Contemporary History of Fundamentalism in Egypt

  • Barry Rubin


The development of Islamic fundamentalist groups in Egypt has not been a succession of triumphs but rather a series of periods of growth cut short by strategic incompetence, limits to public support, and government repression. Thus, while fundamentalism enjoys a base of support in Egypt, it has never gained a position of ideological or political hegemony. On several occasions, the government has destroyed these groups with relative ease. While Egypt’s leaders must also be cautious in dealing with the threat of revolutionary Islam -showing respect for the religion and the concerns of believers — they can also overawe the movement when necessary.


Suez Canal Muslim Brotherhood Contemporary History Islamic Revival Islamic Fundamentalism 
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