Synopses & Reviews
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 infamous terrorist and the ideology which motivates the global movement he has spawned.
Anyone who wants to understand what militant Muslims think has to understand what they read?and they read Sayyid Qutb, the intellectual father of Islamic fundamentalism. Qutb, an Egyptian literary critic and philosopher who was appalled by American decadence, gained prominence in the Muslim Brotherhood, was imprisoned by Nasser, and hanged in 1966. Through his death and prolific writings he became a martyr for the cause of political Islam. His work is virtually unknown outside the Muslim world, but Qutb is at the heart of the intellectual rationale for jihad and violence in the name of Islam.
The Sayyid Qutb Reader is the first collection of his selected works available to the general public. As such, this valuable introduction to Qutb's core intellectual ideas should be read by anyone who wants to understand one of the most important conflicts of our age.