No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam

Paperback | September 15, 2002

byGeneive Abdo

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Western media has consistently focused on the extremes of Islam, overlooking a quiet yet pervasive moderate religious movement that is currently transforming the nation of Egypt. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, No God But God opens up previously inaccessible segments of Egyptian society toillustrate the deep penetration of "Popular Islamic" influence. Geneive Abdo provides a firsthand account of this movement, allowing its leaders, street preachers, scholars, doctors, lawyers, men and women of all social classes to speak for themselves. Challenging Western stereotypes, she finds thatthis growing number of Islamists do not seek the violent overthrow of the government or a return to a medieval age. Instead, they believe their religious values are compatible with the demands of the modern world. They are working within and beyond the secular framework of the nation to graduallycreate a new society based on Islamic principles. Both fascinating and unsettling, Abdo's findings identify a grassroots model for transforming a secular nation-state to an Islamic social order that will likely inspire other Muslim nations.

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Western media has consistently focused on the extremes of Islam, overlooking a quiet yet pervasive moderate religious movement that is currently transforming the nation of Egypt. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, No God But God opens up previously inaccessible segments of Egyptian society toillustrate the deep penetration of "Popular ...

Geneive Abdo, the former correspondent in Tehran for the Guardian and The Economist, was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim fellow in 2001-2002. As a correspondent based in Cairo for The Dallas Morning News, she reported from numerous Islamic countries, from the Middle East to North Africa and Central As...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157931

ISBN - 13:9780195157932

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"An elegantly written, sympathetic look at a neglected phenomenon."--Library Journal