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The Sayyid Qutb Reader: Selected Wrtings on Politics, Religion and Society


Sayyid Qutb was arguably the most important influence on the contempoary ideology of political Islam. His experiences and writings are required reading for students of the field and this reader is an excellent source of material. As well as introductory material on Qutb and his ideas, there are writings here taken from important works, such as Milestones, In the Shade of the Qur'an and Social Justice in Islam. Some are subdivided into seperate readings on themes such as revolution, the call to fight, Islamic war ethics and aspects of Jihad. This reader is an ideal accompaniment to works by Sivan and Habeck and is a must read for anyone seeking to learn more about the intellectual origins of today's Islamist movements.

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