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A Cross Examination of Sayyid Qutb and Muhammad Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab Open Access


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Muhammad Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab
Sayyid Qutb
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Hosein, Jeremy O
Supervisor and department
Dr. Earl Waugh
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Earl Waugh (Religious Studies)
Dr. Francis Landy (Religious Studies)
Dr. Tarek Al-Bialy (Department of Dentistry)
Dr. Mojtaba Madhavi (Political Science)
Religious Studies

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Master of Arts
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This thesis is a cross examination of the life and writings of Sayyid Qutb and Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab. The main thesis argues that both Qutb and Ibn Abd al-Wahhab largely interpreted Islamic doctrines in light of their own relevant political issues. Through the process of legitimating their political struggles through Islamic texts they distorted the image of Islam to suit their own purposes. The paper tries to assert the relationship between the religious interpretation of these two Islamic scholars and compare them based on the critical analysis of relevant scholarship. The conclusion of this thesis, in accordance with this view, is that Islam does not advocate compulsion in religion and that militant religious extremists like Qutb and Ibn Abd al-Wahhab have used the teachings of Islam to further their own political agendas, rather than apply a profoundly insightful interpretation of the sacred texts. The final goal of this thesis is to advocate an increased awareness and renewed dialogue between the spiritual aspects of Islam versus the political or legal aspects of Islam.
Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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