Sayyid Qutb

1906 - 1966

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Sayyid 'Ibrāhīm Ḥusayn Quṭb ( or ; Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈsæjjed ˈʔotˤb], Arabic: [ˈsæjjɪd ˈqʊtˤb]; Arabic: سيد قطب إبراهيم حسين‎ Sayyid Quṭb; 9 October 1906 – 29 August 1966), known popularly as Sayyid Qutb (Arabic: سيد قطب‎), 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ideological roots of Global Jihadist organisations such as al-Qaeda and ISIL.Author of 24 books, with around 30 books unpublished for different reasons (mainly destruction by the state), and at least 581 articles, including novels, literary arts critique and works on education, he is best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 1,299,938 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Sayyid Qutb is the 452nd most popular writer (down from 440th in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Egypt (up from 83rd in 2019) and the 7th 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 452 out of 5,794Before him are Enid Blyton, Comte de Lautréamont, Johannes V. Jensen, William S. Burroughs, Pierre de Marivaux, and Henri Barbusse. After him are Lysias, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Louisa May Alcott, Herta Müller, Joris-Karl Huysmans, and Harold Pinter.

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Among people born in 1906, Sayyid Qutb ranks 33Before him are Alexey Stakhanov, Hermann Fegelein, Ernst Ruska, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Léon Degrelle, and Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Wassily Leontief, Josef Kramer, Hassan al-Banna, Albert Sabin, Oleg Antonov, and Vladimir Prelog. Among people deceased in 1966, Sayyid Qutb ranks 15Before him are Sepp Dietrich, Chester W. Nimitz, Montgomery Clift, Giuseppe Farina, Peter Debye, and Ken Miles. After him are Felix Steiner, Dietrich von Choltitz, Cemal Gürsel, George de Hevesy, Frits Zernike, and Célestin Freinet.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Sayyid Qutb ranks 82 out of 520Before him are Den (-3000), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Lactantius (250), Saint Sarah (100), Ctesibius (-284), and Ptolemy VI Philometor (-184). After him are Teti (-2350), Mohamed Al-Fayed (1929), Pappus of Alexandria (290), Seti II (-1300), Saint Maurice (250), and Athenaeus (200).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Sayyid Qutb ranks 7Before him are Naguib Mahfouz (1911), Appian (95), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), and Lactantius (250). After him are Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Nonnus (500), Taha Hussein (1889), and Dionysius Thrax (-170).