The Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's Succession Crisis: The Politics of Liberalisation and Reform in the Middle East

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Mai 2010



Framing economic and political reform in the Middle East, this book explores the interplay between the Egyptian state, the Muslim Brotherhood and the politics of succession. Egypt has in recent years experienced a rise in political activism driven by increasing internal demands for reform and change, impacting upon its economic and political strategy. Two key issues have been central to this: the Muslim Brotherhood, in its evolution from a spiritual to a political movement, and the politics of succession, which has seen the grooming of Gamal Mubarak, son of President Hosni Mubarak, to usher forward the inheritance of power in Egypt. This book enables a greater understanding of the dynamics of authoritarianism and democratisation, and the challenges and dilemmas which any future Egyptian reform process will face in the context of succession to Hosni Mubarak.


Mohammed Zahid completed his PHD in Middle Eastern Political Economy and Politics at the University of Leeds. He has published widely in international journals and consulted for a number of agencies and think tanks on a variety of Middle Eastern issues, in particular relating to political economy, internal Arab politics and security in North Africa and the Persian Gulf.


'[This book] focuses on major transformations within Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and does so interestingly and somewhat uniquely by situating the Muslim Brotherhood in the context of the debates about the Mubarak succession. This is an interesting and challenging account of politics and society in Egypt. It locates Egypt in the Middle East, examines the debates about the political economy of reform in Egypt and then examines how the 'old guard' within the Muslim Brotherhood is confronted by challenges to its leadership, policies and style of engaging with the state and other actors.' - Ray Bush, Professor of African Studies and Development Politics, University of Leeds; 'The relationship between [the] Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian state has dominated developments in Egypt for nearly 90 years. This tense relationship has come also as a result of instability in the Middle East region, which obviously influenced the stability of the state as well. Since the establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood there has always been a clash between the organisation and the Egyptian political leadership. This clash is rooted in issues of perception, specifically the perception that the Muslim Brotherhood wishes to take control of the state. The Brotherhood, for its part, opposes the manner of governance. It disagrees with government economic policy which leaders of the organisation believe to be unrealistic plans implemented by a corrupt body. It is clear that under President Hosni Mubarak a new era in Egypt's modern history [began]. This period has seen an increase in the challenges facing Egyptian leadership. The gap between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian state has widened rapidly and the severe ideological disagreements continue today. The emerging clash over the post-Mubarak succession has also increased the level of tension between both sides. This book investigates all of these elements, and contributes to the debate on the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Modern Egypt. [It] also focuses on economic and political liberalisation as it relates to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and it draws attention to the new Muslim Brotherhood discourse not only in Egypt but in the entire region. [Mohammed Zahid] succeeds in [considering] the unseen elements of the Muslim Brotherhood discourse related to the succession issue in Egypt which looks as if it will dominate the Egyptian political scene until the end of the Mubarak presidency. Moreover, the book analyses all of these elements in terms of the influence of general Middle East politics on Egyptian domestic and foreign policy' - Mahjoob Zweiri, Assistant Professor in Middle East Politics and Iran, Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan; '[This book helps] significantly to expand our knowledge concerning the many dimensions of one of the most intriguing phenomena of the social and political landscape of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region - [and to provide] the instruments that make it possible to approach and become enthralled by a complex and articulated movement that is sometimes not properly understood.' - Siliva Colombo, Research Fellow, Mediterranean and Middle East Programme, Istituto Afffari Internazionali (Rome)
EAN: 9781845119799
ISBN: 1845119797
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: TAURIS I B
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2010
Seitenanzahl: 202 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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