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

  • Author / Creator
    Hosein, Jeremy O
  • 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.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Religious Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Earl Waugh
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Francis Landy (Religious Studies)
    • Dr. Mojtaba Madhavi (Political Science)
    • Dr. Tarek Al-Bialy (Department of Dentistry)
    • Dr. Earl Waugh (Religious Studies)