International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

From Quranic Literary Studies to Socio-Religious Commitment: Sayyid Qutb’s Socio-Political Orientation
Asyraf Hj Ab Rahman, Nooraihan Ali

This paper revolves around Sayyid Qutb’s socio-political orientation beginning from his literary studies of the Quranic imagery to the socio-religious commitment. This new orientation of Qutb’s thought was seen as a response to the actual Egyptian socio-political conditions during World War II and the post-war period, which led Egypt into a period of increasing violence, chaos and anarchy. Qutb’s demand for a social reform is based on his religious treatment after a long discovery of the revealed text and its role in solving human problem socially, politically and cultural changes. The paper will look into this new orientation and its impact on Qutb’s later writings. Data for this study is based on Qutb’s works such as al-Taswir al Fanni fil Quran, al Adalah al-Ijtimaiyyah fil-Islam and Fi Zilal al-Quran. Secondary data from other scholars’ works on Sayyid Qutb’s thought are also analysed. A descriptive analysis is employed by examining those works which manifest Qutb’s thought besides identifying some major themes relevant to the study objectives

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