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Echoes of Qutb

Hassan Butt, who belonged to a radical Islamist group in the United Kingdom, has written a fascinating piece in the Guardian in the wake of the spate of failed car bombings in the U.K., asking Muslims to renounce terror. This...
Posted in ideofact on July 2, 2007 11:59 PM

Qutbdex 3

...which, logically, deals with the 2 Qutb series, or ideofact's analysis of what may well be Qutb's most influential work, Milestones. Yes, the slightly annotated index to all Sayyid Qutb posts on paleo Ideofact and ideofact continues. Depressingly, all of...
Posted in ideofact on March 17, 2005 11:17 PM

2 Qutb 12

This non sequitur is brought to you by the 12th and final chapter of Milestones, by radical Islamist Sayyid Qutb, sometimes described as the "brain of Osama":Let me appear, for a moment, in my true guise -- as Qutb would...
Posted in ideofact on August 8, 2004 11:21 PM

2 Qutb 11b

Through rest of the eleventh chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones, the brain of bin Laden dwells on the superiority of the believer, as Qutb defines him, to the milieu in which he finds himself. I imagine the language is...
Posted in ideofact on July 25, 2004 11:52 PM

2 Qutb 11a

The eleventh chapter of Sayyid Qutb's Islamist handbook Milestones begins with an exegesis from this line from the Qur'an:"Do not be dejected nor grieve. You shall be the uppermost if you are Believers." (3: 139) In his first three paragraphs...
Posted in ideofact on July 18, 2004 11:55 PM

2 Qutb 10c

Over the weekend, I read Tragedy of Korosko, an Arthur Conan Doyle thriller about a fictional raid on and kidnapping of a party of European and American tourists by Mahdi's army. The sole reader review of the work on the...
Posted in ideofact on June 28, 2004 11:58 PM

2 Qutb 10b

In my last post on the tenth chapter of Milestones by Sayyid Qutb, the Egyptian Islamist polemicist who's been described as "the brain of Osama," I left off with a passage from Qutb asserting that Islam historically did not mix...
Posted in ideofact on June 22, 2004 11:31 PM

2 Qutb 10a

I've read the tenth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones a few times now, and it's hard to pick the proper place to start -- perhaps it's best to begin at the beginning:When we invite people to Islam, whether they...
Posted in ideofact on June 17, 2004 11:51 PM

2 Qutb 9

In the ninth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones, the Egyptian Islamist sometimes referred to as the "brain of Osama" offers a series of propositions, supported with quotations from the Qur'an and one Hadith, in support of his central dichotomy....
Posted in ideofact on June 14, 2004 11:18 PM

2 Qutb 8 note

In last night's post, I inadvertently suggested that the Qur'an had little to say about economics. The passage in question, which appears after quoting a bit from Qutb in which he cites various Qur'anic verses and a Hadith to support...
Posted in ideofact on June 9, 2004 11:33 PM

2 Qutb 8f

If this post seems repetitive (the previous one is here), it's only because the eighth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones is itself rather repetitive. Qutb cites a series of Qur'anic verses and one Hadith to justify his contention that...
Posted in ideofact on June 8, 2004 11:50 PM

2 Qutb 8e

It's been awhile since I last wrote about Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones (the whole series can be found here). I've enjoyed the respite, and I was thinking of giving up Qutb altogether, but the brain of Osama, as he was...
Posted in ideofact on June 7, 2004 11:49 PM

2 Qutb 8D

In last night's post, I apparently used some intemperate language -- "passing strange" and "hooey" are two examples -- that led one longtime commenter here on ideofact to accuse me of prejudice (presumably against Muslims) and of ranting. I also...
Posted in ideofact on May 12, 2004 11:59 PM

2 Qutb 8c

Today I came across this article on IslamOnline on the proper treatment of prisoners of war:“Treat the prisoners of war kindly.” No, this is not a statement in the Geneva Conventions summarizing the rights of POWs. This is the Prophet...
Posted in ideofact on May 11, 2004 11:59 PM

2 Qutb 8b

Sayyid Qutb, in the eighth chapter of Milestones, suggests that science can advance absent its theoretical foundations. After dismissing philosophy as being, by definition, un-Islamic (the subject of the next post on chapter eight), Qutb turns to what used to...
Posted in ideofact on March 25, 2004 11:57 PM

2 Qutb 8a

In the eighth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones, the brain of bin Laden takes on science and the arts:The thing which will appear strange, not only to the common man but also to writers about Islam, is our turning...
Posted in ideofact on March 16, 2004 10:39 PM

2 Qutb 7f

Just an aside really, no doubt inspired by the particularly fine example of dystopian literature I'm rereading -- the late Anthony Burgess' excellent novel The Wanting Seed, described as a Malthusian comedy on the back of the book, although it's...
Posted in ideofact on March 9, 2004 10:18 PM

2 Qutb 7e

After demonstrating the superiority of the Islamic family by suggesting that women should raise children to the exclusion of any other role in life, Sayyid Qutb, in the seventh chapter of Milestones, reminds us of the thesis with which he...
Posted in ideofact on March 8, 2004 11:22 PM

2 Qutb 7d

I've come to the conclusion that the answer to the question I posed in the last post of this series is a qualified "I'm not sure." I don't think sex, or more broadly, the status of women, was necessarily the...
Posted in ideofact on February 22, 2004 11:59 PM

2 Qutb 7c

I begin to wonder whether the translation of Sayyid Qutb's Milestones is authentic, or whether it's been revised to bring it up to date. In the seventh chapter of the work, after establishing that those Muslim countries which have secular...
Posted in ideofact on February 11, 2004 10:54 PM

2 Qutb 7b

I suppose I shouldn't be flip, and suggest that, in the seventh chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones, the theorist of Islamism argues that the institution of Shariah is essential to save the world from the twin scourges of flirting...
Posted in ideofact on February 3, 2004 11:50 PM

2 Qutb 7a

Reading Qutb is a dreary business. Over the weekend, while my wife shopped for furniture, I got to entertain the five year old. One stop was our favorite bookstore; he picked a few books on his favorite subjects, which include...
Posted in ideofact on February 2, 2004 11:55 PM

2 Qutb 6

In the sixth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's Milestones, the Islamist thinker extols the universal law of Sharia. He adds, Man cannot understand all the laws of the universe, nor can he comprehend the unity of this system; he cannot even...
Posted in ideofact on February 1, 2004 11:36 PM

2 Qutb 5b

In the second century before Christ, Polybius, a Greek who had lived among the Romans, wrote a history of the Republic in the hope of explaining to his countrymen -- of making explicable the inexplicable -- why it was, precisely,...
Posted in ideofact on January 29, 2004 11:09 PM

2 Qutb 5a

When I started skimming Milestones, written by Sayyid Qutb, the Islamist theorist who has been called the "brain of Osama," I had no intention to go all the way through it. And as I've read it, I've had little desire...
Posted in ideofact on January 27, 2004 10:55 PM

2 Qutb 4b

Well, I've read all of the roughly 10,000 words of the fourth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's Milestones for the third or fourth time. Approaching it intelligently is difficult -- there are so many pieces of it worth mulling over that...
Posted in ideofact on January 15, 2004 11:44 PM

2 Qutb 4a

The fourth chapter of Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones deals with Jihad. There's a lot to write about, but to summarize briefly, Qutb sees the goal of Jihad as destroying all non-Muslim governments, and replacing them with Islamist ones:This movement treats...
Posted in ideofact on January 11, 2004 11:28 PM

2 Qutb 3

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. -- Exodus, 20-3.In the third chapter of Milestones, Sayyid Qutb, who some have described as the brains of Osama bin Laden, begins to describe how the vanguard that will bring about his...
Posted in ideofact on January 8, 2004 10:39 PM

2 Qutb 2

Today I read through a translation of the Afghanistan constitution recently adopted (note: the link goes to a PDF); each page tells us that it's an unofficial translation, and readers should refer to the Pashtu and Dari versions for accuracy....
Posted in ideofact on January 6, 2004 11:50 PM

2 Qutb 1

Curiosity continues to salt the snail. I've read the first chapter of Milestones, by Sayyid Qutb, the mid-20th Century Islamist radical who has been described as the brains of bin Laden. In the chapter, Qutb suggests a parallel for his...
Posted in ideofact on December 16, 2003 11:34 PM

2 Qutb i

As Spongebob Squarepants once remarked to his pet Gary (a mollusk of some sort), curiosity salted the snail. Unable to help myself, I looked at the introduction of Milestones, by Sayyid Qutb, the mid-20th Century Islamist radical who has been...
Posted in ideofact on December 15, 2003 11:59 PM