Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism
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Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism

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Nasr examines the life and thought of Mawlana Mawdudi, one of the first and most important Islamic ideological thinkers. Mawdudi was the first to develop a modern political Islamic ideology, and a plan for social action to realize his vision. The prolific writings and indefatigable efforts of Mawdudi's party, the Jamaat-i-Islami, first in India and later in Pakistan, have disseminated his ideas far and wide. His views have informed revivalism from Morocco to Malaysia. Nasr discerns the events that led Mawdudi to a revivalist perspective, and probes the structure of his thought, in order to gain fresh insights into the origins of Islamic revivalism. He argues that Islamic revivalism did not simply develop as a cultural rejection of the West, rather it was closely tied to questions of communal politics and its impact on identity formation, discourse of power in plural societies, and nationalism. Mawdudi's discourse, though aimed at the West, was motivated by Muslim-Hindu competition for power in British India. His aim, according to Nasr, was to put forth a view of Islam whose invigorated, pristine, and uncompromising outlook would galvanize Muslims into an ideologically uniform and hence politically indivisible community. In time, this view developed a life of its own and evolved into an all-encompassing perspective on society and politics, and has been a notable force in South Asia and Muslim life and thought across the Muslim world.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 161.5 x 238.3 x 20.3mm | 557.93g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195096959
  • 9780195096958

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The author's style is fluent and articulate. * Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies * it is refreshing to be presented with a piece of work examining critically but not unsympathetically the complexities of a mind which grappled with the realities of the modern world ... For many readers, perhaps familiar with his fine earlier work, The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: the Jama'at-i Islami of Pakistan ... Nasr will have succeeded in presenting to them not just more of what it is that has made Mawdudi's thought so influential, but the human face of the man, beauty spots, warts and all. * Sarah Ansari, Asian Affairs, February 1997 *show more

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Nasr examines the life and thought of Mawlana Mawdudi (1903-1979), one of the first and most important Islamic ideological thinkers. Mawdudi was the first to develop a modern political Islamic ideology, and a plan for social action to realize his vision. The prolific writings and indefatigable efforts of Mawdudi's party, the Jamaat-i-Islami, first in India and later in Pakistan, have disseminated his ideas far and wide. His views have informed revivalism from Morocco to Malaysia.show more

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