The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan
Since its founding in 1945, the Jordanian
Muslim Brotherhood has enjoyed decades of almost continuous parliamentary presence and state acceptance in Jordan, participating
in elections, organising events and even establishing a hospital. In this detailed account of the Muslim Brotherhood's ideological
and behavioural development in Jordan, Joas Wagemakers focusses on the group's long history and complex relationship with
the state, its parliament and society. It shows how age-old concepts derived from classical Islam and the writings of global
Islamist scholars have been used and reused by modern-day Jordanian Islamists to shape their beliefs in the context of the
present-day nation-state. Far from its reputation as a two-faced global conspiracy bent on conquering the West, the Muslim
Brotherhood is a deeply divided group that has nevertheless maintained a fascinating internal ideological consistency in its
use of similar religious concepts. As such, it is part of, and continues to build on, trends in Muslim thought that go back
hundreds of years.
Introduction; Part I. Context: 1. Sunni Islamic political thought until the twentieth century; 2.
The early Muslim Brotherhood's political thought; 3. The Muslim Brotherhood's behaviour in the Jordanian context; Part II.
Divisions: 4. Ideological divisions on the state; 5. Ideological divisions on political participation; 6. Ideological unity
on societal rights and freedoms; Conclusion.
A wide-ranging account of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and its ideological
and behavioural development since its founding in 1945.