A Journey in Islamic Thought: The Life of Fathi Osman by Ghada Osman

By Ghada Osman

From pre-revolutionary Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and from imprisonment to exile, this is often the lifetime of Fathi Osman: a number one Egyptian-born philosopher on the leading edge of contemporary Islamic reformism for almost 4 many years. becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a tender guy, Fathi Osman rose during the ranks of the association due to his personal huge oratory talents and his courting with prime Brotherhood figures, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Hudaybi. yet as he started to realize the covert violent points of the Brotherhood, he more and more distanced himself and voiced his competition. He used to be, because of his organization with the Muslim Brothers, imprisoned a couple of occasions prior to he ultimately left Egypt in self-imposed exile. utilizing interviews, kin records, and archival fabrics to chronicle Fathi Osman’s ideological improvement from spokesperson for the prototypical Islamist move to formulator of a thorough Islamic reformist ideology, Ghada Osman sheds mild at the trap and internal workings of a big Islamist move and the function of Islamic reform within the worldwide area. within the strategy, she has produced a dispassionate and carefully researched biography of a huge determine of the twentieth-century Arab and Muslim highbrow international.

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Now in secondary school, Fathi had made a close friend, a Christian classmate named Ilya Tadrus Girgis. Ilya, a slight, highly intelligent boy, had gone to the local Jesuit school (the only foreign school for boys in Minya) for his elementary education, and had studied both English and French there. Because of this head start and due to his natural intelligence, he was always at the top of his class once he transferred to Fathi’s school. Fathi was a close second. Finally, Fathi had found someone of his own age who shared his deep interest in school.

It was rare in the small towns at the time for the Brothers to attract members who were more educated, such as doctors, lawyers or engineers. The attendees also included the wa‘iz of the town, a religiously-trained figure appointed by the government to fulfil mundane religious obligations. Knowing that the gathering would probably not last for more than an hour as it was already late in the evening – the gatherings of the Brothers in the summer always took place after the last of the five daily prayers – Fathi decided he might as well wait till its end to save himself from the embarrassment of an early departure.

In response to the efforts of the Axis, the British strove to present themselves as the true caretakers of the Near East. Egypt received the London-based BBC Arabic language station, as well as a Palestinebased non-governmental Near East one. Both highlighted Britain’s role in the region, and its concern and prior support for it, messages at which most Egyptians rolled their eyes in disbelief. When World War II broke out, it affected the day-to-day functioning of Egyptian families such as Fathi’s.

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