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Sayyid QutbThe Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual$
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James Toth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790883.001.0001

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(p.233) Epilogue
Sayyid Qutb

James Toth

Oxford University Press

Chapter twelve examines Qutb’s recent impact. Islamic activists used his writings to promote a campaign which today is called terrorism. This is documented in the movement’s emergence in southern Egypt in the 1970s and 1980s and its transformation from small charity groups into the violence of al-Jihad and al-Jama’a al-Islamiyya. These two exhibited important tactical and organizational distinctions that together contrasted considerably with the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood. Yet by the 1990s, the government had soundly defeated these militants. Many were jailed indefinitely while others escaped abroad. In the 1990s, the imprisoned leaders renounced violence and published the four-volume Revised Concepts. Those committed to violence moved to Afghanistan and under the leadership of Usama bin Ladin and Ayman al-Zawahiri created al-Qa’ida. Yet it is significant that even after the turn of the century, the milder Muslim Brothers continued to be accused of promoting Qutbism. The 2011 uprising did not dispel this suspicion; if anything, the rise of legitimate religious political parties streamlined the Brotherhood and purified its ranks.

Keywords:   Uusama Bbin Lladin, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa’ida, al-Jjihad, al-Jama’a al-Iislamiyya, terrorism, militancy, revised concepts, 2011 uprising

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