Return to the Shadows

Book Title Return to the Shadows
Author Name Alison Pargeter 
Publishing house Saqi Books 
Country – city UK
Date of issue 2016
Number of pages 320

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The Arab Spring heralded a profound shift in the Middle East, bringing to power Islamist movements which had previously been operating in the shadows. The Muslim Brotherhood stormed to victory in Egypt and emerged as a key player in Libya’s nascent political arena. Meanwhile, An-Nahda found itself catapulted into power as the head of Tunisia’s coalition government. For a while, it looked as though the region was entering the dawn of a new Islamist age.

But navigating their respective countries through difficult and painful transitions ultimately proved too challenging for these forces, and, just as suddenly, the Brotherhood was dramatically overthrown in Egypt and left severely weakened in Libya. In Tunisia, An-Nahda managed to pull itself through the crisis, but its failure to articulate and deliver the hopes and aspirations of a large section of Tunisian society damaged its credibility.

In this authoritative account, Alison Pargeter expertly charts the Islamists’ ascent and subsequent fall from power. Based on extensive research and interviews with high ranking members of the Brotherhood and An-Nahda, Pargeter offers a comparative analysis of the movement in North Africa since the Arab Spring, and outlines the consequences of the Broth

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alison Pargeter is an analyst specialising in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on political Islamist movements. She has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge and Kings College, London, and is a Senior Research Associate at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). Pargeter is regularly called on to brief policymakers in the UK and internationally, and has addressed a wide range of audiences on her areas of expertise, including the US State Department, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Her other publications include The New Frontiers of Jihad: Radical Islam in EuropeThe Muslim Brotherhood: From Opposition to Power and Libya: The Rise and Fall of Gaddafi.


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