The first and primary thing I would like to write in respond to Michael's recent email is that to situate a thinker or an intellectual orientation is a significant task. That is to say, in order to understand Late Sayyed Qutb, one needs, firstly, to inquire what were his primary questions. Among the recent works on Sayyed is the scholarly work by Robert D. Lee: Overcoming Tradition and Modernity: The Search for Islamic Authenticity 1997.
I think it is very significant to be conscious about the paradigm one wishes to 'locate' a thinker. The very concept of 'Fundamentalism' is highly dubious and to make a 'father' for this highly suspected and yet unsettled concept are an invitation to slippery grounds. At least this what I think.
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