the form of his own assassination fueled the ascendence of political IslamI definitely learned a lot about Egyptian history in this book and a good deal about Nasser a much paranoid and ruthless dictator than I realized and Sadat a figure seemingly driven as much by insecurity at his own failures as blind fanaticism although he was a true fanatic at the end of his life This book just leaves me with a weird feeling I was into some parts of it and I basically tuned out other massive stretches I think the general reader like an undergrad history major or informed general dude just wouldn't have the patience for the length depth and language of this book so I can only recommend it to people who study the Middle East at the graduate level or above

  4. Chris Chris says:

    DNF Tedious Tortuous The preface alone is over 30 pages Disappointed as I have seen the author on television and his attempt to tell the story of utb while simultaneously telling Nasser’s story sounded uite intriguing

  5. Joseph Joseph says:

    utb and Nasser have in common than many might think Not enoughdiscussion of Nazi Nasser ties but still a well researched book Glad to seeYoussef Seddik being remembered as a rare pro Democratic figure in the period

  6. Bob Duke Bob Duke says:

    For someone outside the Arab world who has trouble distinguishing from al Banna and utb this book was deeply informative about the conflict between the nationalist forces and the Islamist forces How their failures and their contest for power has led to countries relying on and improving upon the colonial apparatus of repression had imprisoned the Arabs this contest The author does end with a note of optimism that the Muslim brotherhood can reinvent itself to provide a genuine modernizing force in Egypt and in the rest of the Arab world I do not have enough knowledge to give a verdict as to whether this optimism is justified or not

  7. Jon Jon says:

    Nuanced complex well written and highly informative

  8. Danny Danny says:

    Simply put this book is Gerges' explanation of existing schism between the region's secular nationalists and Islamists that has shaped much of the Middle East's modern politics Gerges uses Nasser and Said utb and their political descendants as his foils for his explanation for the current state of political affairs There are some small critiues to be made of this book but on the whole it is a solid explanation of how the region got to where it is Gerges relies on a series of interviews conducted with both members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Nasser's associates to weave together his narrative I found the research to be uite insightful on the Muslim Brotherhood and the organization's culture I was disappointed that there wasn't a better history of Egypt's secular nationalists or much discussion of the schisms that have developed within Egypt's ruling elite ie the Military and the business elite under Mubarak Gerges wrote this book with a general audience in mind and I found that it was accessible For those interested the politics and history of the Middle East I would recommend this book just don't make it your sacred text

  9. Kyle Anderson Kyle Anderson says:

    This is definitely of a political science book than a history book so don't expect much story telling There is a tendency to repeat the same argument or the same point over again which gives the sense that a certain chapter or passage has not offered any new information However over the course of the book this is made for in the mass number of interviews conducted with former Free Officers and Muslim Brotherhood members that offer a very personal touch on the often untouchable figures of Nasser and utb The book skips over the 1980's and 1990's uite a bit but it spends a great deal of time on the 1950's and 1970's the periods of greatest Arab Nationalist and Islamist socio political sway in Egypt respectively What makes the book really uniue is that it was written recently enough so that it can offer an insight into how the Muslim Brotherhood faced the 2011 Arab Spring and why it lost power Definitely an important lesson for understanding the lack of a political middle in Egypt

  10. RK RK says:

    A hugely insightful book that nonetheless took me many months to read This was my ‘kitchen’ book the non fiction book I would flip through while preparing meals During lockdown it was replaced by the urgent reading of Nigella and Delia as a matter of survivalThe book’s conclusion that the Islamist Nationalist faultline with both sides locked in a seemingly absolutist existential struggle remains the most important impediment to the normalisation of political life in Egypt today The argument is compellingly madeIt’s written academically rather than as a accessible text although I did pick it up when browsing a bookshop the old Dillon’s now Waterstones on my way back from a meeting near SOAS to the tube stationI didn’t just buy pencils So proud of me

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