A Journey in Islamic Thought: The Life of Fathi Osman by Ghada Osman

By Ghada Osman

From pre-revolutionary Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and from imprisonment to exile, this is often the lifetime of Fathi Osman: a number one Egyptian-born philosopher on the vanguard of recent Islamic reformism for almost 4 many years. becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a tender guy, Fathi Osman rose throughout the ranks of the association because of his personal massive oratory talents and his dating with top Brotherhood figures, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Hudaybi. yet as he started to realize the covert violent elements of the Brotherhood, he more and more distanced himself and voiced his competition. He used to be, as a result of his organization with the Muslim Brothers, imprisoned a few occasions sooner than he ultimately left Egypt in self-imposed exile. utilizing interviews, kinfolk files, and archival fabrics to chronicle Fathi Osman’s ideological improvement from spokesperson for the prototypical Islamist move to formulator of an intensive Islamic reformist ideology, Ghada Osman sheds gentle at the trap and internal workings of an immense Islamist circulate and the function of Islamic reform within the international area. within the strategy, she has produced a dispassionate and punctiliously researched biography of a big determine of the twentieth-century Arab and Muslim highbrow international.

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Their first pay packets were immediately put to good use: groceries for the family, and schoolbooks for Fathi. Of all the family members, it was Fathi who felt his father’s absence the most in his day-to-day existence. He had grown up in the shadow of his father, who had been his connection to the big world around him. Gone were the evenings when he and his father went for walks along the Nile and then ate at their favourite restaurant. Gone were the weekends he spent with his father’s friends at the local coffee shop.

He was ready to start college, and thereby a new chapter of his life, one in which his connections to the Society of Muslim Brothers, its leaders, its ideals, and the repercussions of all his involvement, would be cemented for life. 38 01 Journey in Islamic Thought 001-282 22/7/11 14:47 Page 39 Chapter 3 Da‘iya with Questions, 1944–48 His suitcase in hand, Fathi disembarked at Cairo’s main train station in September of 1944. He took a tram to the one place in the teeming city – besides the university – with which he was familiar.

Like many Egyptians, Muhammad had mixed thoughts about the impending war. He felt the commonplace apathy towards the British cause in the war, and the conviction that Egypt was going to be dragged into an issue with which Egyptians had no real connection. But he also espoused the anti-colonial stand of his generation: the British had done enough in Egypt, and it was time for them to leave. If Germany and Italy could force the British out, then maybe there was merit in supporting them. On the other hand, Muhammad – like countless others – was wary of rocking 13 01 Journey in Islamic Thought 001-282 22/7/11 14:47 Page 14 A JOURNEY IN ISLAMIC THOUGHT the boat.

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