The Political Theory of Sayyid Qutb: A Genealogy of Discourse, by Mohamed Soffar

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The Political Theory of Sayyid Qutb: A Genealogy of Discourse: Sayyid Qutb is one of the 20th century’s most controversial intellectuals and political figures in the Arab world. He is portrayed in totally different colors by his adversaries and followers alike. In his intellectual odyssey, he started off as a literary critic under Western cultural influences and ended up as a political thinker with Islamic credentials. He produced numerous books and articles that charted his discursive shifts. This work attempts to uncover Qutb’s art of political theorization embedded in his oeuvre. It applies Heidegger’s Dasein analysis coupled with Foucault’s discourse and power analyses, in order to provide a careful reading of Qutb’s most famous Qur’anic commentary: In the Shades of the Qur’an. Although the current study times to reconstruct the context, structure, and dynamics of Qutb’s theatrical discourse during his Islamic turn, it cannot claim in the end to have exhausted all aspects of Sayyid Qutb’s rich thought.

Mohamed Soffar is a Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at Cairo University, Egypt. He is the author of Deconstruction of Foucault’s Conceptualization of Power: The Fundamentals and Studies in Egyptian Political Thought. He is also a member of the Institute for Critical Social Theory. He lives in Egypt.

Paperback. 503 Pages.

Published: November, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-7350576-8-2

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Table of Contents

1) Analytical Framework

2) The Context of Qutb's Discursive Practice
* Temporal Dislocation
* Cultural Schizophrenia
* Anxiety in the Face of Death
* The Question of the Meaning of Being

3) The Discursive Practice of Sayyid Qutb
* Enunciative Function
* Discursive Themes
* Concepts
* Discursive Objects

4) The Sub-Archeological Level of Qutb's Discursive Practice
* Mode of Subjection
* Asceticism or Self-Technologies
* Ethical Substance
* Teleology

5) Conclusion: Recapitulating the Political Theory of Sayyid Qutb

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