A Portrait of Egypt

A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam

Mary Anne Weaver

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For centuries Egypt has been a citadel of Islamic learning and thought, and since the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty in 1979, it has been of immense strategic importance to American interests in the Middle East. But Egypt is also a country in crisis, torn between the old and the new, between unsettled religious revival and secular politics. President Hosni Mubarak favors a secular society. But Mubarak's government faces constant conflict with militant clerics such as Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. In A Portrait of Egypt, Mary Anne Weaver argues that an Islamist victory in Egypt is almost inevitable, and, unlike that of Shi'ite Iran, its impact on the Islamic world will be truly profound.

Based on exclusive interviews with militants and front men, generals and presidents, A Portrait of Egypt is essential reading for anyone trying to understand the far-reaching consequences of the growing impact of Islamist politics and policies on the West.

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Praise for A Portrait of Egypt

"A Portrait of Egypt is a fascinating and thoughtful work that will tell Americans, particularly, facts they didn't know and clarify events they have heard about."--Michael Prager, The Boston Globe

"A textured and highly readable account of a timely and important subject....What distinguishes Weaver's work is her skill as a reporter and storyteller."--John Lancaster, The Washington Post Book World

"A compelling narrative of history and personality . . . Weaver understands egypt well."
--Nicholas Goldberg, Newsday

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Mary Anne Weaver

Mary Anne Weaver is a foreign correspondent for The New Yorker, and is the author of Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan (FSG, 2002). An Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2001, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and Santa Monica.

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A Portrait of Egypt
A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam
Mary Anne Weaver

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
August 2000
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ISBN: 9780374527105
ISBN10: 0374527105
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$26.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
August 2000
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ISBN: 9781429998727
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288 pages
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