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Counting Islam Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt

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ISBN-10: 0521279119

ISBN-13: 9780521279116

Edition: 2014

Authors: Tarek Masoud

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Why does Islam seem to dominate Egyptian politics, especially when the country's endemic poverty and deep economic inequality would seem to render it promising terrain for a politics of radical redistribution rather than one of religious conservativism? This book argues that the answer lies not in the political unsophistication of voters, the subordination of economic interests to spiritual ones, or the ineptitude of secular and leftist politicians, but in organizational and social factors that shape the opportunities of parties in authoritarian and democratizing systems to reach potential voters. Tracing the performance of Islamists and their rivals in Egyptian elections over the course of…    
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/28/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.90" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Tarek Masoud is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His writings on political Islam, Egyptian politics, and US foreign policy have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, the Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is the co-editor of Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and received the 2009 Aaron Wildavsky Prize for best dissertation in religion and politics from the American…