Mitchell’s book is one of the first ever written on the Muslim Brotherhood, and is regarded as a main source in the study of the organization’s foundation and early history. Mitchell focuses on the creation and development of the Muslim Brotherhood since 1928 up until the rise of Nasser, and is therefore fundamental to understand the organization’s ideology, narrative, and aims.
Since its first publication in 1969, this book continues to be routinely cited as the standard source for the history of the revivalist Egyptian movement, the Muslim Brethren, up to the time of Nasser. This classic work is now accessible to a new generation of scholars and students interested in the Muslim revival. Professor John Voll of the University of New Hampshire, a leading scholar of Islam in the English speaking world, contributes a Foreword to the paperback edition.