The Muslim Brotherhood and its Quest for Hegemony in Egypt

State-Discourse and Islamist Counter-Discourse

  • Annette Ranko

Part of the Politik und Gesellschaft des Nahen Ostens book series (PGNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-15
  2. Annette Ranko
    Pages 17-39
  3. Introducing the State and the Muslim Brotherhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
  4. The Brotherhood and the War of Position (1981-2011)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Annette Ranko
      Pages 109-139
    3. Annette Ranko
      Pages 193-197
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-219

About this book


Annette Ranko analyses the Muslim Brotherhood’s challenging of the Mubarak regime and the ensuing struggle between the two from 1981 to 2011. She furthermore traces how the group evolved throughout the process of that struggle. She studies how the Brotherhood’s portrayal of itself as an attractive alternative to the regime provoked the Mubarak regime to level anti-Brotherhood propaganda in the state-run media in order to contain the group’s appeal amongst the public. The author shows how the regime’s portrayal of the Brotherhood and the Brotherhood’s engagement with it have evolved over time, and how this ideational interplay has combined with structural institutional aspects in shaping the group’s behaviour and ideology.


  • The State and the Brotherhood under Nasser and Sadat (1954–1981)
  • Period 1 (1981–1987): Limited Mutual Tolerance and Goodwill
  • Period 2 (1987–1995): Increasing Tension
  • Period 3 (1995–2000): Repression and Silencing
  • Period 4 (2000–2011): The War of Position at its Peak

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in political science and Middle East Studies
  • Practitioners in the field of foreign policy and development cooperation

The Author
Annette Ranko is a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, Germany.


Authoritarianism Hosni Mubarak Islamism Middle East Mubarak regime

Authors and affiliations

  • Annette Ranko
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Nahost-StudienGIGA Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale StudienHamburgGermany

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