Founded in 1928 in Egypt and still an important factor in Middle Eastern politics, the Muslim Brothers' Society was a precursor of contemporary Islamist movements in the Arab world. This book presents a detailed history of the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement in the Palestine question - an episode that was equally significant both for its own development and for the subsequent and, in recent years, dramatic growth of the Islamic element in Palestinian politics. Using a wide range of documentary sources, supplemented by interviews, the author provides an account of the ideology of the movement, the evolution of its organizational structure and the various means by which it disseminated its message.
Part 1 Propaganda: Egypt, the Muslim Brothers and the Palestine Question to 1936; the Muslim Brothers and the Palestine revolt - 1936-1937; propaganda for Palestine - July 1937-September 1939; differences among the Brothers. Part 2 Military preparations: the secret apparatus and the Egyptian army; support systems. Part 3 The beginnings of armed struggle: the Muslim Brothers in Palestine; the eve of military action.