A thought-provoking and certainly probable explanation for the subsequent developments in the Arab world


Secularists and Islamists played on the same team before the powerless and vain President Nasser sowed animosity and strife, the new book claims.

Fafner is a regular critic in MODERN TIMES. Resides in Tel Aviv.
E-mail: hhfafner@gmail.com
Published: November 1, 2018
Making the Arab World. Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash that Shaped the Middle East

The 23. July 1952 a group of young officers took power in Egypt. One of them was Gamal Abdel Nasser - later the president of the country - and the coup was in many ways going to shape the entire Arab world as we know it today. Nasser was perhaps more than someone to represent the secularism that has ever faced Islamic movements in various shadows in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa. In the case of Egypt, this is especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, the outcome could easily have been completely different. It claims Professor of Middle East Studies at the London School of Economics Fawaz A. Gerges, who has written a new and well-argued…

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