From pre-revolutionary Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and from imprisonment to exile, this is the life of Fathi Osman: a leading Egyptian-born thinker who was at the forefront of modern Islamic reformism for nearly four decades. Here, in A Journey in Islamic Thought, his daughter Ghada Osman, an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages, explores his life, ideology and lasting intellectual influence. Over the past decade the most visible face of Islamization has been that of militant Islam. However, whilst formulating his ideas in the 1950s and 1960s, its instigator and key figure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb, was in dialogue with another Islamist of a different persuasion: Fathi Osman. Joining the Muslim Brotherhood as a young man growing up in Egypt, Osman rose through the ranks of the organization, thanks to his own considerable skills in oratory and his relationship with leading Brotherhood figures, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Hudaybi. But as he began to realise the covert violent aspects of the Brotherhood he increasingly distanced himself and voiced his opposition. Nevertheless, due to his association with the Muslim Brothers, he was imprisoned a number of times before he eventually left Egypt in self-imposed exile. A Journey in Islamic Thought makes use of interviews, family documents and archival materials to chronicle Fathi Osman's ideological development from spokesperson for the prototypical Islamist movement to formulator of a radical Islamic reformist ideology. Ghada Osman therefore sheds light on the lure and inner workings of a major Islamist movement, the role of Islamic reform in the global arena and the role of Islamic reform in the Muslim European and American experiences. In the process she has produced a dispassionate and thoroughly researched biography of a major figure of the twentieth-century Arab and Muslim intellectual world.
Journey in Islamic Thought, A
The Life of Fathi Osman