By Ghada Osman
From pre-revolutionary Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and from imprisonment to exile, this can be the lifetime of Fathi Osman: a number one Egyptian-born philosopher on the leading edge of recent Islamic reformism for almost 4 many years. becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a tender guy, Fathi Osman rose in the course of the ranks of the association because of his personal massive oratory talents and his courting with best Brotherhood figures, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Hudaybi. yet as he started to realize the covert violent facets of the Brotherhood, he more and more distanced himself and voiced his competition. He used to be, because of his organization with the Muslim Brothers, imprisoned a few occasions earlier than he finally left Egypt in self-imposed exile. utilizing interviews, relatives records, and archival fabrics to chronicle Fathi Osman’s ideological improvement from spokesperson for the prototypical Islamist flow to formulator of a thorough Islamic reformist ideology, Ghada Osman sheds gentle at the trap and internal workings of a tremendous Islamist move and the position of Islamic reform within the worldwide area. within the method, she has produced a dispassionate and punctiliously researched biography of an immense determine of the twentieth-century Arab and Muslim highbrow global.
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Additional resources for A Journey in Islamic Thought: The Life of Fathi Osman
In 1942, the Prime Minister Nahhas Pasha had come to Minya. The teachers’ union, who were on good terms with him due to a salary increase that he had negotiated for them, had organized a very large celebration in his honour, with tens of thousands in attendance, including Fathi’s older sisters Fatima and Zaynab, as they had both trained as teachers. Some students wanted to be present at the celebrations, but there were not enough tickets for them, and a clash ensued between the students and the event organizers.
14 From the start, the outlook and activities of the Society of Muslim Brothers were more religion-centred and far more comprehensive than those of the YMMA. The Muslim Brothers had begun as an organization for members of all ages, and strongly promoted religious propagation and social welfare work. It heavily emphasized the pursuit of a jihad, or struggle, at all levels, beginning with a personal jihad to improve oneself through learning and piety, all the way up to a social jihad against the British presence in Egypt.
As he delved more deeply into alBanna’s writings and learned more about his vision for the Society in 31 01 Journey in Islamic Thought 001-282 22/7/11 14:47 Page 32 A JOURNEY IN ISLAMIC THOUGHT general, his appreciation for the General Guide’s creativity and organizational abilities increased. Al-Banna had started his propagation in Isma‘iliyya within associations with social agendas such as the Labour Union and the Association for the Prevention of Narcotics. It was perhaps his interaction with such establishments that prompted him to view the Society as a complex organization that would benefit from a well-conceived infrastructure.
A Journey in Islamic Thought: The Life of Fathi Osman by Ghada Osman