Thursday, May 4, 2017

Traditionalist Roots of Islamism (II)

Stamps from the Islamic Republic of Iran showing support for Egyptian Islamists

1984 stamp of literary critic turned Islamist ideologue Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966)

Stamp of Khalid Islambouli, assassin of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a group which under Ayman al-Zawahiri later merged with al-Qaeda

A street named after Islambouli in Tehran

In an interview with Mike Wallace aired on December 18, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini issued the following statement: "Sadat states he is a Muslim and we are not. He is not, for he compromises with the enemies of Islam. Sadat has united with our enemies. I demand that the Egyptian people try to overthrow him, just as we did with the Shah"

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