Book cover of The Muslim Brotherhood and the West: A History of Enmity and Engagement by Martyn Framptonby Martyn Frampton

A Foreign Affairs Best Book of the Year

In the century since the Muslim Brotherhood first emerged in Egypt, its idea of “the West” has remained a key driver of its behavior. From its founding, the Brotherhood stood opposed to the British Empire and Western cultural influence. Its leaders hoped to create more pristine, authentically Islamic societies. As British power gave way to American, the Brotherhood oscillated between anxiety about the West and the need to engage with it, while American and British officials struggled to understand the group, unsure whether to shun or embrace it.

Interview with the Author

Podcast art for War on the Rocks War on the Rocks
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Convulted Relationshiop with the West
6/14/18          37 min

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