The Muslim Brotherhood and Spring Time for Sharia in Araby

It is important to recognize why the Muslim Brotherhood certainly does represent the apotheosis of the so-called "Arab Spring" or more aptly, "Spring Time for Sharia in Araby."We must recognize, as serious scholars of the pre-Edward Said era of historical negationism understood well, the traditional, mainstream Islamic authenticity of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan Al-Banna's  vision. Charles Wendell published a magisterial 1978 translation of Hasan al-Banna's five pathognomonic treatises, or "tracts" as Wendell translated the Arabic word "risala," in al-Banna's case. Wendell dedicated this 1978 work to the great Orientalist Gustave von Grunebaum (d. 1972)-a champion of applying Western scholarship to the study of Islam, contra the prevailing idiocy in the academy today. The late (d. 2003) Yale scholar of Islam Franz Rosenthal's obituary for von Grunebaum (d. 1972) included these observations about von Grunebaum's seminal contributions,...(Read Full Post)