Born in in the village of Musha, Upper Egypt. Received a traditional Muslim Education.
He had a special disdain, however, for schools that specialized in religious studies only, and sought to demonstrate that local schools that held regular academic classes as well as classes in religion were more beneficial to their pupils than religious schools with lopsided curricula.
At this time, Qutb developed his bent against the imams and their traditional approach to education. This confrontation would persist throughout his life. During his early career, Qutb devoted himself to literature as an author and critic, writing such novels as Ashwak Thorns and even helped to elevate Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz from obscurity.
In the early s, he encountered the work of Nobel Prize -winner French eugenicist Alexis Carrelwho would have a seminal and lasting influence on his criticism of Western civilizationas "instead of liberating man, as the post- Enlightenment narrative claimed, he believed that Western modernity enmeshed people in spiritually numbing networks of control and discipline, and that rather than building caring communities, it cultivated attitudes of selfish individualism.
This paper looks into Sayyid Qutb’s thought and his personal experiences in regards to the study of the Quran including its content and literary aspects during the years to and how. reading a radical thinker: a study on sayyid qutb a dissertation submitted to the faculty of the division of the humanities in candidacy for the degree of doctor of philosophy department of near eastern languages and civilizations by laith s. saud chicago, illinois december !!! ii! Sayyid Qutb was an Egyptian author and the lead theologian of the Muslim Brotherhood. His extremist theories have helped inform the tenets of an ideological movement often referred to by analysts as Qutbism. Born in Asyut Governorate, Egypt, in , Qutb was executed by hanging in
Though Islam gave him much peace and contentment,  he suffered from respiratory and other health problems throughout his life and was known for "his introvertedness, isolation, depression and concern. Syed Qutb from a young age would save up his money for a man called Amsaalih, who used to sell books around the local villages.
He would have a big collection of books, and another small collection specifically for Syed Qutb. And Amsaalih would let him do that.
At the age of 12, he had his own library collection of 25 books, even though books were really expensive during that time. He would imitate the scholars by reading the books, and then give lectures to the rest of the village.
If any women needed any information, they would wait till Syed Qutb came back from school, and ask him to share the knowledge he had to them. In many occasions he would be shy because he was a young man, but in some occasions he would go and teach the knowledge he had to the people who asked him.
Before his departure from the United States, even though more and more conservative, he still was " Western in so many ways—his dress, his love of classical music and Hollywood movies.
He had read, in translation, the works of Darwin and EinsteinByron and Shelleyand had immersed himself in French literatureespecially Victor Hugo ".
He was appalled by what he perceived as loose sexual openness of American men and women a far cry from his home of Musha, Asyut. This American experience was for him a fine-tuning of his Islamic identity.
He himself tells us on his boat trip over "Should I travel to America, and become flimsy, and ordinary, like those who are satisfied with idle talk and sleep. Or should I distinguish myself with values and spirit. Is there other than Islam that I should be steadfast to in its character and hold on to its instructions, in this life amidst deviant chaos, and the endless means of satisfying animalistic desires, pleasures, and awful sins?
I wanted to be the latter man. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs — and she shows all this and does not hide it.
The American is primitive in his artistic taste, both in what he enjoys as art and in his own artistic works. This is that music that the Negroes invented to satisfy their primitive inclinations, as well as their desire to be noisy on the one hand and to excite bestial tendencies on the other.
Meanwhile, the noise of the instruments and the voices mounts, and it rings in the ears to an unbearable degree… The agitation of the multitude increases, and the voices of approval mount, and their palms ring out in vehement, continuous applause that all but deafens the ears.
His experience in the U. Nasser would go the house of Syed Qutb and ask him for ideas about the Revolution. Many members of the Brotherhood expected Nasser to establish an Islamic government. Nasser had secretly set up an organisation that would sufficiently oppose the Muslim Brotherhood once he came to power.
This organisation was called "Tahreer" "freedom" in Arabic. It was well known that the Brotherhood were made popular by their extensive social programs in Egypt, and Nasser wanted to be ready once he had taken over.Aug 24, · Timeline Early life Born in in the village of Musha, Upper Egypt.
Received a traditional Muslim Education.
Dad was a farmer. Mum loved and was dedicated to the Qur’an. He had memorised the Qur’an by age ’s and ’s: Early Career Became a teacher of language and literature.
Taught in secular education in. A study of Sayyid Qutb is relevant to South Africa because of the impact he had on the Islamic identity of the Muslim youth in South Africa, and the way in which he shaped their perspective to the struggle against Apartheid.
The Looming Tower. Chapter One: The Martyr (Sayyid Qutb) Sayyid Qutb () -- the subject of this chapter -- arrived in America in , three years after the end of World War II. Sayyid Qutb () was an Egyptian writer, educator, and religious leader. His writings about Islam, and especially his call for a revolution to establish an Islamic state and society, greatly influenced the Islamic resurgence movements of the 20th century.
Sayyid Qutb was born in in the. Sayyid Qutb () was an influential Muslim Brotherhood ideologue whose later publications inspired radical Islamists worldwide, particularly those seeking confrontational means to address what they perceived as governing leaders’ immorality and corruption.
Like Hassan al-Banna and other. Sayyid Qutb (/ ˈ k uː t ə b / or / ˈ k ʌ From to , he went to the United States on a scholarship to study its educational system, spending several months at Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley, Colorado.