Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics

ISBN : 9780190073596

Khalil al-Anani
220 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Religion and Global Politics

Over the past three decades, through rises and falls in power, regime repression and exclusion, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has endured, proving more resilient than any other Islamist movement in the world. In this book Khalil al-Anani explores the factors that have enabled the Brotherhood to survive so long within an ever-changing political landscape.

Inside the Muslim Brotherhood unpacks the principal factors that shape the movement's identity, organization, and activism. Investigating the processes of socialization, indoctrination, recruitment, identification, networking, and mobilization that characterize the movement, al-Anani argues that the Brotherhood is not merely a political actor seeking power but an identity-maker that aims to change societal values, norms, and morals to line up with its ideology and worldview. The Brotherhood is involved in an intensive process of meaning construction and symbolic production that shapes individuals' identity and gives sense to their lives. The result is a distinctive code of identity that binds members together, maintains their activism, and guides their behavior in everyday life. Al-Anani attributes the Brotherhood's longevity to its tight-knit structure coupled with a complex membership system that has helped them resist regime penetration. The book also explores the divisions and differences within the movement and how these affect its strategy and decisions.

The culmination of over a decade of research and interviews with leaders and members of the movement, this book challenges the dominant narratives about Islamists and Islamism as a whole.


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1. Introduction: Unpacking the Brotherhood

2. Debating Islamism and Theorizing the Brotherhood

3. Constructing Islamic Collective Identity

4. Power of the Jama'a: The Enduring Legacy of Hasan al-Banna

5. Chasing the Prey: The Brotherhood's Art of Recruitment

6. Tarbiyya and Consolidating the Brotherhood's Identity

7. The Brotherhood's Organization, Structure, and Ideology

8. Ikhwanism: The Brotherhood's Code of Identity

9. Enforced Coherence: The Brotherhood under Regime Repression

10. Conclusion



Khalil al-Anani is Associate Professor at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar. He previously taught at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Georgetown University, George Washington University, and George Mason University. He is co-editor (with Mahmoud Hamad) of Elections and Democratization in the Middle East (2014).