The State in Islamist Thought

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The State in Islamist Thought

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: The State in Islamist Thought
Author: Ahmad, I.
Journal Title: ISIM Review
Issue: 1
Volume: 18
Start Page: 12
End Page: 13
Pages: 2
Publisher: ISIM, Leiden
Issue Date: 2006
Keywords: Shades of Islamism
Abstract: The state became central to Islamism not because Islam theologically entailed it, but because of socio-political formations that developed in the early twentieth century. The article analyses how these historical developments are reflected in the writings of Abul Ala Maududi, whose influence has crossed the frontiers of India to influence Islamist movements across the Arab world. In doing so, the author offers a critique of the pervasive view that the importance of the state stems from a presumed lack of separation between religion and politics in Islam.

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