Hakimiyyah and Jahiliyyah in the Thought of Sayyid Qutb

  title={Hakimiyyah and Jahiliyyah in the Thought of Sayyid Qutb},
  author={Sayed Khatab},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={145 - 170}
  • S. Khatab
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Education
  • Middle Eastern Studies
The work of the Egyptian thinker and activist Qutb is dominated by the concept of jahiliyyah. In developing this theory, Qutb took as one of its bases the idea of hakimiyyah. An understanding of hakimiyyah is therefore important to the study of Qutb’s thinking. This article examines from a religious and socio-political perspective the role of hakimiyyah as developed by Qutb. The Arabic term hakimiyyah is a verbal noun derived from the Arabic root ‘h.k.m’, from which the substantive ‘hukm’, the… 

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