Faculty Book: Beth Baron
The Orphan Scandal
(Stanford University Press, 2014)
In June 1933, a Protestant missionary in Egypt caned a Muslim orphan named Turkiyya Hasan in an attempt to convert her to Christianity. The beating sparked a national uproar, marking the beginning of the end of foreign missions in Egypt and the rise of Islamist organizations such as al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin (the Muslim Brotherhood). Using the Turkiyya Hasan incident as a starting point, Baron provides a new lens through which to view the rise of Islamic groups in Egypt. This timely book examines not only the passionate efforts of American and European missionaries, but also how the evangelicals’ tools were appropriated by Islamists – creating a new network of social welfare services. This template for social action would only gain power and influence across the country in the decades to come. Beth Baron (Prof., City College) is director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center and of the MA in Middle Eastern Studies program at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: SEP 24, 2014
Category: Faculty Books | History