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The unchallenged foundational contribution of Hassan Al-Bannā

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The figure of Hassan Al-Bannā commands great respect and no one can deny that his work was at the foundation of the movement. This chapter enumerates various aspects of his relationship to the Muslim brotherhood movement that are still important today. Hassan Al-Bannā was a fairly prolific writer. On one hand, there is the autobiographical novel Mudhakkirāt alda ʿwa wa al-dāʿiya, which appears to have an enormous effect in emotional terms upon partisans because of the author’s bravery and because of the personal experience of spirituality that is recounted in the book. On the other hand, there is a collection of compilations of articles and speeches given at conferences—Majmūʾat al-rasāʾil (A Collection of Letters)—essentially available in Arabic, which presents the many facets of his teaching. Hassan Al-Bannā is widely presented as an exemplary figure, someone who often appears to justify the entire movement all by himself.

Keywords: Hassan Al-Bannā; Majmūʾat al-rasāʾil; Mudhakkirāt alda ʿwa wa al-dāʿiya; Muslim brotherhood movement



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