Hasan al-Banna

Pages: 160
Subject: Religion: Islam
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Hasan al-Banna

Gudrun Krämer

Hasan al-Banna (1906-1949) was an Egyptian political reformer, best known for establishing the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization which has millions of members and spans the Arab world. This book offers an account of al-Banna's life and work.
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The Book

Hasan al-Banna (1906 - 1949) was an Egyptian political reformer, best known for establishing the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organisation which today has millions of members and spans the Arab world. Through his ardent struggle to revitalise Islamic values amid increasing Westernisation, al-Banna promoted Islamic charity and personal piety throughout Egypt, becoming a powerful political force until his mysterious assassination. In this well written and impartial biography, Krämer gives a detailed account of al-Banna's life and work.

 

CONTENTS


Introduction

 

1 FAMILY BACKGROUND, EDUCATION AND EARLY CAREER

Rural Piety

Early Education

Encountering Sufism

At Dar al-‘Ulum

The Impact of the Capital

 

2 THE SOCIETY OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERS: 1928-38

Planting the Seed in Isma‘iliyya

Contestation and Suspicion

The Move to Cairo

Building a Base

Recruitment and Activities

 

3 ENTERING THE POLITICAL STAGE: 1938-49

Looking Beyond Egypt

Going Political at Home

Preparing for Jihad: Rovers and Battalions

Patrons without Clients? The Muslim Brothers, the Palace and Party Politics

The Second World War and its Aftermath

Post-War Growth and Expansion

The Special Apparatus

Breakdown: 1948-9

 

4 HASAN AL-BANNA: THE PIVOT OF HIS UNIVERSE

Between Shaykh and Efendi: a Social Profile

Islam Applied: an Intellectual Profile

What Went Wrong?

The Means of Change

On Unity and Community

Islam as a System

A Moral Order, or Creating New Islamic Man

The Virtuous City

A Moral Economy

A Charismatic Community?

Concluding Remarks

 

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld Academic

 

About the Author

Gudrun Krämer is Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies, Free University, Berlin.