Ali Soufan’s Group on the 50th anniversary of the execution of Sayyid Qutb, father of al Qaeda theology:
Bottom Line Up Front:
• August 29 marks the 50th anniversary of the execution of Sayyid Qutb, whose message of jihad inspired Usama bin Ladin and Ayman al-Zawahiri, among others.
• Qutb’s call for violence has been echoed and answered on a scale he could not have imagined in 1966.
• As with bin Ladin, Qutb’s ideology spread widely after his death, from Iraq to Somalia.
• Groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda continue to use the writings of Qutb to frame their goals and justify their actions.
Read the details here.
Lawrence Wright’s book, The Looming Tower, begins its trace of al Qaeda genealogy with Sayyid Qutb.