Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 5 – Issue 18) / Book Reviews

Egyptian Islamic Group’s Intellectual Reviews

April 2020

April 2020

Researcher in Islamic History and Civilization, Director of the “Islamic Movements” Unit at the Egyptian Institute. He has published 9 books, including: The Journey of the Abbasid Caliphate (3 volumes), towards an Islamic rooting of the science of Occidentalism.


This study attempts to answer several questions about these initiatives in terms of the idea itself, its representatives, how it is introduced and the forms of response to it from official or non-official parties.

The paper also explores how far these initiatives have achieved benefits for both parties (State – Islamic Group). It also addresses these initiatives’ features, contexts, and circumstances in building a realistic perception about similar projects currently suggested.

The paper reviews the theoretical foundations of the approach of intellectual reform from an authoritarian security perspective, then addresses the experience of the Egyptian Islamic Group’s reviews, the identity of participants, how they were implemented, the time they took, the forms of response to them, and to what extent they achieved positives results, either in favor of the Mubarak regime, then the Sisi regime, or for the benefit of the Egyptian Islamic Group.

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