Sayyid Qutb Reader Selected Writings on Politics, Religion, and Society

ISBN-10: 0415954258

ISBN-13: 9780415954259

Edition: 2008

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In 2003, the journalist and political writer Paul Berman published a new classic and well known piece in the New York Times magazine called The Philosopher of Islamic Terror . The subject of that piece was a hitherto relatively obscure Egyptian Islamic thinker by the name of Sayyid Qutb. Qutb was a radical Islamic fundamentalist theorist who rose to prominence in the Muslim Brotherhood. He was imprisoned in Egypt from 1954 to 1966 following an assassination attempt on Egyptian President Nasser. During his imprisonment, he penned an astonishing thirty volume commentary on the Quran entitled In the Shade Quran . Albert Bergesen, a professor of sociology and a long time researcher on political violence and transnational terrorism brings together for the first time the writings of the man who has been called in the media bin Ladens brain. The Sayyid Qutb Reader is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the mind of the worlds most infamousterrorist and the ideology which motivates the global movement he has spawned.
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List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Albert J. Bergesen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona. He is the author of numerous books and articles. He coauthored God in the Movies (2003) with Andrew M. Greeley and Cultural Analysis: The Work of Peter Berger, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, and J�rgen Habermas (1984) with Wuthnow, Hunter, and Kurtzweil.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Permissions acknowledgements
Life, context, and core ideas
Sayyid Qutb in historical context
Qutb's core ideas
Selected writings
Milestones
Prologue, from In The Shade of the Qur'an, Volume 7: Surab 8, Al-Anfal (The spoils of war)
Characteristics of the Islamic approach
The liberation of mankind
How defensive is jihad?
A stage of no fighting
What justification for jihad?
A gulf too wide!
A further point of view
Misgivings about jihad
The essence of jihad
For God's cause
Islam's revolutionary message
Characteristics of the call for an Islamic change
The need for jihad and its objective
The universal revolution
The Battle of Badr
Rejecting wise counsel
Qur'anic comments
Why believers fight
To sum up
The basis of inter-communal relations, from In The Shade of the Qur'an, Volume 8: Surab 9, Al-Tawbah (The repentance)
Overview
Peace or no peace
Under strong pressure
The nature of Islamic international relations
Crystallizing attitudes
An announcement is made
The principles of international relations
Honouring commitments
When the period of grace is over
Asylum for the enemy
No peace possible
No obligation honoured
An attitude confirmed by history
Hostility unabated
Doubts dispelled
An order to fight
Who may tend God's houses
Attitudes shaped by feelings
Reminder of a great event
Large forces avail nothing
The earth's suffocating expanse, from In The Shade of the Qur'an, Volume 8: Surab 9, Al-Tawbah (The repentance)
Overview
A very special contract
A true promise and a profitable deal
The characteristics of true believers
An example to follow
Acceptance of repentance
A turn of mercy
The hour of difficulty
The case of one honest man
Vacillating between extremes
The whole world seems too narrow
A reward for every little thing
A task akin to fighting
Uncompromising fight
Islamic war ethics
Hypocritical attitudes
The Prophet's relationship with the believers
Conclusion
Religion and society in Christianity and in Islam, from Social Justice in Islam
Sorrows of the countryside, from A Child from the Village
Notes
Index
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