Jeffrey T. Kenney

in Muslim Rebels

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195131697
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785001 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a study of the mythical image of the Kharijites created by medieval thinkers in the context of the political and cultural world of mid-20th-century Egypt. It explains the relevance of Islam's mythic history, including the Kharijites, to the development of modern Egypt. It argues that reinvented Kharijism in Egypt has, at different times, fitted the assessments offered by both proponents and critics. An overview of the succeeding chapters is presented.

Keywords: Islam; mythical image; Kharijism; Muslims; Islamic history

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