Qutb developed his philosophy from a prison cell
While we’re on the subject of the necessity of prison time (or some other form of exile or retreat) for the politically active operative to have the down-time needed to develop his philosophy and other motivational writings, we turn to Syyed Qutb (pictured) the lead theoretician of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) and an inspirational source for al Qaeda and other violent movements.
This representative example suffices from Islam 101:
“After his return to Egypt he resigned his job in the Education directorate and devoted himself to the idea of bringing a total change in the political system. Ikhwan gained ideological vitality when Sayyid Qutb in his jail cell wrote a book in which he revised Hassan al-Banna Shahid’s dream of establishing an Islamic state in Egypt after the nation was thoroughly Islamized. Sayyid Qutb recommended that a revlutionary vanguard should first establish an Islamic state and then, from above impose Islamization on Egyptian society that had deviated to Arab nationalistic ideologies.
“His subsequent 11 years behind prison walls gave him an opportunity to confirm what Maududi’s writing made him aware, and that is what convinced the secular Nasserites to condemn him to death on false accusations.”