By Eric Trager
How did Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood win strength so quick after the dramatic “Arab Spring” rebellion that ended President Hosni Mubarak’s thirty-year reign in February 2011? And why did the Brotherhood fall from energy much more speedy, culminating with the preferred “rebellion” and armed forces coup that toppled Egypt’s first elected president, Brotherhood chief Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013? In Arab Fall, Eric Trager examines the Brotherhood’s determination making all through this severe interval, explaining its purposes for becoming a member of the 2011 rebellion, operating for a majority of the seats within the 2011–2012 parliamentary elections, and nominating a presidential candidate regardless of its preliminary promise to not achieve this. in line with broad learn in Egypt and interviews with dozens of Brotherhood leaders and cadres together with Morsi, Trager argues that the very organizational features that helped the Brotherhood win strength additionally contributed to its quick downfall. The Brotherhood’s extensive procedure for recruiting individuals and its inflexible national command-chain intended that it possessed extraordinary mobilizing services for profitable the 1st post-Mubarak parliamentary and presidential elections.
Yet the Brotherhood’s hierarchical organizational tradition, within which dissenters are banished and critics are seen as enemies of Islam, bred exclusivism. This alienated many Egyptians, together with many inside Egypt’s country associations. The Brotherhood’s insularity additionally avoided its leaders from spotting how fast the rustic was once slipping from their take hold of, leaving thousands of Muslim Brothers solely unprepared for the brutal crackdown that Morsi’s overthrow. Trager concludes with an overview of the present nation of Egyptian politics and examines the Brotherhood’s customers for reemerging.
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Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days by Eric Trager