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Mawdudi, Sayyid Abu al-Ala

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    Mawdudi, Sayyid Abu al-Ala

    (d. 1979 )

    Indo-Pakistani Muslim revivalist thinker, prolific writer, politician, and founder of Jamaat-i Islami. Initially an ardent nationalist, activist in the Khilafat movement, and supporter of the Congress Party. After the 1924 collapse of the Khilafat movement, advocated an Islamic anti-imperialist platform. Believed the salvation of Muslim culture lay in the restitution and purification of Islamic institutions and practices. Advocated a separate cultural homeland for Indian Muslims but did not support the movement to create an independent Muslim state. Formed Jamaat-i Islami in 1941 , combining model community with political party. After the foundation of Pakistan, campaigned to make it a religious state rather than a secular one. Soon identified as an enemy of the state and imprisoned several times. Advocated an Islamic state on the Prophetic model. Believed that social change would result from taking over centers of political power and effecting wide-scale reforms from the top down, rather than mobilizing the masses to overthrow the existing order. Intended for the Islamic revolution to unfold within the existing state structure rather than destroy it. Disparaged the use of violence in promoting the cause of Islam, preferring education as the keystone of Islamic activism. Author of more than 150 works. Influenced Islamic movements all over the Muslim world.

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