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"Sophisticated analysis presented in an accessible language makes this book layered and interesting to a range of readers. ...The book provides insight into the importance of discourse in politics, along with the political history of Egypt and the challenges posed by the Society of Muslim Brothers. ...Highly recommended."--hoice"Muslim Rebels provides a unique window on Islamic radicalism. In the first full treatment of the subject, Jeffrey Kenney shows how the Kharijites, seventh-century dissenters, were invoked in late twentieth-century Egypt both to delegitimize radicals and to undermine the authorities opposed to them. In persuasively documenting the ways in which a symbol acquires weight and meaning, this book speaks to the pressing concerns of contemporary Muslim politics as well as to the uses of historical memory." --James Piscatori, Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies"Much of Middle Eastern politics in recent years has been shaped by the ascendance of militant Islamists, whose intellectual roots can be traced to the Kharijites of fourteen centuries ago. With Muslim Rebels, Kenny has skillfully captured the metamorphosis of contemporary strands of militant Islam, one of which struck America and the world on 9-11. It is rare to find a complex phenomenon handled with such lucidity and nuance. Required reading for those of us attempting to understand the intersection of Islam and activism today." --Saad Eddin Ibrahim, author of Egypt Islam andDemocracy: Critical Essays

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Jeffrey T. Kenney is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at DePauw University.

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