*** Inside the Brotherhood by Hazem Kandil


Inside the Brotherhood is divided in three parts: one that describes the inner workings and values of the Muslim Brotherhood, one that analyzes the recent political history in Egypt in light of these values, and one that briefly touches on similar movements in other middle-Eastern countries. By far the most interesting to me was the first, which details the recruiting and organizational practices of the organization, and its strange mix of totalitarianism, pragmatism, including a near-total rejection of any intellectual searching, and strong reliance on social networks (the real kind, not the online variety) to encourage and force members to toe the line. Quite a fascinating read, even if the academic tone and presentation are not exactly welcoming

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