Considering the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power after the Arab Spring of 2011 and its subsequent Icarus-like fall in 2013, there is much interest in the question of whether it embraces violence. Avoiding an oversimplified answer, Wickham's book, The Muslim Brotherhood, provides a timely historical analysis that shares much needed insight into the ideology of one of the largest and most active Islamist movements in Egyptian politics. Tracking the movement's development from its beginnings to its peak, the book provides readers with the tools to better understand the intricacies of the Brotherhood's decision-making processes and its relationship to politics. Unlike other authors, Wickham provides a non-partisan analysis, which explains the Brotherhood's evolving presence as a vocal opposition group against Egypt's authoritarianism and its political choices during the short-lived phase of democratic transition. Although the book does not cover the Brotherhood's fate after 2013, Wickham's account of the Muslim Brotherhood's...

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