Islam and the search for social order in modern Egypt: a biography of Muhammed Husayn Haykal

From the author’s preface: ‘This book is more than a biography of Muhammad Husayn Haykal (1888-1956) but less than an all-embracing portrait of modern Egypt. Through an examination of the writings of Haykal and colleagues such as Taha Husayn I present their conceptions of Egypt’s future as derived from the al-Jarida circle prior to World War I. the envisioned role Islam would have in modern Egypt, and the conflicts they encountered in the context of Egyptian social and political developments. This study… stresses the social elitism felt by Haykal and others from rural backgrounds, …, and how their wish to remain apart from mass opinion influenced their approaches to the problem of Egyptian modernization … the dilemmas they faced in confronting the strength of institutional and popular Islam still exist in Egypt and reflect the broader problem of the tension between the individual’s wish for intellectual freedom and the religious leadership’s concern for social order’.

Title: Islam and the search for social order in modern Egypt: a biography of Muhammed Husayn Haykal
Author: Smith, Charles D.
Year: 1983
Pages: 249
Language: English
Series: SUNY series in Middle Eastern studies
City of publisher: Albany
Publisher: State University of New York Press
ISBN: 0873957105; 0873957113
Geographic term: Egypt
About person: Muhammad Husayn Haykal (1888-1956)
Abstract: From the author’s preface: ‘This book is more than a biography of Muhammad Husayn Haykal (1888-1956) but less than an all-embracing portrait of modern Egypt. Through an examination of the writings of Haykal and colleagues such as Taha Husayn I present their conceptions of Egypt’s future as derived from the al-Jarida circle prior to World War I. the envisioned role Islam would have in modern Egypt, and the conflicts they encountered in the context of Egyptian social and political developments. This study… stresses the social elitism felt by Haykal and others from rural backgrounds, …, and how their wish to remain apart from mass opinion influenced their approaches to the problem of Egyptian modernization … the dilemmas they faced in confronting the strength of institutional and popular Islam still exist in Egypt and reflect the broader problem of the tension between the individual’s wish for intellectual freedom and the religious leadership’s concern for social order’.