A Child from the Village / Edition 1

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"Although the Egyptian writer Sayyid Qutb is not a household name in the United States, he is well known throughout the Islamic World as a seminal thinker in the Islamist movement, influential as far away as Pakistan and Malaysia. A member of the Islamic Brotherhood, he was jailed by Gamal Abdul Nasser's government as early as 1954. He became one of the most uncompromising voices of the movement we now call Islamism and is best known perhaps for his book, Ma'lam fi al-tariq, after publication of which he was accused of conspiring against Egyptian president Nasser and arrested. He was executed in 1966." "This memoir tells of Qutb's childhood in the village of Musha in Upper Egypt. Qutb documents the era between 1912 and 1918, a time immensely influential in the creation of modern Egypt. He offers a clear picture of Egyptian village life in the early twentieth century, its customs and lore, educational system, religious festivals, relations with the central government, and the struggle to modernize and retain its identity." A Child from the Village was written just prior to Qutb's conversion to the Islamist cause and reflects his concerns for social justice. Interest in Qutb's writing has increased in the West since Islamism has emerged as a power on the world scene.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815608059
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Middle East Literature in Translation Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,275,880
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Author's Introduction xi
Translators' Introduction xiii
1 The Magzub 1
2 The Gym Master 7
3 The Sacred School 15
4 Medical Mission 33
5 The Local Doctor 43
6 The 'Afarit 59
7 Cultural Activity 78
8 The Law of the Thieves 97
9 The Confiscation of Weapons 106
10 The Harvest 113
11 Sorrows of the Countryside 125
12 The Journey 135
Notes 139
Glossary 147
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