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date: 17 October 2019

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This article examines the political thought of Mawlana Sayyid Abu al-Ala Mawdudi. It highlights four areas where his ideas have influenced Islamic discourse: (1) his expansive vision of Islam both as a worldview and as a complete way of life guided by the Qur’an and  Sunnah , (2) his rationale for an Islamic state led by righteous rulers tasked with the goal of purifying society, (3) his efforts to describe the prerequisites for political participation by non-Muslims in a modern Islamic polity, and (4) his framing of the relationship between Islam and the West as a choice between religious submission and utter godlessness.

Keywords: Islam, politics, Mawlana Sayyid Abu al-`Ala Mawdudi, Islamic state, political participation

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