Sayyid Qutb

1906 - 1966

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Sayyid Ibrahim Husayn Qutb ( or ; Egyptian Arabic: [ˈsæjjed ˈʔotˤb]; Arabic: سيد قطب إبراهيم حسين, romanized: Sayyid 'Ibrāhīm Ḥusayn Quṭb; 9 October 1906 – 29 August 1966) was an Egyptian Islamic scholar, revolutionary, poet, and a 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. He is considered as "the Father of Salafi jihadism", the religio-political doctrine that underpins the ideological roots of global jihadist organisations such as al-Qaeda and ISIL. Author of 24 books, with around 30 books unpublished for different reasons (mainly destruction by the state), and at least 581 articles, including novels, literary arts critique and works on education, he is best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). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sayyid Qutb has received more than 1,895,130 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Sayyid Qutb is the 295th most popular writer (up from 339th in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 67th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Egyptian Writer.

Sayyid Qutb is most famous for his book In the Shade of the Qur'an.

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Notable Works

Basic Principles of Islamic World View
In the Shade of the Qur'an. Fi Zilal al-Qur'an. Volume XI. Surahs 16-20. Al-Nahl - Ta Ha
In the shade of the Qur'ān
In the shade of the Qur'an
This religion of Islam =
Social Justice in Islam


Among writers, Sayyid Qutb ranks 295 out of 7,302Before him are Gerhart Hauptmann, Emily Dickinson, Arthur C. Clarke, Pearl S. Buck, Carl Spitteler, and Colette. After him are Anne Brontë, Jon Fosse, Heinrich von Kleist, Claude Simon, Lucan, and Elfriede Jelinek.

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Among people born in 1906, Sayyid Qutb ranks 17Before him are Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Albert Hofmann, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Victor Vasarely, Josephine Baker, and Hassan al-Banna. After him are Sergei Korolev, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Billy Wilder, Henri Charrière, Hans Bethe, and Roberto Rossellini. Among people deceased in 1966, Sayyid Qutb ranks 7Before him are Walt Disney, André Breton, Buster Keaton, Alberto Giacometti, Anna Akhmatova, and Georges Lemaître. After him are Sergei Korolev, Ken Miles, Sepp Dietrich, Chester W. Nimitz, Jean Arp, and Peter Debye.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Sayyid Qutb ranks 60 out of 642Before him are Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1922), Fawzia Fuad of Egypt (1921), Shoshenq I (-1000), Ptolemy XIV of Egypt (-60), Cleopatra Selene II (-40), and Hassan al-Banna (1906). After him are Sextus Empiricus (160), Djedefre (-2600), Appian (95), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Ptolemy VIII Physcon (-182), and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (1954).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Sayyid Qutb ranks 2Before him are Naguib Mahfouz (1911). After him are Appian (95), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Nonnus (500), Taha Hussein (1889), and Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190).