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Sayyid Qutb’s reputation as one of the finest Muslim writers of all time is
based on the quality of his writings in terms of their eloquence and ideas. For
example, his F¥ ~ilOEl al-Qur’OEn is one of the best, captivating, and most widely
read Qur’anic commentaries in the Middle East. But in the West his reputation
as a writer has been effectively eclipsed mainly because of political considerations.
Here, he is generally portrayed as the leading ideologue for the Muslim
Brotherhood or al-Qaeda. Rather than perpetuate this negative impression,
this editorial seeks to highlight the literary and artistic dimensions of his ~ilOEl.