Aestheticism and Islamic Ideology: The Case of Sayyid Qutb

Location

Marshall 490
845 N. Park Ave Room 490
Tucson , AZ

Date: 

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:00pm to Sat, 10/16/2021 - 10:49am

Join the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and CMES for our Fall 2015 Colloquium Series

Aestheticism and Islamic Ideology: The Case of Sayyid Qutb

 

Yaseen Noorani is an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona

On the face of it, Islamist ideology in many of its most well-known and influencial guises appears to be a throw-back to the medieval past, a reinstatement of original principles, as implied in the term "fundamentalism". Numerous scholars have pointed out, however, that Islamism has many commonalities with modern political ideologies and should be seen as a response to modernity rather than a flight from it. In this talk Yaseen Noorani will argue that we need to go further and recognize that Islamism, here in the case of Sayyid Qutb, is a wholly modern political ideology that takes its entire conceptual framework from the modern understanding of the citizen and citizenship. He will argue that the aesthetic side of modern ideas about citizens and their moral consitution is not only crucial for liberal political thinking but can be taken in various non-liberal directions, as we see in the case of Sayyid Qutb and other Islamically oriented intellectuals

 

Friday, September 11, 2015

3:00pm, Marshall 490