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Main Topic: Our World
Topic: North America

Speaker: John Calvert

America in the Eyes of an Islamic Fundamentalist

Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966), the prominent ideologue of Islamic fundamentalism, studied in the United States from 1948 to 1950. This presentation traces Qutb’s journey across America, focusing on his six-month stay at Greeley’s Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado). Letters and articles that Qtub wrote are examined as sources for his observations on American society, allowing audiences to enter the worldview of Islamic fundamentalism and understand how others view Americans. Slides and materials, collected by Calvert in Cairo and Greeley, are featured.

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