Comparing Sayyid Qutb And Zaynab Al Ghazali

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When comparing and contrasting the different ideologies of Sayyid Qutb and Zaynab al-Ghazali, there is a strong fundamental sense for both in the role of Islam in constructing an ideal society; that Islam in one’s daily life contains everything that a person or a society might lack. So too do these thinkers hold a strong parallel between western modernity and the Jahiliya. Where Qutb and al-Ghazali differ comes from their conceptual differences, particularly in regards to gender and governing.
A strong sense of the divisions for both Qutb and al-Ghazali come from their vastly different intellectual and cultural contexts. Sayyid Qutb, the author of some of the most influential writings in the Muslim world, was a highly educated theorist,
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In his infamous book, Signposts Along the Road, Qutb dissents against the state of humanity. He writes, “Humanity today is standing at the brink of an abyss…because humanity is bankrupt in the realm of “values”…which foster true human progress and development” (136). Qutb puts forth the problem of humanity, and offers the solution, saying, “Islam alone possesses such values” (137). Qutb takes the stance that the traditional implementation of Islam would fix failing societies and even economies. He boldly states that the time has come for a worldly renewal, and in order to achieve that, humanity needs something with a spirit stronger than those of patriotism, nationalism, and renaissance concepts; the only owner of such a spirit, according to Qutb, is Islam. Much like Sayyid Qutb, Zaynab al-Ghazali also strongly believes that Islam is a true perfection that can fix anything or provide anyone with what he or she needs. In al-Ghazali’s case, the issue revolves around women’s rights and feminism. In an interview, she was asked about her very early involvement with the non-Islamic feminist group headed by Huda al-Sha’rawi that called for the liberation of women. She responded saying, “That was a mistake…Islam has provided everything for both men and women. It gave women
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