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The Rise of Islamism in Egypt

  • Demonstrates how political actors have failed in building a peaceful democratic transition following the Egyptian uprising and 2011 revolution

  • Draws on unique interviews with different Egyptian groups, classes, and parties, with an emphasis on young people

  • Presents interviews with Cairo’s political and cultural elite, demonstrators, and business people


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Key Actors in Egypt’s Political System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Alaa Al-Din Arafat
      Pages 33-64
    3. Alaa Al-Din Arafat
      Pages 95-132
    4. Alaa Al-Din Arafat
      Pages 133-161
  3. The Rise of Islamists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Alaa Al-Din Arafat
      Pages 165-193
    3. Alaa Al-Din Arafat
      Pages 195-216
    4. Alaa Al-Din Arafat
      Pages 217-236
    5. Alaa Al-Din Arafat
      Pages 237-260
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-295

About this book


This book provides an overview of the sudden ascendancy of Islamism in post-Mubarak Egypt and a detailed history of the power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood. The author argues that liberals and Copts are minor factions, and that the Islamists, the military and ‘couch party’ (non- politically affiliated Egyptians) are the true key actors in Egyptian politics. Additionally, it is posited that, ironically, Mubarak’s coup-proofing strategy was responsible for the military turning against him. The strained civil-military relations in Egypt are examined, as are the ideological development of  the MB, Salafist and jihadist groups, and the power struggle between the Islamists and the military. 


Egyptian Politics Mubarak Islamists Salafists Ikhwan Muslim Brotherhood hizb al-kanba Egyptian military President Mohamed Morsi Copts Military intervention Political actors Democratization Democratisation Jihadists Organizational development Parliamentary elections Saladist Schools Egypt

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.National Defence and SecuritySultan Qaboos UniversityMuscatEgypt

About the authors

Alaa Al-Din Arafat is a former Visiting Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at Université Française d'Égypte, Egypt. He currently teaches at Strategic Studies' Program for National Defence and Security, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

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