Sayyid Qutb: The Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘intellectual godfather’

Sayyid Qutb lived in the United States from 1948 to 1950.

By Omar Sacirbey

“Is the jazz standard “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” a heartwarming ode to winter romance or the worst example of American hedonism?

After hearing the song at a Colorado church dance in the 1940s, Egyptian exchange student Sayyid Qutb viewed the song as a moral indictment of the West – views that some say could now shape the future of Egypt.

After returning to Egypt, Qutb emerged as the intellectual godfather of Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, a movement that now appears poised to assume a larger role in Egyptian society, possibly including whatever government takes root after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

The massive demonstrations across Egypt have revived interest – and debate – over Qutb’s impact on the Brotherhood, and whether his anti-Western views that were shaped by his time in America will find renewed favor in a more democratic Egypt.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/11/AR2011021106019.html

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