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 The Muslim Brothers and the Neo‐Kharijite Challenge

Jeffrey T. Kenney

in Muslim Rebels

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195131697
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785001 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513169X.003.0003
 						 The Muslim Brothers and the Neo‐Kharijite Challenge

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The evocation of Kharijism first occurred in connection with the activities and ideas of the Society of Muslim Brothers. On two separate occasions, in 1948 and 1954, the Muslim Brothers were accused of being Kharijite. These isolated episodes adumbrate the trend toward accusations of Kharijism that came to inform a range of political and religious rival groups in Egypt — government, official al-Azhar, conservative, Islamist, and secular. This chapter examines the first wave of accusations of Kharijism as they were applied in general to the Society of Muslim Brothers, and in particular to the writing and figure of Sayyid Qutb, a one-time literary critic who became the voice of Islamist militancy.

Keywords: Kharijism; Muslims; Society of Muslim Brothers; Sayyid Outb; Islamist militancy

Chapter.  12837 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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