By James Toth
James Toth bargains an even-handed account of Sayyid Qutb and indicates him to be a way more complicated determine than the numerous one-dimensional pics may have us think. Qutb first won discover as a novelist, literary critic, and poet yet then became to non secular and political feedback geared toward the Egyptian executive and Muslims he deemed insufficiently pious. After a two-year sojourn within the united states, he again to Egypt much more radicalized and joined the Muslim Brotherhood, finally taking cost of its propaganda operation. whilst Brotherhood contributors have been accused of assassinating Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the crowd used to be outlawed and Qutb imprisoned. He used to be carried out in 1966, changing into the 1st martyr to the Islamist reason. utilizing an analytical process that investigates with out passing judgment, Toth lines the existence and considered Qutb, giving awareness not just to his recognized Signposts at the Road, but in addition to his less-studied works like Social Justice in Islam and his 30-volume Qur'anic observation, In the color of the Qur'an. Toth's target is to offer Qutb's principles a good listening to, to degree their impression, and to regard him like different intellectuals who motivate revolutions, even though unpopular they could be.
In supplying a extra nuanced account of Qutb, one who strikes past the cartoonish depictions of him because the evil genius lurking in the back of present day terrorists, Sayyid Qutb deepens our realizing of a valuable determine of radical Islam and, certainly, our figuring out of radical Islam itself.
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Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual by James Toth