This book provides an overview of the sudden ascendancy of Islamism in post-Mubarak Egypt and a detailed history of the power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood. The author argues that liberals and Copts are minor factions, and that the Islamists, the military and 'couch party' (non- politically affiliated Egyptians) are the true key actors in Egyptian politics. Additionally, it is posited that, ironically, Mubarak's coup-proofing strategy was responsible for the military turning against him. The strained civil-military relations in Egypt are examined, as are the ideological development of the MB, Salafist and jihadist groups, and the power struggle between the Islamists and the military.
Alaa Al-Din Arafat is a former Visiting Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at Université Française d'Égypte, Egypt. He currently teaches at Strategic Studies' Program for National Defence and Security, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.