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Upcoming Book Release: Return to Shadows: Muslim Brotherhood & An-Nahda since Arab Spring

Monday 17-07-2017 - 02:21 PM
Arabic Translation
Arabic Translation of the Book by Ibtisam Ben Khadra

Cairo - Soon to be published by Dar Al-Saqi Publishing House, Beirut-Lebanon, Arabic translation of the book Return to the Shadows: The Muslim Brotherhood and An-Nahda since the Arab Spring,” by Alison Pargeter and translated by Ibtisam Ben Khadra.

Author Reviews:

‘One of the best analysts of Islamic radicalism’ Jason Burke

‘A brilliant and clear-eyed analyst’ Guardian

‘Alison Pargeter’s outstanding book offers a devastating portrait of Muslim Brotherhood groups in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. For those in Western policy and academic circles who continue to tout the Brotherhood as a moderate or mainstream Islamist movement, Pargeter’s portrait of the organisation’s vacuousness and insularity is an important reality check.’ 

Eric Trager, Esther K. Wagner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Book Review:

Return to the Shadows:
Return to the Shadows: The Muslim Brotherhood and An-Nahda since the Arab Spring by Alison Pargeter

The Arab Spring heralded a profound shift in the Middle East, bringing to power Islamist movements that had previously been operating in the shadows. The Muslim Brotherhood stormed to victory in Egypt and emerged as a key player in Libya’s nascent political arena. Meanwhile, An-Nahda found itself catapulted into power as the head of Tunisia’s coalition government. For a while, it looked as though the region was entering the dawn of a new Islamist age.

But navigating their respective countries through difficult and painful transitions ultimately proved too challenging for these forces, and, just as suddenly, the Brotherhood was dramatically overthrown in Egypt and left severely weakened in Libya. In Tunisia, An-Nahda managed to pull itself through the crisis, but its failure to articulate and deliver the hopes and aspirations of a large section of Tunisian society damaged its credibility.

In this authoritative account, Alison Pargeter expertly charts the Islamists’ ascent and subsequent fall from power. Based on extensive research and interviews with high ranking members of the Brotherhood and An-Nahda, Pargeter offers a comparative analysis of the movement in North Africa since the Arab Spring, and outlines the consequences of the Brotherhood’s decline on both the region and the wider Islamist political project.



Author: Alison Pargeter
Author: Alison Pargeter

About the Author:

Alison Pargeter is a writer and analyst specializing in the Middle East and North Africa and in Islamist movements in the region and beyond. She has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge and Kings College, London, and is a senior associate at Menas Associates, an international consultancy firm. She is the author of Libya: The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi and The New Frontiers of Jihad: Radical Islam in Europe.


Dar al Saqi:

Saqi Books is an independent publishing house of quality general interest and academic books on North Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1983 in London, Saqi’s links with cutting edge and authoritative voices have led to a rigorous reassessment of Arab cultural heritage.                  



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