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The Prophet's PulpitIslamic Preaching in Contemporary Egypt$
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Patrick Gaffney

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520084711

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520084711.001.0001

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The Tarboosh and the Beard

(p.80) 4 Islamization
The Prophet's Pulpit

Patrick D. Gaffney

University of California Press

The organization which became known as Jamā'at al-Takfir wa al-Hijira (Society of Repudiation and Holy Flight) was a relatively small extremist group that carried out one of the most daring assaults perpetrated in the name of religion since the Muslim Brothers' attempt on 'Abd al-Nasir's life in 1954. Anxieties roused by the confrontation starting in Upper Egypt flared up again due to the crisis of Iran in 1978 and the emergence of the Ayatollah Khomeini. The image of this fully turbaned and bearded mullah at the head of a revolutionary Islamic government provided a rallying point for a sudden wave of mobilization. The assault on Shaykh al-Dhahabi, who personified the official Islamic establishment upholding the state, clearly alerted others associated with these institutions that they were regarded as standing in the way of an advancing political order with the Qur'an as its basis.

Keywords:   Muslim Brothers, Qur'an, 'Abd al-Nasir, Shaykh al-Dhahabi, Ayatollah Khomeini

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