This study examines the attitude of Egyptian intellectuals towards Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt. They believe that to establish an Islamic state would mean a return to the Middle Ages and that Western values do not necessarily contradict Islam. How far can they influence Egypt's future?
Digest of Middle East Studies- " The author…has presented an outstanding introductory work about a complex phenomenon: the discourse between Islamic fundamentalism and the intellectual professions in contemporary Egypt"
Middle Eastern Studies- " One may ask what distinguishes this book from many others written on Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt.The answer is twofold. First, the chapters on fundamentalism are based on wide familiarity with the writings and major thinkers of this ideology, expressed in detailed summaries and numerous quotations…Secondly, and more significantly, the chapters on the response of secular intellectuals in Egypt t the challenge of Islamic fundamentalism are probably the book"s major contribution"
The Jerusalem Post- " This is an extremely useful and painstaking study drawing largely on original Arabic sources, personal observation and private interviews