Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East

Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East

How the conflict between political Islamists and secular nationalists has shaped the history of the modern Middle East Just two years after the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected president--Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood--and subsequently led a brutal repression of the Islamist group. These bloody events echoed an older political rift in Egypt and the Middle East: the splitting of nationalists and Islamists during the rule of Egyptian president and Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. In Making the Arab World, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world's leading authorities on the Middle East, tells how the clash between pan-Arab nationalism and pan-Islamism has shaped the history of the region from the 1920s to the present. Gerges tells this story through an unprecedented dual biography of Nasser and another of the twentieth-century Arab world's most influential figures--Sayyid Qutb, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the father of many branches of radical political Islam. Their deeply intertwined lives embody and dramatize the divide between Arabism and Islamism. Yet, as Gerges shows, beyond the ideological and existential rhetoric, this is a struggle over the state, its role, and its power. Based on a decade of research, including in-depth interviews with many leading figures in the story, Making the Arab World is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of the turmoil engulfing the Middle East, from civil wars to the rise of Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

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  • Steve Donoghue

    A brilliant book looking at the fissure at the heart of the modern Arab world, the split between nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism - told through the intertwined biographies of President Nasser a...

  • Asim Qureshi

    Promised a great deal, and didn't really deliver for me. Still, some incredible interview material that makes it worth reading. ...

  • Joseph

    Qutb and Nasser have more in common than many might think. Not enoughdiscussion of Nazi-Nasser ties but, still a well-researched book. Glad to seeYoussef Seddik being remembered as a rare pro-Democrat...

  • Bob Duke

    For someone outside the Arab world who has trouble distinguishing from al-Banna and Qutb this book was deeply informative about the conflict between the nationalist forces and the Islamist forces. How...

  • Jon

    Nuanced, complex, well-written, and highly informative....

  • Mark

    Traces the political history of Egypt from colonial days, goes into depth on the birth and history of the Muslim Brotherhood, Nassar, Mubarak and Morsi. It delineates the forces that have lead to riva...