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Egypt after Mubarak:
Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World
Bruce K. Rutherford
With a new introduction by the author

Paperback | 2013 | $20.95 | £16.95 | ISBN: 9780691158044
344 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 1 table.
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Which way will Egypt go now that Husni Mubarak's authoritarian regime has been swept from power? Will it become an Islamic theocracy similar to Iran? Will it embrace Western-style liberalism and democracy? Egypt after Mubarak reveals that Egypt's secularists and Islamists may yet navigate a middle path that results in a uniquely Islamic form of liberalism and, perhaps, democracy. Bruce Rutherford draws on in-depth interviews with Egyptian judges, lawyers, Islamic activists, politicians, and businesspeople. He utilizes major court rulings, political documents of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the writings of Egypt's leading contemporary Islamic thinkers. Rutherford demonstrates that, in post-Mubarak Egypt, progress toward liberalism and democracy is likely to be slow.

Essential reading on a subject of global importance, this edition includes a new introduction by Rutherford that takes stock of the Arab Spring and the Muslim Brotherhood's victories in the 2011-2012 elections.


"A fascinating and timely book. . . . [Rutherford] details the long and persistent struggle of the judiciary to carve out an independent role for itself, even under a military dictatorship."--Fareed Zakaria, Time

"[Readers will] be rewarded by Rutherford's ambitious effort to explain how significant political actors, specifically, the Muslim Brotherhood, the judiciary, and the business sector, can work in parallel, if not exactly together, to influence the country's trajectory over time. This is a novel approach to analyzing Egyptian politics."--Steven A. Cook, Foreign Affairs

"[Egypt after Mubarak] clearly offers both an insightful account of Egyptian politics and a potentially fruitful framework for future comparative research on political change in the Arab world."--Waleed Hazbun, Perspectives on Politics

"Bruce Rutherford thoroughly analyzes the dynamics and personalities of Egyptian politics and the prospects for Egypt once its pro-Western president, Hosni Mubarak, passes on."--Sheldon Kirschner, Canadian Jewish News

"The author has studied closely the Brotherhood's campaign documents, and the book is based on primary sources. No student of the region can afford to ignore it."--A. G. Noorani, Frontline


"An important work, filled with valuable information and insight. Beyond the rich detail about Egypt, Rutherford's study deepens our understanding of how the characteristics of both an authoritarian and a democratic political order come together and persist in the hybrid regimes of the Arab world."--Mark Tessler, University of Michigan

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Table of Contents:

Introduction to the Paperback Edition ix
Acknowledgments xlvii
CHAPTER 1 Hybrid Regimes and Arab Democracy 1
CHAPTER 2 Liberal Constitutionalism: Preserving and Adapting Egypt's Liberal Tradition 32
CHAPTER 3 Islamic Constitutionalism: The Political Goals of Moderate Islam 77
CHAPTER 4 The Decline of Statism and the Convergence of Political Alternatives 131
CHAPTER 5 Economic Restructuring and the Rise of Market Liberalism 197
CHAPTER 6 Liberalism, Islam, and Egypt's Political Future 231
Bibliography 261
Index 279


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