Thanks to Bill Allison of Ideofact again for actually reading the books I only just like to talk about. He is digesting Stephen Schwartz’s “The Two Faces of Islam” and has put a few things together regarding Ibn Taymiyya and Sayyid Qutb. Reading his posts on the Mongol invasions put things in a historical perspective I wasn’t fully aware of. Those wanting to delve more into what Islamic scholars have said regarding Ibn Taymiyya could start here at Living Traditions. It is a synopsis of Ibn Taymiyya’s life and career put together by Dr. GF Haddad. It is aimed at a muslim audience, but should be accessible to those interested in the topic, if you can get past the cumbersome transliteration. While ibn Taymiyya’s xenophobia that Bill talks about is certainly loathesome, his theological corruptions, in particular, his anthropomorphism or tajsim, are what led him to spend years in prison for heresy. More theological material from a Sunni perspective on anthropomorphism, as originated by Ibn Taymiyya and revived by Ibn Abdul Wahhab, are available here.
Of local interest, there’s also a translation of the anthropomorphism article into Malay and also a different refutation in Malay by Mohamad Ghouse Khan Surattee. I can’t really read it myself, what with only a 100-word vocabulary mostly centering around staying well-fed, but there it is.