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Sayyid Qutb

Sayyid Qutb
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Sayyid Qutb on trial in 1966 under the Gamal Abdel Nasser regime
Born (1906-10-09)9 October 1906
Mūshā, Asyut Governorate, Khedivate of Egypt
Died 29 August 1966(1966-08-29) (aged 59)
Cairo, Egypt
Ethnicity Egyptian
Era Modern era
Region Middle East
Occupation Sayyid Qutb
Religion Islam
Jurisprudence Shafi'i
Creed Sunni
Main interest(s) Islam, politics, Quranic exegesis (tafsir)
Notable idea(s) Jahiliyyah, Ubudiyya
Notable work(s) Milestones, In the Shade of the Quran

Sayyid Qutb (/ˈktəb/ or /ˈkʌtəb/; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈsæjjed ˈʔotˤb], Arabic: [ˈsæjjɪd ˈqʊtˤb]; Arabic: سيد قطب‎‎ Sayyid Quṭb; also spelled Said, Syed, Seyyid, Sayid, Sayed; Koteb, Qutub, Kotb, Kutb; 9 October 1906 – 29 August 1966) was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and the leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966 he was convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and was executed by hanging.

Author of 24 books, including novels, literary arts critique and works on education, he is best known in the Muslim world for his work on what he believed to be the social and political role of Islam, particularly in his books Social Justice and Ma'alim fi al-Tariq (Milestones). His magnum opus, Fi Zilal al-Quran (In the Shade of the Qur'an), is a 30-volume commentary on the Quran.


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