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Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism

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Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was an influential Egyptian ideologue who established the theoretical basis for radical Islamism in the postcolonial Sunni Muslim world. Lacking a pure understanding of the leader's life and work, the popular media has conflated Qutb's moral purpose with the aims of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. He is often portrayed as a terrorist, Islamo-Fascist, ...more
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Columbia University Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Polloplayer
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Reading this book helped me imagine reversed circumstances and how it would feel to live in a country occupied by a foreign power infused with religious views different from my own. It is a subject worth pondering.

And Calvert does have a warm familiarity with his subject matter. Too warm, in fact. He seems too smitten with Qutb and strains too hard to explain away the man's social (and possibly physical) impotence, his paranoia and his self-aggrandizing, ethnocentric and xenophobic attitudes th
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Smart, sane, and based on a large number of primary sources and interviews. Well worth your time.
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One of the best books documenting the life of the Father of Modern day Islamism/Islamofascism and Terrorism . In My reading I realized that Qutb was mentally ill as well even though the writer didn't mention that but Qutb accounts with American Nurses where he thought ( in his Mentally ill brain ) that a friendly discussion from the behalf of the nurse about her futuristic dream hubby is actually a sort of "Molestation " or seduction! against him ! which contributed more to his hatred towards th ...more
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