In 2013, a group of researchers had the unique chance to interview 61 Egyptian Islamists and their opponents both prior to and after Egypt’s military ousted President Mursī on July 3. Up to that time, Islamists with very different political perspectives were hopeful that they would be able to realize the implementation of sharīa and to create a utopian Islamic state. After the coup, many of them rejected the transformation and a number became involved in militant attacks on police, military and the judiciary. This resulted in harsh government responses. Their criticism has been muted, but they still exist. The interviews document authentic voices during this period of major political transformations. A must read for anyone who wants to understand contemporary Egypt.
- 113–132 4 Al-Jamaa al-Islamiyya: The Burden of History on Internal Transition (Jayson Casper) 113–132
- 133–146 5 Non-Political Islamists: The Jihadi Salafis and the Situation in Sinai (Jayson Casper) 133–146
- 183–208 Appendix 1: Organizations and Interviewees Mentioned in This Book (Cornelis Hulsman) 183–208
- 225–260 Bibliography 225–260
- 261–261 About the Authors 261–261