Bad ideas have wings too: Understanding the resilience of jihadi ideas
Sayyid Qutb’s book Milestones has been one of the main inspirations for violent Islamist groups since its publication in 1964. An Egyptian Islamic theorist, writer and a leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Qutb wrote Milestones while in prison under the Gamal Abdel Nasser regime. The book lays out a plan to revive a true ‘Muslim society’, one that follows a strictly Quranic approach, according to his understanding. Qutb’s ideas have been an inspiration to armed Jihadist groups around the world, from the first wave of violence in Egypt in the 1970s to the fall of the IS caliphate.
In this seminar Georges Fahmi will talk about the reasons behind the resilience of Qutb’s ideas, and how Milestones is still inspiring radical youth in the region.
Georges Fahmi is a Research Fellow at the Middle East Directions Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. He is also an associate fellow of Chatham house. Previously, Fahmi was a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut. His research focuses on religious actors in democratic transition in the Middle East, the interplay between state and religion in Egypt and Tunisia, and religious minorities and citizenship in Egypt and Syria.
This seminar is led by Tine Gade and hosted by the Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime.
The event will not be streamed.