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    ROL!! Read Out Loud


    The America I Have Seen (1951)


    by Syed Qutb
    Qutbs thoughts on American culture are fascinating. As this article was written for a magazine, Qutb candidly describes encounters he had throughout his time in Greeley, Colorado that provide great insight into how he formed his opinions of the West, and the United States in particular.

    The culture clash is very evident in Qutbs writings. His descriptions of Americans are greedy and animalistic are easily explained by his reactions to things such as his views of science as a substitute for religion and the game of football. I particularly liked his commentaries about football. The way he describes the sport certainly does make it seem absurd...

    I also thought his writings about churches was interesting. The fact that he joined a church because "it was an important part of the culture" was intriguing. I thought his comments on the priest were very entertaining. There are certainly clear differences between the American church and the mosques in Egypt. Here, the separation of church and state seems to cause many problems for him, as the churches need to "sell themselves" in order to gain the more members than other churches in the area.

    Overall, Qutbs writings provide an outsiders prospective on American culture, that show why he has such a violent reaction against the West.












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    Salam Alaykum

    Qutb's view of America is crude, bigoted, self-serving and filled with factual errors. He condems Americans as one entire people. Like everywhere, there are good and bad. I've lived in America for 5 years and also studied here. Some of the best people Ive ever met have been Americans. Qutb condems Americans for being a brutal, primitive, violent people, and gives evidence of wars and conflicts. But the same can be said equally of lots of countries, if not most. Most of Africa, many Arab states and many European ones. He also condems America for being spiritually empty and to have contributed nothing to human value. He obviously misunderstands the nature of the American ideal. Whether we agree with the American ideal or not, it is a moral ideal - it is based on a profound respect for the individual, and his or her right to determine the nature of his or her own life. Part of the practice of that, unfortunately, is that some don't always choose the best life, but even so, they are still responsible for their mistakes and moral failings. At least it is their own errors flowing from their own free decisions. That's the only moral basis for real individual accountability. Without such freedom of moral choice, we cannot be held responsible. Freedom and responsibility go together in the American vision. I may find many things distasteful about other people's lives and choices, but that doesnt give me the right to impose my own moral vision upon them. This moral ideal arose out of British and French and European political and moral philosophy of the Enlightenment period, and was transported to the US in its foundings. It has a long history and arose out of a rejection of the bigotry and conflict that surrounded the European Religious Wars. He says that America is without religion. You will find almost every religion under the sun being practised in some place in America, and they each have the protection of the law to freely practise, unlike in many other countries in the world. Again, he says America is lacking in contribution to human value. Has he read the philosophical works of John Dewey or Tom Paine, the literature of Henry James or Hemingway, the poetry of TS Eliot or Edgar Allen Poe? Obviously no. We have to be more sophisticated as Muslims. I read Tariq Ramadan over the likes of Qutb anyday

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    Tariq Ramadan over Syed Qutb.

    That just about sums you up.


    Yankee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SapereAude View Post
    Salam Alaykum

    Qutb's view of America is crude, bigoted, self-serving and filled with factual errors. He condems Americans as one entire people. Like everywhere, there are good and bad. I've lived in America for 5 years and also studied here. Some of the best people Ive ever met have been Americans. Qutb condems Americans for being a brutal, primitive, violent people, and gives evidence of wars and conflicts. But the same can be said equally of lots of countries, if not most. Most of Africa, many Arab states and many European ones. He also condems America for being spiritually empty and to have contributed nothing to human value. He obviously misunderstands the nature of the American ideal. Whether we agree with the American ideal or not, it is a moral ideal - it is based on a profound respect for the individual, and his or her right to determine the nature of his or her own life. Part of the practice of that, unfortunately, is that some don't always choose the best life, but even so, they are still responsible for their mistakes and moral failings. At least it is their own errors flowing from their own free decisions. That's the only moral basis for real individual accountability. Without such freedom of moral choice, we cannot be held responsible. Freedom and responsibility go together in the American vision. I may find many things distasteful about other people's lives and choices, but that doesnt give me the right to impose my own moral vision upon them. This moral ideal arose out of British and French and European political and moral philosophy of the Enlightenment period, and was transported to the US in its foundings. It has a long history and arose out of a rejection of the bigotry and conflict that surrounded the European Religious Wars. He says that America is without religion. You will find almost every religion under the sun being practised in some place in America, and they each have the protection of the law to freely practise, unlike in many other countries in the world. Again, he says America is lacking in contribution to human value. Has he read the philosophical works of John Dewey or Tom Paine, the literature of Henry James or Hemingway, the poetry of TS Eliot or Edgar Allen Poe? Obviously no. We have to be more sophisticated as Muslims. I read Tariq Ramadan over the likes of Qutb anyday
    Qutb hater.

    You need to read more. Get out of the ignorance.

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