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Sayyid Qutb

Sayyid Qutb

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About the Book

No Arab historical figure is more demonized than the Egyptian literati-turned-Islamist Sayyid Qutb. A poet and literary critic in his youth, Qutb is known to have abandoned literature in the 1950s in favor of Islamism, becoming its most prominent ideologist to this day. In a sharp departure from this common narrative, Sabaseviciute offers a fresh perspective on Qutb's life that examines his Islamist commitment as a continuation of his literary project. Contrary to the notion of Islam's incompatibility with literature, the book argues that Islamism provided as Qutb with a novel way to pursue his metaphysical quest at a time when the rising anti-colonial movement brought the Romantic models of literature to their demise. Drawing upon unexplored material on Qutb's life--book reviews, criticism, intellectual collaborations, memoirs, and personal interviews with his former acquaintances--Sabaseviciute traces the development of Qutb's thought in line with his shifting networks of friendship and patronage. In a distinct sociological take on Arab intellectual and literary history, this book unveils the unexplored dimensions of Qutb's involvement in Cairo's burgeoning cultural scene.
About the Author: Giedre Sabaseviciute is research fellow at the Oriental Institute in the Czech Academy of Sciences, specializing in Egypt's intellectual past and present.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780815637288
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Syracuse University Press
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 300
  • Series Title: Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East
  • Weight: 414 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0815637284
  • Publisher Date: 15 May 2021
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Width: 203 mm

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