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Explaining The Global Religious Revival: A Response (1)

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Professor Asad focuses on the issue of religious revival and argues that social deprivation and instability may be simplistic explanations for the situation pertaining to Egypt. His critique of these explanations challenges the assumption of a secularist teleology assumed by many scholarly works. Professor Asad rejects several commonly held reasons for the increase in religious revivalism in Egypt. He discusses the multiple reasons for this phenomenon and then argues that in the Egyptian case it springs from the context of the Islamic tradition of renewal. He rejects the idea that this is because of economic reasons that are perceived to be endemic in Arab culture; instead he lays the blame elsewhere. Yes, there is political-economic discontent and certainly, the United States has supported repressive regimes, and there have been disruptive policies that have been deployed by several global agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Keywords: Arab culture; Egypt; International Monetary Fund (IMF); Professor Asad; religious revival; United States; World Bank



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