March 11, 2005

Qutbdex 2

The slightly annotated index to all Sayyid Qutb posts on paleo Ideofact and ideofact continues. I wrote a number of posts on paleo ideofact that deal with different aspects of Qutb's work; here they are in more or less chronological order. I should note that not every post is indexed -- some that mentioned Qutb did so tangentially, others merely repeated things from the Social Justice in Islam series.

Conjecture notes the tendency in Qutb to identify authentic Christianity as either the Manichean or, more often, the Arian heresy.

Fantasy has more to do with al Qaeda than with Qutb, and takes issue with a Lee Harris essay by pointing out that al Qaeda's tactics, though misguided, were part of what its leaders believed to be a winning strategy.

The first Qutbdate quoted from an interesting essay about Qutb.

Here we learn that the Arab News thinks it's okay if I criticize Qutb, provided I'm sincere. I was flip in the entry, but I shouldn't be, because the suggestion seems to be that Qutb is sort of sanctified, or something...

In Assimilation and enrichment, I speculate that Qutb might not have donated to public television pledge drives.

In Miscellany, I contrast two views of the Qur'an (one of which was Qutb's).

Lewis' Crisis has absolutely nothing to do with Qutb, and doesn't belong here at all. But it was on a subject -- the spread of naval technology -- that I find fascinating.

Qutb and the Temple of Love contrasts my own experience of the Church mixer, and Qutb's condemnation of it. To be honest, I went to after hours dance clubs that were more chaste than Qutb's church mixer...

Reading looks at Paul Berman's take on Qutb.

Total Qutb is not one of my better posts -- I got lazy at the beginning, and it carried all the way through to the end.

Terror and Liberalism is very brief, but notes Qutb's totalitarian instinct.

False consciousness alludes to a similarity between the godfather of Arab nationalism, Abu Khaldun Sati' al-Husri, and Sayyid Qutb; can't remember if I expanded on this theme...

A note on the Caliphate notes something that sounds like a separation of mosque and state in the thirteenth century.

This Qutbdate, from June 26, 2003, notes that Sayyid Qutb already seemed to be a quaintly bookish preoccupation, at least as far as the war on terror was concerned: our allies are the Muslims of the Middle East, our enemies and theirs are the same: the tyrants.

More later...

Posted by Ideofact at March 11, 2005 10:07 PM

Interesting collection of thoughts about Qutb.

Like you, I have never seen a church social that mathces the one Qutb describes. And I have been actively involved in one church or another since I was born.

Of course, the churches I attended at didn't seem to need officially organized "single's nights", nor did the leaders brag about marriages caused by church events.

On a more serious note, I've run into several claims that the Muslim responses to Christianity look more like responses to various heresies or misunderstandings of Christianity. Your post on that subject gives a better explanation of the historical forces at work than the others.

Posted by: talon karrde at March 15, 2005 10:28 AM