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Gender relations in the writings of Sayyid Qutb.
William Eugene Shepard

Last modified: 2015-10-22


Sayyid Qutb (1906-66) has long been recognized as one of the leading theorists of the radical Islamist movement but for the first half of his adult life he was part of the secular literary movement in Egypt. His first Islamist writings appeared in 1948 and his more radical writings date from about 1958. In this paper I will describe and trace the changesĀ  over time in his views on issues related to gender, beginning with articles from 1929 and ending with the radical writings of the 1960s. What I have found so far is that, while there are interesting changes on specific matters, the main change is in the ideological framework within which they are set along with a more conscious effort to align his views with that framework. This paper is a revision and expansion of a paper on the same topic originally presented many years ago but never published. One way I hope to expand it is to deal with some poems that Qutb published in al-Misriyya (journal of the Egyptian Feminist Union) between 1937 and 1940. So far as I know little or no scholarly attention has been given to these.


Qutb, Islam, Islamism, Egypt, Gender