Making the Arab World by Fawaz A. Gerges

Making the Arab World

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...

Details Making the Arab World

TitleMaking the Arab World
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherPrinceton University Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Religion, Islam, Northern Africa, Egypt

Reviews Making the Arab World

  • 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 and Sayyid Qutb. A very, very strong recommendation! Here's my full review:
  • 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-Democratic figure in the period.
  • 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 their failures and their contest for power has led to countries relying on and improving upon the colonial apparatus of repression had imprisoned the Arabs this contest. The author does end with a note of optimism that the Muslim brotherhood can rei...
  • Jon
    Nuanced, complex, well-written, and highly informative.
  • Danny
    Simply put this book is Gerges' explanation of existing schism between the region's secular-nationalists and Islamists that has shaped much of the Middle East's modern politics. Gerges uses Nasser and Said Qutb and their political descendants as his foils for his explanation for the current state of political affairs. There are some small critiques to be made of this book but on the whole it is a solid explanation of how the region got to where i...
  • 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 rival factions in government since independence. Pan Arabism, vs nationalism vs Islamism are explored with looks at the important players over the years. The author concludes that there is no consolidation or unity of forces for the Egyptian people given...
  • Shady
    Title is deceiving its about egypt not the arab world and not about the making its about regimen relations with MB over the years more details about qotpAlot of opinion and interpretation rather than hestoric facts