“Or take those commentaries that come from a Salafi background, such as the commentary of Sayyid Qutb and people like that. There are some interesting things in those works but also a sense of anger and a very shallow understanding of West and even of much the Qur’an itself. When Sayyid Qutb came to America I was at Harvard, president of the Harvard Islamic Society; we met and spent several days together. He was interested in learning about the West, but the poor man did not have the intellectual preparation to understand what was really going on intellectually in the West. So his analysis of the West was to a large extent superficial, looking critically at girls’ dress and boy and girls talking together in cafes. It was reduced to a critique along those lines. Today we have all sorts of modern and “fundamentalist” commentaries that I do not consider to be relevant in terms of what I am talking about here.”
- page. 122, “Muslim and Western Studies of the Qur’an: The Qur’an in the Contemporary World” Muzzafar Iqbal interviewed Seyyed Hosein Nasr. Islam & Science journal, volume 8, no. 2, Winter 2010.