Bibliography on Gender Relations in the Thought of Sayyid Qutb

  • Olivier Carré, Mysticism and Politics: A Critical Reading of  Fi Zilal al-Qur’an by Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966), trans. from the French 2nd ed, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2003. Has a chapter on women and the family.
  • Calvert, John, Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism, Columbia University Press, 2010. A major recent study of Qutb’s life and works; it has material throughout on his attitudes toward gender and relation to women.
  • Calvert , John, "'The World is an Undutiful Boy!': Sayyid Qutb's American experience" (Calvert, John. Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 2000, Vol.11(1), p.87-103. Has a discussion on gender.
  • Wadud, Amina, Qur'an and Woman Â 2nd ed. OUP, 1999. Refers a number of times to Qutb.
  • Margot Badran, Feminists, Islam and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995. Mentions Qutb only once (107), but this is in connection with the feminist movement.
  • Giora Eliraz "Egyptian Intellectuals and Women's Emancipation, 1919-1939", Asian and African Studies 16 (1982): 95-120) Discusses some of his early articles and usefully sets him in the context of other writers of the time;
  • Sylvia Haim ("Sayyid Qutb" in Asian and African Studies 16(1982):147-156. Touches on Qutb's views of women;
  • Shehadeh, Lamia Rustum The Idea of Women in Fundamentalist Islam. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003. Chapter 4 (pp.49-75) is on Qutb; a good presentation and strong critique of his views.  
  • Shehadeh, Lamia Rustum, "Women in the Discourse of Sayyid Qutb" Arab Law Quarterly  ASQ 22/3(Summer 2000) 59-66. A somewhat different, presumably earlier, presentation of her views.
  • Rachel M. Scott, "A Contextual Approach to Women's Rights in the Qur’an: Readings of 4:34" The Muslim World  99 (January 2009):60-85. [Discusses the views of Fatima Mernissi, Muhammad Talbi and Amina Wadud. Quotes Qutb’s Qur’an commentary.]
  • Marcotte, Roxanne, "An exploration of Islamism and Gender Issues in Egypt"  in Islam and World Politics, Â ed. Anthony Hearle Johns, Nelly Lahoud. Psychology Press, 2005. A study of the growth of Islamist discourse and weltanschauung, devotes a page to Qutb’s views.
  • Lewis, Pauline, Zainab al-Ghazali: Pioneer of Islamist Feminism.
  • Ayesha S. Chaudhry, Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition, Chapter 4.
  • Ellen McLarney, Soft Force: Women in Egypt's Islamic Awakening , forthcoming from Princeton UP in April 2015. Has an extended discussion about how Qutb's ideas of fitra and al-taharrur al-wijdani influenced Islamist women writers in the late 20th century and early 21st. and, in the book's conclusion, thoughts about the relationship, intellectual and affective, between Qutb and Bint al-Shati.
  • Mubarak, Hadia, INTERSECTIONS: MODERNITY, GENDER, AND QURʾANIC EXEGESIS  Ph.D. Dissertation at Georgetown University, 2014.   Compares the tafsÄ«r works of Muḥammad Ê¿Abduh, Sayyid Quá¹­b, and Muḥammad al-Ṭāhir ibn Ê¿Ä€shÅ«r with those of pre-modern exegetes concerning three Qurʾanic verses: 2:228, 4:3, and 4:34.
  • Marwan M. Kraidy, “The Revolutionary Body Politic: Preliminary Thoughts on a Neglected Medium in the Arab Uprisings,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Volume 5, Issue 1, 01 January 2012, pages: 66 –74
  • Carolyn Barnett, “The Socialization of Female Islamists: Paternal and Educational Influence”, Hawwa, Volume 7, Issue 1, pages: 57 –87
  • Haifaa Jawad, “Islamic Feminism: Leadership Roles and Public Representation.” Hawwa, Volume 7, Issue 1, pages: 1 –24
  • B. Marechal, “Morals and social life” in The Muslim Brothers in Europe, pp 218-243.
  • D. Abudi, The Family: Arab Society In Miniature, Mothers and Daughters in Arab Women's Literature, pp 27-84