Mawlana Mawdudi was one of the most influential and important
Islamic thinkers of the modern world, whose brand of political
Islam has won widespread acceptance in South and South East Asia as
well as the Middle East. He was not only an Islamic scholar, but
also a journalist and political activist who founded the
Jama?at-i-Islami, which has subsequently influenced the development
of many Islamic movements and parties throughout the Muslim
This book is the first to critically engage and assess his
career and legacy within the wider context of political Islam. It
includes coverage of his early life and influences, and examines
his considerable influence in the contemporary Islamic world. The
issues that were a concern for Mawdudi and continue to have
resonance for our world today include such questions as the role of
women in Islam, the possibilities for democracy in an Islamic
state, the importance of jihad, and the moral and religious
responsibility of the individual. Whilst focus is on Mawdudi's life
and writings, this is placed within the wider context of topical,
often contentious, Islamic thought. ?
Providing an up-to-date and detailed critical study of Mawlana
Mawdudi and many issues surrounding political Islam both in his
time and today, this book will be an important text for scholars of
Islamic Studies, Political Science and Philosophy.
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