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Radical Islam: Medieval Theology and Modern Politics
Radical Islam: Medieval Theology and Modern Politics
By Emmanuel Sivan
Yale University Press, 1985, 218 pp

An Israeli scholar's disquisition on Islamic resurgence in Egypt and Syria, which is not imported from Iran but rooted in orthodox Sunni tradition. He shows how the movement against secularism, Westernization, materialism and corruption has developed as a result of disillusion with other ideologies (liberalism, Nasserism, Marxism). Drawing mainly on the writings of Sayyid Qutb and his followers, the book highlights the potential political role of the radical wing of the movement, strongly based in the universities, which has embraced terror and violent revolution. There is explosive material under the surface calm in Egypt and Syria today.