Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual

Hardcover | March 6, 2013

byJames Toth

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Sayyid Qutb is considered by many to be the founder of radical Islamism - the "Philospher of Islamic Terror," in the words of Paul Berman. Many draw a direct line from Qutb through Ayman al-Zawahiri to Osama bin Laden. Qutb first gained notice as a novelist, literary critic, and poet but thenbegan writing religious and political criticism aimed at the Egyptian government and Muslims he deemed insufficiently pious. Under pressure from the authorities, Qutb left Egypt in 1948 for a two-year visit to the United States, during which he grew even more radical. He returned to Egypt and joinedthe Muslim Brotherhood, eventually taking charge of its propaganda operation. After members of the Brotherhood attempted to assassinate Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the group was outlawed and Qutb was thrown in jail. He was executed in 1966 - becoming, in effect, the first martyr to theIslamist cause.In this book, James Toth traces the life and thought of Qutb, giving attention not only to his well-known Signposts on the Road, but also to his less-studied works like Social Justice in Islam and his 30-volume Quranic commentary. By returning to these sources, Toth draws a complex portrait of Qutb:one that moves beyond the cartoonish depictions of him as the evil genius lurking behind today's terrorists.

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Sayyid Qutb is considered by many to be the founder of radical Islamism - the "Philospher of Islamic Terror," in the words of Paul Berman. Many draw a direct line from Qutb through Ayman al-Zawahiri to Osama bin Laden. Qutb first gained notice as a novelist, literary critic, and poet but thenbegan writing religious and political critic...

James Toth is an anthropologist who specializes in Egypt, the Arab world, and the wider Islamic community. He has conducted ethnographic research in northern Egypt on migrant farm labor and in southern Egypt on Islamic militancy. He was the director for Save the Children's community development program in Egypt in the 1980s, on the ant...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceHis Life1. Introduction2. Qutb's Early and Modern Years3. Qutb's Transition, From Secularism to Islamism4. Qutb's Moderate Islamism5. Qutb's Radical IslamismHis Legacy: Ideas and Issues6. Sayyid Qutb's Islamic Concept7. Islam as a Revitalization Movement8. Islamic Society and System9. The Islamic Economy10. The Islamic State11. Islamic HistoryEpilogueAppendicesBibliography