This volume provides an overview on the history of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ways its heritage is appropriated by its European members today. They define themselves as the “community of the middle way”, in the centre of Islamic orthodoxy, proposing an ethos and an ideology. However their heritage is composed of many different intellectual strata and these inputs are in tension. The current movement is both powerful and fragile as certain fundamental principles remain respected while many other themes are currently being cautiously questioned. By analysing private interviews and public discourse, this book fills in an important gap in scholarly research. No other in-depth study exists about this little known and reserved but important reference for European Muslims.
Brigitte Maréchal, Ph.D (2006) in Sociology, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL, Belgium), and graduated in Political Science and Islamology. She is a member of the Centre Interdisciplinaire d'Etudes de l'Islam dans le Monde Contemporain (Cismoc), she has published extensively on European Islam.
"[...] a very interesting book. A book leading to questions and soul searching [...]."
Sotirios S. Livas in
Journal of Oriental and African Studies (JOAS) 20 (2011), 306-308.
All those interested in European Islam, Islamist movements and changes affecting religious movements in general : both specialists and students, journalists and politicians.