The Power of Sovereignty
The Political and Ideological Philosophy of Sayyid Qutb
By Sayed Khatab
Routledge – 2006 – 300 pages
The Power of Sovereignty explores the religio-political and philosophical concepts of Sayyid Qutb, one of the most influential political thinkers for contemporary Islamists and who has greatly influenced the likes of Osama Bin Laden. Executed by the Egyptian state in 1966, his books continue to be read and his theory of jahiliyya ‘ignorance’ is still of prime importance for radical Islamic groups.
Providing a detailed perspective of Sayyid Qutb’s writings, this book examines:
Shedding light on Islamic radicalism and its intellectual origins The Power of Sovereignty presents new analysis on the intellectual legacy of one of the most important thinkers of modern Islamic revival.
Qutb’s Photograph. Qutb’s Article. Dedication. Acknowledgement. Introduction Part 1: Religio-Political Discourse 1. Sovereignty 2. Servitude 3. Universality of Islam Part 2: Philosophical Discourse 4. The Innate Character and Moral Constitution 5. Human Intellect 6. The Universe Part 3: Face to Face 7. Sovereignty and Political Establishments 7.1 Nationalism 7.2 Capitalism 7.3 Socialism 7.4 Communism 7.5 Democracy Part 4: Influences and Responses 8. Egypt’s Islamic Movement: Influences and State Responses 8.1 The Military Technical Academy Groups 8.2 The Society of Muslims 8.3 The Society of Jihad