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Sayyid Qutb

1906 - 1966

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Sayyid Ibrahim Husayn Qutb ( or ; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈsæjjed ˈʔotˤb]; Arabic: سيد قطب إبراهيم حسين, romanized: Sayyid 'Ibrāhīm Ḥusayn Quṭb; 9 October 1906 – 29 August 1966) was an Egyptian author, educator, Islamic scholar, theorist, 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ideological roots of global jihadist organisations such as al-Qaeda and ISIL.Author of 24 books, with around 30 books unpublished for different reasons (mainly destruction by the state), and at least 581 articles, including novels, literary arts critique and works on education, he is best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 1,699,163 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. Sayyid Qutb is the 341st most popular writer (up from 452nd in 2019), the 68th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 82nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Egyptian Writer.

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

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Among writers, Sayyid Qutb ranks 341 out of 5,755Before him are Louise Glück, Gerhart Hauptmann, Gao Xingjian, Napoleon Hill, Philip Roth, and Czesław Miłosz. After him are Appian, Friedrich Schlegel, O. Henry, Jorge Amado, Wilhelm Grimm, and Johannes V. Jensen.

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Among people born in 1906, Sayyid Qutb ranks 21Before him are Albert Hofmann, Victor Vasarely, Sergei Korolev, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and Emmanuel Levinas. After him are Ernst Ruska, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Henri Charrière, Hermann Fegelein, and Giuseppe Farina. Among people deceased in 1966, Sayyid Qutb ranks 12Before him are Buster Keaton, Ken Miles, Sergei Korolev, Peter Debye, Jean Arp, and Sepp Dietrich. After him are Giuseppe Farina, Chester W. Nimitz, Montgomery Clift, Dietrich von Choltitz, Felix Steiner, and Cemal Gürsel.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Sayyid Qutb ranks 68 out of 582Before him are Cleopatra Selene II (-40), Saint Apollonia (110), Meritaten (-1400), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Sextus Empiricus (160), and Shoshenq I (-1000). After him are Appian (95), Paul of Thebes (227), Saint Maurice (250), Eric Hobsbawm (1917), Pachomius the Great (292), and Apollonius of Rhodes (-295).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Sayyid Qutb ranks 3Before him are Naguib Mahfouz (1911) and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876). After him are Appian (95), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Nonnus (500), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), and Taha Hussein (1889).