Power and Salvation: Between Sāmī Šawkat and Hasan al-Bannā

Meir Hatina*

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This article focuses on a comparative discussion of Arab secular and Islamic perceptions of power in the interwar period (1919-39), analyzing the writings of two key figures, namely Sāmī Šawkat, who was a vocal protagonist of Arab unity in Iraq, and asan al-Bannā, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. A comparative perspective reveals marked similarities between the two authors. Both advocated commitment to the nation and opposition to imperialism, and both positioned education as the focal point of their approach, fostering a glorious legacy and the exaltation of sacrifice.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)189-215
Number of pages27
JournalDie Welt des Islams
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Islam
  • colonialism
  • jihād
  • nationalism
  • pan-Arabism
  • power
  • sacrifice
  • the Muslim Brotherhood


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