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Title: Comparative study on Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi's political thought, with particular reference to his contempararies, Abul A'la Mawdudi and Sayyid Qutb
Author: Zawahir, M. Nafeel M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2675 8039
Awarding Body: University of Wales, Lampeter
Current Institution: University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Date of Award: 2008
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With the fall of the Islamic khilafah in 1924, many Islamic scholars realised there was an urgent need to reinstall the Islamic Khilafah. Thus political thought in Islam rose to prominence among some scholars. Consequently, many Islamic political and religious movements re-emerged in the Muslim world with the aim of establishing Islamic rule in Muslim countries. These movements presented different methodologies in restoring Islamic rule. However, it is the contention of this thesis that this thinking is seriously discussed by contemporary scholars within two different strands of thought; the modem-oriented and the traditional. This thesis aims to highlight the nature of the modem oriented-thought by contrasting it with the traditional thought. For this purpose this study chooses the three contemporary Muslim scholars: Sayyid Abul Hasan 'Ali Nadwi (1914-1999; Rector of Nadwat-ululama, Lucknow, India) who presented the traditional thought of the Tabligh movement and the two scholars who similarly presented the modem- oriented thought, Mawlana 'Abul A'la al-Mawdudi (1903-1979; initiator of Jamaat-i Islami) and Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966; main figure of Ikhwan al-Muslimoon). A study of the characteristics of their thought is the main purpose of this thesis with reference to their juxtaposition and contraposition. The modern-oriented thought developed basing on the historical and geographical contexts of the Muslim world. It realised that the practice of Islam is meaningless without the socio-political system. As such, it strived to interpret Islamic concepts accordingly in support of its arguments. In contrast, the traditional-thinking scholars present Islam, primarily, as a divine message and guidance for humanity and emphasised meaningful political reform by imprinting strong faith in the heart of Muslim rulers and ruled alike, without which political endeavours are meaningless. These contrasting approaches of traditional and modern-oriented political thought in Islam are discussed in this thesis by highlighting the evidences from the Qur'an, Hadith and history. In brief, the aim of this thesis is to highlight the modern oriented strand and to analyse the contemporary Islamic thought in contrast with the thought of the traditional scholars.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc. ; JQ Political institutions Asia