The New Renaissance

Hasan Al-Bann

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
The New Renaissance

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After studies at a teachers' training college, he went to Dr al-Ulm in Cairo. He was fired with religious zeal as a student, and once he began his career as a teacher, he was not long in founding the Muslim Brotherhood (1928), which soon became one of the best organized and largest of the political groups in Egypt. He preached a return to the sources of Islam and a rejection of currents from abroad. The military arm of the Muslim Brothers was implicated in some political assassinations; this led to Hasan al-Bann's assassination in 1949. The Muslim Brothers are still a strong influence throughout the Arab world.

This selection is a counterpoint to The Future of Culture in Egypt by Taha Husayn. Whereas the latter held Egypts transition toward Europe to be ineluctable, Hasan al-Bann writes that Egypt is born again in its Islamic identity; and a Western tint and a European style and manner are no longer credible options for Egyptians. However, Bann by no means advocates that Muslims renounce modern life. The Islamic Renaissance was due not to the emergence of religious extremism, nor contemporary political and economic pressures, nor the opportunism of elites; it was instead the result of the Wests spiritual failure, the Muslims rediscovery of the noble principles of their faith, and the inability of the principles of the postWorld War II international order to solve the problems of the global community.

Chapter.  2330 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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