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eBook No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam epub
  • ISBN: 0195157931
  • Author: Geneive Abdo
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 24, 2002)
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • ePUB size: 1886 kb
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Geneive Abdo is a journalist, scholar and author of several books on the Middle East and the Muslim World. No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Geneive Abdo is a journalist, scholar and author of several books on the Middle East and the Muslim World. She is currently a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and the author of the recently released book The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide. Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First Century Iran (With Jonathan Lyons) (Henry Holt, 2003). Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11 (Oxford University Press, 2006). The New Sectarianism (Brookings Institution.

No God But God" offers a wonderful glimpse inside contemporary Egypt as this ancient society struggles with .

No God But God" offers a wonderful glimpse inside contemporary Egypt as this ancient society struggles with how it will integrate the precepts - and spirituality - of Islam into today's secular world. Ever since the Iranian revolution, we have been bombarded by an all-out media effort to demonize Arabs and marginalize their religion, especially the "threat" posed by fundamentalists.

Geneive Abdo is the correspondent in Iran for The Guardian and The Economist. She has reported from numerous Islamic countries over a decade, from the Middle East to North Africa and Central Asia. As a correspondent based in Cairo, she covered the Middle East for The Dallas Morning News. Ms. Abdo reported the fall of the Soviet Union for Reuters news agency. She was a staff writer for Newsday and the Baltimore Evening Sun. A graduate of the University of Texas, she was later a Fellow at the Program for Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

Geneive Abdo 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.

In a book of first-rate investigative reporting, Geneive Abdo uncovers the hidden side of Egypt's so-called Islamic threat.

Geneive Abdo, No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), 240 pp, ISBN 0-1951-5793-1. Journal for Islamic Studies Vol. 26 2006: pp. 160-162.

Author: Abdo, Geneive. Please note that the Lexile measures for a small population of books have been recently updated.

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 to illustrate 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 that this 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 gradually create 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.
Comments: (7)
Foiuost
Abdo's work is very impressive and timely. While Abdo has made clear a clear distinction between Orthodox and militant Islam, she seem to have been completely unreceptive to other genuine forms of Islam such as Sufism or moderate Islam. As such, she has adopted a narrow view of Islam, that of Orthodox Islam or Brotherhood's Islam and saw all others as either secularists or militant.
The jist of Abdo's findings of the non violent nature of the vast majority of Fundamentalist or Orthodox Moslems was very well presented in her first chapter. Her analysis of the multitude of educated and affluent women willingly taking up the veil was enlightening.
Most fascinating was Abdo's contrast of the situation in Iran to that of Egypt, and how the non-political social Islamic movement in Egypt has produced a more religious society than the Political imposed from above Islam of Iran
Most disappointing is Abdo's failure to represent the alternate pious views of Islam in Egypt, views that accept the religion but see a separation between Government and religion. Such as separation, contrary to Abdo's reading of history is more than the norm of an Egypt that had separate roles for the Sultan, and the Caliph for centuries
Nikok
A citizen of the world will learn a great deal of the impact of Islam on Egypt and
the after effects of this change on the Middle East and its politics.A must read
for all that are interested in geo-politics
Lost Python
To be honest, when I first borrowed this book, I expected to sift through an easy read full of quirky anecdotes that I would enjoy but I did not find too engaging. It surprised me, however. Once again, it made me rethink the trends of Egyptian society and Islam. Mrs. Abdo is amazingly persistent in gathering the information for this book. As an expatriate living in Egypt with a first-hand observation of how difficult the society can be for Western women, I was in awe at her achievements.
Her portrait covers the slums to Imbaba to the elite of the American University in Cairo and Egyptian hollywood, and she provides interesting vignettes of each sector of society. I do wish she would have been a bit more comprhensive. The influential and visible Coptic population of Egypt remained on the margins. One cannot expect too much, so perhaps she fealt this was not a part of her analysis. Nonetheless, if you are fascinated by the Mid East and modern Egypt, you will enjoy this book heartily. It is readable and very accessible to the average reader.
Kelezel
After laboring through Mary Anne Weaver's thinly reported Portrait of Egypt I was starting to think that the Ikhwan and Gama'at movements were impossible to report on -- a special challenge in a country where the absence of authoritative sources and straightforward government-sourced information makes reporting on ordinary events a challenge.

Yet Geneive Abdo has succeeded brilliantly. Perhaps her Arabic fluency made the decisive difference, although to read the book is to see the many difficulties she faced in getting her subjects to speak. Perhaps she is just very persistent. Her comments about dealing with the Egyptian bureaucracy alone are worth the price of the book. The book is very readable but also highly detailed and carefully footnoted.

Definitely worth a look. I would pass on Weaver's A Portrait of Egypt, however.
Gavinranara
"No God But God" offers a wonderful glimpse inside contemporary Egypt as this ancient society struggles with how it will integrate the precepts -- and spirituality -- of Islam into today's secular world. Ever since the Iranian revolution, we have been bombarded by an all-out media effort to demonize Arabs and marginalize their religion, especially the "threat" posed by fundamentalists. Geneive Abdo, an American journalist based in the Middle East, has made an extraordinary effort to track down and interview a vibrant cross-section of believers and has courageously asked them about their vision for Egypt and their agenda for realizing it. Her cast of characters is unforgettable: some frightening in their narrow-mindedness; some amusing in their depiction of the changes around them; and some wise in their capacity to envision a different world view.
I found that her reporting and her insights forced me to reconsider many assumptions about Islam and its followers. After reading the book, it's easier to understand why so many millions of people are clamoring for change and for an opportunity to express their religion the way they choose. During this intense time in the Palestinian/Israeli crisis her respectful and inquisitive treatment of the second-largest Islamic community in the region can help inform the debate ... and calm passions. By finding sources on the front lines of change -- those without access to the media -- she has made her book both intimate and credible. For me, someone without much knowledge about Egypt or Islam, shw was able to paint a very detailed foreground picture while expertly filling in much-needed background information: about the Koran, politics and politicians in Egypt, and the reasons for the "triumph of Islam."
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