By Ghada Osman
From pre-revolutionary Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and from imprisonment to exile, this is often the lifetime of Fathi Osman: a number one Egyptian-born philosopher on the leading edge of contemporary Islamic reformism for almost 4 a long time. becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a tender guy, Fathi Osman rose throughout the ranks of the association because of his personal substantial oratory abilities and his dating with prime Brotherhood figures, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Hudaybi. yet as he started to realize the covert violent elements of the Brotherhood, he more and more distanced himself and voiced his competition. He was once, because of his organization with the Muslim Brothers, imprisoned a couple of instances ahead of he ultimately left Egypt in self-imposed exile. utilizing interviews, relatives files, 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 mild at the trap and internal workings of an incredible Islamist circulate and the function of Islamic reform within the international enviornment. within the technique, she has produced a dispassionate and punctiliously researched biography of a massive determine of the twentieth-century Arab and Muslim highbrow global.
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For Fathi, this was the first time that he had been exposed to the idea of social justice. What he had previously heard from religious men had been abstractions around the notions of right and wrong, and heaven and hell. The notion that a religion-centred society could guarantee rights for everyone, rich or poor, was very appealing. Contrary to his teachers and classmates at school who maintained that the rich and the poor should not mix, here were adults and young men who actively propagated a system that would take pains to ensure that all would be equal.
Even the British themselves seriously feared this possibility, and had begun making plans to retreat to Sudan and continue their resistance to the Axis from there. The Germans continued to present themselves as fervent supporters of Egyptian and Arab causes, promising the upper classes in Egypt the property of foreigners, and the peasants shares in the redistribution of large estates. Egypt itself had become a major arena for the war, with battles taking place between the Italians, the Germans and the British in 1940 and 1941.
He had also managed to procure an ‘abaya that was particularly impressive. While other sermon-givers would wear white ‘abayas over their regular clothes, Fathi’s mother – relieved that her son had found a pastime after his father’s death that didn’t involve drinking, womanizing or any other contemptible activity – gave him her uncle’s distinguished black ‘abaya to wear over his suit when he gave his sermons. This type of ‘abaya was a garment that was worn by older men of a grandfatherly generation; even Fathi’s father had never 36 01 Journey in Islamic Thought 001-282 22/7/11 14:47 Page 37 The Appeal of the Society of Muslim Brothers, 1941–44 owned one.