By Jeffrey T. Kenney

The Kharijites have been the 1st sectarian move in Islamic heritage, a rebellious splinter workforce that separated itself from mainstream Muslim society and set approximately developing, via violence, a fantastic group of the stored. Their impression within the political and theological lifetime of the nascent religion has ensured their position in either severe and non secular bills of early Islamic background. in line with clone of sect fostered through the Islamic culture, the identify Kharijite defines a Muslim as an overly-pious zealot whose rules and activities lie past the faded of normative Islam.
After a short examine Kharijite origins and the normal photo of those early rebels, this booklet makes a speciality of references to the Kharijites in Egypt from the Fifties to the Nineties. Jeffrey T. Kenney indicates how the conventional snapshot of the Kharijites used to be reawakened to deal with the matter of radical Islamist competition routine. The Kharijites got here to play a critical position within the rhetoric of either spiritual experts, whose respectable function it truly is to interpret Islam for the hundreds, and the secular kingdom, which cynically turns to Islamic principles and logos to safeguard its legitimacy. Even these Islamists who guard militant strategies, and who're themselves tainted by way of the Kharijite label, develop into contributors within the discourse surrounding Kharijism. even though all Egyptians agree that smooth Kharijites symbolize a deadly hazard to society, severe debates have arisen concerning the underlying social, political and financial difficulties that lead Muslims down this harmful course. Kenney examines those debates and what they show approximately Egyptian attitudes towards Islamist violence and its impression on their nation.
Long prior to 9-11, Egyptians were facing the matter of Islamist violence, often evoking the Kharijites. This ebook represents a big contribution to Islamic stories and heart East reports, including to our figuring out of ways the Islamic earlier shapes the current discourse surrounding Islamist violence in a single Muslim society.

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