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Trotsky on Lenin

I'd mentioned a while back that I'd been reading Three Who Made a Revolution, Bertram D. Wolfe's masterful account of the lives of Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin, and their efforts to save their country (and humanity) by blowing both up....
Posted in ideofact on June 25, 2008 12:37 AM

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

Discretion, interpretation

In the Berman quotations linked below, he writes, "Qutb shows no embarrassment at all in noting the seventh-century barbarities whenever they seem apropos--the cruel amputations and other punishments ordained by huddud, the penal code, which he carefully discusses ... The...
Posted in ideofact on June 3, 2007 11:46 PM

Old habits...

So I noticed that there are a few books by and about Sayyid Qutb now available on Amazon.com. I ordered Basic Principles of Islamic Worldview -- I don't know if I'll blog it chapter by chapter, but I might... For...
Posted in ideofact on June 1, 2007 12:44 AM

Some Paragraphs from Berman on Qutb

Paul Berman, author of the splendid Terror and Liberalism, has an important essay in The New Republic (subscription only, methinks, but try the middle link) on the retreat of many Western intellectuals from defending the free inquiry and expression of...
Posted in ideofact on May 31, 2007 11:56 PM

Qutbification?

Epiphany? One of the oddities of Sayyid Qutb's reading of history (Qutb of course is the knucklehead Islamist sometimes called the "brains of bin Laden") is his view of Christianity's history -- could he have been influenced by Edward Gibbon?...
Posted in ideofact on May 22, 2007 01:55 AM

So...

...it seems like I'm back in the groove, and enjoying this again. I'm almost tempted to write about Qutb (which I might do soon enough...)...
Posted in ideofact on April 12, 2007 12:32 AM

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

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...
Posted in ideofact on March 11, 2005 10:07 PM

Qutbdex 1

I've been asked for this before, and generally left it to others to keep track, but, what the hell, I wanted to look over this anyway -- so here's the beginnings of a slightly annotated index to all Sayyid Qutb...
Posted in ideofact on March 9, 2005 11:30 PM

A brother's keeper

Interesting piece in the Washington Post today on the thinking of Gamal Banna, the younger (and perhaps smarter) brother of Hassan--the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood:The notion of an Islamic state, Banna contends with a laugh, contradicts the foundation of...
Posted in ideofact on March 7, 2005 10:35 PM

Qutbdate

I haven't entirely given up writing about Sayyid Qutb or his brother, though it increasingly appears that history is moving in such a contrary direction so quickly that I might as well be writing about the politics of the Byzantine...
Posted in ideofact on February 28, 2005 11:24 PM

Contrast

I write much (too much) of Sayyid Qutb here, following his tortured and torturing readings, so perhaps as a change of pace, a quote from Tariq Ramadan I came across the other day. I don't know much about Ramadan; I...
Posted in ideofact on February 16, 2005 11:22 PM

M. Qutb

The grippe's grip is weakening, but I'm not up to much tonight. Between Sunday and Monday, in a 40 hour stretch, I think I slept for 35, but never for more than two in a row. Nasty.Today I was marginally...
Posted in ideofact on February 15, 2005 10:42 PM

Qutbdate

I suppose it's nothing more than a coincidence, but the latest rant from Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's number two (in more ways than one, I presume), hits many of the same themes of our friend Sayyid Qutb:Liberty as construed by...
Posted in ideofact on February 10, 2005 05:27 PM

4 Qutb 1:2

Note: Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was an Egyptian author, literary critic, bureaucrat, and one time American student who went on to become the most prominent of the radical fundamentalist thinkers of the post-Colonial period; his political thinking has become the platform...
Posted in ideofact on February 8, 2005 01:02 AM

The Spirit of Prague

North Sea Diaries thanks the Czechs for their opposition to tyranny, and adds, One of the contributions the new member states of the EU offer to the jaded, cynical policy-makers in Brussels is an awareness of tyranny. Four years of...
Posted in ideofact on February 3, 2005 11:57 PM

References

There has been so much to write about of late, I haven't much felt like writing anything. I wanted to compare some of Zarqawi's statements about Democracy being evil with those of Qutb (hint: they match pretty closely), but that...
Posted in ideofact on February 1, 2005 05:20 PM

5 Qutb V.

Note: Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was an Egyptian author, literary critic, bureaucrat, and one time American student who went on to become the most prominent of the radical fundamentalist thinkers of the post-Colonial period; his political thinking has become the platform...
Posted in ideofact on January 20, 2005 12:32 AM

5 Qutb IV.

Note: Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was an Egyptian author, literary critic, bureaucrat, and one time American student who went on to become the most prominent of the radical fundamentalist thinkers of the post-Colonial period; his political thinking has become the platform...
Posted in ideofact on January 18, 2005 12:26 AM

Qutbterlude

Well, I spoke too soon -- the second half of the Battlestar Galactica miniseries somehow managed to overcome its promising first installment and recaptured almost everything I didn't like about the first series. I watched the whole thing, which reminded...
Posted in ideofact on January 13, 2005 01:31 AM

Qutbnote

Okay, one last bit before bed, an answer to a question Aziz posed here somewhere. In the fifth Surah of the Qur'an, in the 82nd verse, we find the following passage (at least according to this translation, which is the...
Posted in ideofact on January 12, 2005 12:49 AM

5 Qutb III.

Note: Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was an Egyptian author, literary critic, bureaucrat, and one time American student who went on to become the most prominent of the radical fundamentalist thinkers of the post-Colonial period; his political thinking has become the platform...
Posted in ideofact on January 11, 2005 12:09 AM

5 Qutb II.

Note: I posted this last night over at paleo ideofact, because ideofact's host was apparently under attack much of the weekend.Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was an Egyptian author, literary critic, bureaucrat, and one time American student who went on to become...
Posted in ideofact on January 10, 2005 10:20 AM

5 Qutb I.

Note: Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was an Egyptian author, literary critic, bureaucrat, and sometime nudism enthusiast who went on to become the most prominent of the radical fundamentalist thinkers of the post-Colonial period; his political thinking has become the platform of...
Posted in ideofact on January 7, 2005 12:22 AM

4 Qutb 1:1

It's interesting to see, when reading Sayyid Qutb, whom he chooses to rely on for his information. In fact, one of the more interesting things about The Islamic Concept and its Characteristics is the extent to which Qutb quotes Westerners...
Posted in ideofact on January 4, 2005 11:57 PM

Qutb, Sayyid 3)

I don't often delete things I've written, but I did delete the original version of this post, a further exploration of the identity of Sayyid Qutb, which I dashed off last night. I started thinking about this question when frequent...
Posted in ideofact on January 1, 2005 10:00 PM

Gauntlet

For those who care about such tedium, I've been having a lengthy exchange with a frequent commenter here on ideofact, Abu Noor al-Irlandee, who is a defender of Sayyid Qutb. In our exchange, I pointed out that it seems that...
Posted in ideofact on December 30, 2004 11:58 PM

4 Qutb I:3

I'm doing exactly what I didn't want to do in blogging Sayyid Qutb's The Islamic Concept and its Characteristics; instead of glossing, I'm doing far too much quoting. In his introduction, it is perhaps suffice to say that Qutb borrows...
Posted in ideofact on December 29, 2004 01:00 AM

Qutb, Sayyid 2)

Biography isn't destiny, but sometimes a little context is in order, particularly so when we consider the writings of Sayyid Qutb. What follows is not so much a biographical essay, but a few odds and ends I've picked up here...
Posted in ideofact on December 22, 2004 12:55 AM

Qutbterlude

Sorry about the delay in getting back to Sayyid Qutb. It's been longer than I anticipated, partly because it's rather tedious to prop a book open on my knees and type in passages from his book, or from others, and...
Posted in ideofact on December 16, 2004 12:16 AM

4 Qutb I:2

Just to be absolutely clear, my intention in the previous post was not to stir up sectarian arguments, it was to show the extent to which the Qutbian project depends on their being a single interpretation of Islam, to the...
Posted in ideofact on December 9, 2004 12:05 AM

Birds, stone

Reading this...A bird known by her wing band number, 256, is about to cause a huge flap in genetics, one which could change our understanding of human evolution and bird behaviour and help to prevent another global influenza pandemic....provides a...
Posted in ideofact on December 8, 2004 09:58 PM

4 Qutb I:1

The first section of Sayyid Qutb's work The Islamic Concept and Its Characteristics is an introduction, translated as "A word about the methodology," which is somewhat appropriate since I'm going to write a bit about both his methodology and mine....
Posted in ideofact on December 8, 2004 12:14 AM

Qutb, Sayyid 1)

Perhaps before I begin blogging Sayyid Qutb's The Islamic Concept and its Characteristics, I should attempt to answer a question of rather fundamental importance, one raised by frequent commenter Abu Noor al-Irlandee in replies to this previous post, to wit,...
Posted in ideofact on December 1, 2004 11:33 PM

4 Qutb note

I don't think any film could have done the novel justice, but there was one scene in The Name of the Rose that was more effective, I think, than the pages in the book. Brother William, the intellectually adventurous Franciscan,...
Posted in ideofact on November 30, 2004 11:54 PM

Islamism & sex

A lot of people seem to be linking to this Theodore Dalrymple commentary on the reasons behind the murder of Theo Van Gogh (I first saw it on LGF). I generally find Dalrymple's work interesting, although he writes in a...
Posted in ideofact on November 18, 2004 01:02 PM

Ends & odds

Sorry, sorry -- more of the usual crap tomorrow. I'm not sure why, but I'm exhausted. Well, I guess I do have an inkling as to why -- the last two days I've been consoling friends depressed over the election...
Posted in ideofact on November 4, 2004 11:59 PM

Beatings

It's been a while since Sayyid Qutb turned up on ideofact, but I haven't been ignoring him entirely. This column (registration required. regrettably) ties up Qutb, bin Laden and the radicalization of the Chechens:In 1996, Osama bin Laden himself proclaimed...
Posted in ideofact on October 21, 2004 11:59 PM

Victory of the Sadducees

I started working on something rather lengthy, trying to recreate with my meager writing talent a view of the Salem witch trials from the perspective of one who a) sincerely believed in the power of witchcraft and b) believed that...
Posted in ideofact on September 21, 2004 11:40 PM

One last word

Lynn B. of In Context writes a postscript to the 9/11 memorials:Just when I'm starting to think "enough, already," I'm reminded again of why (and how) we need to keep being reminded.Last night, I watched this slideshow -- it's a...
Posted in ideofact on September 12, 2004 11:38 PM

Miscellany

Stygius says my Qutb posts remind him of a "wry Thomas Aquinas", which is high praise indeed, although I think of myself more as an Augustine, lacking only his fun-filled youth, his religious conversion, his intelligence, and his philosophical and...
Posted in ideofact on August 10, 2004 11:18 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

Under the weather

I know I promised something on Qutb last night, but I'm feeling a bit under the weather (I think the weather is actually partially to blame -- though it's a 75 degrees outside, according to the thermometer outside the kitchen...
Posted in ideofact on August 4, 2004 11:48 PM

Updates & Qutbdate & Odds & Ends

Some minor housekeeping first -- I've added a link to riting on the wall, and a deleted a few long inactive sites, from the favorites page. I've also begun closing comments on earlier posts; in the near future, comments will...
Posted in ideofact on August 3, 2004 11:22 PM

Housekeeping

First, a heartfelt thanks to Brian Ulrich, Stygius and Ghost of a Flea for their kind words about and links to my Qutb efforts; I've added the latter two to the favorites list. I hadn't seen Stygius before, but Ghost...
Posted in ideofact on July 29, 2004 12:27 AM

3 Qutb -- America

I haven't gotten around to reading the 9/11 Commission Report, but I did take a peak at the online searchable version to see what they had to say about Sayyid Qutb; the commission cited Qutb's work What I saw in...
Posted in ideofact on July 27, 2004 12:53 AM

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

Don't work that hard

From my undergraduate days, I recall a story (I don't know if my recollection of it is entirely accurate) about anthropologists in the 1930s being parachuted in to observe a culture for a year at a time -- no doubt...
Posted in ideofact on July 20, 2004 11:44 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

All-Star break

I didn't watch the game tonight -- All Star games, regardless of sport, just don't do it for me. But I decided, in the spirit of the break, to take the night off. Instead of thinking about Qutb and his...
Posted in ideofact on July 13, 2004 11:59 PM

Western Roots of Islamism (more)

Now Athena of Terrorism Unveiled is weighing in on the question of whether there are Western roots of Islamist doctrine. She refers to the article linked in the Samizdata post to which I referred last night, and writes, Not only...
Posted in ideofact on July 12, 2004 11:55 PM

Western roots of Islamism (cont)

I noticed that Samizdata had a post on the subject over the weekend; the piece seems to be short on specifics; I suggested some potential lines of transmission below.In this context, it's worth considering that ideas have histories, and are...
Posted in ideofact on July 11, 2004 11:54 PM

Qutb & al-Husri

As a few of Armed Liberal's commenters have pointed out in comments to this post suggesting Western philosophical roots for the Islamist project, the quotes he's relying upon, from Bernard Lewis' new collection of essays, From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting...
Posted in ideofact on July 9, 2004 11:59 PM

Promises

I'll finish the post I promised immediately below tomorrow. I've written about half of it, but it's badly in need of an edit and I'm badly in need of a good night's sleep. To give a short version, I'm not...
Posted in ideofact on July 8, 2004 11:42 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

Four Enclosed Walls -- I.

Zack Ajmal of the excellent Procrastination blog has a post well worth reading -- and be sure to follow the links. I won't say any more, but it provides a rather important contrast to a lot of the kinds of...
Posted in ideofact on May 27, 2004 11:02 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

Antigone

In a scene from the film version of Umberto Eco's wonderful novel, The Name of the Rose, Brother William of Baskerville and Adso find themselves in a labyrinthine library. Adso unravels a strand from his habit and ties it to...
Posted in ideofact on April 4, 2004 10:30 PM

Daphne Unleashed

Took the five year old to see the new Scoobie Doo movie today. A few brief impressions: I couldn't help feeling it wasn't quite as good as first the movie, probably because Shaggy has a crisis of confidence. In this...
Posted in ideofact on March 27, 2004 11:38 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

A tremor of intent

First, an apology for the erractic posting lately. Last night, our stove was in the dining room, right next to the refrigerator. We couldn't go into the kitchen, nor could we use the first floor bathroom. The basement remains off...
Posted in ideofact on March 24, 2004 09:42 PM

Qutbnote

No one can put up with too much of that nonsense at a time, so after I finish chapter eight, I think I'll take a short break from Milestones. For my sanity, I've been reacquainting myself with Anthony Burgess, and...
Posted in ideofact on March 17, 2004 11:54 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

Odds to no ends

...or, more accurately, odds and ends, but I kind of liked the phrase.The Qutb series will resume next week (that is, tomorrow or Monday). I finished reading Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal...
Posted in ideofact on March 6, 2004 11:43 PM

Vanguard of the Islamoteriat

I noticed something in an article in this morning's Washington Post (the link may require registration -- I'm not entirely sure) that I hadn't noticed when I briefly mentioned the Zarqawi letter a while back. The letter, of course, is...
Posted in ideofact on March 3, 2004 09:51 PM

Blogging in the shade of Qutb

I was going to continue the series on Sayyid Qutb's work Milestones tonight, perhaps exploring further with the theme of urbanization and sexuality discussed in the last entry. (I was going to make a comparison to a passage I believe...
Posted in ideofact on February 23, 2004 11:55 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

Qutbdate

Sorry, not much of a post tonight. I was bit phased by the discussion on this thread about the Zarqawi letter (the link doesn't seem to be working; you can also find it here). Unless I'm mistaken, my erstwhile commentator...
Posted in ideofact on February 16, 2004 11:55 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

Political Islam

I can already tell that the main challenge of commenting on Nazih Ayubi's Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Arab World will be refraining from impinging on his copyright by including too much of the text here. The fact...
Posted in ideofact on February 9, 2004 11:59 PM

Other voices

I'm going to take a break from Qutb for at least one night, to try to get caught up on comments, but I thought I'd point out a few posts well worth reading.Both Meryl Yourish and Lynn B. of In...
Posted in ideofact on February 4, 2004 11:53 PM

Qutbnote

I should both thank Demosophia for the kind plug of my ramblings on Qutb, and note that he's offered some thoughtful commentary of his own, as has Regnum Crucis. For the record, I tend to think Milestone isn't quite Das...
Posted in ideofact on February 4, 2004 12:00 AM

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

Housekeeping

I've added a link to Exit Zero; I was going to write on the mystifying lack of specificity that Qutb offers for his Islamist government, but was shut out of ideofact for a couple of hours, and decided to read...
Posted in ideofact on January 28, 2004 11:50 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

Qutb critique

I've had a few commenters on my Qutb entries who have defended Qutb's ideas, and suggested that some of my criticisms are unwarranted -- particularly the notion that Qutb incorporated some aspects of European totalitarian philosophies into his ideas. Needless...
Posted in ideofact on January 22, 2004 11:57 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

Clippings

The Arab News has a commentary by a Dr. Mohammad T. Al-Rasheed that asks what's wrong with Pax Americana. His conclusion:America, like any other country in the world, has its agenda. That is normal. It is also normal to dispute...
Posted in ideofact on December 11, 2003 10:43 PM

Blogger hell

Never thought I'd type those two words again. Zack from Procrastination emailed to let me know that some of the posts I did on Sayyid Qutb have disappeared. I wasn't able to find them, either on the blog or using...
Posted in ideofact on October 8, 2003 10:51 PM

Qutb's precursor

Thomas Nephew has an excellent post on one of Qutb's influences, one Alexis Carrel, a French Phsyician Nobel Prize winner (medicine) and totalitarian fellow traveler. By the way, Mr. Nephew is too modest in his conclusion -- I think he...
Posted in ideofact on August 20, 2003 01:03 AM

In Search of Averroes

In the midst of last month's madness -- towards the end of it, actually -- the always thoughtful Joe Katzman of the must-read Winds of Change, emailed to alert me to this post by Tarek Heggy, an Egyptian author and...
Posted in ideofact on August 14, 2003 11:23 PM

Hammer and crescent

Fatima of Secular Islam had a post a while back on the tendency of some Muslims, and their Western apologists, to glorify the Islamic past:You'll often see Muslims or non-Muslims defending Islam by saying that, although the recent past has...
Posted in ideofact on July 16, 2003 12:00 AM