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

James Toth


Sayyid Qutb is considered to be the notorious godfather of the militant Islam that perpetrated the September 11th attacks. The purpose of the book is to understand the man and his ideas. The first part reviews the course of Qutb’s life, starting from his birth in 1906 in southern Egypt, and then later in Cairo, going from his secular, nationalist years as a modern poet and literary critic, to his turn toward moderate Islam, and then closing as he becomes more conservative and radical. In 1948, he traveled to the United States where he confirmed his preconceived aversions to the West. He suppor ... More

Keywords: terrorism, militant islam, modernity, Greeley, literature, Jamal Abdel Nasser, Jahiliyya, Hakimiyya, jihad, al-Qa’ida

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199790883
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Toth, author
New York University, Abu Dhabi