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date: 17 October 2019

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This article examines the Jama`at-i-Islami (JI) movement of Pakistan. JI is the country’s main Islamist movement and its most organized political party. Founded by Sayyid Abu al-`Ala al-Mawdudi, its origins date back to a religiopolitical movement in British India in 1941. Its goal is the establishment of an Islamic state via a democratic process. However, its radical agenda has undermined its popularity. JI’s calls for an Islamic revolution also contradict its stated commitment to constitutional politics.

Keywords: Islam, Jama`at-i-Islami, Islamist movements, Sayyid Abu al-`Ala al-Mawdudi

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