Sayyid Ibrahim Husayn Shadhili Qutb, known popularly as Sayyid Qutb, was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and a leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966, he was convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and was executed by hanging. Author of 24 books, with around 30 books unpublished for different reasons, and at least 581 articles, including novels, literary arts critique and works on education, he is best known in the Muslim world for his work on what he believed to be the social and political role of Islam, particularly in his books Social Justice and Ma’alim fi al-Tariq. His magnum opus, Fi Zilal al-Quran, is a 30-volume commentary on the Quran. During most of his life, Qutb’s inner circle mainly consisted of influential politicians, intellectuals, poets and literary figures, both of his age and of the preceding generation.
|Born:||October 9, 1906, Mūshā, Asyut Governorate, Egypt|
|Died:||August 29, 1966, Cairo, Egypt|
|Works:||Milestones, In the Shade of the Quran|
About Sayyid Qutb
Member of the Muslim Brotherhood who spent time in the U.S. in 1949 and wrote about the coutry’s immorality, inspiring groups like al Qaeda. He was convicted, in 1966, of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and was hung to death.
He went to the U.S. to continue his studies in educational administration, and on his return to Egypt wrote about its open mixing of the sexes, its materialism and racism.
After joining the Brotherhood he became the head of its propaganda, and a leading voice in its governance.
His father was a noted political activist, and young Sayyid learned both political debate and Qur’anic tradition from him.
Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the anti-Western religious movement in the Middle East were inspired by his works.
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